Stepping into Tea G was like stepping into a bit of heaven for me. The retail space artfully showcased all kinds of lovely tea and tea things. These glass teapots caught my fancy (but I didn't bring one home).
The back wall was full of tea, each in a tidy silver container. Very classy.
We tried a scented Oolong (Bosa Nova) that was very nice to drink. Two of us came home with some as a souvenir. From Tea G's website: Bosa Nova - "Semi-oxidized Oolong tea with a creamy, slightly nutty taste enhanced with the finest vanilla. Ingredients: Oolong tea, hazelnut brittle, mullein blossoms, natural flavor." I have been enjoying this tea all week!
When a customer purchases a tea, s/he is also sent away with a sample. I chose another Oolong, Sumatra Oolong Barisan. This Oolong is interesting because it is not from Taiwan - but rather from Indonesia. I've never had an Oolong from anywhere but Taiwan. In addition to the sample, customers receive a tea scoop called a Teelamass in his/her choice of color (red, blue or green) for measuring out the appropriate amount of tea. The brewing instructions on the package correspond with the scoop measurements.
Michelle, the store manager, was very knowledgeable about tea. I enjoyed chatting with her a great deal. I think I could have spent half a day at this store. :-)
If you visit Tea Gschwendner, be sure to sign up for the e-mail list and also request the company's "Book of Tea." It's free and contains over 100 pages of tea information, along with descriptions of the teas. For any serious tea connoisseurs, Tea G also offers various tea-of-the-month clubs.
Stopping at Tea G was definitely one highlight of the tea trip for me. I hope to make it to the other location with the bistro at a future time. Tea G also sells teas from its website. Click the "shop" tab.