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

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 13:55
by tonieee
I've never tried any but I think I agree with Pete.

If I was in that situation I'd go with herbal tea instead.

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

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 14:04
by humblebee
I've only tried one kind of decaf - think it was Ty-Phoo, a few years back. It didn't matter how long you mashed it for: it still tasted of nothing. Maybe other kinds would be better - I dunno. But my experience is not good. What about Redbush and Rooiboos or whatever it's called? They're decaf aren't they? Seem to think they're half decent.

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

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 14:31
by tompony
Yeah, Redbush is completely caffeine-free (as opposed to the reduced amount in decaff tea) and bloody lovely. That's what I drink when I fancy a tea but don't need the caffeine. Which is admittedly quite rare.

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

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 15:34
by Sylvie
For a while now, I've been drinking rooibos tea in the evenings and have a "night time" tea before bed. Dragonfly and M&S both do good redbush/rooibos & vanilla teas, if you want something with a slightly more interesting taste. I think own-brand rooibos teas are generally good, but found that Tetley's redbush wasn't great (their vanilla one was particularly bad, for some reason). I noticed the other day that Dragonfly also make a rooibos earl grey, which sounds lovely.

Pukka do some interesting decaf teas, but they can be quite pricey. If anyone wants a tea to help them sleep, I've found that tea with limeflower does make me slightly drowsy. Someone told me you can pick limeflowers and make tea from it, but I'm too lazy to go looking for it! M&S calming tea tastes nice, affordable and has limeflower in it.

Fruit teas are ok, although I do find I'm usually not in the mood for them. Lipton's apple & cinnamon is an old favourite, though. Our tea cupboard is jam-packed, if you can't tell from this post!

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

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 16:32
by tompony
Agreed on the Tetley redbush! It's Not Quite Right.

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

Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 19:09
by F. Jasmine
Dragonfly Earl Grey Redbush is indeed splendid. A top tip to make any redbush nice and creamy is to use soya milk rather than normal milk as it seems to add a certain something. I went through a caffeine free phase a few years back (never again) and ended up experimenting quite a lot to find a satisfactory alternative to the industrial strength tea I usually sup. The dragonfly earl grey with soya milk was the best caffeine free taste I got.
Although I'm now back on extra strong proper tea to make up for it - Twinings 1706 strong breakfast tea (with a dash of proper milk) makes the best caffeine cuppa by far.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 08:32
by Kate
Thanks for all the tips- I've been trying the Tetley Redbush and it does taste a bit strange. Might try it with milk to see if that improves it & have a look for some herbal teas. Had some of the Co-op own brand decaf & that really tastes of nothing!

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

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 09:41
by humblebee
Kate wrote:own brand
There are some products where own brand stuff should always be avoided, if you can afford to. Tea is top of the list!

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

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:18
by tonieee
humblebee wrote:
Kate wrote:own brand
There are some products where own brand stuff should always be avoided, if you can afford to. Tea is top of the list!
I'm not normally fussy about such things and I'm quite happy with cheapo alternatives for stuff but every own brand tea I've ever tried have been awful. The only other product I would have put into this category was beer but I recently had some Sainsbury's stout and it was quite nice.

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

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:50
by Kate
I'm used to vending machine tea at work so own brand tea doesn't bother me too much. Now trying some PG tips decaf which isn't too disastrous.

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

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 21:41
by crystalball
A couple of months ago I was in Glasgow and spent two lovely, lovely mornings in a café which used tea cosies. It changed everything. This is my life now:

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

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 22:46
by tonieee
crystalball wrote:A couple of months ago I was in Glasgow and spent two lovely, lovely mornings in a café which used tea cosies. It changed everything. This is my life now:

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I can't see the image but I have a tea cosy and use it all the time. It's not a very pretty one though - I keep thinking to buy a new one but they don't have then in many shops.