Tea party!

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    May 18, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    I don't mean these political tea parties that have been going on. I'm talking about the actual beverage. Any tea drinkers out there? Do you have any favorite teas?

    I like many varieties of tea: black, green, white, herbal, oolong, and rooibos. However, I have to say that I'm mostly partial to black teas since I grew up on black teas. There's nothing like a good cup of Earl Grey.

    About a year ago there was a cartoon in The Onion about the tea party demonstrations throughout the country, and one picket sign read Earl Grey #1! That's what I would've showed up with icon_smile.gif
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    May 18, 2010 2:40 AM GMT
    I went to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia a few years for a study abroad program. Over there, tea definitely is the drink of choice for just about everyone of every age group. I noticed a lot of students at my university would go to the nearby cafeteria and have tea after their lunch. I definitely enjoyed how cheap a cup of tea was there (about 15 cents). I drank tea every day with just about every meal out of that custom.
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    May 18, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
    I love green tea preferably sweetened =)
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    May 18, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    I have chamomile and lemongrass tea often. Also thread title is adorbs!
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    May 18, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    Efebo saidI have chamomile and lemongrass tea often. Also thread title is adorbs!


    Thanks! You know, as gay as this sounds, I've always wanted to have an actual tea party or tea social. I've had friends and past boyfriends have tea with me after dinner in an informal setting, but I've never gone full out with the tea party awesomeness. I'd really like to do that some day.
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    May 18, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    I have this weird dilemma between black tea and green tea. I love black tea incredibly strong. It's not unusual for me to put two bags or two heaping teaspoons of loose leaf in one cup and have it brew more than 5 minutes. The truth is I like it rather on the bitter side. But when it comes to green tea, I'm not a fan of bitter. I definitely prefer a much lighter flavor.
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    May 18, 2010 9:06 AM GMT

    I love Earl Grey too. Though recently I've been drinking plain black tea. I can't really drink coffee, it keeps me up at night even if I have it in the morning
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    May 18, 2010 2:42 PM GMT
    I've gotten so lazy about tea that the only one I drink any more is organic jasmine tea from the healthfood store. I also like oolong, but it has to be really good quality; the inexpensive oolong sold in Asian grocery stores tastes terrible (whereas, the cheap jasmine tea they sell is remarkably palatable.)
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    May 18, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    Earl Gray with lemon and honey. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 18, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    Chai, please.
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    May 18, 2010 2:46 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidBut when it comes to green tea, I'm not a fan of bitter. I definitely prefer a much lighter flavor.


    Green tea benefits from lower brewing temperature:

    http://www.thefragrantleaf.com/brewingtips.html
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    May 18, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    I just had a cup of Russian Caravan this morning. Really perked up my day so far icon_smile.gif
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    May 18, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    I'm always inclined toward Rooibos with a little honey.
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    May 18, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
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    pocketnico saidBut when it comes to green tea, I'm not a fan of bitter. I definitely prefer a much lighter flavor.


    Green tea benefits from lower brewing temperature:

    http://www.thefragrantleaf.com/brewingtips.html


    Ah, now this makes sense. Some of the places I've been to that serve hot green tea I can't help but wonder if the servers knew that green tea doesn't take the same boiling water for black tea.
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    May 18, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    How do you guys feel about iced tea? I prefer hot tea most of the time, but I really enjoy a good glass of iced tea every once and a while. I have a feeling I'll be drinking a lot of it this summer since I just moved to Texas!

    I have to say, I'm not really a fan of Southern style because it's just too damn sweet! I'm originally from Virgina but from Northern Virginia (which isn't very Southern), so sweet tea was not a norm. I don't mind iced tea slightly sweetened, but most of the time I go for unsweetened or add a little lemon or lime for a tangy sweet.
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    May 19, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    I love unsweetened iced tea. When I make jasmine tea, I brew a liter of it for the amount of time it takes to boil another liter of water, then I pour off the tea and brew the leaves a second time. I let the second brewing cool to room temperature and drink it as iced tea.
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    May 19, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    I love black iced tea, or green tea mixed with Ginseng and a bit of rose water and honey. It just soothes me.
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    May 19, 2010 3:13 AM GMT
    A past boyfriend of mine introduced me to his mix of black and green iced tea. It was quite awesome! Since then I've made a black/green tea mix on a number of occasions.
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    May 19, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    Ah, tea. Yum. As I've stated before, I'm a tea snob and get all my tea from TeaSource in Minneapolis.

    I drink a lot of iced tea. Just put the tea in some cold water and put it in the refrigerator for 8 or so hours, and it's tea. Works especially well for green or herbal tea.
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    May 19, 2010 3:26 AM GMT
    My favorite tea shop is the Tea Leaf, Inc. inside Reading Terminal Market in Philly. I've been there twice, and the little Asian lady who works the counter is one of the nicest people I've ever met! She was very helpful in guiding me to teas I would like based on the kinds of flavors I preferred.
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    May 19, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    There is a place in Austin TX I go to every time I'm in town, called The Steeping Room. Amazing food, over 350 varieties of tea... the Iced Coconut-Green is addictive

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    May 19, 2010 4:41 AM GMT
    wirefire21 saidThere is a place in Austin TX I go to every time I'm in town, called The Steeping Room. Amazing food, over 350 varieties of tea... the Iced Coconut-Green is addictive



    I must find this since I'm in San Antonio now and plan to move to Austin later this year.
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    May 19, 2010 4:44 AM GMT
    pocketnico said
    Efebo saidI have chamomile and lemongrass tea often. Also thread title is adorbs!


    Thanks! You know, as gay as this sounds, I've always wanted to have an actual tea party or tea social. I've had friends and past boyfriends have tea with me after dinner in an informal setting, but I've never gone full out with the tea party awesomeness. I'd really like to do that some day.


    I actually befriended a woman in the UK (Cardiff) over Facebook. Never met in person (and I've never even been to the UK!), but we're having "cross continental tea party" of sorts - The two of us both like to collect wild teacups and crazy teapots, and in a year or so we're both going to meet somewhere in London for a tea party in a park icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 19, 2010 4:48 AM GMT
    http://thesteepingroom.com/
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    May 19, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
    Green or Earl Grey, please....
    What sandwiches will you be serving?

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    pocketnico said
    Efebo saidI have chamomile and lemongrass tea often. Also thread title is adorbs!


    Thanks! You know, as gay as this sounds, I've always wanted to have an actual tea party or tea social. I've had friends and past boyfriends have tea with me after dinner in an informal setting, but I've never gone full out with the tea party awesomeness. I'd really like to do that some day.


    I actually befriended a woman in the UK (Cardiff) over Facebook. Never met in person (and I've never even been to the UK!), but we're having "cross continental tea party" of sorts - The two of us both like to collect wild teacups and crazy teapots, and in a year or so we're both going to meet somewhere in London for a tea party in a park icon_biggrin.gif


    Well, aren't you so damn cute! icon_biggrin.gif