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 Post subject: Re: The Tea (or any beverage) Room
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:54 am 
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I'm intrigued by the Lapsang Souchong and have been sniffing the boxes in the supermarket. How do you drink it? Milk/no milk?


It is an acquired taste, I think! If you like things that taste like smoke you will probably like it. I usually drink it straight, but you made me want to try it with milk so I just made some with soy creamer, and it is less strong but still delicious.

I bought a box at Waitrose this morning and had a cup with unsweetened soy when I got home based on your report of deliciousness, and it is so so good! I don't know why I've been so hesitant to try it.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:57 am 
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I drink lapsang souchong but never with milk! That sounds so weird to me- the smoke and cream isn't weird together?

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 Post subject: Re: The Tea (or any beverage) Room
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:05 am 
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Nope. I think it would taste weird and wrong with sweetened milk, though. Also, I only add a dash of milk because I hate tea (and coffee) that isn't piping hot.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:12 am 
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Hm...maybe I'll try it with unsweetened milk next time. I like the way I drink it now but now I'm intrigued at the smoke/cream combination.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:34 am 
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This thread has inspired me to try more tea/flavoured beverages. I have started using only filtered water in my tea (and coffee) and have noticed a big difference, as far as adding sugar it doesn't seem to do much more than make the tea taste like sugar. I might try agave and see if that is nicer.

If I wanted to branch out where should I start? I like regular ol' tea and chia (but I make it into a syrup and add to warm milk.) Also where is a good place to buy teas, we don't have anywhere nice here.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:01 am 
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If I wanted to branch out where should I start? I like regular ol' tea and chia (but I make it into a syrup and add to warm milk.) Also where is a good place to buy teas, we don't have anywhere nice here.

I'd buy samples from Adagio. I think that just buying samples of things that sound good to you is a great start. Maybe try a bunch of new chais and branch out from there or just pick some that you've never tried before. I'd definitely recommend the chocolate chai.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:18 am 
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That site is wonderful. So many teas and such adorable glass teapots. The international shipping is very expensive, though.


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Has anyone ever ordered from Kusmi Tea? The tins are pretty and I'm intrigued by the black tea with violet and the black tea with buffalo grass.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:14 pm 
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MBM found a bunch of Twinings earl grey at Big Lots, so I'm pretty much set for quite a while!


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48 count boxes for $3 each, woo!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:07 pm 
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Has anyone ever ordered from Kusmi Tea? The tins are pretty and I'm intrigued by the black tea with violet and the black tea with buffalo grass.


KUSMI TEA UPDATE: Bought the violette, zoubrovka, and lapsang souchong. They are all delicious, and the guy behind the counter said I can get a few dollars off of retail if I bring the empty tins back to their store in NY. I wish the tins were smaller, though, so I would stop feeling like I have to be constantly drinking a mug of tea.


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 Post subject: Re: The Tea (or any beverage) Room
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:13 pm 
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I have a tonne of tea, mostly plain green and black. I never drink it. When I'm at work or at a restaurant and I make or order tea, I'm always all "OH YES TEA IS AWESOME", but as soon as I get home I forget. I think it's because we don't have a kettle. (I know there are other ways to boil water, but a pot on the stove doesn't scream "TEA!" quite like a kettle.) I am trying to at least think about drinking it more often, because I'm currently working from home and I'm freezing and thirsty in the mornings.

I really hate rooibos and fruit flavoured teas. I like the bitter stuff.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:45 pm 
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Spiced pear tea + raspberry flavored agave = awesome.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:58 pm 
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Pretty much the only thing I like about my job is they have a decent tea selection in the break room. I bought one of those cute hot/cold tumblers (the kind with a straw) and have iced tea a lot in the afternoon.

I packet of black tea (english teatime) and one packet of rasberry herb tea. Make it SUPER STRONG and have over ice. Now everyone is doing it. I started a trend.

In the winter I like the Constant Comment kind. It was my mom's favorite tea...she is deceased, but when I drink it I always think of her.

I just have to say that I HATE FAKE TEA in resturants. You know, when you go to a fast casual place, and they have a soda fountain, and there is tea IN THE SODA FOUNTAIN. gross. that is so not tea. Tea needs to be brewed, not mixed.


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 Post subject: Re: The Tea (or any beverage) Room
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I've been drinking tea every day at work for months, but on the weekend I went to the farmers market and picked up some locally roasted coffee and I've been making myself a French press at my desk in the mornings. It's ridiculously good. I'm usually way too lazy to brew coffee for myself so I'd forgotten how much I like good, black coffee. Infinitely better than anything from any of the cafes near my office, and it's a fraction of the price.

Also, my cubicle smells glorious.

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I bought some herbs & loose leaf tea while in Berkeley. However right now I am hooked on a roobios red with carrot & orange and a Kusmi loose leaf spice blend!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:04 am 
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I've recently become hopelessly addicted to a Ginger and Tumeric herbal blend from Rishi. We always have Maté, chai, pu-erh, nettles, and mint on hand and then whatever fun things I can't resist!

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Today at work I picked some lemon balm and mint, slapped them to get the oils going, topped it up with ice and eventually boiling water, and then I added a splash berry cordial.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:00 am 
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Not a collector. I have Ceylon tea for everyday drinking, a fruity black tea for iced tea in the summer, and peppermint for when I want to drink tea but shouldn't (I feel really weird if I have more than four cups a day). I use a pot on the stove to boil the water, no room for an electric kettle! I'm too miserly to buy tea at school, so I bring a flask every day.

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I drink at least one cup of jasmine green tea daily. I usually either get it loose from the local farmers' market or in bags from the Asian market around here.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:41 am 
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I have a split tea collection, pretty much all of my caffeinated teas are in my studio and all my decaf ones are at home.
in the studio I have :earl grey, chai, mango black tea, white tea+ginger, english breakfast, barley, and israeli fruit tea (and I also have french roast coffee grounds + a french press) I keep almond milk around for the coffee and agave for the tea (though in earl grey I put some almond milk as well)

at home I only have peppermint and ginger (oh and rooibos which I dislike greatly and have been sneaking it in to my friend's possession one bag in a pocket at a time.)


seriously drink like 3 mugs/day minimum. keeps me sane.

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My lovely tea-addicted roomie just bought a big jar of (loose-leaf) Earl Grey creme for us, so I've been loving that lately. I also have bagged ginger, plain green, and chocolate hazelnut truffle (this stuff is amazeballs with some soy/almond milk and sugar). That's it, though, and I'm almost out of the chocolate stuff. . . need to go tea shopping soon.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:35 pm 
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So, I have a bunch of tea that I don't like. Anybody want this stuff?

1 box unopened pineapple flavored black tea my coworker brought me from Hawaii (just sound gross to me and I'm scared of it)
2 boxes Stash pumpkin spice (opened 1 box, used one tea bag - didn't like it)
4 boxes Stash decaf vanilla nut (unopened)
1 box Celestial Seasonings Nutcracker Sweet (mostly full - used a couple bags)
1 sample size tin each of Adagio cinnamon, jasmine, and Christmas - all mostly full, loose leaf
and a little bag of random assorted tea bags

If anyone wants these, you can have them. Just paypal me few bucks for a priority mail box. PM me!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:17 am 
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I'm just getting into tea now so I'm happy to look through this thread! My mom got a box of tea forte teas for her birthday and I have been dipping in. I am OBSESSED with the black currant and can't wait to try other brands. I love the Harney & Sons tea tins and they totally get me because they're so pretty ( and only around $7 so it's not like I'm spending $11 on Republic of Tea teas sans adorable tea tin!)

I bought some coconut and chocolate and frankly hated it. I don't think the chocolate teas are for me :(. I used to be a barista and we would make earl grey lattes (like 3 earl grey tea bags, like 2 ounces of water, the rest steamed soy, and sugar in the raw. Yum.


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 Post subject: Re: The Tea (or any beverage) Room
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:13 am 
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There was a pop up food market at the weekend with a tea stall so I got a small amount of lapsang souchong loose leaf after seeing this thread - gorgeous stuff indeed!

I'm pretty addicted to Teapigs jasmine pearls and their ordinary green (mao something) I drink about 3 or 4 cups of that a day. And I've just had oolong blue tea delivered which I'm quite excited about :)

I quite like the pukka detox teas as well. I think the only tea I don't really like anymore is ordinary black builders tea.


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