I drink Green, Black and Oolong fairly regularly. Also with cold/flu season coming I drink one cup of astragalus tea a week to keep from getting sick. If I slack in that and do actually get sick I drink Yin Chao to cure myself. SOme years ago I had a great tea called Dragon Well. The leaves are hand shaped and wicked delicious. It's really expensive though. I have some neighbors from Ghana and they drink this tea that looks like coffee with a lot of creme in it. Not sure what it's called but it's tasty.
I drink alot of loose leaf chinese gun pouder, I usualy have about 4 cups of tea a day, otherwise i just zone out lol
I just got my order from Teavana yesterday and am drinking the Spiced Nut Mate stuff. Stuff is great, I like how smooth it is. Only next order I place I need to grab me some filters because the infusers for single cups don't brew properly and I get lots of leaves escaping from the holes. O.o
Thanks everyone for the links too! They've all been bookmarked and as I run low on my current stash I'll be ordering from various places to give taste tests.
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Peach Black Tea smells wonderful, it's one of my favorites
I, being southern, do drink sweet tea. I've cut back for a variety of reasons, but I still love a good glass of iced sweet tea that isn't too sweet. If it's too sweet, it just kills it for me and I can't drink it past a few sips.
I need to experiment and find teas I like. One type I know I like is mint tea. Flavored teas are up there because they're the only ones I can brew and get a good taste of. I need to take advantage of some more Adagio samples and try some new ones, and actually drink them in a timely fashion.
And I love Chai tea. Ask my friend, I am incredibly picky about getting my chai tea. I like mine with strong flavor and served in good milk.
I've been buying quite a few different flavored teas from Dragon Water too. On a whim I ordered a Mango Black Tea from them and it's totally delicious! Sprinkle in a few sugar crystals and yummy yum!
Their chai green tea and black orange spice tea is also my favorite. On it's own the black orange spice is good, but to kick it up a notch I've been sprinkling in a little cinnamon into the tea bag for a little extra kick. Not to mention they sent me a free sample with my last order: a Formosa Oolong. Normally I don't like very veggie flavored teas but this stuff was pretty decent! I just have to sweeten it up just a tad.
Ye mint tea is awesome, arabic mint tea is one of my faves. I think masala chai can be beautiful. Takes you back in time if you're in the right mood and atmosphere,
Fruit tea is awesome aswell!
Green tea is awesome!
I basically only drink lemon tea or green tea, though there are some other fruit teas I've been known to try.
Only really found out today though that tea is supposedly an iron inhibitor, which is bad news for me. :/ Does anyone know anything more about this?
I've recently become a big fan of loose leaf teas. I throw the leaves in a filter...I used to use an infuser, but it gets a bit messy and I end up with stuff at the bottom of my cup. The filters seem to make life easier...my favourite right now is Chocolate Chai...which is Indian Chai with cocoa powder...soooo good.
MightyLeaf.com also makes pretty good whole leaf tea in bags.
Iron absorption and tea drinking depends on when you drink your tea. From what I've read, the effects are minimized if you don't drink tea with your meal. A bit of Googling and I found:
The thought of a teabag that's been sitting around for gone 10 minutes horrfies me more than it really should D=
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I used to work here: http://www.lupiciausa.com/v/static/f...a/by-category/ (teavana was our competitor > )
^The mango and peach oolong from there is to die for. We wouldn't get many customers and pretty much sat all day brewing tea lol. I still have drawerfuls of free samples and stuff that I got when I left.
Chingwa mentioned a lot of my favorites already. Drinking a pot of Puer each day actually helps to lose weight and the smoky flavor becomes kinda addicting.
If you dig campfire in your tea, you really must try Lapsang Souchong from China. Just for the experience if nothing else.
Gyokuro, if brewed correctly which is hard to do (especially without an ochawan), is THE tops green tea. It's the baby leaf grown under a mesh so it doesn't photosynthesize. When you're done brewing it, you can actually eat the leaf and it tastes kinda like seaweed. If you want a japanese green tea less complicated to brew and easier to drink then I recommend Chiran Yutakamidori (it's a plantation tea so you can find it even not at lupicia.)
Pan roasted rice tea (genmaicha) is usually what you get at japanese restaraunts (cause it's really cheap.) Houjicha is the roasted tea leaves. Of Houjicha, there's a type called "kaga bocha" (just the roasted stems!) That has a really warm flavor and is probley my favorite tea.
When I had a cold I would carry around a thermos of Ginger Oolong all day. It really worked wonders. That or Red Pepper Oolong, or a chamomile/ginger/fennel based tea called "sweet dreams!"
If you drink tea in a bag you're really losing a lot of the enjoyment you get from it. The bag holds the tea in and doesn't let it expand fully or move around the pot, resulting in less flavor. Brewing loose leave is more inconvenient and hard to get a hang of, but in the end both the flavor and process are leaps and bounds better than bagged tea.
I have tried everything from rare white darjeeling to wu yi rock mountain tea. So ask me anyting about tea
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i'm going to second stacy on this one, cause it's just that good http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genmaicha
sometimes you see popped rice grains and it looks like little popcorn bits in your tea, which bring it to another level of awesome
i also like this korean tea:
roasted corn kernels; i usually mix it with some green tea leaves too. though...tradition seems to indicate mixing it with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugicha instead
...and earl grey is great, of course
Are all you guys american by any chance?? The abundance of herb'y, mint'y, oriental'y teas being suggested would be fine but... what about a crakin' cuppa good 'ald PG TIPS... ?? I've tried all the other flavour'y teas and they just can't compare... not by a long'n..
Being British may have swayed my opinion a tad on the bias side, but a nice brew of ordinary Tea, milk, no suger 6/10 times a day (with you on that one Rob mate) cures all the ailments in known science.. FACT
P.S. after saying this... Loveandasandwich... im really wantin' to try your 'Black Market Meth-tea'...
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A good cup of Thai iced tea (self-bagged with condensed milk!) is always one of my favorite pick-me-ups! It's best if you steep it for at least an hour before cooling and adding milk.
I also love hibiscus tea. No caffeine, plus it smells *heavenly* when you are brewing it. ^___^
Careful about brewing green tea btw, if this hasn't been said; bring the water to just under a boil and don't steep for more than 3 minutes, lest you want your tea all bitter. Genmaicha is delish on a rainy day because of the toasty rice smell it has and a good cup of matcha always picks me up. Plus, you can use matcha powder in recipes, like green tea tiramisu!
I love herbal teas, like the Celestial ones! One of my favourites is Sleepy Time Tea...has a cute bear on the front and it tastes gently minty.
I love fruit teas BUT...I don't like when the tea smells SO good and tastes like...bitter. I end up always putting a bunch of honey and lemon in mine. ...So I like lemon tea, for sure!
There is not enough Rooiboos tea love in this thread, the unflavored version is delicious, it's perfect no matter if warm or cold, it's caffeine-free and has a ton of healthy minerals.. it's also the only tea where flavors like honey or caramel are really good (try them with milk and honey)
I can't drink green tea and white tea, it either tastes like fish or straw and in the end I get stomach pain. No matter how expensive the tea, how hot the water and how long I let it brew, I can't drink it.
I would rather have a cup of the cheapest black tea with a reused teabag that soaked one hour than a cup of the most perfect green.
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