Originally Posted by Halk
I find there's no difference between the tea I drink in teabags or loose. I even cut open a teabag to inspect it and visually it's the same stuff.
It does depend on the tea - some loose tea has larger leaves than those in teabags, and the taste between the size of the leaves does vary. For small leaf tea, I prefer using teabags - much less messy as the small leaves seem to escape through even the smallest filter mesh!
My favourite favourite teas are single estate loose large leaf Assams - there's a couple that Whittard does which I really like - Orangajuli
for a slightly stronger, malty flavour; and Harmutty
for a bit more refreshing taste.
My everyday tea is a blend - Twinings Every Day teabags.
And I sometimes make my own blends - usually from Assams and Ceylons - especially if I'm making masala chai.