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What's The Best Brew Of Tea Out There?  
User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5427 times:

For years I've been drinking regular, ordinary tea, provided by the usual Irish brands, recently they've been using fair trade tea bags.
I've grown bored with them, and found a box of Earl Greys in the kitchen last week. I must say, I do like it quite a bit, but fear Imay grow tired of it soon.

Can anyone suggest a truly delicious brand or collection of tea loves I should try?

Cheers


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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31573 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5421 times:

Def Dargeeling tea......maybe try the Masala chai out here.
regds
MEL.



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User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5417 times:

I've heard of Dargeeling before. I'll put it on the list!

Thanks



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10728 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5407 times:

I never use tea bags. Always buying bulk tea leaves.

This is my tea provider. I am an old client.

http://www.mariagefreres.com/

Make sure you vist if you ever go to Paris.
Have a look at the website just for the pleasure of your eyes.

There must be some equivalent sellers in your own country.



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User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5395 times:

Everyone's tastes are different. Some people like red bush tea others think it tastes like cat's pee. Earl Grey has an acquired taste.

The best way to find the best brew of tea is to buy a taster's pack from a reputable blender and see which you like best. Taylor's of Harrogate would be a good place to start, or try Twinings as both will deliver to Ireland.



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5393 times:

I use a variety of teas every day - mornings are Earl Grey with milk, and the rest of the day is a combination of Darjeeling, Oolong, Green, Earl Grey etc. without milk/Sugar.

I've been trying to avoid coffee, milk and sugar wherever possible, so end up drinking tons of "black" tea (though not black tea).

My favorite is Earl Grey, recently tried "Earl Grey Green tea" as well - that was really nice.

Green tea is supposed to be healthy - that's the main reason I drink it. Don't really like it too much, but it's not too bad.

Darjeeling/ Oolong are very different (and nice). I guess they're heated/ fermented etc. and the liquor is much stronger and tastier (than green)...

Ultimately it's a very personal taste, and you'll have to try a bunch to figure out which you really like.

My friend loves Camomille, but I detest the stuff. My wife doesn't fancy any o fthe teas that I drink, she like regular "Assam" team - kind of like "English Breakfast".



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7625 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5390 times:
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Quoting Nimish (Reply 5):
she like regular "Assam" tea

Good quality Assam tea is a terrific, rich and robust tasting tea. One of my very favourites.



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User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5387 times:

Thanks for all your help everyone, it's very much appreciated.

I have great list of new teas to try out. Can't wait!

Thanks again



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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4869 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5384 times:

My tea-snob friends go for PG Tips, available in the UK and Canada.

I personally like the heartiness of an Assam (Orange Pekoe) tea, the favored roadside beverage across India.

Earl Grey contains Bergamot which gives it that unique flavor, I liked it at first but not anymore.

Add Lapsang Souchou to your list of teas to try.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11929 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5371 times:



Quoting Nimish (Reply 5):
My friend loves Camomille, but I detest the stuff.

The only tea I don't like is the kind served at Thai restaurants, it's got that strong, burnt taste. It must be an acquired taste, one that I have yet to acquire.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5327 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5357 times:



Quoting Comorin (Reply 8):
Add Lapsang Souchou to your list of teas to try

Blech - tastes like asphalt, if you ask me - must be an acquired taste!

By no means are they a high-end blend, I'm sure, but I rather like the freshness that comes as a result of domestically grown teas. Of course, that the tea plantation is in my birth state is also nice:

http://www.bigelowtea.com/act/

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User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1064 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5332 times:

I dont know what the best one is, but Earl Grey must be towards the bottom of that list!

My normal tea is the standard (mass produced) PG Tips or Tetley- and i love it.



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User currently offlineFca767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 1724 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5301 times:



Quoting Ammunition (Reply 11):
I dont know what the best one is, but Earl Grey must be towards the bottom of that list!

My normal tea is the standard (mass produced) PG Tips or Tetley- and i love it.

Me too...I don't like tea that has things added like orange...


User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2985 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5296 times:



Quoting Nimish (Reply 5):
she like regular "Assam" tea

I love Assam too. One of the best.

I'd avoid Lapsang Suchong though - that does taste like boiled tree bark.
Green is ok, I usually have it in Vietnamese restaurants (if they ask "bag or flower?" go for the flower!)
Red bush (roibos) too is ok, but I prefer it with milk.

I'm currently on Tetley's Decaf, probably the best English decaf tea out there.

signol



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7625 posts, RR: 23
Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5296 times:
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Quoting Fca767 (Reply 12):
Me too...I don't like tea that has things added like orange...

Would you say that flavoured teas are just not your cup of tea? You should try them, it might prove quite a novel-tea.

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User currently offlineBoeing74741R From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2007, 1134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5295 times:

I currently drink Tetley's Extra Strong. You do notice the difference, especially if you drink it from a smaller cup.

User currently offlineMax999 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 993 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 5293 times:

My favorite green tea is Pearl Jasmine. http://www.tenren.com/pearljasmine.html

Quote:
After the tea has been scented, the leaves are hand rolled into pearl shaped balls which gives this tea its name. When steeped, these leaves unroll and produce a tea with a pronounced floral and fresh green tea scent, a full-bodied refreshing sweet taste, and a pleasing long lasting floral aftertaste. The hue of this tea is a light peach color.



My favorite black tea for use with milk is this blend of Assam tea made by Harney and Sons, a high quality tea company in Connecticut. http://www.harney.com/Organic-Assam-...-in-4-ounce-tin/productinfo/44254/




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User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11151 posts, RR: 59
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5271 times:

I like many different teas, but the one I drink on a daily basis is just a simple Ceylon black tea.

This is a great brand:




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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5267 times:



Quoting Comorin (Reply 8):
My tea-snob friends go for PG Tips, available in the UK and Canada.

You find PG Tips here in the States. If there's a shop in your area that sells British or Irish goods, you can find it there. I've even found them at Cost Plus World Market (They sell all sorts of international foods and beverages).

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 10):
http://www.bigelowtea.com/act/

While my employee manufactures their own brands of tea for iced tea and do the smaller bags for hot tea (the same blend they use for the iced teas just using the smaller pieces of tea), we carry a decent selection of Bigelow Teas.

Myself, I've long been an Earl Grey fan. English Breakfast, English Tea Time, and Prince of Wales aren't too bad, but I still love a cup of Earl Grey. Some of the best Earl Grey I've ever had was a number years back when my stepdad went to London and brought me back a box of loose Earl Grey from Harrod's.


User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5263 times:

I prefer Darjeeling or Assam tea. Don't like Earl Grey or English breakfast too much and feel that they are pretty weak for my taste.

Usually I add a bit of my personal blend of spices (masala) to give it some extra flavour.



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User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1140 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5255 times:

On a daily basis I drink Ringtons Northern Choice (www.ringtons.co.uk), which is a strong loose black tea. For afternoons where something more subtle is appropriate, a cup or two of Darjeeling usually does the trick.

Lady Grey, however, is my guilty pleasure.



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User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1186 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5231 times:
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My wife is the tea-drinker in our household -Twinnings Earl Grey. I have been known to drink some too on a rare occasion, with milk and sugar.
However, if some South American (Argentinian) guest shows up, bringing some dried mate-leaves, yummy 
-I have the silver bombadillas and the drinkingcups made of dried gourds.

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User currently offlineIpodguy7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5203 times:

the best tea is some good old fashioned Southern Sweet Tea ( i prefer Liptons)


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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8875 posts, RR: 40
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5197 times:



Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 21):
However, if some South American (Argentinian) guest shows up, bringing some dried mate-leaves, yummy
-I have the silver bombadillas and the drinkingcups made of dried gourds.

I'm not a tea person, but I love Mate. I prefer it iced but hot is fine too.



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User currently offlineNimish From India, joined Feb 2005, 3171 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5172 times:

Ah - just remembered - Jasmine is one of my regular day time teas - Just love the stuff! It's unfortunately very rare in India, so I have to buy most of it during an overseas trip.

Twinings Assam tea bags are surprisingly good (and cheap) - about $1.8/100 bags (bulk packing) here in India.

Twinings Earl Grey is definitely more expensive - about $6/100 tea bags (individually wrapped).

A "bastard" tea I really like is "bubble tea" - popular in south east asia  Smile

The tea served in Malaysia in the roadside stalls is quite nice - the strong/sweet taste of the condensed milk used goes quite well with the "red color" tea that's produced...



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25 HAWK21M : Out here in Mumbai. The roadside Chaiwalla serves fantastic masala chai at a cheap rate & its quite popular,All the Ingredients are boiled together &
26 FCA767 : haha! I think I've tried earl grey once in a UK hotel, it's quite funny because most people in the UK don't get introduced to those types as much as
27 Sunshine79 : For normal tea, I use PG Tips, which I love, it's a pity the machine at work dosen't use them. For other tea, I use Tetley green tea bags, and a favou
28 Post contains images PIA777 : My favoites are: Tea India PIA777
29 Post contains images PIA777 : I also like this brand also: Stuff like Earl Grey and lipton just does not do it for me. PIA777
30 Post contains images TransIsland : Just for the novelty, may I suggest cerasee tea? It's positively vile, but it helps when you have a cold or the flu. I have a cerasee bush in my garde
31 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : My tea store pictures report from my last visit there at the time of the Paris Air Show. This is Mariage Frères They are located in the old tradition
32 Ferengi80 : The perfect way to ruin a good cup of Earl Grey is to add milk! It is best to drink it black, with maybe a slice of Lemon. My favourite tea is Tetley
33 EISHN : Hey everyone, just want to say thanks for all the suggestions. Does anyone know the name of a south african tea, I tried it a few years ago in Seattle
34 Yellowstone : Rooibos?
35 BCAL : Rooibos (aka Red Bush tea) is most likely but it might also have been Honeybush tea. For everyday drinking I prefer Yorkshire Gold Blend tea and Rooi
36 AlexEU : Is there anyone out here that likes smoky tea?
37 Skywatch : Love that stuff! Yep, that's it! I got a big box of Freshpak rooibus while I was in Lesotho this summer. So good on a cold morning! I also favor Masa
38 Post contains images FatmirJusufi : Ever tried Turkish tea? Anyway we name it as a Russian tea (Çaj rusi)! Don't know why!
39 Post contains links and images OA260 : Hard to beat PG Tipps loose leaf.
40 Post contains images BigTom : I prefer black teas especially Indian and Sri Lankan varieties. Loose leaf - if properly stored - is far more flavourful than bags. Here are some of m
41 Cws818 : I am becoming more and more of a fan of white tea. Plain white tea has a mild, creamy, almost nutty flavor, more antioxidants but less caffeine than g
42 Nimish : I need a bit of energy/sugar in the mornings to help me wake up - and the full fat milk in the tea provides me that! I often have black Earl Gray dur
43 HAWK21M : Is there any paced version of the local masala cutting chai available in packs. regds MEL.
44 Post contains links and images AirframeAS : This is what I drink....
45 FCA767 : Apart from the posh men in suits that ignored our lost plea... I did love how paris makes you feel that your alive...and not in a partying way but ju
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