ATTN tea drinkers…

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Post # 31
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141 posts
Blushing bee

I’m by no means an expert on tea. I really only like berry-flavored and green teas.

 

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

I don’t really have a favorite brand. I’ve tried and liked Teavana, David’s Tea, Numi, Kroger (grocery store) brand, and a few random ones here and there.

 

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

I love berry flavored teas! I usually buy a berry-flavored green tea.

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

Green; it has a few health benefits, and a decent amount of caffiene (though I don’t consume a lot of caffiene).


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

Celestial brand has a tea called Sleepytime. I feel that sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

5.How do you prepare your tea?

I definitely don’t do it properly. I usually just microwave a mug full of water for about 2 minutes, and then drop the tea bag in and let it steep for a few minutes. 

6.Do you ever add milk?

No, but I ALWAYS add honey and lemon! Soooooo yummy. 

 

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

I use either honey or agave (similar to honey, comes from the agave plant)

 

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

I don’t usually go to Teavana, only because it’s expensive. There aren’t any brands that I intentionally avoid.

 

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

Either David’s Tea or Kroger (my local grocery store). My city also has a local tea shop downtown that I go to once in a blue moon.

Post # 32
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251 posts
Helper bee

1-3: I don’t really have a favorite brand or type. Unless David’s Tea counts? I much prefer loose leaf tea and I love all types! 

4: Nighttime tea is usually when I have bagged, simply flavored tea. It’s always decaf and I’ll stick to something like Ginger (great when sick too) or peppermint. Definitely helps!

5: For the most part, I drink loose leaf. So I’ll put a few scoops of tea leaves in my little strainer and attach it to the diffuser. Then I’ll put the kettle on and pour the water into the diffuser. Then I put the top on and let it sit for however many minutes that directions say. Then pour and enjoy! 

6: I never add milk unless it’s a dessert tea (which I rarely get), I’ll do it occasionally.

7: I never add sugar either. If I am sick, I’ll put honey in my tea.

8: I honestly do not like Earl Gray Tea at all and I’m not sure why! I’m also not a fan of lemon flavored teas.

9: Mostly David’s Tea as that is simply what is closest to me. I used to like Teavana but they are very pushy and I have stopped going there for that reason. For my bagged tea, I usually just get Celestial Seaonings in my local grocery store.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John's Lutheran Church

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

I like PG Tips because it’s what my grandmother used to drink, but Twinings is also nice.

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

I like the classics – Earl Grey, English Breakfast. I like my tea to taste of tea.

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

Probably Earl Grey. It reminds me of England and it’s just a comforting hot drink to curl up with.

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

I don’t drink a particular nighttime tea, nor do I need help sleeping whatsoever.

5.How do you prepare your tea?

I heat up water in my electric kettle, then add it to the teabags in my teapot.

6.Do you ever add milk?

Sometimes, just a splash.

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

I add a wee bit of sugar, or stevia sometimes.

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

I don’t really buy Lipton, because to me Lipton is for iced tea.

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

There’s a cute tea place in Philly I like, but I’m not too fussed about it. I’ll buy it at whatever grocery.

Post # 34
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33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2016

1) Harney and Sons. They have great flavors and tea sachets that are basically little fancy tea packets with loose leaf tea so full flavor. 

2) Hot Cinnamon Spice it is so warming and delicious.

3) I also love peppermint especially for an upset tummy/ digestion after a big meal.

4) probably peppermint again because it doesn’t have any caffeine or other herbals like lemon ginger

5) usually in a kettle then pour boiling water into mug with tea bag. It is amazing how much better tea tastes when you use really hot water and let it steep/ cool for the recommended amount of time. Of course microwave works in a pinch!

6) Sometimes to black teas like earl grey.

7) I tend not to… ironic because I have a huge sweet tooth but usually I don’t mind without. Sometimes I add honey.

8) I will try anything! But tend to enjoy higher quality teas.

9) Mostly online (Amazon or Harney and Sons website)

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I drink a South African herbal tea called Rooibos tea, known in the Western world as Red Bush Tea.

I drink it completely plain – just brewed for about 5 minutes. 

It’s caffeine-free and full of antioxidants.

  1. Anti-inflammatory
    Roobios tea is rich in polyphenols including aspalathin and nothofagin, which are two polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants help protect the body by fighting free radicals or unstable cells that attack healthy cells to stabilize themselves. The polyphenols in rooibos tea have anti-inflammatory properties, which assists in preventing heart related illnesses. Finally, the antiviral properties of polyphenols provide an added boost to the immune system, which helps protect the body from common colds, viruses and the flu.
  1. Relieves Hypertension
    Rooibos tea is a natural remedy to help relieve and prevent hypertension. It works by lowering the blood pressure. Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, occurs when too much blood is forced against the artery walls within the body. This may lead to health issues including heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one-third of Americans suffer from hypertension. As a result, many people may benefit from drinking rooibos tea to assist with their hypertension.
  1. Aids the Respiratory System
    Rooibos tea is a bronchodilator. A bronchodilator is a substance that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, and in doing so, it increases airflow to the lungs making breathing easier. With the decrease of resistance in the respiratory airway, drinkers of rooibos tea will get the added boost of preventing common cardiovascular diseases including atheroschelorsis and heart attacks. It may also help combat the symptoms of asthma.
  1. Good for the Bones and Teeth
    Rooibos tea is rich in several minerals including manganese, calcium and fluoride. These minerals promote healthy bones and teeth. As a result, drinking rooibos tea may help prevent common health conditions including joint pain, osteoporosis and arthritis. Manganese works by stimulating enzymes in the body used to help build more bone mass and repair damage. Fluoride is important when maintaining healthy teeth and is even found in most toothpastes and mouthwashes. Finally, calcium is important for healthy, strong bones and teeth.
  1. Boosts the Digestive Tract
    Rooibos tea is also rich in antispasmodic agents that activate potassium ions in the body. These agents help ease stomach cramps, abdominal pain and aid digestion. The tea may also be used as a natural remedy to irritable bowel syndrome. The antispasmodic agents help the digestive tract by smoothing out muscles in the gut. To get the most out of this effect, sufferers should drink a cup of this tea about 30 minutes prior to a meal they believe may trigger digestive problems.
  1. Improves the Skin

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    The tea is also rich in alpha hydroxy acid and zinc. Both of these nutrients are great for the skin and may help alleviate several skin problems including acne, pimples, sunburns and uneven skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids are also found in many upscale cosmetic products because it helps reduce the signs of aging including wrinkles. It’s a common ingredient in chemical peels because it can revitalize the skin and leave an illuminating glow. Because healthy skin starts from within, the tea is a great way to improve the skin in a natural way. Zinc is also important and necessary for clear skin. The nutrient assists with building the structure of cell membranes, healing wounds, protects against UV rays and has anti-inflammatory properties. Scientific studies have shown that the consumption of zinc may reduce acne.

  1. Helps Prevent Type II Diabetes
    Rooibos tea contains aspalathin, which has a hypoglycemic effect on the body. Aspalathin is a rare type of antioxidant that helps balance blood sugar and improves insulin resistance in the body. It may also promote glucose absorption in the muscles. These effects may help prevent drinkers from developing type II Diabetes. This is because the nutrient prevents the spikes in blood sugar that may cause type II Diabetes. Those with a family history of diabetes may especially benefit from drinking this type of tea.
  1. Promotes Healthy Hair
    Rooibos tea is rich in several important minerals required for hair growth. This includes zin, calcium, copper and potassium. Regularly consuming rooibos tea may help increase hair growth and strengthen hair fibers, so hair grows healthy and strong. The tea may also help prevent hair loss, as its active ingredients help remove dead skin cells that may block hair follicles and prevent hair from growing. Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory effects of the tea may help relieve the symptoms of dandruff by soothing the scalp. The tea is rich in polyphenols, and these ingredients promote shiny, soft hair and protect against sun damage.
  1. Improves Blood Circulation
    Many Americans suffer from poor blood circulation, which may lead to serious health issues including a heart attack. Roobios tea contains chrysoeriols, which is a flavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This compound aids blood circulation and has been linked to reducing cholesterol. It does this by preventing the activity of certain enzymes that are known to trigger cardiovascular diseases.

 

Post # 36
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Worker bee

anonladygrace :  

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

I love David’s Tea, which is a Candian company but they have stores ina few cities in the US, otherwise you canorder online. I like it because they do loose tea and have a ton of different combinations and flavors. I mean A TON!

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

I usually just buy a few random flavors at a time and haven’t had one I dislike yet. I like to drink herbal or Rooibos teas at night, since they don’t have caffeine. David’s herbal teas are always very creative with dried fruits, dried nuts, or other flavors added in. Right now I’m drinking a cup of spiced cinnamon apple. https://www.davidstea.com/us_en/our-teas/tea-type/herbal/spiced-apple-1 

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

I like herbal and rooibos because they are caffeine free so I like to drink them at night for a little relazing treat. Sometime I also drink them at work for a little afternoon warm-up. 

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

I don’t really drink tea to help sleep, but they do have a few different types on chamomile types, including this one called “sweet dreams” https://www.davidstea.com/us_en/our-teas/tea-type/herbal/sweet-dreams-1 

5.How do you prepare your tea?

I drink hot tea and either put the loose tea into a tea ball or a tea bag. I just heat up the water on the stovetop in a traditional kettle and pour it into a mug once it whistles. 

6.Do you ever add milk?

Usually not. 

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

I don’t find that the flavored teas need sugar and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so I don’t add any. 

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

I haven’t had a lot of different brands to I don’t have an answer to this one. 

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

I used to shop at the David’s Tea store on Michigan Ave in Chicago when I lived there but I moved away so now I shop online at the david’s Tea website https://www.davidstea.com/us_en/ 

 

Post # 37
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835 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

anonladygrace :  

1. I buy my tea from independent tea merchants/small stores but also frequent commercial ones like Davids Tea.

2.it depends on my mood I’m more of a fan of green tea but will drink various kinds.  I love genmaicha, sencha, dragon pearls, lady earl grey and earl grey the most.  I like earl grey to due to its citrusy/bergamot flavour.  Genmaicha for its nutty smoky taste, dragon pearl for its flowery jasmine note and sencha for its clean crisp taste.

3.i prefer green teas because of the mild less robust taste but for mornings I prefer the more older tastes of black tea.

4. I don’t tend to drink nighttime teas oersay but Lipton came up with a vanilla chamomile one which is divine and mighty tea does a citrusy camomile which is quite refreshing.

5. It depends on the tea.  For black teas I steep 3 min approximately, green and whites for two and herbal for 5-7 depending on type.  Ideally you also want tea just underneath boiling but I don’t always do that6. Never as I find it detracts the true taste of the tea.

7. Never again as I find it helps mask the nuances of the tea.

8. Red rose – it’s far too strong and more of a kick in the gut.  I also prefer loose leaves and use a mesh as opposed to ground up teas that are in tea bags.

Post # 38
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120 posts
Blushing bee

anonladygrace :  

 

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

Upton Tea Imports are my favorite – they are based in Massachusetts and have a great selection.  I also really like Spice & Tea Exchange of Mystic, CT  

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

For caffeinated: Chai, but I also really like Melange du Chamonix too.  It’s such a cozy tea.  For non-caffeinated I love rooibos.

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

I drink black and rooibos pretty equally.  I only drink a couple of green teas since I’m a bit pickier about those.  I find tea very comforting overall.

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

I avoid it late in the evening otherwise it’s too many bathroom trips while trying to sleep!

5.How do you prepare your tea?

Boil water, set up infuser in mug, add loose leaf tea and pour hot water over it, steep for recommended time.

6.Do you ever add milk?

Yes, a tiny splash. 

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

None.

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

Lipton, Bigelow, Tetley…basically the things you can buy at the grocery. Very bland. 

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

See question 1! Although I sometimes also buy Mighty Leaf online too.

Post # 39
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812 posts
Busy bee

I’m a UK bee so not sure if we have the same brands, but here goes:

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

Twinings. They have a great flavour selection and lovely packaging.

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

Cranberry & Raspberry. It is lovely and sweet and also a nice strong flavour.

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

In terms of teas which have an affect it is Green Tea & Lemon which has detoxifying qualities.

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

We have camomile tea at home. I tend to drink it more to relax in the evening rather than righy before bed so not sure if it helps with sleep as such.

5.How do you prepare your tea?

Tea bag in cup, hot water in and leave it like that. I don’t remove the teabag at all.

6.Do you ever add milk?

Nope as I only drink herbal/fruit teas which don’t really need milk.

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

No sugar.

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

There aren’t any that I have disliked.

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

I buy them with our food shop from UK supermarket Morissons

 

Post # 40
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2592 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

British Bee here – FI says I have a serious tea addiction! I’ve reached the stage in my life where I pack a travel kettle for holidays abroad and take my own tea bags lol

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

My favourite posh teas are from Whittards or Fortnum & Mason here in the UK. My favourite ‘everyday’ tea is Clipper. It’s strong and flavourful, and I like the fact it comes in unbleached bags.

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

Darjeeling and Assam are two of my absolute favourites. I will drink almost any black tea though!

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

Black tea is my favourite. It doesn’t ‘do’ anything as such, it’s just tasty 🙂

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

I don’t have a ‘night time’ tea as I’m not a huge fan of the flavoured ones. I usually have a normal cup or MAYBE a cup of decaf, but I don’t tend to find much difference.

5.How do you prepare your tea?

Depends what I’m having. In a mug, it’s teabag, sweetener, hot (but not boiling) water and then a dash of milk.

If it’s in a pot, then it’s milk and sweetener in the cup and the brewed water is poured on top.

6.Do you ever add milk?

Yes, but just a dash

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

1 sweetener tablet, preferably stevia based.

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

I dislike flavoured teas as I find them too ‘thin’. I also tend to stay away from Typhoo (although it’s all MIL buys) because I dislike the taste.

9. Where do you shop for your teas?

Tea shops such as Whittards for loose leaf, supermarket for bags 🙂 apart from my Fortnum and Mason ones which I am usually gifted. If I was buying those it would be from a department store or online.

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