Favorite Tea

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    Mar 17, 2010 7:58 AM GMT
    THE QUESTION

    What is your favorite tea? (Type, brand, etc.)

    THE BACKSTORY

    So I've been told that tea should be replacing coffee/soda in our diets, which I'm okay with. Soda is obvious and I've already cut it out of my life pretty much entirely, even diet -- I don't necessarily believe that diet sodas make you unable to taste any sweets and cause you to binge, but there are some other reasons to eschew diet drinks.

    However, the only tea I really like is PG Tips, which tastes best with a dash of creamer...much like coffee. Granted, I'm still down on sugar, which I must have in my coffee but don't need in my tea, but I'm not sure I'm really getting any benefit. I can do an Earl Grey or something similar with nothing but some healthy lemon...but it's not something delicious that I want to have. I find myself staring at my coffee pot, which I imagine now spends its days moping around the castle, remembering the days when it was useful.
  • laxdude25

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    Mar 17, 2010 5:04 PM GMT
    GREAT forum posting. lol. I am a total tea guy (have never had a cup of coffee), so maybe a little extreme even for real jock. but, there is a great online tea company, with a huge array of loose and bag teas available directly from the plantations in most cases, and cheaper than what you can buy at grocery stores. the website is:
    http://www.specialteas.com/
    I recommend buying a small pot with a stainless steel strainer, so you can make a mug or 2-3 cups at a time. Once you get used to it, you'll find it's easier than a tea bag, and you can experiment with different blends. Good luck!
  • DuggerPDX

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    Mar 17, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    Tao of Tea here in Oregon

    Favorites:

    Iron Goddess of Mercy
    Bamboo Mountain
    and any Assam

    And I love a great Irish Breakfast tea for afternoon tea when I'm in Europe, I love the whole ceremony of afternoon tea when it is done right!

    There is a local shop in Bend Oregon where I spend a lot of time right across the street from my place call Townsend's, great selection and quality of teas.

    -Doug
  • iHavok

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    Mar 17, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    Huge fan of Teavana teas, but when I can't make it down to the Gallariea in Sac, I'll pick up some double bergamont earl gray (might be bigelow) and that will help me wait.
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    Mar 17, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    iHavok saidHuge fan of Teavana teas, but when I can't make it down to the Gallariea in Sac, I'll pick up some double bergamont earl gray (might be bigelow) and that will help me wait.


    Amazon.com has been selling Teavana and Tao of Tea at a pretty good price lately.
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    Mar 17, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
    Twinings English Breakfast, and I currently have a dilemma, there are only two tea bags left and the supermarket isn't delivering until mid-day tomorrow...... what I am to do!
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    Mar 17, 2010 6:39 PM GMT
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  • Cannon

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    Mar 17, 2010 6:56 PM GMT
    I love tea! I've been addicted to this new chain of tea shops called David's Tea. They have the most interesting teas I've ever tried. Here are the descriptions of my three current favourites:

    Secret Weapon - Kick-start your immune system
    This blend just might give you the edge you need to stay healthy. It's a white Bai Mu Dan, so it's naturally high in immunity-enhancing antioxidants. Plus it contains licorice and goji berries, a Chinese wonderfood reputed to have 500 times more vitamin C than oranges. The best part? The almonds and cocoa nibs. They don't fight colds, but they make this an amazingly tasty weapon of choice.

    Forever Nuts - For almond lovers
    It looks all normal when it's loose. But steep it and you'll see that it's nuts. Within seconds, this tempting jumble of almond slices and chunks, apple bits and cinnamon bark starts turning a crazy shade of pink. Why? Because it contains a hint of beetroot. That's what gives this rich almond tea its earthy depth and its all-natural signature colour. Deliciously nutty, decidedly addictive.

    Cream of Earl Grey - A creamy twist
    Lovers of Earl Grey adore this creamy alternative to the original blend. You'll recognize the same high-quality black tea, the same citrus burst of bergamot oil, the same beautiful grey-blue petals. However this version adds a touch of vanilla, and the result is an unexpectedly rich, creamy taste experience.

    Yum, yum, yum! http://www.davidstea.com/
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    Mar 17, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    none tastes better... the rolls royce of teas

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    Mar 17, 2010 7:51 PM GMT
    I have never been fond of coffee myself. I have cut soda out of my diet for nearly 2 years now and lost about 20 lbs in the first year. Only on rare occasions, I will have a soda.

    I have loved tea ever since I was little. My grandparents always made me tea for breakfast when I visited, and they still offer a cup when I drop by. icon_smile.gif I love the aromas and tastes of teas. My family prepares ice tea often; I guess it's a southern thing.

    These lists are in no particular order.
    Black Teas
    I say it's hard to beat a good black tea.

    1. Lipton's original blend - grew up on the stuff. Thanks mom. lol
    2. Earl Grey (Bigelow) - with a touch of sugar and cream, it's a wonderful morning tea.
    3. Constant Comment (Bigelow) - a combination of orange and sweet spices. My mom's favorite.
    4. Typhoo - A classic black tea
    5. Darjeeling (Twinings) - Another wonderful black tea
    6. Awake (Tazo) - my university offers the Tazo brand and I like their assortments.


    Fruit Teas

    1. Four Red Fruits (Twinings) - a little bit of sugar really brings out the flavor of the berries. One of my all time favorites.
    2. Peach teas are becoming a new favorite of mine.

    Herbal Teas
    I have been exploring these teas. Definitely a different tasting genre of teas. I would love to make my own some day.

    1. Mint teas - I love them (plus, I love mint.) with honey. Honey really works well with herbal teas.
    2. Wild Sweet Orange (Tazo) - You definitely get the citrus flavor with this tea.

    This is a great thread!
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    Mar 17, 2010 7:53 PM GMT
    Yamamotoyama Green Tea.
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    Mar 17, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    Tea. Jasmine. Hot.
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    Mar 17, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
    DuggerPDX said
    iHavok saidHuge fan of Teavana teas, but when I can't make it down to the Gallariea in Sac, I'll pick up some double bergamont earl gray (might be bigelow) and that will help me wait.


    Amazon.com has been selling Teavana and Tao of Tea at a pretty good price lately.


    As a tea drinker I often buy teas in bulk from Amazon. I hate to contribute to the death of brick and mortar stores, but it's a different world today and most grocers really can't compete with the prices of Amazon.

    Most of the tea I drink is iced and I like it unsweetened. Since I'm a diabetic, I have to avoid sugars. I drink a lot of Diet Coke, but am trying to avoid aspartame and sucralose so unsweetened tea is a healthy and noncaloric alternative. Standard black or green tea is fine by me.
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    Mar 17, 2010 9:11 PM GMT
    TeaSource in Minneapolis is where I get my tea (yes, I order it from Boston). The guy who runs it is amazing. It's the best tea bar none.

    I'm a real tea snob and I haven't found anything like it.

    If I have to go for bagged tea, PG Tips is far away the best.
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    Mar 17, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    Long Island Iced Teaicon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2010 9:23 PM GMT
    Mint tae !!!!!!!!! with hemp milk and agave .! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 17, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    Lately I have been on a green tea phase....Chinese flower, fusion green & white tea, goji berry green tea, lemon ginger, and jasmine blossom green tea.

    BTW, does anyone have any suggestions as to what types of teas are good for colds?(my body is going through spring cleaning)icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 18, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidLove this thread! I am a tea drinker so I'll say mints, mango, peach, and all kinds of herbs.

    I bought this cool Tea Maker at Teavana. I love it.
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    That's an awesome tea maker!
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    Mar 18, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    I really like Aveda's Comforting Tea...altough it is kind of pricey.
    It is licorice and peppermint, it tastes so good, hot or cold!
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    Mar 18, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
    Red Rose Tea
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    Mar 18, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    xuaerb saidI really like Aveda's Comforting Tea...altough it is kind of pricey.
    It is licorice and peppermint, it tastes so good, hot or cold!


    The Aveda tea is my favorite too - it's got a great flavor. And, like the other posters, I've had good stuff from SpecialTeas and Tao of Tea.
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    Mar 18, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    If you really love the taste of exceptional tea then I suggest and highly recommend Teavana It's a mix of tea leaves herbs and dehydrated fruits. It can be rather expensive but the taste is incredible...Enjoy!

    .http://www.teavana.com/





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  • gumbosolo

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    Mar 18, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    Heh, my roommate has that Teavana device. It is like magic.

    Me and black tea don't get along, but Celestial Seasonings' blueberry, Tazo Passion, and a few types of Yerba Mate all do real well.
  • camfer

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    Mar 18, 2010 2:49 AM GMT
    Lately my favorite tea has been a top grade whole leaf conjou steeped 6 minutes. I'm definitely a tea connoisseur (aka snob) and take tea with me when I travel. Unless I'm in a real specialty tea shop, there's nothing to buy at the store that I very much enjoy. Mail order is the way to go for good tea. I've yet to go wrong ordering just about anything at Upton Tea Imports. That's my recommendation, but be warned you will get spoiled by good tea and have a hard time with the stuff in the stores!
  • metta

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    Dec 17, 2012 7:54 AM GMT

    I drink all kinds of teas. One of my favorites is a brand called:

    3:15pm Milk Tea

    It has been harder to find lately, even at the asian markets. I was not able to find it at 99 Ranch Market....I will have to got to Hong Kong Supermarket to pick some up. icon_smile.gif

    http://www.taiwantrade.com.tw/86117471/products-detail/en_US/226121

    I was able to find another milk tea that is yummy as well: Ginseng Milk Tea http://www.lgreenhealth.com/product_details-GinsengMilkTea.htm