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Offline FlorenceTopic starter

Tea.
« on: September 13, 2013, 03:37:36 PM »
So, I have to ask out of curiosity, where my E tea drinkers at?

There has to be some more teaphiles among you all, isn't it a law that us artsy fartsy writery types have to love tea?

So... who here loves tea? How does it compare to coffee? What's your favorite kinds of tea?

Personally, I adore tea! Coffee is alright if I need caffeine, but it just can't compare to a nice cup of tea.

For staying up I love Assam, English Breakfast Tea or Prince of Wales.

For relaxing, I love Earl Grey or Lady Gray, or green or white teas in general.

I generally love loose leaf tea, but lately I've been buying Twinings as its just simply to dunk and drink rather than go through the process. Granted, the process if quite relaxing, sometimes, I just want my tea now xD

Also I love bubble tea :Q_____ anyone else here a fan of it? If you don't know what it is, its a popular iced tea drink in Asia, basically its iced tea with tapioca pearls in it and it comes in a variety of flavors. My favorite flavor is either plain milk tea, or honey milk tea :Q_____ I bought Tapioca Pearls so I can make some myself :>

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 03:43:02 PM »
I like flavored teas but more so the ones I make myself.  Apple or orange and lemon peel, berries and other fruits, cinnamon and spices in various combinations boiled in water to get the flavors out and then poured over black or green tea leaves in a good sized mug are what I go for most. 

Offline FlorenceTopic starter

Re: Tea.
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 03:48:46 PM »
I like flavored teas but more so the ones I make myself.  Apple or orange and lemon peel, berries and other fruits, cinnamon and spices in various combinations boiled in water to get the flavors out and then poured over black or green tea leaves in a good sized mug are what I go for most.

That sounds really good :o

I'm not a fan of herbal teas by themselves, though. I like my tea to have tea in it, thank you, but I kinda wanna try this some time. :>

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 04:03:45 PM »
Always liked ginger and lemon flavoured teas, but dark, flowery mixtures too. Any kind of citrus scneting - lemons, oranges, bergamots - work great with tea.

A few old replies in a thread here.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2013, 04:04:45 PM »
You can use a vegetable peeler to get thin strips of zest off of citrus for teas.  I do a lot of herbal blends, but in the morning I'll have a standard Orange Pekoe and sometimes treat myself to an Earl Grey later in the day.  The little Oni is fond of something called 'Matcha' blend, which comes in an almost gauze-like bag inside a sealed packet and you're supposed to pour the powdery leavings from the packet over the brewed tea.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2013, 04:07:26 PM »
You can use a vegetable peeler to get thin strips of zest off of citrus for teas.  I do a lot of herbal blends, but in the morning I'll have a standard Orange Pekoe and sometimes treat myself to an Earl Grey later in the day.  The little Oni is fond of something called 'Matcha' blend, which comes in an almost gauze-like bag inside a sealed packet and you're supposed to pour the powdery leavings from the packet over the brewed tea.

I've wanted to try matcha tea for a while :Q____

I have a friend who swears by it xD

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2013, 04:10:58 PM »
Costco sells it in hundred-packet boxes.  *checks box*  It seems to be their 'house' brand, so I'm not sure how that compares to what you can get in actual tea shoppes.

Offline Tsenta

Re: Tea.
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2013, 04:20:49 PM »
I don't drink a lot of tea due to bad kidneys and a bad liver, but when I do drink tea I tend to drink fruity stuff cause I only drink tea when sick or with a headache. I have this blueberry blend that smells absolutely divine. If it wasn't so damn hot I'd go make some now. X_x

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2013, 04:30:02 PM »
Brew it double-strength and pour it over ice (the double strength compensates for the ice-melt).  Sweeten before adding the ice, if desired.

Offline Madmartigan

Re: Tea.
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2013, 07:49:02 AM »
Boba tea! Taro milk tea is my favorite.

As for actual hot -tea- I enjoy masala chai. Otherwise, I drink herbal "teas" iced and unsweetened. Orange cinnamon and ginger lemon are my favorite blends.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2013, 07:50:44 AM »
Chai is marvelous when I can find it.  I've considered making my own, but balancing the number of different spices is a little intimidating.

Offline Lilias

Re: Tea.
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2013, 08:01:09 AM »
The Twinings blend is very well balanced, and easy to find.

What I love most about Twinings is that they sell (off their site) by the envelope. So, if you just want to sample their new flavours, you can just order 1-2 bags of each, before committing to a whole box.

I'm firmly a green and white tea person myself, although any variety flavoured with berries is going to taste good.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2013, 09:20:25 AM »
*reminds herself that she needs to pick her Tea Blog back up at some point*

I love tea, I just don't have the time to writing about it like I used to. >.< Also, the tea shop by me closed down.

I drink all kinds of tea and make my own when I have the time.

Offline The Dark Raven

Re: Tea.
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2013, 09:43:33 AM »
I have found my favorite tea to be Earl Grey (loose), and sometimes the Earl Grey creme (loose) from Teavana.  It's my writing tea. 

That reminds me, I need to order more before November.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2013, 09:44:30 AM »
Necessiteas is a nice place too.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2013, 10:40:36 AM »
Big fan of green teas myself, though I don't mind a cup of something darker and spicier every now and then. Still pretty new to making my own blends, but I'm looking to dive deeper into that business once there's some time to spend.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2013, 12:55:03 PM »
Necessiteas is a nice place too.

I'll have to check it out.  I'm just spoiled by Teavana's Earl Grey.  Best I've ever had.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2013, 12:57:02 PM »
The owner of Necessiteas actually sent me a message on Facebook after Tea Co. closed down asking if I wanted free samples. I got a few and they were really good. I just don't have the extra cash most of the time to spend on ordering tea offline. Tea is usually in the back of my mind when I have extra cash. >.< It was easier when Tea Co. actually had a store I could see and walk into on a daily basis.

Offline Blythe

Re: Tea.
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2013, 12:57:45 PM »
I adore Chai. <3

I also tried Rooibos. It was really earthy and savory, but it was very good. ^^

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #19 on: September 20, 2013, 12:58:28 PM »
Saffron got me hooked on rooibos. It's so good.

I melt butterscotch chips in my rooibos.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2013, 01:00:37 PM »
Sometimes I put a hint of vanilla in it--I've been brewing Rooibos this week and trying different flavors in it. Vanilla is good--I just have to be very careful how much goes in or it's heinously overpowering.

And Rooibos is stunning when a tiny bit of mint is added to it when one has a cold. <3

Offline Serephino

Re: Tea.
« Reply #21 on: September 20, 2013, 02:01:57 PM »
I think rooibos is my favorite.  Right now I have creme caramel rooibos, and yum!  I also really like white tea, but it's hard to find in my area.  Chai is also up there on my list of favorites.  The store I get my tea from sells mostly black teas.  I had pumpkin pie flavored that was really good. 

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2013, 02:05:39 PM »
Pumpkin spice is one that's fairly easy to mix at home.  A little nutmeg and the same amount of ginger, plus about twice as much cinnamon and a pinch of clove.

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2013, 02:08:55 PM »
Tea leaves brewed to a nice amber color. With a drop of honey.

Or ginger mixed with tea leaves. Sometimes with a lemon twist helps with a runny nose for me. ::)

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Re: Tea.
« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2013, 02:27:00 PM »
The pumpkin pie I had also had a hint of maple syrup.