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    Enjoying a cup of tea




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    The java has been a fabulous wealth of information, but I am wondering if there are any more tea drinkers out there? I enjoy both, but am beginning to drink more tea and less coffee. I have a number of personal favorites, depending upon the time of day and the mood I am in including Irish breakfast and Scottish Breakfast, and some Assams and Ceylons. I also like Earl Grey if it is made with real oil of bergamont.

    As for purveyors of tea, I tend I enjoy the teas from Harney and Sons, Rishi, Numi and from the Republic of Tea. If nothing else, the whole story and concept around the Republic of Tea is awesome! I also enjoy Mighty Leaf teas and on some days a cup of Lipton hits the spot if for no other reason. I know there are a number of other teas that I have had in my travels, I just can't keep track of all of them.

    I just enjoy the whole concept and culture around tea...slowing down to brew and enjoy a cup of hot tea in this fast paced world. I do tend to use bags for their convience, but I do have a number of loose teas, some tea spoons, some tea balls, and an infuser to make tea. I also have a couple of vintage Japanese cast iron tea pots that make a great cup of green tea.

    Any others out there who enjoy this wonderful beverage?

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    Darjeeling. Strong. I used to be on ten cups a day. I escaped the habit by leaving Blighty.

    These days i've cut down to a couple of cups a day. Earl Grey and Lapsang Suchong. I've yet to find a cheap, right-on source for high quality darjeeling in Indiana.

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    I have recently switched from Coffee to more tea...mmm tea

    I get most of mine from adagio.com which has good tea, reasonable customer service etc....the nice thing is that they have sample sizes (which make quite a bit of tea) so you can be sure you like them before you stock up.


    I am partial to Russian caravan teas myself.....

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    Rosie-Lee

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    I get mine straight from India- blend my own and make my own Earl Grey.



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    Oooh, my cup of tea!!:clap
    I enjoy Indian and Ceylon tea, (well, British?), Chinese tea, and of course Japanese green tea!
    Assam and Uva are my favorites, I have been thru so many brands, too many to remember accurately, so I can't say which is what, manufacturer wise.
    I used to know a Taiwanese who'd often bring me a packet of the best quality oolong tea and jasmine tea, both were so fragrant and tasty compared to those carried in the average food store here. Since she's gone back to Taiwan for good, I can't get them any more.
    As for Japanese green tea, there's actually a great variety, both tree-wise and district-wise, and how they are treated after harvesting. Some are mild, others are stronger, or more bitter (especially the powdered tea used in tea ceremonies), and I prefer the milder ones.

    Anyway, I will never pass a good cup of tea, and will always share a good pot with you all!
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    Oh how I love tea. I have Crohn's disease, wich can cause some stomach pain, so tea is very soothing. I'm partial to Kombucha by Yogi Tea, it's very sweet. I also like PG tips from India, and sometimes nothing beats a steaming hot cup of Peppermint Tea. I actually bought some very nice Earl Grey last year on the QM, I'm almost out, guess I'll have to get back there to buy some more.

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    I came to this one late. Everyone has hit just about all of mine so far.
    LaMedicine, I know what you mean about Oolong straight from the source. It is one of my favorites along with Earl Grey, Chamomile, Darjeling and a special tea brought back to me from China that consists of small buds of roses. Very interesting scent and flavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Buchanan
    I'm partial to Kombucha by Yogi Tea, it's very sweet.
    Kombucha, if it's the real thing, is actually not tea in the true sense, since it is made from powdered dried kelp, not tea leaves. Some types have powdered green tea mixed into it, but the sweetness comes from the kelp, strange as it may seem.
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    Being a Brit, its something of a right of passage that you have to have at some point in your life, your Gran make a pot of tea and strain it into your cup. The tea doesnt matter, its the ritual and the company. Same as coffee, "do you want a cup of coffee?" has very little to do with the coffee in the UK. It has always been an accompanyment to "having a good natter" (ie. a talk).

    It does make me laugh when I see adverts for Yorkshire Tea. We dont have any plantations so where does Yorkshire tea come from. What it actually is, is Yorkshire people were brought up on very strong tea from cities like Hull and Grimsby, Whitby, Liverpool and the like where some of the tea clippers put in. So my advice is:

    Dont worry about the tea itself too much as long as you like the taste.
    Get a nice set of cups and saucers, some plain biscuits that can take a dipping and Rich Tea are certainly whimps when it comes to dunking. (Hob Nobs, as Peter Kay says, are the Marines of the Biscuit world and can drink all your brew before they break up in it.)
    Pick a nice place to have the tea.
    Have a decent newspaper if enjoying alone.
    Hide the newspaper if doing it in company.
    Dont boil and brew until company has arrived.
    It doesnt matter if you put milk first or not.
    Then have a "cal", "natter" "chat" etc.

    Finally: its not the tea, but the chatter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaMedicine
    Kombucha, if it's the real thing, is actually not tea in the true sense, since it is made from powdered dried kelp, not tea leaves. Some types have powdered green tea mixed into it, but the sweetness comes from the kelp, strange as it may seem.
    Hey, that is good to know, thank you LaMedicine. It is such a strange thing that Kelp is what makes it taste so good. I do know the kind I buy is mixed with green tea, so that might help. And it's probably really sweet because of the lumps of sugar I add. I might be wrong here, but isn't kelp supposedly benificial to the GI tract? I remember reading somewhere that kelp and other leaves from the sea can be soothing to people with GI pain, if they are given in the form of tea, not eaten.

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