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Re: Tea

Post by GaryInVA » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:30 am

Had a cup of Whittard English Breakfast tea this morning. I've had this tin sealed up for a while. The label on the bottom says "Best if used by 10/2015". Does anyone know if tea degrades over time when it is sealed up?
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Re: Tea

Post by UncleBob » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:38 am

GaryInVA wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:30 am
Had a cup of Whittard English Breakfast tea this morning. I've had this tin sealed up for a while. The label on the bottom says "Best if used by 10/2015". Does anyone know if tea degrades over time when it is sealed up?
It's good. It may not be quite as good by the "best used" date but it should still be good. Well, unless the boll weevils get into it.
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Re: Tea

Post by Thoth » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:38 pm

GaryInVA wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:30 am
Had a cup of Whittard English Breakfast tea this morning. I've had this tin sealed up for a while. The label on the bottom says "Best if used by 10/2015". Does anyone know if tea degrades over time when it is sealed up?
If stored in an airtight opaque container in cool dry place, should be fine for a long time. It will still give you a good cup, maybe not the best it could be.
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Re: Tea

Post by Jocose » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:53 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:38 am
GaryInVA wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:30 am
Had a cup of Whittard English Breakfast tea this morning. I've had this tin sealed up for a while. The label on the bottom says "Best if used by 10/2015". Does anyone know if tea degrades over time when it is sealed up?
It's good. It may not be quite as good by the "best used" date but it should still be good. Well, unless the boll weevils get into it.
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Re: Tea

Post by GaryInVA » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:57 pm

Thoth wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:38 pm
GaryInVA wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:30 am
Had a cup of Whittard English Breakfast tea this morning. I've had this tin sealed up for a while. The label on the bottom says "Best if used by 10/2015". Does anyone know if tea degrades over time when it is sealed up?
If stored in an airtight opaque container in cool dry place, should be fine for a long time. It will still give you a good cup, maybe not the best it could be.
It comes in a proper British tin that is airtight.

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Re: Tea

Post by A_Morley » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:33 pm

I'm just now brewing up a pot of my go to CTC Assam. It's malty, astringent, almost chalk tasting, yet delicious. By it's self it'd be too tannin and cloying, but with a generous measure of milk in the cup, it becomes a strong, bracing, reassuring, Northern Irish cuppa.

I've practically lived off of this tea before.
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Re: Tea

Post by Rusty » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:11 pm

A_Morley wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:33 pm
I'm just now brewing up a pot of my go to CTC Assam. It's malty, astringent, almost chalk tasting, yet delicious. By it's self it'd be too tannin and cloying, but with a generous measure of milk in the cup, it becomes a strong, bracing, reassuring, Northern Irish cuppa.

I've practically lived off of this tea before.
CTC? Crush Tear Curl. It's lower grade leaf.
If you like Assam, here's something that is a real treat .... don't argue, just try it.

http://www.arborteas.com/organic-vietna ... k-tea.html
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Re: Tea

Post by hugodrax » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:25 pm

Rusty wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:11 pm
A_Morley wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:33 pm
I'm just now brewing up a pot of my go to CTC Assam. It's malty, astringent, almost chalk tasting, yet delicious. By it's self it'd be too tannin and cloying, but with a generous measure of milk in the cup, it becomes a strong, bracing, reassuring, Northern Irish cuppa.

I've practically lived off of this tea before.
CTC? Crush Tear Curl. It's lower grade leaf.
If you like Assam, here's something that is a real treat .... don't argue, just try it.

http://www.arborteas.com/organic-vietna ... k-tea.html
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Re: Tea

Post by A_Morley » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:34 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:25 pm
Rusty wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:11 pm
A_Morley wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:33 pm
I'm just now brewing up a pot of my go to CTC Assam. It's malty, astringent, almost chalk tasting, yet delicious. By it's self it'd be too tannin and cloying, but with a generous measure of milk in the cup, it becomes a strong, bracing, reassuring, Northern Irish cuppa.

I've practically lived off of this tea before.
CTC? Crush Tear Curl. It's lower grade leaf.
If you like Assam, here's something that is a real treat .... don't argue, just try it.

http://www.arborteas.com/organic-vietna ... k-tea.html
I believe you, but I cannot.
Did you think I didn't know it was lower grade leaf, you presumptuous bloviater? I know it's a low grade and, dammit, I like it. I display more tea related erudition when talking in my sleep than you would addressing the World Tea Academy.
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Re: Tea

Post by hugodrax » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:53 pm

A_Morley wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:34 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:25 pm
Rusty wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:11 pm
A_Morley wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:33 pm
I'm just now brewing up a pot of my go to CTC Assam. It's malty, astringent, almost chalk tasting, yet delicious. By it's self it'd be too tannin and cloying, but with a generous measure of milk in the cup, it becomes a strong, bracing, reassuring, Northern Irish cuppa.

I've practically lived off of this tea before.
CTC? Crush Tear Curl. It's lower grade leaf.
If you like Assam, here's something that is a real treat .... don't argue, just try it.

http://www.arborteas.com/organic-vietna ... k-tea.html
I believe you, but I cannot.
Did you think I didn't know it was lower grade leaf, you presumptuous bloviater? I know it's a low grade and, dammit, I like it. I display more tea related erudition when talking in my sleep than you would addressing the World Tea Academy.
Is there a World Tea Academy?
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Re: Tea

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Re: Tea

Post by hugodrax » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:21 pm

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Re: Tea

Post by Rusty » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:30 pm

A couple that really surprised me with their quality and low price was Vahdam teas, which I found on Amazon.ca. Last fall I bought a pound of both their 2016 2nd flush Darjeeling and Assam. I'm quite happy. Those exceeded my expectations.
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Re: Tea

Post by Rusty » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:50 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:25 pm
Rusty wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:11 pm
A_Morley wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:33 pm
I'm just now brewing up a pot of my go to CTC Assam. It's malty, astringent, almost chalk tasting, yet delicious. By it's self it'd be too tannin and cloying, but with a generous measure of milk in the cup, it becomes a strong, bracing, reassuring, Northern Irish cuppa.

I've practically lived off of this tea before.
CTC? Crush Tear Curl. It's lower grade leaf.
If you like Assam, here's something that is a real treat .... don't argue, just try it.

http://www.arborteas.com/organic-vietna ... k-tea.html
I believe you, but I cannot.
Why? It's really nice stuff. I was blown away. I'm passing along names and vendors for teas that are very good. I think that's a good thing to do in a thread like this. Arbor (they're in Anne Arbor MI) have quite a few very good teas. Their Greenfield Estate Ceylon is very nice too, but somewhat unusual for a Ceylon tea, I think.
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Re: Tea

Post by hugodrax » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:22 pm

Rusty wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:50 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:25 pm
Rusty wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:11 pm
A_Morley wrote:
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:33 pm
I'm just now brewing up a pot of my go to CTC Assam. It's malty, astringent, almost chalk tasting, yet delicious. By it's self it'd be too tannin and cloying, but with a generous measure of milk in the cup, it becomes a strong, bracing, reassuring, Northern Irish cuppa.

I've practically lived off of this tea before.
CTC? Crush Tear Curl. It's lower grade leaf.
If you like Assam, here's something that is a real treat .... don't argue, just try it.

http://www.arborteas.com/organic-vietna ... k-tea.html
I believe you, but I cannot.
Why? It's really nice stuff. I was blown away. I'm passing along names and vendors for teas that are very good. I think that's a good thing to do in a thread like this. Arbor (they're in Anne Arbor MI) have quite a few very good teas. Their Greenfield Estate Ceylon is very nice too, but somewhat unusual for a Ceylon tea, I think.
Oh, it sounds lovely. Silly personl boycott there, though. Please give all the recommendations you are inclined to give. I'm sadly ignorant in the matter of tea.
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Re: Tea

Post by Auroraboy » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:53 pm

At risk of sounding lowbrow compared to some of the other responses, it's Tetley's British Blend or PG Tips for me, always with a splash of milk, at least twice a day.

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Re: Tea

Post by A_Morley » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:48 pm

Auroraboy wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:53 pm
At risk of sounding lowbrow compared to some of the other responses, it's Tetley's British Blend or PG Tips for me, always with a splash of milk, at least twice a day.
PG Tips is perfectly acceptable. I don't care for the American incarnation of Tetley.
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Re: Tea

Post by KYBURLEY » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:57 pm

I like all decent varietals, just depends on time of day and mood, like tobacco. My last cup this morning was Ty-Phoo. Not bad for a strong British cup, stronger than PG Tips, close to Yorkshire.

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Post by sweetandsour » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:51 am

My wife and I each had two cups of Twinnings Earl Gray last night when we got home from Wed night Bible study, along with a few store-bought shortbread cookies. A rare treat, for us.
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Re: Tea

Post by A_Morley » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:21 am

Yesterday afternoon, having had a wicked craving for a cup for the past few hours but being unable to satisfy it, I had finally made a fresh pot of assam and was halfway through that first, bracing cup only to receive a message from a director asking if I could meet. Though I was loath to venture out again, I, nevertheless, left the rest of the pot undrunk and proceeded to the studio.

When I returned a few hours later, I poured the remaining tea into a saucepan, added two spoonfuls of sugar and a quarter cup of milk, and heated it all to a boiling. It was delicious and I am not ashamed.
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