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Old 10-21-2008, 08:25 PM   #1
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I was just reading the coffee thread and notice a few people drink tea so I decided to start a seperate one about that. Personally I love tea. I am just wondering what most people drink and where they get it from. There is only one store near me that sells loose leaf tea and I hate going there because the staff is horible and I had less pushy sales when trying to buy a car!

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Old 10-21-2008, 08:29 PM   #2
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For black tea, I like Tetley's British blend as well as Yorkshire.

I also love jasmine tea, particularly the pearls. Adagio Teas has a great selection. Their tea is REALLY good and you can select small sample sizes (maybe brews 5 cups worth) to try varieties out first. They also send you a free sample of a different tea every time you order.

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Old 10-21-2008, 08:32 PM   #3
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Upton Tea

Hands down the best service, quality and value I have come across. What's really cool is you can try those $150/kilo (and higher) samples for a few bucks. Not that I have done that, but it's kind of cool they do it. These guys go to the tea auctions all over and buy the crates, etc. Super fast, super fresh, super awesome.

I am mostly into Assams, Oolong, Green, Pu-Ehr and some flavored types like Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong (flyangler had the right spelling ).

To give an example. Shipping is flat $4 iirc, and when I order (they are in MA, I am in PA) they always ship same day and I think it arrives two days later.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:35 PM   #4
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+1 for Upton!

I stick with mostly black teas- Earl Grey, Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast, Assam, Lapsang Souchong, Pu Erh (VERY unique). For the occasional green, Sencha or Gunpowder.

For herbals, try yerba mate, rooibos or honeybush.

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I'm just about to have an afternoon cup of Ulva Highlands Estate Ceylon Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP). It's not bad.

The thing I really dig is once you find a type you like (black, green, etc) there is a whole world of different teas in each.

Changed my mind and went with a Chinese Jasmine with flowers. It's really nice if you like Jasmine flavored tea.

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I like PG tips the best. I used to get them sent over from the UK cheaper than I can get it here. My mum died 3 years ago, which cut off my supply. Since then I'm down to my last 1000 or so tea bags.

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I did order from Adagio about a week ago. I have only tried one so far and it was pretty good. Really fast shipping to. I ordered and had it at my door when I came home the next day. What do you all use to brew in?

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I have a small stoneware single tea service(the pot fits over the cup), as well as a Japanese tetsubin. I use the tetsubin more than anything else. Electric kettle FTW!
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Boil fresh water in the kettle and just pour over tea bags in a pre-heated mug for my black tea. For my jasmine (and other loose teas), I used unbleached tea bags, placed in my (pre-warmed) teapot.

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I have a stainless strainer. I microwave the water and set the thing in. It's hard to get the 180 right for greens. I plan on an electric tea kettle in the future. I also have two sets at home for serving, one a traditional Chinese large pot with cups and the other a very small clay pot with the warming dish and cups that I got from a guy I used to work with who came from Taiwan. I only brew Oolong in it because the flavor actually infuses into the clay.

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