Ah Shedthing, it is clear you are lacking in experience in real tea (I don't mean that second rate stuff sold in Twinings packets or pretty much everything from what used to be called Ceylon - nothing intrinsically wrong with Sri Lanka, mind, its just that they have realised that they can make good money sending tea that is not fit to be used as compost to the rest of the world, so why bother to do better. Actually, that's not fair on Sri Lanka teas, maybe they are fit to be used as compost).
Your writing off of jasmine tea is unfortunate. As much as I enjoy coffee, I recognise that it is a basically unhealthy product. As with many other unhealthy products we enjoy, I am not suggesting abstinence, however let's recognise it as an unhealthy vice. Of course, good health is greatly overrated, so don't get too concerned, I certainly don't.
But back to tea. I can't send you a link to the places I get my tea from as they are not on the internet, however as for jasmine tea, perhaps a look at the following may illuminate:
And just for a bit of fun, why not have a look at the following to see what is available for special occasions:
For those who have had the good fortune of being served teas in the traditional way, you will appreciate it when I observe that the ceremony of preparing and drinking tea is a meaningful and relaxing experience that I have never found the best barrista to achieve. Of course the coffee experience is totally different and worthy of its own place in the pantheon of poisons we honour (such as whisky, for example).
Enough, I'm off to make a cup of Moccona.
Thanks for the reply and opening my eyes to the fascinating tradition of tea drinking. I'm presuming that your awakening to this art was not triggered by a trip to Coles Cafeteria for a 'milk and 2 sugars'..?
No, that ceremony of preparing tea, is best forgotten...
I like to think of myself as open to new ideas, but trade my single origin espresso for a Formosa Black Dragon? or maybe an Unbridled Passions Blossoming tea
I must admit, the thought of unbridled passions does have a certain allure...
Think I might steer clear of that 'Seven Fairies
' tea, though...
I do appreciate the ceremony though. Ever since I saw Yoko Shimada in the mini-series Shogun, I was smitten...er, with the tea ceremony too.
I'm a bit worried about one of the teas which was referred to on the sites you mentioned. They talk about a 42 year old Pu Er tea. Is that the name of the ...umm.. 'factory' which produces it..?
Can't believe that a tea that old, no matter where it comes from, could be worth drinking...
Thanks again for enlightening me on the wonderful world of teas. I'm off now to cut off all the flowers in the yard and combine it with that old crate of Lanchoo which Granny left me in her will. I should make a killing out of that little lot.... Have you seen the prices of that stuff..?