HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST TEA?
Teas come in many types and it’s not always easy for everyone to choose the best tea, but typically the best tea is made with whole leaves (as opposed to broken leaves). Whether you buy tea in loose leaf, brick, or balled form is mostly dependent on the variety of tea you are drinking. It is more common for Pu’er and other fermented teas to come in brick form, while green tea is normally in loose leaf form.
The best tea will balance five elements:
1) Look: does the tea look healthy, are the colors natural, is the leaf intact?
2) Smell: does the tea give off a strong, but balanced perfume?
3) Taste: does the tea taste balanced, or is one aspect such as perfume, acidity, of bitterness too strong?
4) Mouth feel: does the tea feel good in the mouth? Does it feel healthy when you drink it? Is there any pain or burning associated with the tea on the lips or in the throat? The tea should be very comfortable to drink, and very high quality teas inevitably cause a rush of “positive hormones” to go everywhere in the body, just as if receiving a hug from a loved one.
5) Aftertaste/sweetness: does the tea have a long and pleasant aftertaste? Is it sweet as it rises up the throat and into the sinus cavity?
In all cases, the tea should taste balanced. There should not be an overabundance of perfume, sourness, bitterness, or astringency. Swish the tea around a bit in your mouth in order to let some oxygen in and to hit every part of your mouth. Notice how it tastes and try to find out any places where it might be overly sour or bitter. If the tea tastes generally balanced and is quite comfortable, then this tea is good enough to drink often.
Tea should never make you feel dizzy or sick, and if it does, usually this is related to farm chemical usage problems. You should discontinue drinking such teas.