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Post by Mrs Redeyes » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:13 am

Since there's a good Corfee thread going elsewhere, and since I have nearly finished the box of "Twinings Orgasmic English Breakfast" tea that we bought by accident one mid-summers morning*. I thought I'd start a tea thread.



I was going to start it with a poll, but after the last effort I don't think I'll bother.



So, my tea of preference is "Assam" I like that it has a strong flavour, while simultaneously being the type of tea that you can happily drink anytime of the day or night (latest time so far was 3am after a scary film) and in any situation.



I have dabbled in "English Breakfast" a touch of "Lady Grey" and also enjoy the herbals sometimes, for instance I drink "Ginger" tea when I feel a bit dicky, and sometimes "Jasmine" tea or Chinese "White" tea when I need calming, even Mr Redeyes enjoys a cup of green tea when he's not drinking Corfee, so:



What's your preference and why?



*Random HHGttG ref, my favourite poem, bonus points for the full title...




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Post by jonlumb » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:22 am

As a general rule of thumb, it is Yorkshire Gold for me. Two teabags at a time into a 2 pint mug with about 3 sugars (preferably something dark, molasses is fantastic).



I also like Assam, Chai and Mango, and have an intense dislike of fruit teas, Earl and Lady Gray, Camomile, Peppermint etc.



Occasionally I have green tea, although normally only because it is free in Wagamama's!




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Post by adidan » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:53 am

Good strong Yorkshire brew made in India in pyramid form.



I was weened on the pre-pyramid stuff.



I cannot abide stinky, non-caffeinated tea. It's just not tea, it's flavoured water.



When I'm in Europe I get stuck with English Breakfast Tea that I never see at any breakfast in England.



I guess it's like never seeing Danish pastries in Denmark.
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Post by 0_Koneko_0 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:45 am

I drink and like:



Chai

Green

Jasmin Green

Earl Grey

Lady Grey

Crappy PG Tips.



My Step-Uncle will only drink premium Yorkshire tea, infused for exactly 1.4 minutes before gently squeezing, and then about 5ml of milk. He's a fussy sod.




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Post by jonlumb » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:28 pm

[quote=""Hugh Fearnley&#045;Wittingstall""]That's all changed. Now, to make my tea, I need two good-sized mugs. I boil the kettle. The hot water goes into one mug first, stays for a few seconds so the mug is heated, then goes into the second mug. The tea bag goes into the first, hot, mug, boiling water is poured in, to within a couple of millimetres of the top, and the two mugs, one containing brewing tea, and the other containing hot water, are left to stand. After about five minutes, the mug of brewed tea is placed in the sink, where some new hot water (freshly re-boiled) from the kettle, is sloshed into it, so it overflows by about half a mug. This is to stop the well-brewed tea being too strong. The full-to-overflowing mug is now tilted a little bit, so it spills out enough tea to allow room for some milk.



Remember the second mug, full of the hot (now not so hot, but still quite hot) water that was used to warm the first mug? That is now emptied. The tea bag is fished out from the first 'brewing' mug, and placed in the bottom of the empty 'warm' mug, where a small splash of milk is poured over it. The effect of the hot tea bag, and still-warm mug, is to take the chill off the milk - and impregnate it with a mild tea flavour. To encourage both these objectives, the mug is picked up and swirled, put down for a few seconds, picked up and swirled again, and left to stand for a short while longer. The tea-coloured, warm milk is now poured from tea-bag mug to brew mug, which is given a stir.



The resulting colour is observed. A little more milk may be necessary, in which case it will go via the still-warm tea bag mug, into the brew mug. When the colour is exactly right, I will stir in exactly one rounded teaspoonful of golden caster sugar. The tea, which at this point is still far too hot to drink, will now be left to stand for at least five minutes, before a sip is attempted.



Incidentally, my tea of choice is Clipper's Organic, and has been for some years now. Ridgeways Fair Trade is an acceptable alternative, and in other people's houses 'breakfast' teas, 'afternoon' teas and big brand builders' teas are always preferable to varietals. I no longer drink Earl Grey, ever. I sometimes drink Lapsang Souchong, but only after four o'clock.[/quote]




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Post by Mrs Redeyes » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:49 pm

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I suddenly feel very un-obsessive




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Post by JJW009 » Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:03 pm

As you may have noticed while attempting to find tea last Sunday morning, I have a fair few varieties.



My favourite everyday drink is good-old PG tips. I think perhaps it's because I was raised on it, but I buy the better supermarket own-brand bags for the sake of economy. They're a reasonable imitation, just not quite so strong. Abroad, I'll choose the English Breakfast if they have it. It tends to be stronger than anything else. European tea is usually rubbish :/



I like it brewed medium-strong with a fairly small amount of milk.



I also have green tea, and a green Jasmine tea. I tend to drink these with food, or if I'm trying to stay off the booze. I make them in a two pint Thermos jug which means I can have half-cups of scolding hot tea at regular intervals without having to get up all the time.



I also like some herbal teas. Of course, they shouldn't be called tea - they're herbal infusions. My favourite is a Ginseng pick-me-up, which really is tasty. I also have a lemon and ginger, which is rather like lem-sip and serves much the same purpose. It's the only tea I ever sweeten, usually with honey or demerara.



I also have a couple of fruit teas bought to see what they were like. They were like, disgusting! I did find an apple and cinnamon one once, which was passably pie like.



I'll drink Peppermint tea if it's around, but I don't buy it any more. I consider it semi-medicinal rather than something to be drunk for pleasure.



I've also had some very nice single estate loose teas. Assam and Darjeeling mostly, which have an incredible aroma you don't get with the blended brown teas. I drink them without milk.



I can't stand Earl Grey - it smells like bad perfume.




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Post by jonlumb » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:58 pm

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Post by belchingmatt » Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:47 pm

English breakfast, darjeeling, lady grey are all good. Everything else i dislike.




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Post by Mrs Redeyes » Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:18 am

belchingmatt wrote:English breakfast, darjeeling, lady grey are all good. Everything else i dislike.
Do you find that Lady Grey is a bit less astringent than your basic Earl Grey?



I like darjeeling, but as with most other teas I have to be in the mood. I can't stand Redbush, the smell is hideous!!




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Post by Mrs Redeyes » Fri Nov 14, 2008 1:47 pm

I'm just about to make the switch to Yorkshire Tea. <!--emo&:o--><img src='http://i2.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/ohmy.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='ohmy.gif' /><!--endemo-->



I got naffed off with not being able to find the smaller boxes of Assam in Tesco, only the huge ones that are hard to store, so in protest I have switched to Yorkshire, just finishing my last couple of bags left in the caddy then onwards and upwards McDuff!!



Quite a change because I've been drinking Assam for so long, I'll let you know how it goes... <!--emo&:D--><img src='http://i2.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->




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Post by Mrs Redeyes » Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:46 am

Mrs Redeyes wrote:I'm just about to make the switch to Yorkshire Tea. <!--emo&:o--><img src='http://i2.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/ohmy.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='ohmy.gif' /><!--endemo-->
Well, a week or so into the Yorkshire and I'm not impressed, the tanins are so much faster to exude from the bag making a film on top, it doesn't brew properly and it tastes a bit funny when the milk is added. It does a weird foamy thing on top and smells a bit "sour" which considering I'm a 'full-sense' tea drinker is a bit of a problem.



Come back Assam....all is forgiven <!--emo&:)--><img src='http://i2.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo--> Looks like I'll have to go back to my old favourite and just swallow the fact that I can't get it in reasonable numbers in Tesco <!--emo&:(--><img src='http://i2.ifrm.com/html/emoticons/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo-->




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