Even the most laid back and egalitarian among us can be insufferable snobs when it comes to coffee, music, cars, beer, or any other pet obsession where things have to be just so. What are you snobbish about?
I absolutely love loose leaf teas. Loose leaf teas are made from the finest hand-picked buds, whole tea leaves, large pieces of leaves or a combination of all. The time of year and growing conditions affect the quality of tea. This gives you a richer more flavorful cup of tea.
Tea found in tea bags are often full of smaller pieces of tea leaves or tea fannings, or “tea dust” yuck ,which may give a quicker brew, but lack the full flavor of the larger loose leaf teas, there are many new teas on the market now with larger leaves in them and you can buy bags for your loose leaf tea, but I still prefer to put it in a tea pot and let it steep, always bring your water to the tea and never the tea to water… Some loose leaf teas can be re-steeped giving you many cups of flavorful bang for your buck tea. Tea bags can release more tannins than loose teas giving your tea a harsher flavor.
Tea bags often contain mixtures of tea and you really have no idea whether your “black tea” is really pure “black tea”. Loose leaf teas are always made with larger tea leaves so you can easily see the quality in your tea. Once you try loose leaf tea you may never buy bagged tea again. I mix and match my tea leaves often, a blend I love is one my grandmother used to make, Black assam tea mixed with oolong. They do cost a little more but are well worth the money.