Tea in Toronto

Sorry for no post last week, I was out of town in Toronto and didn’t have a chance to write up a review, but I did do some exploring there! I didn’t know when I booked the trip, but Toronto has a huge Chinatown, which is usually one of the best places to find good tea. Here are a few of the highlights:

Crimson Tea Shop

I ended up stopping here on a whim because they had a sign on the door that said “Bets Pu-Erh in town”. I originally wasn’t going to because it was about 7:00 at night and having caffeine seemed like a mistake but I’m glad I did. It was a small shop with just two people working, and they were both really nice. I ordered a green tea, but the woman working the counter asked if I had been there before and when I told her I hadn’t she insisted on making a sample of all five of the Pu-Erh tea. The owner was really into tea and was very hospitable. He was telling me all kinds of things about Pu-erh tea and how to learn more about it. He even brought up his laptop and was showing me what to google to learn more. they also had other tea and good food, if you are in town and can make the time it’s definitely worth the visit. I ended up having the “red’ puerh and it was really good: earthy, no bitterness, no funky smell, but a little bit of a fermented after-taste. 

Chinese Grocery Stores

There were several of these and they all had tea aisles. I ended up not buying any because I was traveling with just my backpack and didn’t want to have to lug it around, but it’s still fun to browse what they have.

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