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Old December 20th, 2011, 08:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So who here is a big tea fan? My friends call me a tea snob because I only drink tea from tea leaves. There are only some tea bags that I will drink. Mostly the Tazo Tea brand from Starbucks.

I want to hear people's tea stories and tea reviews What is your all time favourite tea? Where do you go buy your tea? What tea are you drinking today? How do you prepare your tea?

My two favourite Tea Shops are DavidsTea and Teaopia. I switch between the two stores and haven't decided which one I like best. Both I believe are Canadian companies but they ship anywhere in North America.

I mostly drink green, oolong and jasmine tea. I simply love white tea, but these are a bit pricey (double the price of the other tea), so I only drink them on special occasion.

Right now, I'm drinking a tea call 'Read My Lips', from DavidsTea, its a black tea with peppermint and dark chocolate.

The tea appearance is very cute and is just a sight for your eyes with the little red candy lips and chocolate chips mixed in with the black tea and peppermint leaves. I was quite surprise to find that the tea was not sweet at all. When you take a sip you don't really taste the chocolate but you smell it. Where the tea shine is the peppermint that has a cool lingering feel in your mouth after each sip. This tea is like a soft kiss that gets more passionate with each sip. I didn't think I'd like the tea with the first sip as the taste was completely new to me. With each sip, the tea got better and better. I could never imagine liking chocolate tea but I must say I really enjoy this one. It has definitely open my eyes to chocolate inspired tea.

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I like the stuff they use in Chinese restaurants. It is not what is marketed as Green Tea, and I would like to know what it really is.
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I love tea, I need to get a good tea kettle to brew it in as now I just use a loose leaf tea ball. When I live though theres not much in the selection for good loose leaf blends,only shop around is teavana. But my favorite style are green teas with light herbal flavors, there's on from tazo thats a mix of green tea, lemon,hibiscus and rose extract. has a very refreshing taste and is great after a long day to just have a cup and cuddle withthe Girlfriend by the fireplace. Another good one from teavana, is what they call samruai chai matte, http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/mate-teas/p/samurai-chai-mate-tea its great mid day. I just wish it was clsoer to my work so I could get tea instead of coffee all the time .
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I drink 2 cups a day every day.

(PG Tips + Milk + 2 sugars) x 4.5 minutes = job done. I don't mind this fancy stuff but it doesn't hit the spot for me.
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I like the stuff they use in Chinese restaurants. It is not what is marketed as Green Tea, and I would like to know what it really is.
Most of the Chinese restaurant I go to uses Green tea with chrysanthemum or jasmine flowers.

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I love tea, I need to get a good tea kettle to brew it in as now I just use a loose leaf tea ball.
I really want a proper tea kettle since normal kettle boils the water too hot for green and white tea. One of the salesgirl at DavidsTea told me this trick, where you put a little bit of room tempurature water and have the tea bag lightly sit in it. When you pour the boiling hot water in, it won't 'burn' the tea, so you won't have that bitter tea taste. Another trick is to turn the kettle off a minute before it boils...or let the kettle cool for a couple of minutes before you use it.


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That tea has soooo much stuff packed into it! How's the taste?

You can buy a 50g tea laves and make your own tea at work That's what I do.

I have like 5 different tea diffusers. It's hard trying to find the perfect tea diffuser. I also use empty tea bags to put my tea leaves in. I find this the best way to encase your tea leaves. I can't stand free floating tea leaves in a cup.
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If you're ever in London you should book an afternoon tea at Claridges. 36 (~$50) and you have to book 5 months in advance for a Saturday but it's supposed to be worth it.
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If you're ever in London you should book an afternoon tea at Claridges. 36 (~$50) and you have to book 5 months in advance for a Saturday but it's supposed to be worth it.
I'll keep that in mind the next time I go to London I've done a few Afternoon tea around Toronto, but I'm guessing it's nowhere as nice as doing it where High Tea was started.
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I love tea. Yunnan Bonay Tea is my personal favorite. I've been drinking this for years. Usually 1 to 2 cups a day
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Tea = gross. Although, I forced myself to have a lipton lemon tea this morning because I am sick.
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I love tea, but usually can't afford anything but the stuff in bags. My favorite types of tea are Earl Grey, Lady Grey, and Chai. I love black teas. I do have a cast iron tea pot for when I get good loose tea, and I save that for special occasions, or when I am studying for finals. I will almost never turn down tea.
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I prefer Tetley (bagged tea). I went on a binge of Tazo teas but tastes wear off for me. I'm a binger/purger (not the eating disordered kind); I binge on things until I get sick of them and then I can't eat/drink those things for a very long time.
Also, I'm lazy, so I don't care for the whole teaball thing.
But tea is nice, I go back and forth from tea to hot chocolate but normally (especially during cold months) I have at least one mug (12oz) of one or both each day.
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Tea = gross. Although, I forced myself to have a lipton lemon tea this morning because I am sick.
If you drink the right tea, it makes the world of a difference. I was never into tea until recently. Was the Lipton tea in a pyramid sachet? Those aren't that bad tasting. They are on the same level as the Tazo tea. I think they are Tetley actually.
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if it's generic southern sweet tea, i'm good.

i'm already enough of a beer and scotch snob, i don't need to add any more drink snobbery.
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Big tea drinker, both iced and hot. I get most of my stuff from Adagio. Great site, even lets you make your own blends.

Possibly my favorite black tea is their Black Dragon Pearls. They also have some pu erh teas which are definitely not for everyone.. some say it's like drinking dirt but I acquired a bit of a taste for them on occasion while dating a girl from China back in college.

You can't go wrong with any of their masters teas either.

For your green teas, they have a super nifty kettle, the utiliTEA kettle that can heat water to the right temperature without resorting to any tricks, can also get it to the proper temp for black teas as well.
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i'm already enough of a beer and scotch snob, i don't need to add any more drink snobbery.
I am a vodka snob and an aspiring wine snob, lol.
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Thanks katmandu for the link. So, do you use that tea Kettle? I am going to put it on my wish list
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I am a vodka snob and an aspiring wine snob, lol.

Thanks katmandu for the link. So, do you use that tea Kettle? I am going to put it on my wish list
I do, works great. Had to get my niece one so she would not steal mine.
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I do, works great. Had to get my niece one so she would not steal mine.
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Trying out Green and Fruity. It's a unoxidized green rooibos tea that's caffeine free. It smells nice. Taste is a very subtle, too subtle for my liking. There's a very light fruity sweetness. I think I might have underseeped the tea at 4 minutes. I'm reading the reviews and it said 5-7 minutes. Most of the reviews say that this tea is best served cold, so I might try that another day.
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I am having a lovely cup of Genmaicha today I love the sweet roasty feel and almost nutty taste of the green tea and roasted brown rice.

I am trying not to ...but I want to deface my tea with honey, lol. I love love honey, especially the unpasteurized farm honey I have <3 Though honey and lemon taste better with English tea (Earl Gray, English Breakfast etc) versus green/white tea.

And tea drinkers, you need to post what you're drinking for the day
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When I have tea I usually just go for the bags. Its not as good as the loose leaves but I don't have the patience for that. I love Lady Grey. But I recently found Stash Chocolate Mint which I really enjoy.
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I'm drinking my fav today in teabag.

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Today's cup of tea in the morning was Golden Monkey Tea. Very subtle black tea, though naturally sweet. Definitely not a bold blend by any stretch of the word. Bit of a departure from my normal 'wake up' cup of Irish Breakfast Tea.
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Several times a week:


I know, not really tea, but I can't do caffeine.
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I'm a huge tea consumer but no connoisseur. I brew tea from bags and it's been Lipton's, Cains, and lately Luzianne. I brew my tea by the gallon and wife and I consume that daily.. iced. I have been on this consumption rate for over 40 years.

On another note, have any of you tried sassafras tea? I read about the tea in a children's novel when I was in grade school. I often thought about trying it. A decade ago or so a good friend of mine graced me with some sassafras roots to make some tea. It is quite good and oddly enough... a piece of root can be brewed many many time. I'm now down to my last piece of root which still produces tea as well as the other parts a decade ago. I don't think the root can be purchased over the counter so I suspect a trip to the woods for more roots will be forth coming.
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I was drinking Red Rose tea with my mum from a young age. I met a few folks in college that turned me on to some very interesting teas, the most noteworthy was Yerba Mate (pronounced yerba ma-tay). It's not really a traditional "tea" but it's produced for drinking the same way. As Roze stated earlier, I also steep the tea bag in cool water before adding the hot, not boiling, water for a good 5min steep. Then I add just a touch of local honey or agave nectar. Mate has a little after taste, but if steeped properly it's almost unnoticeable.
High in antioxidants, and it gives you a kick in the behind. I love it!

@ olbriar, one of the old neighbors in my neighborhood brewed sassafras beer, it was awesome!! I've heard of using the roots for tea, but I've never tried it. I'll have to find some, and give it a go!! Thanks for bringing up a topic that brought back an awesome memory from my childhood!
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@ olbriar, one of the old neighbors in my neighborhood brewed sassafras beer, it was awesome!! I've heard of using the roots for tea, but I've never tried it. I'll have to find some, and give it a go!! Thanks for bringing up a topic that brought back an awesome memory from my childhood!
Now that is a thought... sassafras beer mmmmmm. My cousin's husband enjoys brewing beers and has some going at all times. I'll have to suggest a sassafras brew when I see him over the holidays. Thank you for the idea. I tried one of his batches that was brewed with a black tea as a base. It wasn't bad at all. Not something you would long for but a very pleasant beer.
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Now that is a thought... sassafras beer mmmmmm. My cousin's husband enjoys brewing beers and has some going at all times. I'll have to suggest a sassafras brew when I see him over the holidays. Thank you for the idea. I tried one of his batches that was brewed with a black tea as a base. It wasn't bad at all. Not something you would long for but a very pleasant beer.
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Today is Stash Ginger Breakfast black tea. Its doing double duty since I had an upset stomach and now I don't.
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That's the best Tea is just lovely when it helps with your throat or upset stomach.

I am still rocking the Genmaicha
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I am still rocking the Genmaicha

I should really branch out and try some of the better teas.
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Oh, you definitely should!!! I wasn't into tea until recently. Now I just want to explore and indulge your tea taste bud
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This is a helpful thread -- I'm more the coffee type, but since my horizons for tea = earl grey or earl grey, this is helping give some idears
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I am drinking lady grey today. I also like yerba mate....tomorrow will be some chai.
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Today, I'm having Pai Mu Tan White Tea.


I bought a sample of 3 different tea leaves to try and this is one of it. Like all white tea, the taste is very subtle and light. Something to start you off in the morning I do feel that there's a bit of green tea leaves mix in with the white as the taste is a bit stronger than other white tea I have. When I look at the leaves, I only see half of the leaves with the white fur buds that white tea is known for.

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This tea originated in the Fujian province of China where it is traditionally known as Pai Mu Tan but perhaps more commonly referred to by its literal translation as White Peony. The making of this classic White Tea dates back to ancient Chinese traditions where the tea buds are collected from a special variety of bush called Narcissus, dried in the sun and withered prior to opening. The especially fine and fresh aromatic nature of Pai Mu Tan along with its soft, mild and flowery flavour makes it an ideal starter tea.
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Hate tea. My fiance on the other hand...

There's a guy in the UK who if you furnish him with personality traits etc, will create you a custom blend. Made a good Christmas present..
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You are SO unBrit there, Dan :P
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What did you say for her personality and did she like her personalized tea?
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LOVE TEA. I always drink it black, no milk at all
I'd drink 3 to 6 cups a day
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I'd drink 3 to 6 cups a day
What kind of black tea?
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Original Blend Lyons. Never seen it sold outside Ireland.
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So who here is a big tea fan? My friends call me a tea snob because I only drink tea from tea leaves. There are only some tea bags that I will drink. Mostly the Tazo Tea brand from Starbucks.
I was recently reading about proper Tea Time Etiquette; when to serve tea, how to serve tea, and what one never does and must always do at High Tea.

Too much work, but I might try to hookup with a few proper English wimmen and experience a proper tea time.
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I was recently reading about proper Tea Time Etiquette; when to serve tea, how to serve tea, and what one never does and must always do at High Tea.

Too much work, but I might try to hookup with a few proper English wimmen and experience a proper tea time.
I went to high tea at a 4 stars hotel. Had I known that the cost of high tea is the same as a delicious steak at a steak house, I wouldn't have gone.
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Steak>Tea. Sorry. I love tea but it's not in the same league with steak. Now if you could brew up a KC strip... that would be something.

Back on track here.... Has anyone used one of those electric tea machines? I don't quite understand how they work or why they command such a high price. Are they any good? Special? ...or just a good ol American gimmick to sell me something I don't really need?
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You are SO unBrit there, Dan :P

What did you say for her personality and did she like her personalized tea?
It wasn't just her personality though.

I essentially said she was tall, kind, gentle, quiet and likes earl grey.

She did like her blend yes
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+1 *drools* STEAK.....

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The tea in the specialty container that you put in and you get your tea?

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It wasn't just her personality though.

I essentially said she was tall, kind, gentle, quiet and likes earl grey.

She did like her blend yes
So it's something earl grey So did he tell you what he use for tall, kind, gentle and quiet?
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Today I am having a ginger green tea. The tea leaves smell absolutely delightful with a strong sweet ginger aroma. So guess how disappointed I was when I realized that the smell did not translate to the flavour. It's a good tea, but you care barely taste the sweet ginger in it


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This tea gets a 7 for being a good green tea but not a good ginger green tea. I am back on my quest to find the perfect ginger green tea!!!
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I have a ginger black tea that's delicious. Although for tea people its probably not the same cause its in a tea bag.
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I have a ginger black tea that's delicious. Although for tea people its probably not the same cause its in a tea bag.
Tea bags ain't bad, it's just not fresh. So, it depends on the quality of the tea in the bag. The Lipton Pyramid line is pretty good and I love the Starbuck Tazo tea Both are 'fresh' tea leaves bagged. lol Tazo tea is kind of pricy now and cost more than most 50g bag of lose leafs tea. I rather go with something more fresh

I actually have organic tea bags that I use to bag my tea The thing about tea bags is the convenient of carrying the tea with you. Lose leaves = messy, lol.
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Tea bags ain't bad, it's just not fresh. So, it depends on the quality of the tea in the bag. The Lipton Pyramid line is pretty good and I love the Starbuck Tazo tea Both are 'fresh' tea leaves bagged. lol Tazo tea is kind of pricy now and cost more than most 50g bag of lose leafs tea. I rather go with something more fresh

I actually have organic tea bags that I use to bag my tea The thing about tea bags is the convenient of carrying the tea with you. Lose leaves = messy, lol.
Tea bags are great! Using leaves isnt really practical in the morning when you are rushing, or in the evening after a hectic day at school/work/training session. I find pyramid bags diffuse better, though that may be all the marketing giving a placebo effect
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Tea bags are great! Using leaves isnt really practical in the morning when you are rushing, or in the evening after a hectic day at school/work/training session. I find pyramid bags diffuse better, though that may be all the marketing giving a placebo effect
My tea time is a calming ritual for me. I make my tea when I get into work though, so I'm not rushed at all lol.

I think pyramid tea bags diffuse better because of the surface area of the bag. They are also pretty to look at, lol.
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So it's something earl grey So did he tell you what he use for tall, kind, gentle and quiet?
D'ya know I can't remember. I shall have a look.

He has the blend on record so we can re-order at a cheaper price
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