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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    That's interesting, Richard, I look forward to hearing, and maybe seeing, if you're able to snap a picture, what a 'mud' tea pot is. I haven't been out to the store, so I'm just having a nice cup of green tea right now. I love having one mid-afternoon, and another in the evening, they help me to relax. Actually, as I type this, I'm looking out at my jasmine, which is blooming. I might have to research how to make jasmine tea.

    Here's a link about making jasmine tea. The blossoms are put with the tea leaves, so the leaves pick up the scent of the jasmine. I might have to go pick some of my blossoms and try it. http://www.thekitchn.com/what-you-should-know-about-jasmine-tea-tea-essentials-205365
     
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    My friend should be returning to Thailand in June. When I receive the pot, I will post a picture of it. I am sure it will be unique as every present I have received from him or his family has been special.
     
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    I only have one jasmine plant, but my neighbor has star jasmine on her fence, and I can take some of those blossoms. I picked up the ones that had fallen off my plant, so I can try infusing their scent into some plain green tea. If it works, I might buy another jasmine plant in the future, or research how to snag some of the neighbor's star jasmine to plant here.
     

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    Not too much in the city, but in most rural areas in Thailand you may wake up to the aroma of the night blooming jasmines.
    I am sure the taste of the tea must be spectacular!
     
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    Oh no, I used to live in the city, and didn't think much about it at the time, but if I lived there now, I would miss all the greenery and scents of the flowers. I'm about to run outside and gather up some more jasmine blossoms. I only have the one plant, so there aren't that many fallen blossoms each day, but I still want to try using them to infuse the tea leaves, as I mentioned.
     
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    I drink only Tea, I do not like Coffee, I like Darjeeling and Jasmine Tea the best, Over Easter I bought a few flavored teas, i am not a big fan of the mint teas. I got an Apricot Tea, and a sweet cherry berry tea that is just amazing. I never feel like the green teas are to bitter, but with that being said i would rather make my own then have a shop make it because I have noticed they tend to let the leaves steep way to long and that can make it a bit bitter. I tried Chi tea and think that was pretty good, it was the only tea I ever had where I felt like I might want to add cream. I normally do only lemon or maybe sugar and thats rare. I like cold teas in the warm months, but always enjoy a hot tea when I am feeling somewhat low or just want to relax.

    Two of the best tea experiences i ever had, was my sister brought me back some herbal tea when she was stationed in Germany, one was a strawberry blend and that was wonderful. When I was in NYC in Chinatown i had tea in a shop there that was the best tea ever, I do not recall what type it was, I am thinking it was a Oolong, but something about it actually made my entire being feel like it had electricity running through it. I liked it! It was a light tasting tea very refreshing.
     
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    This could be the reason why you felt such a boost Jenn

    Oolong tea is a product made from the leaves, buds, and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant. This is the same plant that is also used to make black tea and green tea. The difference is in the processing. Oolong tea is partially fermented, black tea is fully fermented, and green tea is unfermented.

    Oolong tea is used to sharpen thinking skills and improve mental alertness. It is also used to prevent cancer, tooth decay, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

    Some people use oolong tea to treat obesity , diabetes, “hardening of the arteries ,high cholesterol and skin allergies such as eczema; and to boost the immune system.

    How does it work?
    Oolong tea contains caffeine. Caffeine works by stimulating the central nervous system (CNS), heart, and muscles. Oolong tea also contains theophylline and theobromine, which are chemicals similar to caffeine.

    Source.
    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1099-oolong tea.aspx?activeingredientid=1099&activeingredientname=oolong tea
     
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    I don't really like tea, but I try to drink herbal teas because they're healthy. Lately I've been bad though and I've been drinking coffee instead. I tend to do that when I don't get enough sleep.
     
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    Stash makes a licorice tea that probably isn't the healthiest choice but it sure tastes good.
     
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    I like both anise and fennel, so that might be something I'll check out. I haven't seen it on the shelves, but I haven't looked for something new lately, so I probably just missed it.
     
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    I first found it at Sam's Club but have been buying it through Amazon.com since.
     
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    Ooh, I just checked it out, and love the ingredients: Cinnamon, Licorice Root, Orange Peel, Star Anise, Natural Vanilla Flavour, Sarsaparilla, Orange Oil, Natural Cinnamon Flavour, Natural Clove Flavour, Cardamom Oil.

    It sounds a lot like the chai tea I make.
     
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    In West Hollywood USA, there used to be a book shop called "The Bodhi Tree" and they always had a pot of exotic teas to sample while browsing their book selection and also had small bags for sale.
     
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    That sounds nice, Richard. I like trying some different things, depending on what they are.

    I picked some of the star jasmine from across the street, to supplement my flowers I was using to infuse the tea. I rinsed them off, because they had sap on them, but they're not as sturdy as the flowers from my plant, and I didn't care for the smell once they had sat for a while, so I decided not to use them. I'll stick to using the blossoms from my plant, and maybe at some point, I can buy more of them.
     
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    When I was a kid, we had a patch of some kind of mint growing along one of the sheds on our farm. I'm sure someone planted it at one time, but it was a perennial that no one had to take any particular care with. Mom would pick some of the leaves to use in tea, and in other things. I didn't drink tea then, but I liked smelling the mint.
     
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    I drink coffee mornings with breakfast, sip tea rest of day, three or four cups. I prefer black tea. I have drank most teas but now prefer a good Assam. I also like Russian or Russian Caravan, a black blended tea. I generally use whole leaf teas but keep some tea bags for guests. In fact, I think I'll heat some water and have a cup now.
     
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    I think it is great that you can make your own tea! I would not have a clue how to start! We do have some great smelling flowers here but I'd hate to pick the wrong ones and make a poison tea!
     
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    A friend sent me some mint last year, but it didn't take. I hope to get some soon, and I'd love to be able to use it in tea and when I cook. The scent is a great pick me up.
     
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    My goodness Val, that's not the Russian Caravan i drink. Ideally RC is a blend of Oolong, Keeman, and Lapsang Souchong teas. I buy the leaf teas from Upton Tea Importers on Maine, United States. .........Thanks for the site/ I always like to browse tea places.
     
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    I like all kinds of teas, and I don't think I've ever drank one I didn't like. I'll have a cup of coffee to jump start my day, and then it is generally some form of tea throughout the day. I find that in the summer if you will fix sun-tea with green teas you generally don't get the bitter taste. I love a tall cold glass of mint and green tea sun-tea. The Krueger coffee maker make a reusable K-cup that I like to put my own blend into for a quick cuppa.
     

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    Caviar :D
     
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