Post # 1
I am a nutrition student and I know how good tea is for you. I love Starbucks’ passion tea lemonade with no sweetener. . . but let’s be honest: that’s not REAL tea! I am struggling to like plain ‘ol tea. I don’t like black or green tea unless it’s blended with some other herbs and spices, and it has to be sweetened. I’m even finding it harder to drink it hot than cold for some reason, even if it’s the same flavor.
I tend to lean toward the herbal teas and spiced teas like chai. But these need lots of doctoring on my part which includes milk, sugar, whipped cream (chai), etc., to make it truly enjoyable. I want to get to the point where I can enjoy a cup of tea without having to sweeten it or alternate it much. I have tried drinking it plain (oolong, herbals, black, white, green) and I’m like “meh” the first few sips then I just don’t like it.
Are there any tips on how to get tea to grow on you? What types of tea do you drink and how do you take it?
Post # 2
Try Good Earth, it’s a black tea blend thats spicy and a little sweet. If you dislike tea so much why make yourself drink it?
Post # 3
Have you tried green tea with jasmine? The jasmine softens up the flavor.
There are lots of flavored teas without sugar, blueberry, raspberry, etc. Hope you can acquire a taste for it.
Post # 4
i looove tea and celestial seasonings has a lot of good flavors. their sugar cookie one is yummy! i drink a lot of peppermint tea too- it’s good for upset stomachs, cramps, etc. so i always have some in my house. i also really like pomegranate tea- it’s a little on the tart side, but really good!
Post # 5
I would get tea samplers, so you can try different flavors and find out what you really like.
And I wouldnt feel bad about prefering tea over ice. It doesnt effect its health benefits if its cold.
Post # 6
Seconding PPs Good Earth suggestion, it’s very flavorful and sweet without anything extra. You might like other strong herbal tea blends like the blends Celestial Seasoning makes. Numi and Mighty Leaf have my favorite ‘bagged’ teas, and Teance and Mariage Freres have my favorite loose leaf teas. Ito En Teas’Tea is one of my favorite bottled brands, and I have a 2 liter jug of their unsweetened jasmine green tea in my fridge more often than not. It’s very crisp and floral without any bitterness.
If you actually find you like tea straight, investing in high quality tea leaves makes all the difference. If you can get loose-leaf tea (as opposed to tea bags) go with that. Make sure to steep the tea with filtered water at the correct temperature for the correct length of time to avoid ‘burning’ or oversteeping the tea.
If you need a lot of whipped cream and sugar to enjoy something, you might just not like it plain (“not your cup of tea” right) and that’s okay.
Post # 7
I like to add a litle bit of lemon juice to my tea for something extra in the flavor.
Post # 8
I like green tea with jasmine, per PPs suggestion.
My top advice for green tea – don’t pour just boiled water on it. It’s too hot and ruins it, makes it bitter. I think it should be about 175 degrees F (80 degrees C) or something.
Post # 9
Yep, start with green tea with jasmine! Don’t buy it from Starbucks or coffee shops because a lot of the time they use scorching hot water and it ruins the flavour and makes it bitter.
I had to acquire a taste for tea over time and that’s where I started. I don’t like coffee and I needed something adult to drink in polite company!
I don’t think it’s the end of the world to start with sweetener and then as your taste buds adjust just wind it back.
Post # 10
I second the green tea with jasmine. Green tea is pretty much all I drink. You need to try different types, as some can be very stong. I generally have Japanese.
Another one I love is Genmaicha. It’s a Japanese green tea with rosted rice and bits of popcorn. It has a slightly smoked flavour and is delicious.
Then there is white tea, which is basically the youngest shoots of the green tea. It’s even milder. I I have mine with dried rosebuds (which you can find in specialist tea shops)
DO NOT have these at Starbucks! Go to a specialist shop!
Post # 11
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I like Clipper Tea. Try getting some on Amazon. It’s a fantastic blend of black teas! I’ve drunk tea all my life (British, can you tell?!) I have steadily gone from 3 sugars and lota of milk to 1 sugar and a dash of milk. If pushed, I can happily drink it without either 🙂
experiment with the strength too – I like mine strong but my nan drinks hers black, no sugar and really weak!
Post # 12
You’ve had some good suggestions about types and ways of brewing tea that might help with your enjoyment levels, but I also wanted to say that sometimes you just have to get used to something…
Have you tried making tea a part of your routine? Perhaps if you always have a mug at a certain time of day (like with a biscuit or two at morning tea, or while reading a book in the early evening etc.) it will become more natural to you and you’ll start to enjoy it more and miss it if you skip it. Might be worth a try anyway!
I used to find drinking tea more of a chore than a pleasure, but somewhere along the way it just became second nature and now I look forward to it and find it quite comforting. Hope you have a similar experience!
Post # 13
Im so glad the first suggestion was for Good Earth!! Been lovin it since 1980! Also try Red Zinger, roibos, and chocolate tea. And of course, “Earl Grey, hot. Make it so.” (Captain Picard’s favorite).
Post # 14
Like most drinks, different brands all taste different. I’m a huge green tea drinker, but it took over 10+ teas brands before I found “the one”. For me it is Traditional Medicinals Green tea with lemongrass. Steep times and water temperature are really important for green tea as well since it can get bitter if the water is too hot or if it is steeped too long! Good luck finding your tea 🙂
Post # 15
As far as herbal teas go, my favorites are Twinings Peppermint Tea (especially if I have cramps or my IBS is acting up) and Celestial Seasonings Honey Chamomile.
I used to drink tea with a TON of sugar, but I slowly weaned myself down (now I don’t use any), so maybe that will work for you? Also, it doesn’t have to be straight black tea like Earl Grey – I love Bigelow’s Constant Comment. Alot of brands make black tea with lemon, too.
I can’t stand green tea, but I know they make flavored green teas, too (my office has pomengranite green tea).
Honestly, for me, it just came with practice, and now I love tea. Keep drinking it, try to put less milk and sugar in it over time. I think it’s an acquired taste.