Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Holiday Gift Guide - Beginner Level

To start off my gift guide for tea fans, I've decided to separate it into a few categories, for beginners, aspiring tea lovers, and seasoned tea masters.

Adagio Teas Starter Set $19.00:
The adagio tea starter sets are a great way to start into the world of loose leaf tea. They are relatively inexpensive, come with a variety of teas, an into book, and the ingenuiTEA pot. It's a nicely priced little starter for someone who doesn't have much teaware yet and doesn't have that many teas under their belt.

Lupicia Handy Cooler $18.00:
The Lupicia Handy Cooler is a great way to make iced tea. It's probably the simplest way to make iced tea and quite versatile. Personally they make up an integral part of my teaware selection.

Tea of the month club:
Tea of the month clubs are great ways to get exposure to multiple teas. There are a very large selections of clubs to try from. O-cha and Dragonwater both have quite affordable club memberships. The two are almost polar opposites of each other. O-cha sends one packet on a fixed schedule each month. Each pack is a full 100g. Dragonwater is a club that lets you select 3 samples a month for a flat fee. The samples range from 1/2 oz to 1 oz depending on the teas you select.

Sampler Sets:
Sampler sets are also a great gift for beginning tea drinkers. If they know a range of teas that they seem to enjoy, some sampler sets are available for that particular tea genre. Tao of Tea and Adagio are both great sources for sample sets in each tea genre, green tea, black tea, oolong, etc.

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