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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2011, 07:04:52 AM »
English breakfast reporting in. A little milk, brown sugar, and honey.

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2011, 09:59:28 AM »
this is what I'm drinking at the moment, one of the ones that jedi of a salesman got me to buy, its really good stuff though.

http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/green-teas/p/sakura-allure-green-tea

Just looked.  That looks fantastic!  Definitely going to have to pick some up.  What would you recommend blending it with, if anything at all?

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #22 on: December 27, 2011, 12:37:43 PM »
this is what I'm drinking at the moment, one of the ones that jedi of a salesman got me to buy, its really good stuff though.

http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/green-teas/p/sakura-allure-green-tea

Just looked.  That looks fantastic!  Definitely going to have to pick some up.  What would you recommend blending it with, if anything at all?
Nope, just make it straight. Make the first cup a little strong and then the second, third and even fourth will be awesome.
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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #23 on: December 30, 2011, 05:52:22 PM »
I drink PG Tips daily with some milk. Nothing fancy, but it is the only way to fly in my book.
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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #24 on: December 30, 2011, 06:03:51 PM »
I was sick so my mom made me some tea with honey?

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« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2011, 06:36:35 PM »
I was sick so my mom made me some tea with honey?
Was it good, because I can recommend a much better cup of tea. 

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2011, 07:41:00 PM »
I was sick so my mom made me some tea with honey?
Was it good, because I can recommend a much better cup of tea. 
Yeah, its really relaxing, what do you recommend? You might just make a tea lover out of me.

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2011, 07:43:22 PM »
Depends on what you do and don't like.  Do you prefer something fruity and sweet, or something bitter?  Or maybe something floral, or something else in particular?

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2011, 09:02:50 PM »
I was sick so my mom made me some tea with honey?
Was it good, because I can recommend a much better cup of tea. 
Yeah, its really relaxing, what do you recommend? You might just make a tea lover out of me.
Start like I did, go get a kettle, buy some cheap green tea, add honey and sugar to taste, try others.

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #29 on: December 31, 2011, 01:18:23 AM »
Darjeeling.  That's my cup.  Twinings blends a good one, but it's only good out of the tin.  Idk what they put in those bags.... :-\

Actually, it's weird that I find this post now-  I just bought my folks a dore tea set for xmas not ten minutes ago- the one that teavana has been marketing on their website all season.. I'm a sucker for gold things.   I miss mighty leaf-  that was good tea (and cheap! Their china black was an early favorite).  They disappeared without trace from my local Whole Foods, and they returned packaged in overpriced bags!  Thus, another good thing sacrificed for the sake of convenience.
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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #30 on: January 03, 2012, 03:51:44 AM »
Good tea is hard to find where I live, but I'll keep an eye out for Darjheeling.

There's a Chinese store close to where I live and they have about 15 different Chinese teas, but I haven't really had much chance to try teas from other areas.

I've been tempted to try grow my own leaf...

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« Reply #31 on: January 03, 2012, 02:07:10 PM »
I've been tempted to try grow my own leaf...

What a good idea!  Tea takes on the characteristics of the soil in which it grows, so you might very well get winning results.  I live in Texas, so that's out....
      A word about Darjeeling (this is an ongoing thing at my house between my wife and I):   Don't oversteep Darjeeling.  It should almost be steeped like a green tea, and in fact, the leaves can have a "greenish" hue even though it is "black tea".  But if you steep it longer than 3 or 4 minutes, or use boiling water, it will bring out this really acidic taste.   With just a bit of care, you've got a wonderful, bold but delicate cup..

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #32 on: January 03, 2012, 09:04:45 PM »
^ thanks for the tip. I should be able to find Twinings here, and as you suggest, I'll steer clear of the bags.

Yea, I have the same fights with my wife ("Don't use boiling water", "Don't steep it so long") so tea making's my department.

I hear tea is quite hardy, but obviously you want the right climate and soil to get a good cup. Apparently it takes a couple of years before you can harvest, but I'm in no rush! Climate where I am is probably too hot and dry to get good, tasty leaf though.

Are there any other relatively easy-to-find light-ish black teas anyone could recommend? (I live in South Africa, so specialist US brands won't be available, but I can often find Twinings).

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2012, 05:22:57 AM »
I used to drink several cups of hot coffee every morning followed by extra large cups of Dunkin iced coffee in the afternoons always black with no sweetener of any kind. Then I started having sharp abdominal pains. Took me a while to realize it was the coffee. Once I quit the pains went away and I have not had coffee now for almost 7 years. It was so hard to quit, harder than cigarettes even lol. I didnt drink any hot beverages at all for about 5 years and then I began enjoying a cup of tea in the morning on my way to work. I dont get too fancy but I also dont drink Lipton or Red Rose or any of the ones that come in boxes of 100 bags at a time :)

I like Twinings English Breakfast and I like all the Tazo teas. I have a collection of herbals too, Jasmin is my favorite, not a fan of Chamomile. Last year at Christmas my wifes mother brought me some Bigelow "Egg Noggin" and "Apple Cider" teas which are awesome! I dont use any milk of cream but once in a while I will add a drop of honey.

I see lots of interesting tea names here and I will certainly try some of them although I dont want to break the bank on teas since I am quite happy with the ones I can get in my local supermarket.

I use my wifes Keurig to brew my tea, I dont get the K-cups, I just put a bag in my cup and run the Keurig with no K-cup so I just get the hot water. Works great and I have a cup of hot tea in a few seconds.
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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2012, 11:19:21 AM »
@ Faust  :

Yeah,  the Twinings line is pretty traditional so I believe their English Breakfast is good ol'  chinese Keemun leaves (I could be wrong on that, help me out Clifford).  They make a fantastic Earl Grey (not everyone's cup, due to the strong citrussy bergamot, but when I want it, I reach for the Twinings).  Also, Ahmad tea (another, smaller, English blender) is maybe even better, but I can only find the stuff on ebay.  There are a few Republic of Tea blends that I also really enjoy in looseleaf  (that's the stuff that is most prevalent where I'm from, but Idk about South Africa)-  Drinking down a pot of Blackberry Sage right now, in fact  ;D

@ Clifford :
   I feel you on the pains.  I am a former barista, so my life  was flooded with coffee (good coffee, at that) , but when I had to take 1600 mg of ibuprofen a day for an injury,  I lost my taste for it (as well as my stomach lining too, lol).  Tea has been there the whole time for me, though  :)   

I have friend in CO that blends the best chai I've ever had (and I don't like chai all that much, having worked as a barista...) out of all homegrown ingredients.  I wish I could have you all over for a cup !

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« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2012, 12:24:11 PM »
Doppelloop my Twinings package only says "Black Tea" in the ingredients. I will check out the ahmad, thanks for the tip!  :)
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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2012, 06:29:24 PM »
Lol Arizona .99 cent sweet tea... absolutely cant go anywhere without it mmmmmm. 8-)

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« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2012, 12:14:49 AM »
Lol Arizona .99 cent sweet tea... absolutely cant go anywhere without it mmmmmm. 8-)
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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2012, 11:00:43 AM »
I went to Teavana last night and picked up some Dragonwell. Made a cup this morning for my drive to work. Not sure if I steeped it properly but it tasted great! The bag said to steep it for 45 seconds but after that time the water had barely changed color so I left it for about 2 minutes til it was slightly yellow/tan in color. As much as I enjoyed it I cant see myself dropping over $10 for 2 ounces of the stuff :)

I will try the Gyokuru when this one runs out. Thanks again for the suggestions, if anyone has any suggestions for something pre-bagged thats available in the supermarket I would love to hear it.

Lastly, what do you guys use for diffusers that you can put in a cup? I never make a whole pot so it has to be for single serving use. Thanks

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« Reply #39 on: January 05, 2012, 11:13:02 AM »
I went to Teavana last night and picked up some Dragonwell. Made a cup this morning for my drive to work. Not sure if I steeped it properly but it tasted great! The bag said to steep it for 45 seconds but after that time the water had barely changed color so I left it for about 2 minutes til it was slightly yellow/tan in color. As much as I enjoyed it I cant see myself dropping over $10 for 2 ounces of the stuff :)

I will try the Gyokuru when this one runs out. Thanks again for the suggestions, if anyone has any suggestions for something pre-bagged thats available in the supermarket I would love to hear it.

Lastly, what do you guys use for diffusers that you can put in a cup? I never make a whole pot so it has to be for single serving use. Thanks

Todd

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