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Re: The Tea Thread
« Reply #175 on: June 04, 2009, 08:00:29 am »
I would hope it's not the low-cal stuff!!!

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #176 on: June 04, 2009, 08:07:55 am »
    I assume that anything that tastes good and that I like is low cal.

    Currently I am working on a pot (16 ounces) of Anna's. Black tea with raspberry. Yummy.

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #177 on: June 04, 2009, 08:14:35 am »
    Low cal jam?  Aren't there laws against that?  There should be.  It's like saying low cal chocolate!  <<shudder>>  Give me the sugary real stuff every time, please.  I'll just pretend it's calorie free.
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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #178 on: June 04, 2009, 08:32:28 am »
    Ok, it was very nice to wake up to perfectly hot water and I made a huge mug of ginger peach tea, I wasn't totally sure about the hot water dispenser but it's convincing me. Plus my daughter made tea on her own. She usually waits for me to make a pot in the zarafina so it's nice she will use the hot water.

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    « Reply #179 on: June 04, 2009, 08:34:52 am »
    Ok, it was very nice to wake up to perfectly hot water and I made a huge mug of ginger peach tea, I wasn't totally sure about the hot water dispenser but it's convincing me. Plus my daughter made tea on her own. She usually waits for me to make a pot in the zarafina so it's nice she will use the hot water.



    LOL that is a nice side benefit.

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #180 on: June 04, 2009, 11:09:57 am »
    I just made a pot of Darjeeling Avongove.

    Ah tea, how I love you.

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #181 on: June 04, 2009, 11:53:46 am »
    I just made a pot (is two cups a pot?) of Bossa Nova.  It's my first tea of the day and it smells fabulous.  Ahhhhhh... it's almost two o'clock and my work day is almost over.  I took a vacation day tomorrow and can't wait to sleep in.
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    « Reply #182 on: June 04, 2009, 11:57:18 am »
    I love Bossa Nova. Enjoy tomorrow!

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #183 on: June 04, 2009, 03:11:27 pm »
    Hello all. I am new to the tea thread and not yet sure if reading back 8 pages will answer my question/tip or not. I too am a tea lover - recently have discovered a love of OOlong tea. I buy some of my teas from www.tenren.com - I was recently at Epcot in Orlando and while in "China" I saw some tea bags with rice included. Is any one familiar with this practice and what is the purpose? In addition to the Oolong tea, I love ginger tea with a bit of honey to tone down the peppery bite.
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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #184 on: June 04, 2009, 04:06:46 pm »
    Hello all. I am new to the tea thread and not yet sure if reading back 8 pages will answer my question/tip or not. I too am a tea lover - recently have discovered a love of OOlong tea. I buy some of my teas from www.tenren.com - I was recently at Epcot in Orlando and while in "China" I saw some tea bags with rice included. Is any one familiar with this practice and what is the purpose? In addition to the Oolong tea, I love ginger tea with a bit of honey to tone down the peppery bite.
    Welcome, red!  I'm not sure about the rice, but I think there are kinds of tea where the rice is actually part of the flavor.  ???  Maybe Crash, our local tea expert, knows.

    I'm brewing a pot of Green Tea Heaven (Teavana).  Y-u-m!
    « Last Edit: June 04, 2009, 04:09:23 pm by frojazz »
    Anybody want a peanut?

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    « Reply #185 on: June 04, 2009, 04:10:31 pm »
    ok...how happy am I right now?  I was at my closest mall today and they just opened Teavana so I don't have to go into Scottsdale.  So I bought...
    Aztec Fire  - everybody here seems to like this one so I needed to give it a try
    Jasmine Dragon Pearls
    Apple lemon pomagranate
    taracco ruby orange
    pistachio apple pie
    strawberry Parasio   (my favorite)
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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #186 on: June 04, 2009, 04:11:44 pm »
    Green Tea Heaven?  You mean I missed one  at Teavana today?

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #187 on: June 04, 2009, 04:12:09 pm »
    Congratulations on your score!


    I made a cup of green tea earlier and now I think I'm going to go swimming.

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #188 on: June 04, 2009, 04:14:38 pm »
    Congratulations on your score!


    I made a cup of green tea earlier and now I think I'm going to go swimming.
    I'm also going to jump in the pool with a margarita!!!!  I'll sample my new tea tomorow

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    « Reply #189 on: June 04, 2009, 04:28:23 pm »
    ok...how happy am I right now?  I was at my closest mall today and they just opened Teavana so I don't have to go into Scottsdale.  So I bought...
    Aztec Fire  - everybody here seems to like this one so I needed to give it a try
    Jasmine Dragon Pearls
    Apple lemon pomagranate
    taracco ruby orange
    pistachio apple pie
    strawberry Parasio   (my favorite)


    Oh!  I have apple lemon pomagranate!  You'll have to say how you like that one.  I like it; it is different...like green apples without the sour.
    Anybody want a peanut?

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #190 on: June 04, 2009, 06:37:58 pm »
    Frojazz...I'll let you know...since you asked I'll try it in the a.m.

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    « Reply #191 on: June 04, 2009, 06:48:30 pm »
    I guess it's around the world of tea today. I hit ginger peach, green, honey apricot rooibos, vanilla strawberry rooibos and something else I can't remember. Instant hot water is proving to be really nice. I'm drinking much more variety of tea a day than I usually do.

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    « Reply #192 on: June 04, 2009, 07:14:27 pm »
    Welcome ltlredfairy!

    http://www.teamerchants.com/buy/1/6/72/Japan-Genmaicha/702.aspx

    Genmaicha is the tea you are discussing. Strange that it was being sold in the China pavillion as it is a Japanese tea. It is a toasted rice mixed with Sencha. The Japanese developed this tea to stretch the tea supply. It was a way of making the tea last longer when the war was in progress. It is one of my favorites. I have heard that this practice was started in World War II but that might not be the case.

    Green Tea Heaven is really good.

    I am not certain that a Teavan closer to you is a good thing. I mean, it is good for your local economy but not necessarily for you.

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #193 on: June 05, 2009, 08:00:18 am »
     I changed my mind and went with the aztec fire this morning.  I think I'm in love!

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    « Reply #194 on: June 05, 2009, 08:07:05 am »
    Aztec Fire is very, very good.

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #195 on: June 05, 2009, 08:22:24 am »
    Teavana has a facebook page.   A lot of good talk about their tea.

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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #196 on: June 05, 2009, 08:41:45 am »
    Cool. I am drinking Earl Grey Imperior from Gschwender. It is one of my favorite Earl Greys. It has the taste of Earl Grey but I don't get the funky stomach.

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    « Reply #197 on: June 05, 2009, 09:43:27 am »
    Welcome ltlredfairy!

    http://www.teamerchants.com/buy/1/6/72/Japan-Genmaicha/702.aspx

    Genmaicha is the tea you are discussing. Strange that it was being sold in the China pavillion as it is a Japanese tea. It is a toasted rice mixed with Sencha. The Japanese developed this tea to stretch the tea supply. It was a way of making the tea last longer when the war was in progress. It is one of my favorites. I have heard that this practice was started in World War II but that might not be the case.

    Green Tea Heaven is really good.

    I am not certain that a Teavan closer to you is a good thing. I mean, it is good for your local economy but not necessarily for you.

    I could have been in the Japan pavillion now that you mention it - we went all over the "world" so many times while there. I was in Hawaii a few weeks ago and got a Guava Ginseng Green Tea that is so good and a hibiscus one as well. It is nice to find other tea lovers out there. I will check into the rice teas - more out of curiosity than anything else. Alabama is rather "backwards" in some of their thinking and finding a good place to supply tea is not easy that is why I order online. Please send your favorite tea links to me in PM so I broaden my horizons.
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    Re: The Tea Thread
    « Reply #198 on: June 05, 2009, 10:09:42 am »
    The third or fourth post in this thread has my two favorite stores.

    http://www.teavana.com/ Teavana is a good beginning store. They have many very good teas and the staff at the store is really helpful. They do a good amount of work with blending teas. They do not have any stores in Alabama. Sorry.

    http://www.teamerchants.com/Catalogs/Tea.aspx Tea Gschwender is my favorite tea store. They have a massive selection, carry all the traditional teas, and then carry many teas that most places don't have. They have won awards for their tea and are pretty competitive in most of the tea categories. They do not have stores in the US, well they do but there are only two in Chicago.

    If you let people know what type of tea you like I am sure we can provide you with a few suggestions.

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    « Reply #199 on: June 05, 2009, 12:39:08 pm »
    I will check those links - tyvm. I am not sure what I like or don't like. I enjoy trying many different teas and am afraid I am just barely scraping the surface as to what there is available to me. I am open to try anything once  :-\
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