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Post by coco » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:33 pm

This is a general thread to discuss anything and everything about tea.
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Re: Tea

Post by GaryInVA » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:59 pm

Have been eying some Japanese clay teapots. Might ask for one for my bday in May.
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Re: Tea

Post by JudgeRusty » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:10 pm

I will follow this thread with much interest as I am much the amateur tea drinker.
I have introduced the hang out crew at Milans to tea drinking, but we drink bagged tea there as it is much more convenient in the small space kitchenette we use there.
I wanted to share with them my preference for Lapsang Souchong so I ordered some in tea bags. It was from a supposedly reputable brand (Taylor, I think). It was horrible with barely any smoke taste.
I have a stainless infuser from Amazon ($9?) with a silicone rim and lid so that I can make tea a cup at a time. I drink mostly Lapsang Souchong and Earl Gray. I also drink English Breakfast. I do not add anything to my tea.
A primary advantage tea has over coffee is that the bottom third of the cup is fine even at room temperature while cold coffee is tougher to drink.
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Re: Tea

Post by JimVH » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:41 pm

Lapsing Souchong, English Breakfast, and Earl Grey are favorites, though I haven't found a black tea I can't enjoy. If we are including herbals, add Rooibos to the list.

Most of the time I drink it straight, but occasionally I like a little drizzle of honey or sugar. I don't think I have ever tried milk in my tea, at least not that I remember.

I know many consider it blaspheme, but I enjoy most teas iced, also. Unsweetened, mostly, but drinking tea with BBQ demands that it be sweet.

I do not have a tea kettle anymore. It took a fatal fall off the counter a while back and I have yet to replace it. I have a small stainless steel sauce pan the I use to heat my water. At work, I use the hot tap on the coffee maker.

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Re: Tea

Post by JudgeRusty » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:32 pm

The tea set in the OP hinted that we were to discuss hot tea. That might have been an improper assumption on my part.

I have probably drank a couple of tanker trucks full of sweetened iced tea in my lifetime, but I doubt it makes for much good discussion.
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Re: Tea

Post by UncleBob » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:51 pm

I enjoy Earl Grey in various iterations, Assam (in various iterations), and occasionally gunpowder green tea. I also do enjoy an Earl Grey Cream tea: http://www.englishteastore.com/earlgreycream.html

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Re: Tea

Post by 424cat » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:16 pm

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Re: Tea

Post by Thoth » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:27 pm

JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:10 pm
I will follow this thread with much interest as I am much the amateur tea drinker.
I have introduced the hang out crew at Milans to tea drinking, but we drink bagged tea there as it is much more convenient in the small space kitchenette we use there.
I wanted to share with them my preference for Lapsang Souchong so I ordered some in tea bags. It was from a supposedly reputable brand (Taylor, I think). It was horrible with barely any smoke taste.
I have a stainless infuser from Amazon ($9?) with a silicone rim and lid so that I can make tea a cup at a time. I drink mostly Lapsang Souchong and Earl Gray. I also drink English Breakfast. I do not add anything to my tea.
A primary advantage tea has over coffee is that the bottom third of the cup is fine even at room temperature while cold coffee is tougher to drink.
Twinnings has a decent Lapsang Souchang in bags rather smokey but if oversteeped you get a piney astringent flavor. Though depending on how much you like the guys in Milans you can bag your own loose lease and bring it over, some super markets carry filter tea bags (or order it online).
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Re: Tea

Post by sweetandsour » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:36 pm

At the risk of further chastisement from DL, i do enjoy the occasional Earl gray London fog.
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Re: Tea

Post by A_Morley » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:19 pm

424cat wrote:
Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:16 pm
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Coco said it was a thread about tea, not about weeds, you simpering pillock.
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Re: Tea

Post by A_Morley » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:22 pm

At this juncture I have a little under a pound of Ceylon broken pekoe that I've been drinking morning, noon and night. I also have eight or so ounces of CTC Assam that I almost always have around as a fallback.
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Post by hugodrax » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:25 pm

Thoth wrote:
Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:27 pm
JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:10 pm
I will follow this thread with much interest as I am much the amateur tea drinker.
I have introduced the hang out crew at Milans to tea drinking, but we drink bagged tea there as it is much more convenient in the small space kitchenette we use there.
I wanted to share with them my preference for Lapsang Souchong so I ordered some in tea bags. It was from a supposedly reputable brand (Taylor, I think). It was horrible with barely any smoke taste.
I have a stainless infuser from Amazon ($9?) with a silicone rim and lid so that I can make tea a cup at a time. I drink mostly Lapsang Souchong and Earl Gray. I also drink English Breakfast. I do not add anything to my tea.
A primary advantage tea has over coffee is that the bottom third of the cup is fine even at room temperature while cold coffee is tougher to drink.
Twinnings has a decent Lapsang Souchang in bags rather smokey but if oversteeped you get a piney astringent flavor. Though depending on how much you like the guys in Milans you can bag your own loose lease and bring it over, some super markets carry filter tea bags (or order it online).
Thoth thpeaks thooth. I purposefully overstep the Twinings. Add just a splash of milk and it's a wonderful chocolate and pine and smoke flavor.
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Re: Tea

Post by Jocose » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:01 am

I enjoy loose leaf green tea (with and without brown rice) in a tea pot similar to coco's picture.
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Re: Tea

Post by JimVH » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:32 am

The green teas I've tried always seem bitter. Makes me wonder if I'm doin it wrong.

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Re: Tea

Post by coco » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:47 am

JudgeRusty wrote:
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:32 pm
The tea set in the OP hinted that we were to discuss hot tea. That might have been an improper assumption on my part.

I have probably drank a couple of tanker trucks full of sweetened iced tea in my lifetime, but I doubt it makes for much good discussion.
I'm sure that Morley will be willing to discuss it with you.
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Re: Tea

Post by coco » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:51 am

JimVH wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:32 am
The green teas I've tried always seem bitter. Makes me wonder if I'm doin it wrong.
While green tea is more bitter than black, you should make sure to try steeping it with the proper water temperature, if you have not yet done so. Shoot for 140°F - 185°F. The boiling point of water is 212°F, so just let the water cool for a few minutes after the kettle whistles before steeping.
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Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:18 am

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Re: Tea

Post by JimVH » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:04 am

coco wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:51 am
JimVH wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:32 am
The green teas I've tried always seem bitter. Makes me wonder if I'm doin it wrong.
While green tea is more bitter than black, you should make sure to try steeping it with the proper water temperature, if you have not yet done so. Shoot for 140°F - 185°F. The boiling point of water is 212°F, so just let the water cool for a few minutes after the kettle whistles before steeping.
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Re: Tea

Post by A_Morley » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:46 am

Last night, I washed and scalded out a teapot so that I would not have to bother doing so in the morning and left it sitting by the stove. This morning as soon as I was out of bed I went into the kitchen and filled the kettle with freshly drawn, cold water and set it on the burner turned on high. Retrieving a canister of ceylon from my room, I ladled four heaping teaspoons into the pot. Four seems about the right number for this pot to make the tea nice and strong without it getting stewed and bitter.

When the kettle came to a nice, rolling boil I poured the steaming water over the leaves in the pot, put the lid on, and made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. After about five minutes I grabbed a mug, this one has a map of the Hawaiian Islands on the side, and poured the first cup of tea. I left about an inch of space below the rim and poured in a dollop of cold whole milk.

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Re: Tea

Post by Thoth » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:57 am

Very good loose leaf tea at reasonable prices can be had at Fairway and Wegmans Supermarkets if you happen to live near them. Avoid Teavana in the malls for tea, its overpriced and if brewed as suggested gives an insipid cup of tea and with most teas even black I could generally get a second steeping (and several more with green and oolong) not so with their teas.

Also JimVH, if you can try gunpowder green tea its more forgiving in brewing and less bitter to me at any rate ( if you want pm me your address and I'll send you some)

Ahmad Tea Ceylon OPA is generally my go to daily tea.
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