Wicked Tea prides itself by only offering premium, loose leaf tea. Why?
There are a number of reasons, at the end of the day it comes down to taste and quality. Even though loose leaf teas and teas in bags (especially the brand name supermarket tea bags) all originate from the same plant, but there are a few factors that influence the quality, taste and health benefit of the final consumable tea.
High quality loose leaf teas are made from the Camellia sinensis plant’s finest hand-picked buds, whole tea leaves, large pieces of leaves or a combination of these plant parts. The time of year, location, altitude, non gmo, organic and farming growing conditions affect the quality of tea. With all these factors considered, just like a aged fine bourbon or wine, the tea steeps its own distinctive flavours, infusion colours and characteristics.
What's in the tea bags? Tea bags usually consist of all the smaller pieces of tea leaves or tea fannings (also referred to as dusts) which is how tea farmers grade their tea quality, giving the lower grades to commercial brands for a fraction of the cost, in turn will give a quicker brew, but lack the health benefits, colour and have a very subtle flavour than of the larger loose leaf teas. In fact, some loose leaf teas, like Organic Monkey Goddess Oolong Tea, can be re-steeped or infused up to 3 times offering more yielding cups of flavorful and healthy tea. Tea bags can also release more tannins than loose teas giving a harsher (bitter) flavor to the tea.