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Old 07-13-2007, 04:15 PM   #21
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My favorite.
Go to Sainsbury's and get a packet of Taylor's of Harrogate.

A nice reddish green tea. Of this variety:
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

And mentioned here:
'So doth the woodbine the sweet honeysuckle
Gently entwist.'
Midsummer Night’s Dream, iv. 1.
A most remarkable English tea. Ceylon leaves of course.
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Old 07-13-2007, 07:54 PM   #22
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I like tea, but I get chronic kidney stones, so now I sadly tend to avoid it.
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:30 PM   #23
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I like Celestial Seasonings -- the Blueberry Breeze green tea is a favorite (very good iced.) I also like Lipton. Another favorite is their lemon herbal, brewed with a sprig or 2 of fresh mint, then chilled.

Oh, and if you go to Boulder, Colo., -- Celestial Seasonings offers a free tour of the plant, which includes a chance to taste any tea that they make.
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Lapsang Souchong is my favorite. It has a smoky taste, almost like gunpowder.
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My favorite is Lipton or Tetley, iced, but I am growing a mint plant and put a sprig in while it is still hot and let it steep. No sugar. The mint affords quite an enjoyable cooling sensation.
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DW has more tea than books, and she has a lot of books! She drinks about 6 cups per day...all different kinds. But in the morning its got to be Red Rose. If I fix her anything else I get a smile, a thank you, then it gets dumped down the sink and the Red Rose gets fired up.
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So cool to "meet" some fellow tea drinkers! Why do you suppose there are so few of us?

I love Bigelow Plantation Mint (it's with spearmint, not peppermint) and Teavana teas (mandarin orange green tea, rose marzipan black tea, and lots of their herbal teas).

I'm not sure that I can really tell the difference between tea made with loose tea vs. tea bags. I know that the stuff in tea bags isn't as high quality, bits and pieces, but if I took a blind taste, I doubt I could tell. Anyone else?
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more places to buy great tea
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more places to buy great tea

Okay, disclaimer first: I was a professional coffee and tea taster and buyer for 25 years (including time at Starbucks back when they had a real [i.e. whole leaf not tea bag] tea program.

Few folks realize that fresh tea is even rarer than truly fresh [less than 10 days out of the roaster] coffee. Tea stales more gracefully than coffee - less "there there" but not rancid and awful like stale beans, so most folks simply don't know what they're missing. But black teas are best within a year of harvest, green and oolong half that, which means that tea bag teas are generally stale long before they get to the retail shelf. And they're generally made from fannings and dust, which are literally the leftovers from the manufacture of the good teas. Plus, 90%+ of the asking price of tea bags is for packaging and marketing. Not the kind of thing a savvy ER person wants to throw money at.

The best sources in the U.S. for fresh, well-selected tea at a fair price are all mail order operations. Far and away the leader is Upton Tea in MA (www.uptontea.com), with excellent quality in all areas. You have the option to sort the various categories of teas on their list by most recent arrival first, which I recommend. And they don't oversell the teas in their own descriptions, as well as allowing customers to post reviews.

After Upton the next best places I've found are Peet's (.com), a legendary coffee roaster who's always had a serious love of tea, and then Specialteas.com, mentioned in an earlier post, which also has fine selections and service.

Hope this helps!
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thanks for the expertise kevin k!
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thanks for the expertise kevin k!
You mean the experTEAS!
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