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Justin  
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 12:58 PM

TEA

I am curious, do we have any hardcore tea drinkers here?

My tea of choice is, and always has been, Earl Grey. I drink it throughout the day and can not imagine life without it. There is just something very dramatic and introspective about its aroma and flavor (bergamot).

Just this morning I was reading some interesting information about Earl Grey at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Grey_tea

Does anyone else have a particular tea that they enjoy? What kinds? When do your prefer to drink it? How do you prepare and serve it?

Although I love tea, I am totally ignorant about the culture and various traditions surrounding tea itself as well as the people who enjoy it. Especially our friends across the pond. I know that I like it, but am clueless about the customs surrounding its proper preparation, types, etc.

I think a quiz is in order!

linenlady
Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 1:04 PM

I order my tea from Upton Imports in Massachusetts. Whole leaf only. Sadly, because of a sensitivity to caffeine, I cannot drink regular single estate teas; but they have excellent decafeinated teas and while I enjoy an occasional cup of Earl Gray, I find their apricot flavored black tea to be subtle and superb and Darjeeling is always a pleasure.
Diane

geniuswaitress
Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 1:15 PM

I'm retarded on Earl Grey as well, and my favorite is Jackson's of Piccadilly which stopped distributing to the U.S. a year or so ago. I've been going nuts. My boyfriend cashed in some favors with UK friends and scored me a case of it for my birthday, so I'm currently in heaven!

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 1:53 PM

I do not drink coffee at all but I love tea. Prince of Wales is my favorite variety. I don't like the bergamot in Earl Grey. I do like white and green tea but my favorite is black tea with milk and sugar.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 1:55 PM

I love Twinings English Breakfast Tea. It has a rich, full bodied flavor without a hint of bitterness.

The package claims that it is a combination of Ceylon and Indian teas. I'm not an expert, I just know what I like.

Bottoms up, tea drinkers of the world!
Katy

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 1:57 PM

I've been drinking Stash Premium Vanilla Chai tea. Its very fragrant.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 2:05 PM

I like "silver needle" or "white tea". These are the still unfurled leaves that have the tiny, slivery white hairs still on them, giving them the appearance of being little silver needles.

I also like tip leaf tea...I can't remember the exact name, but it is only the small, immature leaves from the tip of the branches.

Red Tea (chinese) not the African stuff. It is a form of what is usually called Black Tea here, but isn't as black as the stuff you can buy her.

Mum flower tea. It is dried mums, the ones that are white with the yellow center. No caffeine and quite tasty. Very popular in the Canton region.

Ginger tea. Great if you are feeling ill, especially cold, flu-like, or tummy upset.

flybybethy
Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 2:09 PM

A guy I work with keeps a silver teapot in his office, and has about 6 cups a day (he has a file cabinet draw full of different varieties, and more at home -- so he says). Anyway, he drinks everything from fruity to spicy, but I believe his favorites are along the vanilla/chocolate/caramel flavors.
My personal favorite is plain old mint tea--every time my stomach decides to act a little crazy it settles it down right away. Green tea is ok but I have trouble still getting used to the taste.
Of course, I cannot even compose coherent sentences until I have my morning coffee, so these are just some thoughts from an occasional tea drinker.

englishrose49
Englishrose49  (Level: 22.0 - Posts: 38)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 3:57 PM

The best tea of all is Yorkshire tea,I`m drinking it right now xx

kravfighter
Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 4:10 PM

I love tea - hot or cold, with just a little sugar! Darjeeling and English Breakfast Tea are my staples. I also LOVE Twinings Four Red Fruits, but have a hard time finding this one.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 4:35 PM

Oh ya...you also need a real Yixing purple clay teapot for your favorite...ehich should never be used for anything except your favorite.

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Justin  
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 4:46 PM

Why is that Tuzilla? What is Yixing?

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 5:06 PM

My tea of choice is a Long Island Iced Tea!

linenlady
Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 5:39 PM

Oh! of course, Steve. The Yixing pots are small tea pots made of red or purple clay from the Yixing region. They should never be washed with soap and water, just rinsed so they absorb the tea that's brewed in them. To use different teas in one pots would mingle the flavors. They're gorgeous little pots and have very imaginative lids and spouts and designs.
Diane

marynuala
Marynuala  (Level: 133.6 - Posts: 994)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 7:18 PM

Herbal and fruit teas are my favourites. I love mint tea which is very refreshing. Night time tea such as camomile, is also very relaxing if it has been a stressful day. Incidentally Whittards is a very good store for a wide selection of teas.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 7:38 PM

YiXing purple clay pots are very special. You have to buy a quality one, not mass produced. They are small to medium-sized. You never wash them once you get it. You only use one type of tea in it, so it is seasoned with that tea and only that one. After a while you can make tea in it a couple times without adding tea, in a pinch. I have the name of an excellent source in China. High quality, fair shipping.

willough4
Willough4  (Level: 102.2 - Posts: 33)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 8:40 PM

I like Tea Forte, which comes in a silk infuser instead of the regular tea bag. It says, these silken infusers allow the tea leaves to unfurl, the flavors to mingle, and the robust to flow right through the infuser into your cup." It comes in a variety of flavors including Earl Grey, Green Tea, Ginger (ginger root, lemon myrtle, ginseng, and black pepper), Flora (hibiscus flowers, cinnamon, licorice root), Forte (ceylon black tea, jasmine flowers). The infuser has a cute little "leaf" which sticks out of your teapot or teacup and then you put it on a little stand, so you can re-use it if you want. I order it on-line at www.teaforte.com.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 9:17 PM

Tuzilla ... post your source ... or send it to me via Sploofus messaging! I must try it!
Katy

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Justin  
Wed, 23rd Aug '06 10:40 PM

I second that!

Thank you!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 24th Aug '06 12:49 PM

Love Earl Grey...hot! And it makes an intriguing iced tea as well. Have you tried Lady Grey? I may even prefer the Lady to the Earl.

My very favorite, reserved for Christmastime to keep it special, is Blackcurrant. I probably 100 cups of tea to every coffee.

Thanks for asking!

Cheers!
Donna

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 1521)
Thu, 24th Aug '06 1:22 PM

This is waaay odd, I love tea, especially Constant Comment. However, if I have more than one cup of any kind of tea I get meaner than a snake. Does anyone have any logical reason for this? I can tolerate coffee better than tea, although I do not like coffee as well.

flybybethy
Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Thu, 24th Aug '06 1:24 PM

Oooo, Constant Comment is good.
I get meaner than a snake pre-coffee, but I've never heard of it after tea. I thought tea was supposed to be soothing...

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 24th Aug '06 2:45 PM

Geophile, could be you're reacting to the tannin in tea rather than the caffeine that's in both tea and coffee? I could be way wrong here, but I have a sneaky memory that coffee only has minimal tannin ...

carreau
Carreau  (Level: 236.9 - Posts: 140)
Thu, 24th Aug '06 3:20 PM

Visiting Ireland last year we discovered Barry's tea. Can't seem to find it here in Florida, so we order it on the internet. I'm not what you would call a big tea drinker, but I like this brand, hot or ided.

carreau
Carreau  (Level: 236.9 - Posts: 140)
Thu, 24th Aug '06 3:22 PM

Duh! That's "iced" of course. Why can't we edit? Why can't I learn to proofread?

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.3 - Posts: 686)
Thu, 24th Aug '06 3:24 PM

My favourite is Orange Pekoe, usually Tetley Brand or Red Rose. I also like English Breakfast and Earl Grey (Twinnings brand). I just love a spot of tea. All my friends like tea more than coffee. I do too. Think I'll go make a cup right now.
Jo

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.7 - Posts: 2770)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 3:22 AM

My Gawd, you USians seem to know far more about tea than we mere Brits!
For us it's just good ol' cheapo teabags from the supermarket.
(Apologies to UK purists!).
Only one rule I do have - all those strawberry jam, spare ribs, lamb Madras, Screwdriver etc. flavoured teas should go straight into Boston Harbour!

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 178.8 - Posts: 909)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 3:30 AM

Earl Grey and English Breakfast are at the top of my list but I must say my favorite is Thai iced tea found in Thai restaurants.

Cathy

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 4:27 PM

Jasmine tea in its own special pot to go with Asian meals.......Chamomile or Peppermint when I want the world to go away awhile.


I favor Green Tea with a merest sliver of lime rind for relaxation as well when I am very tired and need a lift.
~Bev

queentxf
Queentxf  (Level: 90.6 - Posts: 55)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 4:43 PM

If I had to choose just one as my favorite, I'd say Jasmine...and Oolong...with English and Irish breakfast close behind. But sampling all sorts of teas is a guilty pleasure...we have a cabinet with an entire shelf devoted to my tea collection. Twoxfourman says I can't buy more until we drink some of what we have, but but when I see something that looks interesting, it always ends up in the basket! Does that make me an addict?!

sploofus
Justin  
Fri, 25th Aug '06 5:20 PM

Spare ribs flavoured tea, Surreyman?

Gawd! LOL! Look out for that one!

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 9:14 PM

Good Earth Tea - brewed for a few hours in a big jar outside in the Arizona sun! Poured over ice...never needs sugar! YUM!

noncentz
Noncentz  (Level: 135.5 - Posts: 72)
Fri, 25th Aug '06 11:29 PM

Tea makes me burp. I think it's all the sipping.

uncleresa
Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Sat, 26th Aug '06 9:04 AM

AAAAARGG! Give me a nice columbian supreme COFFEE any time!! Teresa

uncleresa
Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Sat, 26th Aug '06 9:48 AM

And please let surreyman know that dumping that spare rib tea gave us the right to spell it harbor!!!

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.7 - Posts: 2770)
Sat, 26th Aug '06 12:07 PM

Not the right - it's still wrong!

cypressriver
Cypressriver  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 160)
Thu, 2nd Nov '06 1:56 PM

Tuzilla,

Did you ever post your source for YiXing purple pots? I've been looking for one. I was in China a few years ago and didn't know enough to get one while I was there.

As for favorites (I know, this thread died months ago)I love Twinings English Breakfast (bulk, of course, not bags!), Jasmine, Green, and Barry's, which we order from Ireland, thanks to Carreau's suggestion. I don't like the bergamot in Earl Gray. It's used as a fixative in perfumes, and it tastes, well, perfumey. I do drink it sometimes to be polite.

If I drank coffee, I'd have to be rushed to the emergency room with palpitations and sweating and shaking. Tea is okay in moderation. Chocolate is safe in any amount. The types of caffeine in each must vary.

Cypressriver

lancaster
Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Thu, 2nd Nov '06 2:07 PM

I have too any favorites, I guess. But at the very top would be Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Green,and,occasioally to rev up lapsang.

allena
Allena  (Level: 255.5 - Posts: 1391)
Thu, 2nd Nov '06 2:53 PM

Tea, a hot button. Did you know what the oldest continually operating store in London is called?

I grow mint, four different kinds for iced tea. In the winter, tea is especially good with schnapps. (Try Earl Grey, a cinnimon stick and peach schnapps) I know, purists think tea by itself is great.

If you want to clear sinuses, hot tea with honey and a lemon wedge is excellent. Tea can vary by time of day from English Breakfast, Earl Grey for lunch and some Green tea in the evening. Those that can not tolerate caffeine have many herbal teas. There is no end to the soothing yet invigorating punch of tea at four o'clock. My favorite is clotted cream on the beach at sunset. Answer: A tea store, Twining of course. If I had gotten here earlier, I would write a quiz. However... did you know that high tea at the Four Seasons only costs $90 per person...now you know why you should learn to make your own scones.

Allena

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.3 - Posts: 5487)
Thu, 2nd Nov '06 3:34 PM

Does good old Lipton count? LOL....(I do like the herbal teas such as Peppermint and one called Sleepy time tea....it relaxes me so I can fall asleep)....
Vickie

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Thu, 2nd Nov '06 3:49 PM



I use hot tea, honey, a lemon wedge and a shot of Whiskey, (in equal measures) before I sing...It clears the sinuses and relaxes me all at the same time..



larrybus
Larrybus  (Level: 307.4 - Posts: 383)
Thu, 2nd Nov '06 3:55 PM

Phitzy, is that like 8 ounces each of tea, honey, lemon wedges and Whiskey? That would relax the heck out of me!

jenpsmith
Jenpsmith  (Level: 121.8 - Posts: 64)
Thu, 2nd Nov '06 10:49 PM

I used to drink Prince of Wales and Russian Caravan (I think the name got me started on that one), brewed in an old teapot. That was when I was young and 'alternative'. Now that I have a baby and less time for the tea ritual, I drink English Breakfast from tea bags. It hits the spot nicely. Have tried herb teas, but none quite compare to the real thing.

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 1521)
Fri, 3rd Nov '06 2:08 AM

I can have a cup of Constant Comment now and then which I love. There is something in tea that makes me meaner than a snake if I drink too much...I can drink caffeine, such as coffee, no problem. Has anyone ever heard of tea turning a person into a werewolf? Happens with any kind of tea, except those tasteless "herbals." Could be the tanin in the tea....I have no idea.

greyghost
Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 3rd Nov '06 8:12 AM

I prefer English Breakfast Tea,or Tetleys.

mskillian
Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Fri, 3rd Nov '06 8:52 AM

When I studied in London, we tried many different types of tea but I love Fortnum and Mason's the most. They had a special blend, the fortnum/mason blend (I can't remember the exact name) that was a wee bit stronger than their regular tea - that was my favorite - I'd love to have that again.


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