I have had my experience with both loose tea and tea in a bag. The difference between the two is like having ground coffee from a bag (bagged tea) and grinding your own (loose). Loose tea is fresher and has a strong but pleasant aroma. While bagged tea is less of a hassle, but not as fresh. I personally prefer bagged tea because it's quicker and easier for me. Another reason I prefer bagged tea is because with loose tea, the tea ends up bitter a portion of the time. Either way though, tea is delightful!