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Free-for-all tea thread!
« on: May 29, 2011, 09:55:54 PM »
I read this thread on another message board, and I thought it would be fun to follow suit and post it here. I got a lot of recs for tea from those threads, and I enjoy reading about other people and their opinions of tea. :)

So, do you love tea or hate it? What are your favorite types and brands of tea?

Hot/iced? Sugar/milk/none of the above? How often do you drink it?


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As a child, I never liked tea. I would have to choke it down when I got sick. Thanks to my hippie freshman-year college roommate and my husband, I drink tea on a daily basis now. I'm still kind of a newbie to drinking it, but I've tried a lot of teas in the past few years.

I can only drink it hot. I really don't like sweet tea (AND I'm in the South, too! It's practically blasphemy). For anything cold, I can only stomach the sugary sickly sweet Lipton's tea.

My current favorites are any brand of peppermint and ginger tea (probably because I'm nauseous constantly, but I love the taste, too), Stash Double Bergamot Tea, Twinings Lady Grey, Tazo Passion Tea (My go-to when I meet someone for a coffee date at Starbucks), Archer Farms Fruit Sangria, and Teavana Strawberry Lemonade. I'll occasionally sweeten black tea with a sugar cube or honey, but I usually don't like adding sugar or milk to tea.

I'm not a big fan of green or rooibos tea at all. I only drink Yogi's Super Antioxidant Green Tea because it tastes like Fruit Loops, am I right?.

I generally stick to herbal and black tea. I also drink health teas for digestion, female issues, and colds. I feel like it does make a difference and provide some immediate relief.

Besides tea shopping at the grocery store, my husband and I buy stuff at local farm markets and health stores. Last year, someone introduced me to Kungaloosh (Kungaloosh Tea - http://kungaloosh.com/), and I order their sampler packs every once in a while. It's a great way to try several kinds of tea at once! 

We also have a Teavana locally, but their aggressive salespeople are just horrid. I applied there for a job once and I got to know their sales model. I always have to be on the defensive when I go in. Even though the sales clerks know me and my preferences, they STILL try to sell me the $200 tea machine every time I go in. I normally would never even give such a place my business, but their tea is so stinkin' good.

I'm always open to recs! What kind of tea do y'all like?
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2011, 10:11:30 PM »
I like tea a lot. I haven't been to Teavana in a while. I have a metal and glass brewing thing I want to use.

I like strong flavors, the more roast-y the better. I don't like Rooibos, though.

Did you look for a Teavana website? If you can order online, maybe you won't have to deal with the clerks.

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2011, 10:36:57 PM »
I enjoy a good cup, especially when I can get loose-leaf.  My standard go-tos are Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong, no sugar or cream, though I also enjoy other blends.  I occasionally like what is called in my family "Indian tea" as my grandparents brought the recipe back from their missionary trips to India- standard orange pekoe brewed with half water half milk and a bunch of sugar.

As far as cold tea goes, that's gotta be the one good thing about living back in the South- when I order a glass of ice tea it's automatically made the way God intended- with sugar!  When I lived in a studio in Chicago for a little over a year I had a tea lounge literally right next door to me that I frequented about every day (not kidding, if I didn't make an appearance I'd get friends I'd made while hanging out there knocking on my door wondering what was wrong!  Being broke was no excuse), the employees got so used to me drinking my hot tea without sugar that when summer rolled around and I requested iced tea (they brewed it on the spot and then ran it through a martini shaker with ice) that I just about blew their mind when I not only requested sugar but that the sugar be put into the shaker!
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2011, 10:40:47 PM »
Just did a search. You can indeed order tea from the Teavana site. Saves you a trip to the store.  :)

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2011, 10:46:22 PM »
Teavana is way overpriced. I urge you to look for other loose-leaf vendors in your area. Maybe if there's a Chinatown near you or something.

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2011, 10:47:37 PM »
Turkish Apple Tea is my favourite.
Must be served in a glass though!

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2011, 10:47:49 PM »
I'm not a big fan of green [...]

Anathema!

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2011, 10:48:38 PM »
Turkish Apple Tea is my favourite.
Must be served in a glass though!


Surely you mean Greek apple? ;)
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2011, 10:50:18 PM »
http://www.serendipitea.com/ was the supplier for my much missed lounge.  Though if teavana is considered overpriced these guys are about the same.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2011, 10:59:17 PM »
Turkish Apple Tea is my favourite.
Must be served in a glass though!


Surely you mean Greek apple? ;)
LOL! No such animal! Tea and coffee were popularised by the Ottomans.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2011, 11:08:52 PM »
Not a big tea drinker but I do enjoy these:




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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2011, 11:27:33 PM »
I enjoy most varieties of wu long. I also love earl grey and the Moroccan style mint tea.

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2011, 11:31:00 PM »
Even though I knew that Teavana had a website, I never thought of buying there because I like to be very specific about my oz amounts and they always try to sneak in extra ounces (while saying with a sugary sweet voice, "Oh sorry! My hand slipped. Is 5 oz okay?") so they can jack up the prices.

I guess they wouldn't do that online, though! Duh. (Neurons misfiring again, apparently).

Ozgeorge - Turkish Apple Tea is awesome! I misplaced my box, though. :( (Found it in a gourmet shop in Atlantic City, haven't seen it before or since.)

FormerReformer - I agree, who can drink ice tea WITHOUT sugar? I don't get it. And thanks for the serendipitea website! They have.5 oz sample sizes, which is fabulous. I think my next paycheck is probably going to them...


My hometown is smack in the middle of Asian-town, NJ, and I am just too scared to try the tea there because many of the words on the tea boxes are in Chinese! I have no idea what I'm drinking (sometimes the English translations are just as confusing as the Chinese characters), and I am not quite that adventurous yet. I should pick up a few small sizes and just sample them, though.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2011, 11:31:48 PM »
I enjoy most varieties of wu long. I also love earl grey and the Moroccan style mint tea.
Moroccan mint tea was the first type of tea that I actually enjoyed drinking. Which brand do you prefer?
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2011, 11:37:55 PM »


None of that herbal garbage.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2011, 11:45:07 PM »
I enjoy peppermint tea sweetened with Stevia.

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2011, 11:46:17 PM »
I love tea.

No offense to some, but green tea is about as appealing to me as green meat.  

I'm pretty traditional with my teas, drinking a lot of iced (no preferences other than unsweet really, it's iced) and hot teas.  My favorites tend to be the Ceylons, Assams, and various blends containing them.  I drink a lot of Taylor's of Harrogate Yorkshire and Yorkshire Gold (a wonderful, full English blend with Ceylon).  Unlike the South Yorkshire English football club I support, Taylor's Yorkshire actually puts out a quality product.

I also like an assortment of the Ahmad Classic Tea range, particularly their English Tea No.1, Afternoon Tea, but also an occasional Earl Grey or Darjeeling.

Edit: Had to clarify that I can't do the sweet tea thing.
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« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2011, 11:56:14 PM »
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2011, 12:00:48 AM »
^ Get off this thread.  :police:

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« Reply #19 on: May 30, 2011, 12:03:02 AM »
I admit I kept up my green tea drinking in an attempt to appear more Asian but now I can't even look at black tea.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2011, 12:08:20 AM »
I brought this up a few years ago... Heck there's even a fun tea poll to participate in!  Ain't much changed except the Romanian g/f.  :)
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« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2011, 12:13:00 AM »


Ok, I'll stop, I'm just bored tonight :)
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« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2011, 12:18:08 AM »
HEY!  ;D

Go join the toll house thread if you are bored.  :P
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #23 on: May 30, 2011, 09:41:32 AM »
I admit I kept up my green tea drinking in an attempt to appear more Asian

Do you do this with your face painted yellow and a kimono on?

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« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2011, 09:47:10 AM »
I admit I kept up my green tea drinking in an attempt to appear more Asian

Do you do this with your face painted yellow and a kimono on?

Teeehee.

They need to make skin-yellowing cream and offer nose-flattening surgery for us transracials.

Ideally I would be half-asian, I think.
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« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2011, 09:51:26 AM »
LOL! No such animal! Tea and coffee were popularised by the Ottomans.

Or even worse, by *gasp* a pope!

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Coffee aficionados often claim that the spread of its popularity is due to Pope Clement VIII's influence. Being pressured by his advisers to declare coffee the "bitter invention of Satan" because of its popularity among Muslims and it being a sort of antithesis or substitute for wine (which was used in the Eucharist), upon tasting it he instead declared that, "This devil's drink is so delicious...we should cheat the devil by baptizing it."
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #26 on: May 30, 2011, 10:49:37 AM »
I admit I kept up my green tea drinking in an attempt to appear more Asian

Do you do this with your face painted yellow and a kimono on?

Teeehee.

They need to make skin-yellowing cream and offer nose-flattening surgery for us transracials.

Ideally I would be half-asian, I think.

Look, it's cool that you enjoy our culture and all that, but please don't make it into a fetish.

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #27 on: May 30, 2011, 10:55:17 AM »
I admit I kept up my green tea drinking in an attempt to appear more Asian

Do you do this with your face painted yellow and a kimono on?

Teeehee.

They need to make skin-yellowing cream and offer nose-flattening surgery for us transracials.

Ideally I would be half-asian, I think.

Look, it's cool that you enjoy our culture and all that, but please don't make it into a fetish.

I'm not as bad as I make out, I promise.

(I'm sure you realise I was joking about the skin cream and surgery?)
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #28 on: May 30, 2011, 11:13:01 AM »
I admit I kept up my green tea drinking in an attempt to appear more Asian

Do you do this with your face painted yellow and a kimono on?

Teeehee.

They need to make skin-yellowing cream and offer nose-flattening surgery for us transracials.

Ideally I would be half-asian, I think.

Look, it's cool that you enjoy our culture and all that, but please don't make it into a fetish.

Waitaminute- a bad haircut, a little skin darkening, a kimono, and squinting doesn't make one look convincingly Asian?

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
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« Reply #30 on: May 30, 2011, 01:48:10 PM »
Teavana is way overpriced.

Nice understatement.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #31 on: May 30, 2011, 01:53:49 PM »
I love tea.

No offense to some, but green tea is about as appealing to me as green meat.  

I'm pretty traditional with my teas, drinking a lot of iced (no preferences other than unsweet really, it's iced) and hot teas.  My favorites tend to be the Ceylons, Assams, and various blends containing them.  I drink a lot of Taylor's of Harrogate Yorkshire and Yorkshire Gold (a wonderful, full English blend with Ceylon).  Unlike the South Yorkshire English football club I support, Taylor's Yorkshire actually puts out a quality product.

I also like an assortment of the Ahmad Classic Tea range, particularly their English Tea No.1, Afternoon Tea, but also an occasional Earl Grey or Darjeeling.

Edit: Had to clarify that I can't do the sweet tea thing.

Have you prepared green tea properly? And there are many varietials. With some varietials, you only steep for 45 seconds maybe at 165F.

With your non-fermented teas, you do need a decent thermometer (better yet a thermocouple) to get a knack of how long it takes the boiling water to cool (and yes cooled boiled water is better than water heated just to the right temp) and a careful eye on the clock.

I've disabused many of their distaste for the greens by proper prep and using less "grassy" varietials.
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« Reply #32 on: May 30, 2011, 01:58:17 PM »
I don't like Rooibos, though.

This could go into the irony thread. There is no Rooibos tea nor any "herbal tea". They are just boiled plant matter of some sort, unless they are actually mixing it with leaves from the tea plant.

Tea snobbery over.
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« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2011, 02:01:31 PM »
FormerReformer - I agree, who can drink ice tea WITHOUT sugar?

Me.

And it is a great way to make great tasting tea with much fuss over temp and time, especially for the whites and greens.

Some of the greens when cold steeped are fantastic and when cold steeped you can get two or three infusions from them. With quality blacks 4-5.
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« Reply #34 on: May 30, 2011, 02:03:56 PM »
I do have to admit that I am not at thermometer stage yet. My friend's mother actually caved at Teavana and brought her one of the expensive automatic tea kettles. Not going to lie, the tea was absolutely amazing -- I drank 5 or 6 cups a day. Still, too much money, despite the time it saves. You don't have to pay attention, just put in the number and voila!
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« Reply #35 on: May 30, 2011, 02:08:08 PM »
You don't have to pay attention, just put in the number and voila!

It would be one less outlet for my neurosis if I had one.

I don't use a thermometer anymore, you just know. Westerns just are going to over-steep whites and greens (and Americans make blacks too weak) because of having not grown up preparing the stuff.

Thermometer is needed at first for most. Again a thermocouple is better. Every kitchen should have one or two.
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« Reply #36 on: May 30, 2011, 02:42:43 PM »
My favorite green tea is Gen-mai cha with roasted brown rice. I also like cranberry, cherry, and peach teas--hot or cold. In the summer, sun tea brewed out in the sun, on the back steps, with sugar and plenty of lemon. I also confess a weakness for iced Peach Raspeberry tea with sugar.


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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #37 on: May 30, 2011, 02:57:41 PM »
Yerba mate. There are several ways to prepare it. In a few minutes, I'll be enjoying it as tereré (cold) while sitting outside reading.

Good in the morning prepared as mate cocido (boiled a bit) then sweeten (I prefer honey) and add a bit of milk.

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #38 on: May 30, 2011, 03:02:14 PM »
I don't like Rooibos, though.

This could go into the irony thread. There is no Rooibos tea nor any "herbal tea". They are just boiled plant matter of some sort, unless they are actually mixing it with leaves from the tea plant.

Tea snobbery over.

Tisane or ptisan for the herbal snob.

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« Reply #39 on: June 01, 2011, 07:32:47 AM »
I like many kinds. One of my favorites is called "monkey-picked", a variety of oolong tea.

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« Reply #40 on: June 01, 2011, 07:35:33 AM »
Genmaicha is another favorite.

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« Reply #41 on: June 01, 2011, 07:37:56 AM »
Ceylon black tea is a new favorite.

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« Reply #42 on: June 02, 2011, 03:22:11 PM »
Tea...Earl Gray....Hot  ;D

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« Reply #43 on: June 02, 2011, 03:23:39 PM »
Nice varietals and pics deusveritasest!
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2011, 03:29:33 PM »
My favorite is Green Pu-Erh tea.

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« Reply #45 on: June 02, 2011, 03:34:22 PM »
Nice varietals and pics deusveritasest!

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« Reply #46 on: June 02, 2011, 03:34:59 PM »
My favorite is Green Pu-Erh tea.



Interesting. I've tried black pu-erh but not green pu-erh.
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« Reply #47 on: June 02, 2011, 03:37:24 PM »
My favorite is Green Pu-Erh tea.



Pu-Erh is the beginning of tea neurosis and leads one down the same road of madness of oenophilia.
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« Reply #48 on: June 02, 2011, 03:39:09 PM »
Pu-Erh is the beginning of tea neurosis and leads one down the same road of madness of oenophilia.

But it makes you feel hip and foreign.  :'(

My favorite is Green Pu-Erh tea.


Interesting. I've tried black pu-erh but not green pu-erh.
The Green is not fermented very long and has an almost citrusy taste, while maintaining the ridiculously high caffeine content and potency of Pu-Erh.
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What does the black pu-erh taste like?
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« Reply #50 on: June 02, 2011, 03:40:51 PM »
What does the black pu-erh taste like?
Old bark or forest floor, the first time you try it.  :D
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What does the black pu-erh taste like?

Earthy. I get in the mood for it sometimes but not all that often. It's pretty eccentric.
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« Reply #52 on: June 02, 2011, 03:44:30 PM »
That's pretty hardcore! I once tried a bark tea (can't remember what type) and I couldn't take a third sip.

Oh wait, slippery elm bark tea is pretty great, though. At least it is very soothing for a sore throat.
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« Reply #53 on: June 02, 2011, 03:45:00 PM »
That's pretty hardcore! I once tried a bark tea (can't remember what type) and I couldn't take a third sip.

Oh wait, slippery elm bark tea is pretty great, though. At least it is very soothing for a sore throat.
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« Reply #54 on: June 02, 2011, 03:48:45 PM »
What does the black pu-erh taste like?

Varies widely. Depends how the region, fermentation process, year, how long it has been aged. Some general comments can be made, but it really is like oenophilia. It starts to approach something you do not drink "to drink" but to appreciate, even if that appreciation is something that tastes like moss-covered cedar with hints of clay and three day old raccoon carcass.

But what you are going to get for less than hundreds or thousands of dollars per ounce ain't going to be too complex ;).
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« Reply #55 on: June 02, 2011, 04:12:19 PM »
Jasmine, jasmine, and every once in a while I'll have jasmine.  I also like Thai iced tea (don't know exactly what it is but its red-orangeish and has some form of sweet condensed milk in it.  I also like very heavy black tea with cream and sugar some times.
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« Reply #56 on: June 02, 2011, 04:16:04 PM »
Jasmine, jasmine, and every once in a while I'll have jasmine.  I also like Thai iced tea (don't know exactly what it is but its red-orangeish and has some form of sweet condensed milk in it. 
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Milk and tea = weird. Or any dairy for that matter.
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I consort with none who imbibe "bubble tea". There ain't much I won't eat, but that stuff is of the devil.
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« Reply #59 on: June 02, 2011, 05:22:50 PM »
I like most teas but am fascinated by the Indian Masala Chai that I get at my favorite Indian restaurant.

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« Reply #60 on: June 02, 2011, 05:25:10 PM »
Green tea frappuccino?
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I'm drinking this right now:

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« Reply #62 on: June 02, 2011, 06:16:41 PM »
I usually drink green tea with some agave nectar added for sweetness. Some mornings I do the Irish Breakfast tea as posted above...
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« Reply #63 on: June 02, 2011, 06:37:29 PM »
I like most teas but am fascinated by the Indian Masala Chai that I get at my favorite Indian restaurant.
I have some Nepalese (probably identical) chai powder... it's awesome. You can cook with it or put it in drinks, either way, it's good!

Plus, the only good drink that has black pepper in it.  :)
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« Reply #64 on: June 02, 2011, 07:50:22 PM »
We drink a number of different teas; despite their variety of flavors, sources, and presentations, I still gravitate back to Constant Comment as my favorite (with honey, and sometimes Metaxa).
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« Reply #65 on: June 02, 2011, 09:37:24 PM »
I like earl green and earl white teas a great deal.

My kids are big tea fans as well now. They aren't given straight juice real often. Normally I mix half juice with half green and earl grey tea for them. This drastically cuts down on the sweetness and it tastes wonderful. It also nips any sugar cravings in the bud very quickly.

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« Reply #66 on: June 02, 2011, 10:20:42 PM »
Quinault, mixing tea with juice sounds amazing. I need to replace my Pepsi craving, but I finish juice way too quickly. Cutting the juice with tea should do the trick!
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« Reply #67 on: June 02, 2011, 11:10:16 PM »
This time of year my tea must be iced.  Anymore I like it unsweetened and cooled.  The one fancy grocery near here sells loose teas of mass varieties, one smells like a campfire and I like it, can't remember the name...
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« Reply #68 on: June 02, 2011, 11:17:49 PM »
Most brands of Earl Grey (black tea more generally, no green, red, white...), sugared, no lemon.
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« Reply #69 on: June 02, 2011, 11:40:05 PM »
This time of year my tea must be iced.  Anymore I like it unsweetened and cooled.  The one fancy grocery near here sells loose teas of mass varieties, one smells like a campfire and I like it, can't remember the name...
I like roobis, not tea but herbs and good!

Most likely Lapsang Souchong, one of my favorites, especially suited to crisp autumn days as the perfect pick-me-up.
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« Reply #71 on: June 03, 2011, 12:35:03 AM »
No offense to some, but green tea is about as appealing to me as green meat.  

Have you prepared green tea properly? And there are many varietials. With some varietials, you only steep for 45 seconds maybe at 165F.

With your non-fermented teas, you do need a decent thermometer (better yet a thermocouple) to get a knack of how long it takes the boiling water to cool (and yes cooled boiled water is better than water heated just to the right temp) and a careful eye on the clock.

I've disabused many of their distaste for the greens by proper prep and using less "grassy" varietials.

Don't tempt me.  I have enough time/space consuming, eccentric hobbies and interests as is.  A thermocouple?  Was that what was broken on the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive?

Plus, I'm pretty content with my black teas.  That said, I'll plead ignorance on the green tea front, and refrain from saying anything else bad about them.  Perhaps if I make it to the S. Ohio meetup, I'll take you up on the lesson.
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« Reply #72 on: June 03, 2011, 12:43:38 AM »
This time of year my tea must be iced.  Anymore I like it unsweetened and cooled.  The one fancy grocery near here sells loose teas of mass varieties, one smells like a campfire and I like it, can't remember the name...
I like roobis, not tea but herbs and good!

Most likely Lapsang Souchong, one of my favorites, especially suited to crisp autumn days as the perfect pick-me-up.
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« Reply #73 on: June 03, 2011, 12:45:01 AM »
Has anyone tried any of the blooming teas? They look so beautiful, but I can't justify the expense for our family of 6.

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« Reply #74 on: June 03, 2011, 12:48:52 AM »
^ They are very beautiful in the pot, but to me, I feel like I am drinking perfume. Some of them are very strong. Jasmine is my favorite, though. I recall even seeing some of them in Target for about $15 for 10 or so. Not too bad for a novelty thing, especially if you brew a glass pot of tea when guests are over or when you are celebrating something.
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I'm guessing the tea type of the flavor is matcha?
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« Reply #76 on: June 03, 2011, 01:59:06 AM »
I was just drinking this:



It's a black tea infused with cardamom.
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« Reply #77 on: June 08, 2011, 08:39:31 PM »
I'm guessing the tea type of the flavor is matcha?

Yes, and it's good and sugary!
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« Reply #78 on: June 08, 2011, 08:49:30 PM »
The color looks unreal!

And the whipped cream = sin.   :police: That's somewhere in the Bible, but I'm too busy to find and cite it right now.
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« Reply #79 on: June 08, 2011, 08:56:03 PM »
Good-unreal or bad-unreal?
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Just unreal. I would totally try it if I wasn't lactose intolerant -- there's milk in it, right?
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« Reply #81 on: June 08, 2011, 09:06:03 PM »
Yes, but they could do soy for you, I'm sure!

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« Reply #82 on: June 08, 2011, 09:15:45 PM »
Mmm, now I am craving iced Tazo tea from Starbucks.

Tea is always happiness-inducing. Nothing like a hot liquid searing your internal organs!c ;D
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« Reply #83 on: June 08, 2011, 09:20:36 PM »
When it was available I liked Vietnamese. When that dried up Mexican or Domestic.

Then when I got older in my mid thirties, it just made me paranoid and I coughed a lot so I gave it up.

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« Reply #84 on: June 08, 2011, 09:37:23 PM »
I'm guessing the tea type of the flavor is matcha?

Yes, and it's good and sugary!

Yeah, I love matcha flavored sweets too.

We have Peet's Coffee and Tea here and I think they do an even better matcha frap.  :)
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« Reply #86 on: June 08, 2011, 10:13:30 PM »
I was just drinking this about an hour ago:

http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Ceylon-Zarrin-Loose-500g/dp/B000LQOJ9G
The box makes it look quite enticing. I'd like some, as well.
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« Reply #87 on: June 08, 2011, 10:14:47 PM »
I heard there was such a thing as Green Rooibos; that's Rooibos that hasn't been oxidized and looks like grass clippings.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=green+rooibos&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1280&bih=933&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

still want to try it someday...
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« Reply #88 on: June 08, 2011, 10:15:45 PM »
I was just drinking this about an hour ago:
http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Ceylon-Zarrin-Loose-500g/dp/B000LQOJ9G

How does it compare with Ahmad's Ceylon (which I love)?
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« Reply #89 on: June 08, 2011, 11:11:24 PM »
I was just drinking this about an hour ago:

http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Ceylon-Zarrin-Loose-500g/dp/B000LQOJ9G
The box makes it look quite enticing. I'd like some, as well.

I got it at a local Middle Eastern food market.
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« Reply #90 on: June 08, 2011, 11:11:24 PM »
I was just drinking this about an hour ago:
http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Ceylon-Zarrin-Loose-500g/dp/B000LQOJ9G

How does it compare with Ahmad's Ceylon (which I love)?

Sorry, I don't know. I haven't tried Ahmad's yet. I just started out trying their brands. I got their Cardamom tea and their Green tea at the same time and place I got the other Ceylon tea, and that's all I've tried from Ahmad so far.
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« Reply #91 on: June 09, 2011, 12:09:00 AM »
Now I was just drinking this:



It tastes to me a fair amount what I've tasted of the "gunpowder" variety except more mild and less bitter. It's quite nice.
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So the Teavil Empire (AKA Teavana) bought up the local tea shop and prices have doubled. Is there any online tea vendor you know about with reasonable prices?

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« Reply #93 on: November 21, 2013, 08:18:36 AM »
I buy from Twinings. People like slinging the 'once big oil, always big oil' thing around, but they're good. And their taster options are great.
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« Reply #94 on: November 21, 2013, 08:24:23 AM »
I buy from Twinings. People like slinging the 'once big oil, always big oil' thing around, but they're good. And their taster options are great.

I was actually looking for some fancy pants loose leaf tea. Twinings is nice but I can get them anywhere.

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« Reply #95 on: November 21, 2013, 08:26:13 AM »
I buy from Twinings. People like slinging the 'once big oil, always big oil' thing around, but they're good. And their taster options are great.

I was actually looking for some fancy pants loose leaf tea. Twinings is nice but I can get them anywhere.

Not all of them, at least not over here (and our corner shop is the biggest supermarket in the country, so shelf space is not an issue). Might want to look over their range.
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« Reply #96 on: November 21, 2013, 08:35:10 AM »
On the other hand, for more Oriental tastes, a Chinese friend over there shops at either Lupicia or Ten Ren. I have no personal opinion to offer, for obvious reason.
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« Reply #97 on: November 21, 2013, 08:40:14 AM »
So the Teavil Empire (AKA Teavana) bought up the local tea shop and prices have doubled. Is there any online tea vendor you know about with reasonable prices?

Teekanne is what I use, but I don't know whether the price would be reasonable in the US. These guys say 14$/250g.



 
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« Reply #98 on: November 21, 2013, 09:46:51 AM »
I drink a lot of herbal teas.  I do enjoy a chai black te with condensed milk every now and again.  And I have alos had a chai mate blend that was good.
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I love teas. Love all plants.

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« Reply #100 on: November 21, 2013, 01:59:04 PM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!
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« Reply #101 on: November 21, 2013, 02:01:36 PM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!

Well, yeah. ;D
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« Reply #102 on: November 21, 2013, 02:04:58 PM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!

Well, yeah. ;D

That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?
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« Reply #103 on: November 21, 2013, 02:07:09 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.
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« Reply #104 on: November 21, 2013, 02:09:43 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.

I quite enjoy a cup of hot chai with MY crawfish and greens and fried okra and cornbread, thank YOU very much.
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« Reply #105 on: November 21, 2013, 02:12:50 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.

I quite enjoy a cup of hot chai with MY crawfish and greens and fried okra and cornbread, thank YOU very much.

Excuse me while I hurl.  Then I will make chai tea to feel better.
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« Reply #106 on: November 21, 2013, 02:15:01 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.

I quite enjoy a cup of hot chai with MY crawfish and greens and fried okra and cornbread, thank YOU very much.

Excuse me while I hurl.  Then I will make chai tea to feel better.

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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #107 on: November 21, 2013, 02:24:23 PM »
That doesn't make it right! Who would want iced tea in the middle of bleedin' November?

Um, Southerners.  I do not want Earl Grey with my crawfish and barbecue ribs with cornbread, thank you very much.

I quite enjoy a cup of hot chai with MY crawfish and greens and fried okra and cornbread, thank YOU very much.

Excuse me while I hurl.  Then I will make chai tea to feel better.

Yes, it does sound rather vomit-worthy.  Oh well...

I've always found it interesting that people say "chai tea".  Per wikipedia (and per my own marvelous thought processes) the word "chai"=A word for tea in numerous languages, derived from Mandarin Chinese chá (茶).  So, to say "chai tea" is really to say "tea tea" and sound, well...cool in a hipster-like fashion. ;)
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« Reply #108 on: November 21, 2013, 02:48:53 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D
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« Reply #109 on: November 21, 2013, 02:56:07 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

I would go with that if I was forced to. 
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« Reply #110 on: November 21, 2013, 02:59:21 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

I would go with that if I was forced to. 

YUCK!!!!!!!!!!  I would rather go tea-less for eternitea.
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« Reply #111 on: November 21, 2013, 03:05:24 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

I would go with that if I was forced to. 

YUCK!!!!!!!!!!  I would rather go tea-less for eternitea.
No.  You would end up in Teavana for eternitea without the funds to buy any.
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« Reply #112 on: November 21, 2013, 03:25:59 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

I would go with that if I was forced to. 

YUCK!!!!!!!!!!  I would rather go tea-less for eternitea.

No.  You would end up in Teavana for eternitea without the funds to buy any.

Is that anywhere near Havana?
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« Reply #113 on: November 21, 2013, 03:57:52 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
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« Reply #114 on: November 21, 2013, 04:03:54 PM »
well, I know I like trying some Creativa-tea.
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« Reply #115 on: November 21, 2013, 04:08:07 PM »
well, I know I like trying some Creativa-tea.

Do you take that plain, with lemon, or with milk?  Any sweeteners?
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well, I know I like trying some Creativa-tea.

Do you take that plain, with lemon, or with milk?  Any sweeteners?

It's good plain, with a little bit of lemon for a slight kick.
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« Reply #117 on: November 21, 2013, 04:10:49 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.
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« Reply #118 on: November 21, 2013, 04:12:52 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
It's a way of preparing it.  Faster, quicker, and more Starbucks-y version of masala chai.  Still tasty.
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Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.
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« Reply #120 on: November 21, 2013, 04:14:20 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.
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« Reply #121 on: November 21, 2013, 04:15:01 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

This is quite good news.  Thank you!
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« Reply #122 on: November 21, 2013, 04:15:37 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

You can with creative-Tea! Though the path to Teavana makes you a little loopy.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #123 on: November 21, 2013, 04:16:43 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

You can with creative-Tea! Though the path to Teavana makes you a little loopy.

I'm already a little loopy.  Does that mean something?
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« Reply #124 on: November 21, 2013, 04:17:19 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

You can with creative-Tea! Though the path to Teavana makes you a little loopy.

I'm already a little loopy.  Does that mean something?

No, it's a sign you're a healthy person.  ;D
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #125 on: November 21, 2013, 04:23:00 PM »
Is that anywhere near Havana?

Sadly, no.  It's probably in a mall near you.

There are no malls near me.

Then you can never attain Teavana.

You can with creative-Tea! Though the path to Teavana makes you a little loopy.

I'm already a little loopy.  Does that mean something?

No, it's a sign you're a healthy person.  ;D

Others might disagree with you, but.........thanks, anyway! ;)
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #126 on: November 21, 2013, 04:23:04 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
It's a way of preparing it.  Faster, quicker, and more Starbucks-y version of masala chai.  Still tasty.

If Arachne's chai latte is like the Starbucks chai latte, I'm going to go to my room, sit in the corner facing the wall, and cry for how she hurt my feelings.  The Starbucks chai latte is terrible, absolutely horrifying to anyone who has had authentic Indian chai.  If you're walking into a Starbucks with the express intention of ordering a chai latte, and you have health insurance, just go to the hospital right now.  If you don't have health insurance, just go anyway.     
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« Reply #127 on: November 21, 2013, 04:36:18 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
It's a way of preparing it.  Faster, quicker, and more Starbucks-y version of masala chai.  Still tasty.

If Arachne's chai latte is like the Starbucks chai latte, I'm going to go to my room, sit in the corner facing the wall, and cry for how she hurt my feelings.  The Starbucks chai latte is terrible, absolutely horrifying to anyone who has had authentic Indian chai.  If you're walking into a Starbucks with the express intention of ordering a chai latte, and you have health insurance, just go to the hospital right now.  If you don't have health insurance, just go anyway.     

And, watch out for Starbucks Chocolate Chai Latte.... Not a good combination and probably won't be back next year.

I miss the tea my Iranian roommates made.  They served it in these little glasses while playing bootleg Googoosh tapes and it was sooooo good.

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« Reply #128 on: November 21, 2013, 04:43:41 PM »
Marc's mention of Russian tea (was that on this thread or the other tea thread??)  piqued my curiosity.  I consulted my friend, Google, and this is one link he gave me: http://www.samovarlife.com/5-steps-to-the-ultimate-russian-tea/  Interesting.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #129 on: November 21, 2013, 04:44:11 PM »
And, watch out for Starbucks Chocolate Chai Latte.... Not a good combination and probably won't be back next year.

Gross!  Why spoil tea when you sell plenty of acceptable espresso products?  What did tea do to deserve that?    

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Tea in glasses!  The best!
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« Reply #130 on: November 21, 2013, 05:33:05 PM »
Gross!  Why spoil tea when you sell plenty of acceptable disgusting espresso products?  What did tea do to deserve that?    
Fixed it for you.  Starbucks roast for their espresso is burnt beyond help.  That's why they have so many drinks containing lots of sugar, milk ,syrups, and whatnot to cover it up.  Probably the reason they delved into the tea arena.
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« Reply #131 on: November 21, 2013, 05:33:53 PM »
Gross!  Why spoil tea when you sell plenty of acceptable disgusting espresso products?  What did tea do to deserve that?    
Fixed it for you.  Starbucks roast for their espresso is burnt beyond help.  That's why they have so many drinks containing lots of sugar, milk ,syrups, and whatnot to cover it up.  Probably the reason they delved into the tea arena.

Not to mention they prefer to use tea dust from what I've tasted, not even good bits of tea.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #132 on: November 21, 2013, 05:52:29 PM »
Starbucks roast for their espresso is burnt beyond help.  That's why they have so many drinks containing lots of sugar, milk ,syrups, and whatnot to cover it up. 

If I want good espresso, I don't go to Starbucks.  But if I want a dessert drink with a kick, I think Starbucks offers acceptable options. 
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #133 on: November 21, 2013, 06:11:01 PM »
If I had to drink only one kind of tea for the rest of my life, it would be chai latte. I've loved all the different brews I've sampled over time, but not enough to commit to any other. :D

Is that a particular type of tea, or a particular way of preparing tea? 
It's a way of preparing it.  Faster, quicker, and more Starbucks-y version of masala chai.  Still tasty.

If Arachne's chai latte is like the Starbucks chai latte, I'm going to go to my room, sit in the corner facing the wall, and cry for how she hurt my feelings.  The Starbucks chai latte is terrible, absolutely horrifying to anyone who has had authentic Indian chai.  If you're walking into a Starbucks with the express intention of ordering a chai latte, and you have health insurance, just go to the hospital right now.  If you don't have health insurance, just go anyway.

I've never had chai latte at Starbucks, so I wouldn't know - why go to the town's one Starbucks, when there are four branches of Costa (nearer, better, cheaper) to choose from? Although even at Costa they don't get it quite right; their blend is just that teeny bit overspiced.

I've found a very good blend to make it at home, although I'm hopeless at getting the milk right. My best option is an independent cafe in town. No idea which tea they use, but it's wonderful.
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #134 on: November 21, 2013, 06:20:02 PM »
I've found a very good blend to make it at home, although I'm hopeless at getting the milk right. My best option is an independent cafe in town. No idea which tea they use, but it's wonderful.

We mix our own spices! 

Personally, I prefer tea without milk, so how much milk to add is not a big worry to me.  But when making it for others, my rule of thumb is that the finished product should have a sort of peachy-orangey colour.  I know it when I see it.  ;)
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« Reply #135 on: November 22, 2013, 12:38:49 PM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!

And sweet.

I was driving from DC to South Carolina and stopped at a truck stop to eat. I order tea but was utterly surprised to see the teaspoon perfectly balanced and sticking straight up in the middle of the cup. The worse part was when I complained to the waitress that I had somehow gotten molasses with a bit of tea; everybody in the dining room stopped talking and turned to look at me...I obviously did not ask for dessert.  :)

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« Reply #136 on: November 22, 2013, 12:59:46 PM »
Marc's mention of Russian tea (was that on this thread or the other tea thread??)  piqued my curiosity.  I consulted my friend, Google, and this is one link he gave me: http://www.samovarlife.com/5-steps-to-the-ultimate-russian-tea/  Interesting.

That's it. They make tea in a Samovar... I wonder if anyone here has made tea in one of those bad boys?

I think they put a concentrated dose at the top and then it brews. They hit on it all day.

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« Reply #137 on: November 22, 2013, 01:59:56 PM »
Marc's mention of Russian tea (was that on this thread or the other tea thread??)  piqued my curiosity.  I consulted my friend, Google, and this is one link he gave me: http://www.samovarlife.com/5-steps-to-the-ultimate-russian-tea/  Interesting.

That's it. They make tea in a Samovar... I wonder if anyone here has made tea in one of those bad boys?

I think they put a concentrated dose at the top and then it brews. They hit on it all day.

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I thought a samovar was used to just heat and boil water.... ???
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« Reply #138 on: November 22, 2013, 02:09:15 PM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!

And sweet.

I was driving from DC to South Carolina and stopped at a truck stop to eat. I order tea but was utterly surprised to see the teaspoon perfectly balanced and sticking straight up in the middle of the cup. The worse part was when I complained to the waitress that I had somehow gotten molasses with a bit of tea; everybody in the dining room stopped talking and turned to look at me...I obviously did not ask for dessert.  :)
They usually do that the moment I open my mouth. Specifically, when I pronounce anything with the letter r in it, ends in -and, -ast, or -ath, or anyone starts singing "My Country tis of thee."
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Re: Free-for-all tea thread!
« Reply #139 on: November 22, 2013, 03:58:17 PM »
I was driving from DC to South Carolina and stopped at a truck stop to eat. I order tea but was utterly surprised to see the teaspoon perfectly balanced and sticking straight up in the middle of the cup. The worse part was when I complained to the waitress that I had somehow gotten molasses with a bit of tea; everybody in the dining room stopped talking and turned to look at me...I obviously did not ask for dessert.  :)

I don't like most teas without at least a little sweetness, but Southern style sweet tea is so sweet it's nasty.  Don't tell them that, though.  :P
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« Reply #140 on: November 24, 2013, 09:29:41 PM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!

And sweet.

I was driving from DC to South Carolina and stopped at a truck stop to eat. I order tea but was utterly surprised to see the teaspoon perfectly balanced and sticking straight up in the middle of the cup. The worse part was when I complained to the waitress that I had somehow gotten molasses with a bit of tea; everybody in the dining room stopped talking and turned to look at me...I obviously did not ask for dessert.  :)
They usually do that the moment I open my mouth. Specifically, when I pronounce anything with the letter r in it, ends in -and, -ast, or -ath, or anyone starts singing "My Country tis of thee."
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Are you asking for a good ol'-fashioned tar and feathering? :D
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« Reply #141 on: November 25, 2013, 10:21:08 AM »
When I can, I internet order from Twinings. Sadly, I usually have to make do with basic Walmart Lipton, because sadly, I'm not in England anymore- and when you ask for tea here in the South, they give it to you cold!

And sweet.

I was driving from DC to South Carolina and stopped at a truck stop to eat. I order tea but was utterly surprised to see the teaspoon perfectly balanced and sticking straight up in the middle of the cup. The worse part was when I complained to the waitress that I had somehow gotten molasses with a bit of tea; everybody in the dining room stopped talking and turned to look at me...I obviously did not ask for dessert.  :)
They usually do that the moment I open my mouth. Specifically, when I pronounce anything with the letter r in it, ends in -and, -ast, or -ath, or anyone starts singing "My Country tis of thee."
"My country, tis of thee-"/"God save our gracious Queen-" *cue a roomful of people's eyes on me*

Are you asking for a good ol'-fashioned tar and feathering? :D

Isn't that more of a Northern thing?  ;D
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« Reply #142 on: November 25, 2013, 01:08:49 PM »
Are you asking for a good ol'-fashioned tar and feathering? :D

Isn't that more of a Northern thing?  ;D
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