I went to Whittard of Chelsea today, recently opened on Newbury Street in Boston. I remember when I first got interested in teas, I had some Whittard Darjeeling that I liked. Walking into the store, it wasn’t quite what I imagined it to be. The teas they had were mostly blacks, with some green or oolongs thrown in, but they were, by and large, very basic stuff. Most of the store was actually teaware of various sort, mostly of the very big ceramic pot kind. I must agree with DH that they’re not that impressive. They even had…. coffee… and some truly fantastically amazingly expensive coffee machines. Does a $1200 machine brew a better cup than a $700 one?
I think for the next few days I might just experiment with drinking various keemuns from various places. I had a keemun “Haoya B” from Tealuxe today…. must say it has nothing to do with the keemun I bought, almost. It’s more smokey, and less sweet. There’s a touch of vanilla taste in it. With a place like Tealuxe, one can never quite tell if it’s contamination from the next bin over.