Ooooh, I'd love a cuppa: The Tea thread

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Ooooh, I'd love a cuppa: The Tea thread

Post by soft revolution » Thu Nov 29, 2007 22:00

A thread about Tea, because I'm playing around with my new tea pot.

I also got a range of Twinnings (pronounced tw-aiy-nings or t-win-nings?) for my birthday and by far the best that I've had so far is English Afternoon tea - its a bit like Chinese green tea but is drunk with milk. I did get into a confusing spot the other day though when I got up at 1ish. I didnt know whether to have English Breakfast tea or English Afternoon tea with my toast?

Also, the old debate - do you drink Earl Grey with milk or not.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by Colin » Thu Nov 29, 2007 23:37

No milk with anything ever for me. I'm going to get one of those Bodum teapots for Christmas.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Nov 29, 2007 23:50

I think it is morally wrong to have milk with earl grey.

I bought some lovely green tea with natural raspberry flavours in today, and it made my day that little bit better.

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Post by soft revolution » Fri Nov 30, 2007 16:01

Woah, at the "Flav Machine" (Flavia) we have this Japanese green tea which is all sludgy and seaweedy. Yuk.

Im very much pro milk in tea (not much) but people looked at me weird when I had it in my Earl Grey so I stopped.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by Elvistears » Sat Dec 01, 2007 23:16

I have milk in Earl Grey. Worse, I have SOYA milk in earl grey.

Today I found some "inner calm" tea in the aisles of Sainsburys. Who would have thought it? Inner calm, just like that?

Of course I bought it...such a sucker for advertising..

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Post by Elvistears » Thu Dec 06, 2007 14:58

Inner calm tea seems to work a bit. I wonder if this is the power of self-deception.

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Post by Miss Anna » Thu Dec 06, 2007 19:43

I have milk in Earl Grey. I have milk in Lady Grey too. Lady Grey is wicked. Had some Harmonising Rose and Vanilla Tea for the Woman the other day, but then I got pissed and didn't notice whether I was more or less harmonised.

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Post by humblebee » Fri Dec 07, 2007 08:46

Milk in Earl Grey is perfectly fine. But Earl Grey must be thoroughly steeped; it tends more than most teas towards insipidness otherwise.

Sugar in any tea is a sign of moral weakness.

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Post by Tomb » Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:25

I really have to stay away from caffiene and am drinking decaff these days. Most are horrible but I recommend PG Tips decaff, Yorkshire decaff and Twinings Traditional English decaff. All vary in strength.

Anyone else found any nice decaff tea? Sadly the free trade stuff is not much cop.

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Post by humblebee » Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:39

I had a go on decaff for a bit, when I was trying different things to try and sleep better. It didn't work and it tasted bloody rank.

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:58

inner calm
inner calm
INNER CALM
INNA FUCKIN CALM! YEAH!

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:58

err..

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Dec 07, 2007 13:04

I have some beautiful tea I bought from Paris (I think) that has rose petals in it. Every week I think I'll sit down on saturday morning, with a pot of it, and just sip it and enjoy it, and chill out. Every saturday, I forget that I planned to do this.

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Dec 07, 2007 13:06

And...decaff tea... have you tried green tea? It has 10 per cent of the caffeine - and its not so bad once you're used to it. If that's too much, try white tea - green tea but picked younger and tastes less bitter. Its not "proper" white tea, strictly speaking, but that's what they call it.. The Clipper blend is ok.

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Post by crystalball » Fri Dec 07, 2007 13:12

White tea is great - I much prefer it to green tea and, of course, decaff black tea which is bloody terrible.

I don't understand how you lot can drink Earl Grey. I used to think that my foreign palate wasn't sophisticated enough for it but now I've decided you are all mad.

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Post by Tomb » Fri Dec 07, 2007 14:39

Luckily Twinings does a decaff earl gray!

I give green tea a miss as I am supposed not to have any caffeine at all. I may give it a go though.

What about rooiboos tea - anyone like that?

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Post by Elvistears » Fri Dec 07, 2007 14:44

Yes, rooiboos is nice - I think its the same stuff as redbush, if you ever see that. I like the Eleven O Clock or the Tick Tock stuff. Comes in a 1940s stylee box but tastes like it was made last week!

I recommend milk/soya milk with it. Its too bitter without.

I don't think it has any caffeine - it isn't made from the tea bush, but a different bush (err.. the red bush??) apparently. I find it really relaxing. It takes a few cups before you start liking it, but its worth persevering... no, really!

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Post by Miss Anna » Fri Dec 07, 2007 22:56

Can you put milk in green tea? Does even asking that make me look a proper tea newbie? I've got two tubs of the stuff in my tea cupboard but drinking it is a bit of a chore, I reckon milk might perk it up. It's not a great taste. But then again my tea cupboard is also my garlic cupboard. Perhaps kitchen reorganisation is in order.
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Post by Tomb » Sat Dec 08, 2007 00:47

Yeah rooiboos is great and I always drink it, and all other teas, with Soya milk - I am allergic to cows milk but strangely not cheese! It has no caffeine and is the same as Red Bush which is for people like me who cannot pronounce Afrikaans according to my SA colleague! Tick Tock and it's box is great. There is also an earl grey version which is yuk!

Okay - favourite herbal teas and why?

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Post by Martijn » Sat Dec 08, 2007 11:24

I don't really like tea and have never done. The thing is, I don't dislike it either, to me it just tastes like warm water. I prefer cold water.

Though I have started drinking some herbal teas recently, like camomile, peppermint, liquorice and rooibos. (Which, I can confirm, is just Afrikaans for red bush.) They are great to calm down in the evening after a busy day. During the day, I prefer coffee.

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