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Tea retailer

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Jim Audiomisc, Mar 19, 2023 at 12:01 PM.

  1. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    For some years I've been buying teas from "Nothing But Tea" in the UK. Their website used to be However they seem to have stopped trading a few months ago! Shame as they'they've always been helpful and the teas have been excellent.

    Anyone know if the problem with them is temporary? I'm thinking of getting some more teas. Be a great shame if they will no longer be operational.

    If they are now not going to trade, can someone recommend an alternative UK retailer via post who does a good choice of FF Darjeelings, etc. Will also discuss choice, etc, via personal emails. And who I can also order from via ye olde methods like a CC or cheque *via post* not via the web orweb third parties. i.e. good old-fashioned service but with stock details on the web.


    P.S. I think there's a USA company of a similar name. I don't mean them above, but the UK one
  2. kensalriser

    kensalriser pfm Member

    Postcard teas always gets good reports.
  3. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    Have you used them?
  4. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    ^^^^^^ these are our go to tea supplier, we've shopped wiv em for yrs

    Whether they take a cheque who knows, but they have always been helpful by email and their tea is top notch
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  5. Nero

    Nero Don’t call me Bud

    We are pretty much sold on Fortnum & Mason - their Darjeeling BOP and Smoky Earl Grey are staples in this house. They have a lovely seasonal Autumn Blend, and we occasionally treat ourselves to Gunpowder. We normally stock up on London visits, but they sell online. If you are patient, they sometimes have free shipping.
    Don’t waste money on the tins (unless you want a tin) - just buy the loose leaf pouches
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  6. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    I just tried having a look at their website. They seem to only offer one Darjeeling black tea. I guess FF isn't out yet? Using a light non-js browser the page was a bit bare. But when I tried a different browser that does js, etc, I got a 403 error! (weird)

    NBT offer(ed) various single-estates and I would get some a get a range each year, mainly FF, but also SF, autumn, etc.
  7. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    Yes, I've tended to buy 100g pouches of various Nothing But Tea single-estate Darjeelings to have variety. They keep well in the sealed pouches. Try to keep some 'in store' all the time for variety from month to month.
  8. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

  9. Andrewxyz

    Andrewxyz pfm Member

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  10. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    I used to use Tea Experience (there isn't much that I won't don't drink in terms of tea - black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu-erh, and the few Japanese teas that I can afford, just not flavoured teas apart from Lady/Earl Grey), but I am pretty sure that C19 saw them off as I suspect that the profit came from attending "events" and their trade accounts, mail order just covered the bills.

    As a replacment, I have tried just a very few teas from Grey's Teas and they compare very well with TE.

    Loose leaf tea - Grey's Teas (
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  11. slavedata

    slavedata pfm Member

    We have been very happy with Imperial Teas on Steep Hill Lincoln for all our tea and coffee supplies.
    Shop is in building dating back to the era of the Norman Invasion.
    Excellent web service
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  12. Copperjacket

    Copperjacket pfm Member

    I am glad to see someone getting acceptable quality from them: for Christmas we have been given a couple of tins of their biscuits and a tin of their Lapsang, all of which have been very subpar.
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  13. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    our experience with their loose tea is ok, often a bit stale.
  14. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    I'd found that with my light non-js browser. (!NetSurf) but the WebKit (!Iris) one that does scripting Ok usually just gets 403's from the sever using the same urls.

    From the description I assume the 'spring' means a First Flush. But it is that the only Darjeeling single-estate FF they offer?
  15. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    Ta. Also noticed they offer a 2-cup teapot a la caffit. Been looking for one as we currently use 2 x 1cup simple caffits. Makes using leaves more than once impractical as I remove the plungers. They don't give the weight of glass, though. So dunno if it would need a pre-heat.
  16. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    it does vary - phone them. I've bought multiple FF from them
  17. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    FWIW I've emailed the person at NBT I used to discuss tea choice with. No idea if I'll get a reply, but I'll give that a couple of days to see if something positive comes from it. However I'm noting the alternative suppliers and may then give them a go as well. Variety of good teas is nice. :)

    I'll email if I can because phone can be akward for me.
  18. Nero

    Nero Don’t call me Bud

    That’s why I never go with the tins or gift packs. When we drop in, it’s straight out of the tins behind the counter, which has a high turnover
  19. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    we've had alot of stale or short life tea from yhe large containers behind the counter
  20. eguth

    eguth pfm Member

    Why not contact Algerian Coffee Stores and find out how many of your requirements they meet. I have used them for decades.
    They always stock various high quality Darjeelings.
    They have been selling tea and coffee from their Soho shop for more than a century.

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