To me, finding a great tea is an adventure. I can’t always wander around the hills of Asia searching out tiny tea gardens, or wander the streets of Chongqing looking for that tiny tea shop that no tourist has ever set foot in. Because I cannot always do these things, I’ll go to great lengths to find little-known teas, to discover something that not many in the Western world has tried.
Some of my great finds have been on EBay and Twitter. I stumbled across Yunnan Sourcing a few years ago on Ebay, run by an American Expat — Scott Wilson. He searches out rare teas and sells them on his EBay store for reasonable prices – and ships directly from China. You cannot beat the selection, and the pride you feel after you receive your package from China, and try teas that you can’t get at the tea shop down the street, or from large online companies.
My other great tea resource I met through Twitter, my friend Daniel Hong has taught me much about Oolong and I recently purchased some teas from him. These teas included aged Oolongs, Rare TGY Oolongs, and some other Oolongs I hadn’t yet heard of. It is occurrences like these that really create the tea experience for me.
We cannot all travel through the tea producing regions of the world, some of us aren’t that into tea, while others are too busy or cannot afford such travel. I have had the opportunity to do these things, and I long for another. In the meantime, I like nothing more than to search out teas and have my own little adventures online. Nothing turns me off more than huge tea sellers online that offer everything under the sun, for much more money than is necessary. I’d love to one day travel again, to bring back some rare teas, and to sell them online and share my stories. One day this will happen. Please share with me any “armchair tea adventures” you’ve had in the comments, it will be great to hear them!