Part of a series on evaluating online tea stores.
A look at Norbu Tea in the areas of quality, selection, and tea community.
Selection: Norbu is dedicated to Chinese and Taiwanese teas, and generally a higher caliber collection at that. Greg keeps quantities at manageable levels so that one season’s harvest replaces the previous. At a given time, you may be able to find about 30 wulongs, 20 pu’ers, over a dozen black teas, and about half a dozen each of greens and whites.
Quality: I reviewed several teas from Norbu back in 2010, and most of them scored in the 90s. In 2011, I also stumbled upon one of Norbu’s suppliers in Taiwan. Before discovering this grower sold to Norbu, I was already appreciating the teas.
Tea Community: Norbu sticks to a few social media platforms, the idea being these are the more effective for the Norbu tea and/or their followers. You can find regular activity on Twitter.
Conclusion: Norbu offers good quality and good selection that focuses on Chinese and Taiwanese teas, especially wulongs and pu’ers.
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