Also managed to snag some ceylon a while back. I was quite surprised by how much taste it had, considering how light-colored the tea came out. This tea has the biggest loose leaves I've encountered so far too. Will have to try it with some fried fruit or spices too…>>377
At least where I'm from the usual markets carry seasonal teas with added bits of fruit etc. Those are usually a good starting point in figuring out your own blends. One of my favorites is a black tea with quince, elderberry and bits of dried pineapple and orange. It has such a rich taste!
Some really nice cups and tea pots in there. I didn't have the opportunity to properly use my little blue cups. I only drink chai tea on the evening, but drinking some Chinese tea when I go to my friend place make me want to get into more "refined" tea and refrain from drinking cheap coffee all day long at work. I forgot the name again, but it's a red tea packed into a circle-shaped ball.
Oh dear guys, I haven't written in here before but I really gotta tell you I tasted an interesting tea the other day. Ordered some from a weird looking local website that had wrong info on some things and weirdly alien broken language.
It's like a huge fermented coin cake, with a dip in the middle on the back to hide away the paper knotting functionality. You rinse it first with as hot water as you will brew with, to rinse away some of the fermentation biproducts, and then you make the proper brew.
It has a really special taste, but what has surprised me the most has been it's sedative quality. It's almost weird how calm I become of it. It kinda tastes like something you would have found in soil. As if you took earth, and took away all that is solid about it.
I have another tea order coming soon, with some more common teas, like Lapsang, Assam, (some flavoured teas for friends who don't really like the tea flavour. The kind that tastes like candy.
Like an apricot fruit jelly.
Oh and I almost forgot, I got one of the ripe variety, and one of the raw kind. I tasted the ripe, but the raw kinds are the ones you're supposed to age, but how long do you actually age them for?
How will you know?
This particular one is from 2012, so it's already 5 years old. But how long is the minimum to wait?
Hey guys, quick question: how do you drink your tea?
My brother was really sweet and got me some loose teas (I'm going to have to buy an infuser now lol). I assume this is the best way to drink tea? I've previously tried ginger, peppermint, green, pu'erh, mixed berry and chamomile and I didn't particularly like any of them, was it because I wasn't using the loose kind?
Also do you add anything to your tea? I never drink tea with anything in it unless it's a breakfast tea but recently I saw a few videos online from people who drink a lot of tea who take it with honey, sugar or agave which I thought defeated the purpose of drinking flavoured tea? Then I wondered if a lot of people do that and just like the sweetness, not the actual flavour?
Sorry that's a lot lol.
Loose leaf is indeed the best way to drink tea! Bagged tea tends to be poor in quality because they use fannings, which is essentially leftovers. The best bagged tea will be the kind that comes in fabric bags that allow the herbs to expand. In regards to green tea and puer, you could also be steeping those at the wrong temperatures – that's a quick fix, thankfully.
As to adding honey to tea – that's up to personal taste. For example, I like to add honey and soy milk to peppermint tea, because I feel like that compliments the peppermint flavor.
Thanks so much, that's a great response! I'll definately pay more attention to temperature now.
Honey and milk in peppermint tea is so unusual! I'll have to try it some time ;)
What even was that board called? I remember going on it for a while and loving it, but lost the link and never found it again. I loved the whole tea-time thing
We don't like to link it directly, its community is small and easily overrun by newcomers. See >>>/yakuza/310
If you lurk on the some of sites posted in the community sharing thread, you might find it somewhere.
Devoted oolong drinker, really I don't drink nearly anything else. Besides strong Keemum black tea in the morning, I almost exclusively drink oolongs, preferably longer oxidations (not really into Ti Kuan Yin).
Right now I'm drinking Royal Red Robe Oolong from Mark T. Wendell. I'm sure it's not authentic, but I like that oxidation level and it's cheap. Once I run out, I'm thinking of doing a bulk order from What-cha; they have such a large selection, and it seems like really good prices!
As for favourite tea, it's probably got to be some "White Moon Pu-Er Loose Sheng". I got it from Tao Tea Leaf in Toronto, and it's absolutely amazing. It almost tastes like honey. I really recommend it if you are in Canada and can get Canadian shipping rates.
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Living in Taiwan currently and I live off these green tea kit kats
Just bought two kilos of mate.
Argies, how long can I expect this to last me?
Is it scary living in taiwan, what with all the tension between it and the CCP?
I love drinking Miyazaki shincha, as well as Taylor's Goldtips black tea.
Here are my recommendations for cheap, but amazing teas:http://teebakker.com/https://global.rakuten.com/en/store/shizuokachaho/
I'm still very new to teas, but right now I'm drinking chamomile tea and really loving it. I now have drinking it and watching comfy slice of life anime as a near nightly ritual.
I love Lapsang Suochong, it's my favorite black tea, by far. It was the favored tea of winston churchill iirc, and in that memory I like to put a little whiskey in mine sometimes.>>426
Chamomile is my favorite herbal, nice choice! I've always found it very nostalgic, especially with some honey.
Between me and my boyfriend we destroy two kgs of yerba mate per week.
It really boils down to how much you dig it.
Mate brewed with boiling water in a cup is very nice with vanilla in it, but you should also try drinking it with a gourd. It's pretty relaxing.
Anyway, tiny note: mate isn't really tea, as it doesn't contain tea leaves. It's another infusion.
Also chamomile or mint are super good for when your stomach hurts. I am one of those people who can't eat fast food that much because my gut kills me afterwards, and chamomile helps A LOT. I recommend it.
I ordered a pound of peppermint leaves online. I'm pretty happy with it, especially since it was only about 15-20 bucks, but I don't really know how I'm going to store it longterm or how well it will keep.
I'm drinking probably 3+ mugs a day at this point. I really like mint tea.
Was this really necessary?
Many thanks to the sushi who recommended me Yuuki-cha a while ago.
I'm a huge fan of Assam black teas. Darjeeling is good as well. I have yet to try any Chinese black teas but maybe I'll do that for my next order.
Riding on genmaicha + powdered green tea mix and i love it. I just need a new tea strainer.
By the way, on the bag it says to soak it just 30 seconds.. But it feels so weak for me, i soak it for like good 5 minutes. Not sure what that's about.
If you like Assam and Darjeeling, you'll probably enjoy Keemun, too.
White tea is also super nice. I have always liked the lighter, not as strong teas. Darjeeling is delicious, though.
Actual question - how do you guys prepare matcha lattes? I tried one once at some cute café and I really liked it, but is there some secret to it? I already have the matcha itself.
+ CLEANS BLOOD, BOOSTS BLOOD PRODUCTION, HEALTHY FOR BLOOD
+ PROBABLY HEALTHY FOR YOUR HEART
+ CONTAINS IRON (ESPECIALLY SO IF YOU EAT THE LEAVES INSTEAD OF THROWING THEM AWAY)
- DRINK LOTS OF WATER AND INCLUDE BONUS TOILETS IN YOUR SCHEDULE
I sometimes get that when I drink regular black/green tea. A bit of a pain when I play online games with friends due to "brb toilet" every 10 minutes.
I like english tea and spearmint the best. No milk or sugar ofc.
I've been drinking a lot of green tea lately. I don't like the taste but I'm trying to speed my metabolism because it basically doesn't work anymore. It's really depressing how little I eat and the weight still doesn't shift.
Has anyone had any success from doing this?
Tea made from dried mint is a killer.
Also, seeing the winter is near (at least here where I live) recommending The Winter Tea! Honey, ginger, cinnamon, lemon. Drinking this God's nectar in freezing winter evening is a bliss.
Weird. Do the patterns on the bottle start to move around when you drink it?
Nope, they do look quite nice up front, especially since the bottle are glass.
Only big thing I noticed when I started drinking it is that I've been feeling more energetic than before, which is good since I have a night job.
I've been really into mint tea all summer, and I've stocked up on comfy warm chai for the coming winter.
Multiple people have recommended genmaicha, so I'm going downtown tomorrow to get a good pack.
The green one is my favorite. Just don't spill any of it on your pants. I dunno what it is about algae but it's hard to get out.
You can cold brew leaf tea. You won't be dependent on the store supply and it's gonna be cheaper.
I have a custom mix that I usually use. Mostly Jasmine dragon pearls with a few pieces of dried fruit and a small bit sugar.
my favorite is a nice sencha. i don't think i've had a chinese green tea yet.>>522
I love Lapsang Souchong too. I know the Chinese look down on it but I still love it. The best black tea I've ever had was flowery orange pekoe.
Just sitting down with some bag earl grey. Sometimes simple is best, and earl grey is what got me into tea to begin with.
Also the past year I tried Typhoo the first time, was kinda weird. First package was super good, very rich and malty. But then I got a second larger package, and instead of usual bags they were round, large and without any thread/labelthingy. And those just tasted like rich cardboard. >>529
Just in case it's not intentional / knowingly,
FOP (flowery orange pekoe) is a quality grade of tea,
i.e. there's FOP grade assam, FOP grade ceylon, FOP grade darjeeling, so on.
i like your cup and saucer, very fancy