Who Else Enjoys A Nice Cup of Tea?

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  1. Diane Lane

    Diane Lane Very Well-Known Member
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    I have coffee in the morning, but after that, I mainly drink hot tea and water for the rest of the day and night. I like most types and flavors, and I use bags, as well as loose tea. My favorites are green, oolong, and jasmine. Of the greens, Japanese is my favorite. Most people here drink tea cold, not hot, so when I go to a restaurant, I have to specify hot, not iced, tea. What about you?
     
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    I'm more of a coffee gal myself, but I do enjoy the occasional cup of tea. Mostly regular black tea but sometimes I like fruity ones! I've never managed to get into green tea, it tastes disgusting to me, personally. It's a shame since I hear it has health benefits, but oh well.
     
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    Hey, I'm a tea drinker! I started drinking tea when my doctor told me I was drinking waaay too much Pepsi:oops:. My favorite is Earl Grey black, no decaf. I've gotten addicted to Passion Fruit & Papaya black tea. I was given a gift of Jasmine tea, loose leaf, after I baked some chocolate chip cookies for a friend.

    I tried the green tea, hot but I didn't like it. My oldest son drinks it cold. I haven't tried it that way yet. There are a lot of antioxidants in green tea and its very diuretic.

    I love to make me a hot cup of tea and sit outside listening to my wind chimes. My neighbor and I often will sit outside and chat with our tea mugs in hand.
     
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    I love tea, but I like the herbal teas and green teas. I don't like black tea very much, it's too bitter.

    For those of you who say you don't like green tea, try mixing it with something like mint, lemon or chamomile. Green tea isn't nearly as strong as black tea, so if you mix it with a nicely fragrant herbal tea it has more flavor. I usually use 3 teabags in a 16 oz mug. I love Sleepytime by Celestial Seasonings, Mint Medley and I Love Lemon by Bigelow. Also, Celestial Seasonings has seasonal teas - I love the ones they have at Christmas time - I think one was called Sugar Plum and another is Gingerbread Spice - yummy.

    There's just something about holding a hot cup and sipping a fragrant tea. It's so soothing and relaxing. And in the summer, nothing is more refreshing and thirst quenching that an ice cold glass of sweet tea.
     
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    I like hot tea better than cold tea; but in the summer, i do enjoy an ice cold glass of iced tea. I really like iced tea with a dab of pineapple juice added into it. it gives the tea an almost tropical flavor. Someplace that i went to had mango ice tea, and that was also delicious.
    For hot tea, I like Earl Grey the best (love the fragrance of the bergamot !), and I also enjoy Constant Comment with the orange peel and spices in it.
    I also tried green tea and was not impressed; but i do like mint tea, (and my mint is coming up) so I will give it a try with the mint in it.
     
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    Sometimes I'll drink tea instead of coffee for a day or two, and when I'm not feeling well, I usually opt for tea.
     
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    One cup of coffee in the morning, and then maybe two cups of tea throughout the day. I too love Constant Comment. It's one of my favorites, along with Earl Gray. I like it really hot, really strong and really white .
    I tried Green tea, and it IS very bitter. My daughter said she doesn't let the tea steep for more than 2-3 minutes and she never lets the water boil, because green tea is temperamental, and the higher temperature of the water brings out the bitterness of the tea. I haven't tested this. I gave up after that first bitter cup! LOL
     
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    We enjoy a cup of tea now and then, both regular tea and herbal varieties, Constant comment is a favorite here too. I like Earl Grey but my wife doesn't.
     
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    Ooh, I'd forgotten about my Earl Grey. I try to keep some on hand, because sometimes I get a craving, and nothing else will do. I'll go through phases when that's all I'll drink, but right now I'm mainly using green.
     
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    I do the same, Ken. I used to feel odd if I had to skip coffee for even one day, but sometimes now I go 4-5 days with just the tea, when my stomach is acting up. I always go back to the coffee, but I've cut way back on how much I make per day, and mainly just drink one huge cup of coffee per day, then switch to tea.
     
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    No coffee and no real teas for me. I like herbal teas and mint infusions. In the summertime I keep a pitcher of mint infused water in the fridge at all times. It is very refreshing. In winter I like it hot, so I dry a good bit of the peppermint from my garden to make my "tea" with then. I'm also big on lemon water--hot and cold. In the mornings a mug of hot water poured over one quarter of a squeezed lemon is my first drink of the day year round.
     
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    I like fresh mint in both coffee and tea, as well as in water or lemonade. I don't know about the hot water with lemon (but I might test that out, Allie); but I do drink ice water wil lemon in the summertime.
    Sometimes, I put it in the Sodastream and "fizzle-ate" my water and then add the mint.
    My mint is starting to come up now, too. I just started it last year, but it should spread some this year, I hope.
     
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    The mint infusions sound interesting, I might have to try making some! In college, I had a professor who would drink hot water all day. I guess he didn't like coffee or tea.
     
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    I do my deep breathing while I'm drinking my hot tea, focusing on the aroma and warmth, it's very relaxing. Wow, 3 teabags, you like yours strong. I guess my usual cup is probably about 16 oz., too, but I must like mine very weak these days.
     
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    That sounds like my style. Here in my 'hood, most of the neighbors sit around drinking beer or wine, but coffee or tea is more my style, unless I'm having a bit of anisette. I love the sound of the wind chimes. I don't have any outdoors right now, but need to put them back out, since it's Spring, and should be less windy now.
     
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    I usually drink green tea because it's supposed to be the best for me, but the teas that I enjoy the most are mostly black.
     
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    I drink both tea and coffe, when I want a nice hot drink I drink tea. My favorite is apple cinnamon. I also like to mix black tea with the apple cinnamon to get a nice refreshing drink hot or cold.
     
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    I get through around ten cups of tea a day, all of which means that I don't drink as much as I used to. Earl Grey is my tea of choice, though I love Assam tea as well. I let tea brew for around four minutes. I always shudder a bit when I see someone make a cup of tea in a few seconds - you may as well drink hot water!
     
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    What is Assam tea - I've never heard of it? Is it strong and bitter like Earl Grey and other black teas or more subtle like green or white tea?

    I know what you mean about letting it steep. I have a stainless mug which retains heat well, so I let mine steep for about 7 minutes. I want to wring every bit of flavor out of the tea bag!! I see people in restaurants dunk their tea bag a couple of times and then throw it away - I want to tell them how wasteful they're being.
     
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    Assam is a black Indian tea. It's strong, stronger than Earl Grey and often gets classified as 'breakfast tea'. I like the zesty flavour of Earl Grey, but sometimes it's nice to have something a bit more vigorous, so I tend to keep both of these teas in my kitchen cupboard.

    I've also got some Ethiopian tea, though I couldn't tell you what it's called. This one is quite smoky. I got it in Ethiopia and, even better, got some coffee beans that were freshly roasted. I know this because the person who roasted them showed me the raw beans and then gave me the roasted ones a few hours later after she had roasted them. I can smell the aroma even now!
     
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    I am not much of a tea drinker but for the last few weeks I have been having a cup a day. Strange part.....after my morning walk my walking buddy and I stop by a little coffee shop/laundry and will have a cup of strong Thai coffee. But when we are finished she always brings us a glass of hot olong tea to drink after the coffee. No sugar or milk, just the tea. At first I thought it was a pretty strange combination, but now, I may start doing that at home as well.
     
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    Something that is wonderfully refreshing is a good cup of mint tea. Unfortunately, trying to find a good cup of mint tea is not straightforward. The best I've ever has was in Morocco. You could order a cup in a cafe and you knew when it was coming because you could smell it about 20 yards away!
     
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    Mmm, I enjoy both oolong and mint. Oolong is one of my favorites, along with jasmine. I've never had it straight after coffee, but it seems to soothe my stomach, so that actually might be a good idea. I want to get some mint plants, so I can make my own tea from the leaves.
     
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    Mint tea from fresh leaves is definitely the way to do it - I've had one or two packet mint teas that are palatable, but fresh mint is the only way to get the real buzz!
     
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    It definitely was a strange concept to me, Diane, but now I look forward to it. My friends parents gave me a present of some Chinese tea and now when he comes back from Shanghai he is going to bring me a "mud" tea pot....whatever that is!
     
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