I like tea, however I do not know a lot about it
I like Teavana's Golden Monkey a lot and am looking for a good Oolong to try, i have also enjoyed some silver needle tea as well
I know there are other places that have "better" tea for better prices than Teavana
How do I know what is good and bad versus investing a fortune
Right now we get the Peach Cran Tango (for iced tea)
I keep some Golden Monkey and Black Dragon Pearls for black tea (hot) and I like the Golden Monkey much more than the dragon tea
I generally make all the tea double strength
So the questions I have are for multiple steepings, it seems that is more cost effective but is the tea really as good on round 2? How much time do you generally add? Will all the caffiene disappear on round 2? (which would be nice for drinking later in the day if that is true) and how long can you save the wet leaves and have them still be good to use etc?
Tt is my understanding that Oolong is what the more serious tea drinkers drink...is this because it has more flavor? Are flavored Black and Oolong tea's inferior tea because they use additives to flavor them?
Also I am looking for something with less caffiene possibly for evening, White Needle seems to be popular but there are different kinds and it is expensive, what makes up the difference between white needle tea?
American Tea Room seems to have good reviews overall online, why are they "better" than Teavana (other than the pushy sales people)
Also what is good Cast Iron Pot to look at? Teavana has a great selection but are they inferior quality to something else and if so why? The clay pots seem to be for the Oolong only and one specific kind as they season, is there a best type of pot or will any of the clay pots be equally as good