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Old 10-21-2008, 08:53 PM   #11
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I use one of those fancy smancy doesnt work nearly as good as it sounds cups that when you place it on top of another cups it drains and strains the tea out. Its from Teavanna, adagio makes one too.

I have been wanting an electric kettle for tea. Anybody reccomend one that isnt insanly expensive?

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Old 10-21-2008, 08:54 PM   #12
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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.
Is it Yixing clay? I've been looking for one of those for a while now.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:58 PM   #13
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Anybody reccomend one that isnt insanly expensive?
It's probably like anything, you get what you pay for. I have seen the ones with the three most common settings 160/180/190/212. Upton has one they had manufactured for them and it's about 40 clams. I wouldn't get a fixed temp, it's too inflexible imho. Especially if you like to go between greens and blacks. Greens taste horrid when brewed too hot and/or too long.
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Is it Yixing clay? I've been looking for one of those for a while now.
Hmm, not sure. It's a tiny little thing that is a reddish color. He was so into his tea. He even gave me a kilo of the best Oolong I ever had. Thing was they got it pretty cheap there.
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It's probably like anything, you get what you pay for. I have seen the ones with the three most common settings 160/180/190/212. Upton has one they had manufactured for them and it's about 40 clams. I wouldn't get a fixed temp, it's too inflexible imho. Especially if you like to go between greens and blacks. Greens taste horrid when brewed too hot and/or too long.
That is pretty much exactly what I was looking for with the different settings but most were about 150.... to me that a little much just for the convinience of it heating the water for me. I will have to go check out upton.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:29 PM   #16
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I vary my teas from seasonals to fruit infusions, but my favorite right now is Oolong!

Had an Asian friend pick me up a box of loose oolong and been enjoying it for weeks now.


Steep mine in a steel mesh ball.

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I find I like British/Irish blends better than anything I can readily get in the supermarket here in the States. I've had most of the major British and Irish brands/blends, but my all-time favorite is Yorkshire Gold. It's fairly strong black tea, yet somehow smooth and mild. But since that's so expensive here, I order my second favorite tea by the case and drink it everyday... Bewley's Traditional Green (not green tea).

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Just Earl Grey in the American Style paper dipping bags. Usually Bigelow cause it's readily available and comes in a nice foil pouch to seal in the aroma. But I only have tea once in a great while (except ICE TEA, which is my preferred kind of tea.)

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Old 10-22-2008, 06:20 PM   #19
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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.
PM me I might be able to get them here...

Ok so if you asked that question in my office, any of my friend's houses, my scout hall, university, a shop in general it would degrade into a war over whether its Barry's or Lyons. Most generally battle on the side of whichever they were fed as kids...
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You can get a war right here... Bewleys beats both of them!
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