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Your Favorite Teas


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#1 jat

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 08:03 PM

I have several favorites. I'll start with Camomile. I buy a bouquet
at the farmers market and leave it on the dining table while I sip.
Chamomile is very relaxi :hmmm: ng.

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 08:08 PM

an excellent tea is a green tea we have when at the local sushi joint. Its called
Gen-Mai Cha. It has toasted rice in it that adds a
nice flavor. supposed be good for you too, though I have to say that has never been a driving force for me when it comes to liking somthing.

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 08:08 PM

:biggrin: I used to go to the Tea House after a concert and enjoyed their
Hindu Chai. It was simply Darjeeling tea, milk, ginger powder, a
little cinnamon and honey. Very enjoyable.

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Posted 20 December 2003 - 08:10 PM

sounds yummy

#5 jat

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 12:20 AM

Another tea is a blackberry tea I've had that comes loose from England.
You would think you were eating a pie. Scrumptous. :wub:

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 04:43 AM

Earl Grey is still my favorite - there's a sort of smoky oiliness that I love but it has to have lemon and sugar for me to enjoy it properly.

Just curious - have any of you tried yerba mate yet? It's not really tea and it ain't coffee. There's a new cafe in Ithaca NY that is focused on that as their signature beverage. I'm curious about the taste. I'll be down there in a week or two and will be checking it out.

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 07:56 AM

Phaelon, let me know how you like the mate. Being born/raised in Argentina, you can imagine that I've certainly tried it. I was surprised to see it seems to be making a sort of quiet breakthrough here in the states. Definitely not tea, but you either love it or hate it.
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Posted 21 December 2003 - 08:20 AM

In the bagged category, I love Celestial Seasoning's Bengal Spice. It has cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla, and other flavors. The scent is wonderful and fills any rooms. And the flavor is heavenly.
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Posted 21 December 2003 - 09:35 AM

Oh man. Anything from Todd & Holland
I hope its ok to post that. They are just outside of Chicago, where I used to live. Thank gawd they ahve a website. I'm addicted to their "Morning Dew" green tea blend of tea, sunflower, cornflower and rose. What a delight to wake up with.
I also love their "Carnival Mate" Which of course is a flavored mate tisane. Scrumptious. They have the best I've ever tasted. Earl Gray, green with lemon and hibiscus, rooibos... The list is endless. White tea, jasmine pearls... someone make me stop!
I'm trying to find a local loose leaf tea supplier that can rival them, but their blends, there are certain ones that I simply *must* have.
Happy Sipping!

Edited by nessa, 21 December 2003 - 09:35 AM.


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Posted 21 December 2003 - 10:00 AM

I love Mariage Freres' Bolero. It's perfect anytime of the year, but makes excellent iced tea. Most people rave about their Marco Polo, but I think Bolero is much lovelier :wub: .

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 10:29 AM

Yogi Tea Egyptian licorice & Detox, Earl grey, lapsang souchong,jasmine,roiibos, and English or Irish Breakfast. OOH - and gunpowder.

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 11:50 AM

Fav teas--

Ten Ren's Pouchong
any Jade Oolong
certain Namring Darjeelings
Iced jasmine tea
Twinings' Lady Grey
Li Zi Xiang
Shantou Autumn Bloom
Gold King Anxi Oolong

Re Yerba Mate-

I find that mixing 3 parts mate and one part lapsang souchong makes a really yummy beverage when brewed like normal tea. I've never tried the packed gourd and silver straw mate method, so can't comment on that.
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#13 nessa

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 12:22 PM

I've never tried the packed gourd and silver straw mate method, so can't comment on that.

Oh, it is *quite* the stimulating experience. I'm not wild about plain mate however, thats why I like the Carnival Mate from T&H.
Pure decadence.

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 01:02 PM

:blink: Yerba Mate. It is supposed to give you alot of energy. I have tried
both the loose tea and the bags. The problem is that it can really STAIN
the teeth. It's one of the worst stain offenders I've ever seen, (as a dental
hygienist) so I don't drink it.

:biggrin: I also love the BENGAL SPICE and the Yogi DETOX. I got hooked
on the detox, must get some this month.

Some new teas to try! (bolero. morning dew, and carnival, I will order).

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 03:35 PM

some of my favorite teas include:
orchid oolong- imperial tea court
rose melange-rishi tea
green jasmine-tentea.com
marco polo-mariage freres
the des moines-le palais des thes
the du hamman-le palais des thes

#16 prasantrin

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 06:13 PM

some of my favorite teas include:
...
marco polo-mariage freres
...

What do you think the flavours of Marco Polo are? The first time I had it, I thought it tasted like raisins. Others have said strawberries.

And have you ever tried Bolero? I actually prefer it to Marco Polo--it's much lighter and has a very nice floral fragrance. I think it makes a far better iced tea than Marco Polo, too.

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Posted 21 December 2003 - 07:17 PM

Some of my favorite teas:

Imperial Tea:
Puerh (some of the reserves)

Ito-En (New York):
Chrysanthemum blossom

Upton Tea:
Formosa Nantou Oolong

My friend who travels to China:
Long Jing, in the springtime

Me:
Chai-type spiced tea. I take some of Gulabi Indian black tea, add cinnamon stick, cloves, black peppercorns, fresh ginger, fresh lemon & orange zest, cardamon pods, and when brewed, honey and lemon.

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Posted 22 December 2003 - 08:10 PM

My birthday present from K. was a China oolong Jasmin Cheung Hao.

It's so so so good in the late evening when it's time to sit back and read.

And the scent is intoxicating too.

#19 KatieLoeb

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Posted 22 December 2003 - 09:48 PM

My favorite place to buy tea is House of Tea which is ever so conveniently located all of a couple of blocks from my house. I really love the fruit flavored loose teas for iced tea (Four Red Fruit or Paradise Green Tea is awesome) and for regular sipping I'm fond of the Russian Caravan and the Earl Grey with Violets. I'm really more of a coffee drinker, but when I'm having a jones for a good cup of tea, nothing less than the good stuff will suffice. Regular Lipton or supermarket bags just don't cut it.

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Posted 22 December 2003 - 10:14 PM

Puttabong first flush darjeeling is currently my favorite tea. Unfortunately it's also ridiculously expensive--at, for instance, Tealuxe in Boston it was about $20 for 50g. It was 10 euros/pot at Mariage Freres. So I'm drinking a similar but much cheaper darjeeling right now--Makabari or something like that, second flush.

Anyway, when brewed right, though, it's a pretty amazing tea.

Edited to say it's $14 for two oz. here at House of Tea--Katie, if you like darjeeling, you should give it a shot.

Edited by mrbigjas, 22 December 2003 - 10:16 PM.


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Posted 22 December 2003 - 10:44 PM

Edited to say it's $14 for two oz. here at House of Tea--Katie, if you like darjeeling, you should give it a shot.


I do like Darjeeling and I will give this a try sometime soon. You should go snoop through House of Tea sometime if you haven't had the pleasure. It's right across the street from that big health food store (brain freeze - can't think of the name) on 4th Street just above Monroe, I think. The smell of that store is positively intoxicating. You can sniff to your hearts content and Jessica Litt who runs the shop, really knows her stuff.

As an aside, House of Tea also has a lovely selection of tea cups/saucers and tea pots to make up a lovely gift basket for someone who's hard to buy for. I always thought of this as sort of a "grandma present", but I think a really nice porcelain tea cup for one and a nice pot, a tea ball and a few selections of tea would be a nice gift for almost anybody.

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#22 mrbigjas

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Posted 23 December 2003 - 08:19 AM

I have, but not recently. I just don't get down to that neighborhood as often as I should...

Speaking of cool tea-related gifts, a couple of years ago someone bought me this thing which is a plastic mug with a lid and a strainer mechanism on the bottom. You fill up the mug with water, microwave it, put in loose tea, and steep--when infusion time is up you set it on a teacup, which releases the tea through the strainer. It's a great way to make a decent cup of tea at work, using loose tea. Of course I can't find it on line now.

#23 JLN67

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Posted 25 December 2003 - 06:49 AM

A few of my favorite teas are:

* Earl Grey by Grace Tea Company
* Prince Wladimir by The Kousmichoff
* Christmas Tea by Betjeman and Barton
* Cinnamon Plum by Republic of Tea
* Darjeeling by Golden Moon
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Posted 25 December 2003 - 06:24 PM

I'll second the Genmaicha. Green tea with roasted brown rice. It's served at a lot of sushi restaurants. And now from the teapress at my desk. :smile: Chinese Jasmine tea is excellent as well.

Loose tea over bagged, anyday.

#25 goyatofu

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 10:03 AM

must surf egullet more...a whole new forum and I didn't even know.

My favs:

Chai (any way I can get it; unfortunately here in Paris I can't find any, have to resort to making own very soon)
Royal Milk Tea (finally figured out how to use Assam without it being too bitter; plus I just got some Assam leaves from Fauchon)
HK style Milk Tea (made with egg shells and nothing less!)
Cold Golden Oolong Tea (I think it's made by Itoen....maybe not; a japanese brand anyhow)
and in the summertime, I have green tea ready in the fridge (Japanese brand from Uji: Geon TsuJili) . the best!

Any chinese tea really...although I never cared too much for Dragon-Well.

#26 mrbigjas

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 10:47 AM

OK I found that thing I was talking about in the thread above. Check it out here. Very convenient for work.

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Posted 02 February 2004 - 11:02 AM

There's an Earl Grey that comes in a cylindrical silver tin that I thought was fab. I went through the tin very quickly. Unfortunately, I don't remember what kind and didn't save the tin. There's also a Taylor's of Harrogate Assam that I liked very much. I drink lots of the cheap jasmine tea that comes loose in a yellow/gold tin.

I've been enjoying Tazo teas lately. I was reluctant to try them because I associated them with Starbucks and figured they were just some hyped up, mass produced product. I bought a box last week because it was on sale at a local health food store and was pleasantly surprised. Every flavour I've tried (Wild Sweet Orange, Awake, Tazo Chai, Passion) have had strong clean flavours. I much prefer these to others I've tried from Republic of Tea, Harney & Sons and other tea purveyors.

#28 Amuse Bouche

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Posted 04 February 2004 - 01:40 PM

My most favorite is Fortnum and Mason Queen Anne. I'm very upset they've stopped distributing it in the U.S.

Also like Earl Grey, Darjeeling, P.G. Tips (A British tea bag), Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Something.

#29 ghostrider

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Posted 04 February 2004 - 07:02 PM

A merchant from whom I used to buy Fortnum & Mason teas told me last month that F&M are no longer distributing their wares through other vendors, & will be selling them directly in the US henceforth.

The implication was that, sooner or later, there'd be a US website.

Now, teas, one of my favorite subjects........

I gave up coffee about 25 years ago but have remained a diehard black tea drinker. Rarely go for flavored/spiced/herbal teas.

These days, most of my teas come from Upton. Someone mentioned them above. They have a great website and a consistently superb quality. I generally have 5 or 6 of their Assams around for my morning tea, & a selection of Ceylons & Darjeelings & other teas from that general area for the afternoon.

I drank a lot of Chinese teas for nigh on 20 years but then for some reason lost my taste for them. Have yet to figure out why. Maybe my tastes have simply become less subtle with age, I don't know.

Now, we could have a lengthy discussion of which Assam gardens are the best, & whether a Ceylon Uva is superior to a Kandy, & so on. But I fear this would bore most folks to tears, so I'll stop. For now.
Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea!

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#30 jo-mel

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Posted 04 February 2004 - 07:13 PM

All Chinese:

Gunpowder
Tie Guan Yin (Ti Kuan Yin)
Chinese Restaurant Tea