ATTN tea drinkers…

posted 6 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I drink hot tea with sugar daily, and my favorites that I would highly recommend are: Teavana Samurai Chai Matte, Teavana White Ayurvedic Chai (these two are great mixed as well), Teavana Maharajah Chai Oolong (also great mixed with the Samurai Chai Matte). These tend to get pricey for drinking on a daily basis however, so my cheapo everyday teas are Bigelow Constant Comment, Bigelow Vanilla Chai, Bigelow Earl Grey, and Bigelow Plantation Mint. I also keep a couple of tins of Bentley’s Classic Tea Collection on hand, which has English Breakfast,  Earl Grey, Green Tea, Raspberry, Orange Spice, and Peach. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

British bee here – tea is essential to life

1.What is your favorite brand of tea? Why do you like it? PG Tips – was brought up on it and have found nothing better

2.What is your favorite flavor? What do you like about it? Lapsang Soushong tea is my favourite. It has a really strong, smokey flavour

3.What is your favorite type? What does it do for you? See above – reminds me of being little and going to a tea shop with my dad and us both having a cup.

4.What is your favorite night time tea? Does it help sleep? Don’t tend to drink tea at night

5.How do you prepare your tea? boil kettle, pour water in cup, dunk tea bag

6.Do you ever add milk? no. Really you should only add milk to breakfast tea (like PG Tips) milk in things like Earl Grey is just wrong

7.How much and what kind of sugar do you use? none

8. What tea brands/flavors/types do you stay away from? Why? cheap ones. Lipton yellow is served A LOT on the continent and in the US and it is just manky

9. Where do you shop for your teas? Supermarket – there is a whole aisle for it

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Post # 4
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Busy bee

Too many questions, so I’ll sum up.

My favorite brands are Teavana and Numi. Numi makes a really great green tea, but so far I have liked all their teas. It’s all a matter of preference. Sometimes I want a dark tea, so I will grab my Numi Chocolate Pu-ehr. Sometimes I want something lighter so I’ll grab the Numi Gunpowder Green. If I want herbal, I go teavana all the way. I love their Pineapple Kona Pop and Peach Tranquility. The Golden Dragon ($$$) is good, too, and I like the Earl Grey.

I do use sugar in tea (but never in coffee) and I like raw honey, beet sugar, Raw sugar and plain old white sugar. I’m not picky. The white sugar doesn’t add any flavor, whereas the others do. It all depends.

No milk in tea.

Herbals before bed, if I drink a cup at night.

I have a Japanese glass tea pot for steeping, and I’m thinking about getting a Breville One Touch tea maker. I just don’t want any more appliances on the counters, lol.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Constant Comment. Bigelow. I drink it daily. With & without splenda

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

punkybrewster :  I’ve never tried Teavana Pineapple Kona Pop, what flavor combination does it have? I do love anything tropical, so I’ll have to give it a try. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I am currently pregnant (so my tea habits are greatly altered), so I am basing my answers on my usual non-pregnant state.

1.What is your favorite brand of tea? Why do you like it?

From the grocery store I have a thing for Tetley, but when I have a little extra money I LOVE getting loose leaf from Teavana!

2.What is your favorite flavor? What do you like about it?

My favourite Black Tea is Earl Grey (preferably with lavander infusion). Perhaps it’s the British in my heritage, but I always find it so inviting! It makes me so happy inside to drink it.

As for Herbal Teas I flip flop around based on my mood/the season. I go through A LOT of phases, but it is usually something berry based.

3.What is your favorite type? What does it do for you?

It is REALLY hard for me to choose between black and herbal…but if you put a gun to my head I’d probably pick black. It just calms me. Plus I have a longer ‘history’ with black tea. With the exception of Chamomile and Peppermint, I had no real exposure to herbal teas until I moved out on my own at age 18…I’ve been drinking black tea since I was old enough to hold a mug.

4.What is your favorite night time tea? Does it help sleep?

I typically avoid tea close to bed because I’d be up half the night going to the bathroom :-p

5.How do you prepare your tea?

Black Tea: While I do have a Brown Betty teapot, when it comes to black tea I usually use the teabag in mug to steep method. For herbal teas I have a small teapot with an infuser built in so I use that. I find it less messy than those single serve ‘tea balls’.

6.Do you ever add milk?

In my black tea yes.

7.How much and what kind of sugar do you use?

I usually use enough milt to make my tea the colour of a walnut. I prefer honey to sugar whenever possible. I use one teaspoon of either.

8. What tea brands/flavors/types do you stay away from? Why?

I am NOT a fan of white tea because I find it very drying on the tongue. I also am VERY cautious of green tea and only purchase it in loose leaf form. There is no ‘brand’ of tea I steer clear from specifically.

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

The grocery store, Teavana. I HAVE been to Davids Tea, but I like the flavour profiles of Teavana better.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

anonladygrace :  I’m a big tea drinker. I never could develop a taste for coffee. I drink 2 cups of English Breakfast or Irish Breakfast in the morning. There are several brands I will buy, depending upon what’s on sale, etc. My main requirement is that it’s STRONG (no dishwater tea for me.) I add a splash of milk and a tiny pinch of sugar in the raw. 

I also love green tea and will drink that randomly. The Japanese brand Itoen distributes some good ones. But again I will buy whatever catches my eye. I don’t add anything to green tea…sometimes a dab of honey, but generally drink it as is. 

The Tea Forte brand has some very nice teas. 

I’m not into any of the herbal or bedtime teas, so I can’t comment on that.

I generally buy tea at World Market, Whole Foods, Mitsuwa, or Target (if I happen to be there for something else.) Most grocery stores carry a decent selection. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

anonladygrace :  

1.What is your favorite brand of tea? Why do you like it?

I like David’s Tea and Teavana teas, because I like loose leaf teas since you can use as much or as little as you want and you can customize your own blends by mixing them together. If I’m not buying loose leaf, I like Tazo and Stash because of their flavors.

2.What is your favorite flavor? What do you like about it?

I love so many teas and flavored teas, but my absolute favorite flavored tea is Tazo Organic Bramblewine. It has a delicious scent and balanced taste with just a tad of sweetness without the flavor being overpowering.

3.What is your favorite type? What does it do for you?

I usually drink a variety of teas, but the plain tea that I drink most often is green tea. It really helps with digestion especially after a meal.

4.What is your favorite night time tea? Does it help sleep?

If I drink tea before bed it is usually a white tea with mild flavor or chammomile tea for relaxation.

5.How do you prepare your tea?

Usually just plain. I don’t add anything but water and the tea.

If I’m sick I put a healthy helping of honey.

I usually boil the water in a kettle, when it whistles, I will put the tea bag or the loose leaf infuser in my mug, then pour the water over it. Depending on what type of tea I let it steep for 1-5 minutes and remove the tea.

If I want iced tea, I do the same as above with twice the amount of tea I use for hot, then after steeping, pour it over a full glass of ice.

6.Do you ever add milk?

No.

7.How much and what kind of sugar do you use?

I don’t use any.

8. What tea brands/flavors/types do you stay away from? Why?

I don’t particularly like Tetley. I find that their tea bags open up and fall apart. Other than that, I will use a myriad of different tea. I love trying all sorts!

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

Loose leaf: Teavana, David’s tea

Tea bags: The grocery store

 

I actually have such a love for tea that for Christmas last year when my dad asked what I’d like, I asked for a large bamboo tea box. I have fallen in love with it! I have such a variety of teas stocked in it at all times and when I have guests they’re usually pretty impressed at my selection and can always find somethign that they’d like to drink.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

1.What is your favorite brand of tea? Why do you like it?

Tazo “Awake” black tea

Yogi Green Tea

Tulsi tea (lots of different flavors, all amazing) 

Chamomile Tea (the brand with the bears on it, I can’t remember!) or Peppermint. 

2.What is your favorite flavor? What do you like about it?

I drink Black Tea in the morning for the caffeine

I drink green tea or a Yogi peach detox tea throughout the day for a pick me up.

I drink Tulsi, chamomile, or peppermint at bedtime in the winter because they are warm and cozy and help me sleep better. 

3.What is your favorite type? What does it do for you?

I guess I answered this one above. 

4.What is your favorite night time tea? Does it help sleep?

Also answered above. 

5.How do you prepare your tea?

Boil water in a tea pot, pour it over teabags steep for recommened amount of time. 

6.Do you ever add milk?

To my black tea and my chamomile, the rest, no. 

7.How much and what kind of sugar do you use?

Organic raw sugar in my black tea, honey in my chamomile or peppermint, no sweeteners in the rest. 

8. What tea brands/flavors/types do you stay away from? Why?

Lipton. Any other cheap generic ish tea brands. 

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

The grocery store and the healthfood store. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

anonladygrace :  So basically the difference is that bagged tea is usually crushed up and lower quality tea grade. Not to say that it is bad, because I do enjoy some of it, but in order to get a full-bodied taste, the tea leaf needs to expand so loose tea is larger peices and expands to create a better taste that is often less bitter than with the tea bag.

Loose leaf tea can be dried and reused whereas tea bags are one time use only.

You can buy little mesh bags that you can put loose leaf tea in, or there are many more eco-friendly options if you google it or look on amazon. I have a bunch of different little tea accessories that I use. I do also have a mug from David’s tea that is sort of like a french press. If you go to a store that sells loose leaf tea, they can show you all the different gadgets and methods.

As for the honey, I never measure it, but the more sore my throat is or the sicker I am, the more honey goes in! Yes, it makes it sweeter. My mom uses maybe about a table spoon of honey in her black tea every time she makes it because she likes it sweet. I only add it when needed. Sometimes too, if you really aren’t feeling well, a cup of black tea with honey and a shot of whiskey can really help, it’s sort of my family’s version of a hot tottie.

If you really like sweet, but want to cut the added sugars, you can get a good flavored tea that has a sweetness already to it. if you go to Teavana or another loose leaf tea place, they will waft the scent of the teas and give you samples of tea to try and you can really find something you love. When I want something sweet, I like to mix pineapple and blueberry teas together. You can also add a piece of dried fruit to sweeten it. So many options! 

 ETA: Also, when I make iced tea sometimes when I make black iced tea, I put some frozen peach slices in with the ice to help keep it cold and offer a bit of a sweet peach taste! OK, now I officially feel like a tea geek. LOL

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have a few (many) questions for you:

1.What is your favorite brand of tea? Why do you like it?

I’ve tried a new one lately called Dazzle Tea.  Really impressed with their prices!  Their selection is limited though.

I had a few favourites that are gone, kinda sad about that, especially Steeps.  I get stuf at David’s Tea a fair bit and also have Teavana and Steeped Tea stuff plus a whole bunch of others.

2.What is your favorite flavor? What do you like about it?

Too many to pick!  I am into the pumpkins quite a bit lately.  Unfortunately they are all black, I need a pumpkin rooibos so I can drink it more.

3.What is your favorite type? What does it do for you?

Rooibos as it’s caffeine free so I can drink it at any time.

4.What is your favorite night time tea? Does it help sleep?

See ablove.  Doesn’t necessarily help me sleep, but doesn’t keep me up.  Blueberry tea helps with sleep, so I use that sometimes 🙂  Again, made with rooibos not black tea.

5.How do you prepare your tea?

Depends.  Sometimes I heat up the place I’m brewing it first by swishing some hot water.  I use an electric kettle.  I do like the mug David’s Tea sells with the insert for brewing.  I have a press, a travel mug with a press and one of those ones where you but it on top of the mug.  I rarely use tea balls – too much of a hassle.  I use bags as well, especially for a quick cup.

6.Do you ever add milk?

I haven’t done so in quite a while.  I tend to use it for non-flavoured black tea when I have a migraine.

7.How much and what kind of sugar do you use?

Sometimes none, sometimes quite a bit.  I find tea with a fair bit of sweetner helps when I’m nauseous.  I have sugar specially for tea (a gift), will use white sugar, honey, flavoured honey – love https://bearyberryhoney.com/ and agave.  I got some pumpkin agave recently so I can sweeten my rooibos with that!

8. What tea brands/flavors/types do you stay away from? Why?

I find many of the bagged store bought herbal infusions aren’t all that great.  For example I got a tetley one that is coconut and something.  It tastes like nothing at all.  Sometimes I’ll throw a bag of that into another tea for the aroma but I was really disappointed.

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

<div style=”overflow: hidden; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;”>Lots of places. Generally bagged tea is from the grocery store.</div>

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

anonladygrace :  I make my own tea.

I buy young organic ginger and mint leaves to make ginger and mint tea.

For ginger tea, I juice the ginger, add 1.5 tsp of honey to sweeten it then pour hot water. Great for detox.

For mint tea, I just add a handful of leaves in a cup then pour hot water and let the leaves steep for 5 minutes, then enjoy. 

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