390 Teas in Teatotaler's Cupboard



“Anyone who has used that comforting phrase ‘a nice cup of tea’ invariably means Indian tea.”
- George Orwell

Darjeeling is the tea that inspired me to begin my beautiful journey through the wide world of tea and will always reign supreme in my tea pantry! My first tea love, so to speak. I positively adore a truly great Darjeeling such as a good muscatel second flush. Autumn flush Darjeeling, I believe, has been greatly under appreciated. Darjeeling autumn flush Gopaldhara Red Thunder Gold that I purchased through What-Cha is the best tea of any kind I have ever had the pleasure of drinking! I am most definitely a Darjeeling dude!

Other than my much beloved Darjeeling, teas that I especially enjoy are fine estate Assam teas such as Assam Dikom Estate or fine Ceylon estate teas – low, mid and high grown.

Besides my much beloved Indian and Ceylon teas I must say that I adore a really good Chinese Keemun and is a must have tea that is always stocked in my tea pantry. Formosa Oolong is another favorite.

As for scented teas, I have a great love for Earl Grey which is my main go to tea. Other favorites are rose, jasmine, violet, black currant, vanilla, almond, caramel, and spice.

I have a fondness for most herbal teas – A complete rooibos fanatic! I’m very fond of camomile too. However, I absolutely detest hibiscus!

Blacks, Oolongs and herbals are my main go to teas. I do not care much for green tea although I do enjoy it iced or scented, especially jasmine scented.

I have become quite British in my tea habits – My favorite guilty tea pleasure is Darjeeling with milk and honey as King Charles III takes his.

I try to purchase organic tea whenever possible.


Richmond, Virginia, USA

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