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Your Favorite Tea

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

That's right, I'm talking about tea. For the sake of variety, I'll include herbal stuff.

[edit: Auriplane posted images and I think that is an awesome idea, so I will too.]

I used to HATE Earl Grey, my ST:TNG fanship notwithstanding, but now I like it.

I first started liking tea in third grade, when I realized that loading raspberry tea with sugar was freaking delicious. My mainstay, though, throughout elementary school, middle school, and most of highschool, was Constant Comment by Bigelow, a clove and orange spice tea.

Then I met chai in highschool, and we've been dating ever since. I actually now love the Meijer brand Jasmine Green Tea, it's like the stuff they serve in Chinese restaurants, and it's good for a little caffeine boost when I don't want to get totally hopped up.

What do y'all like? Do you have a teastory?

When I was little, my mom let

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

When I was little, my mom let me drink a lot of tea. But she let me put sugar in it, so I decided I loved tea--when really I loved sugar--and I drank lots of it. She'd say that if I kept drinking so much tea, I'd turn into a letter T, so I started running around with my arms out at both sides, miming a human letter T.

But eventually I stopped, and decided I didn't really like tea. I don't know why.

A few years ago, I decided to try drinking some herbal teas. I got these:


The former, first. It was my first step into the realm that is tea as an adult--though some of my friends claim herbal tea isn't tea. Anyway, I liked it a lot, so I tried the second. I've tried a number of teas since then, but I still really like those two.

Besides those, lately, I'm drinking lots of green tea. It's my source of caffeine, which I'm using for energy to keep myself working on my game :-D (And other things, since I'm trying to marathon it rather than sprint.)

I have yet to venture beyond bag teas, but my brother has hundreds of kinds of tea, many of which are loose, so I'll probably make it there at some point. In the meantime, he gave me a large Ziploc bag full of tea bags of various kinds to try. So I'll be branching out, most likely :-)

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Auriplane!!

Re: Your Favorite Tea

natenmn

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musenji said

Then I met chai in highschool, and we've been dating ever since.

I dated Chai for a while. Then Chai cheated on me and gave my friend the herps. My friend blamed me until the day she died. RIP Jasmine.

Now I only drink matcha green tea. Matcha ruined me for other teas.


EDIT: Auriplane said

I have yet to venture beyond bag teas, but my brother has hundreds of kinds of tea, many of which are loose

Tea bags are dead to me. Matcha does not come in tea bags. It is straight from a Japanese farmer's dirty grinding stone. Get some matcha!

Green tea. Lots of green tea.

Bhael

Location: Newcastle, UK

Joined: Feb 18 2010

Green tea. Lots of green tea.

Green tea, usually Japanese

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

Green tea, usually Japanese Sencha. I've tried various Chinese ones but did not like any of them.
Also this one...

Re: When I was little, my mom let

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

auriplane said

A few years ago, I decided to try drinking some herbal teas. I got these:

[pic shows Celestial seasonings Wild Berry Zinger and Raspberry Zinger]

Dude! I just got the Celestial Seasonings fruity sampler box, for the purpose of making custom syrups for soda. Those two are in the lineup, and I look forward to using them. :-)

That story was awesome. Unrelated to tea, but apparently I used to run around the preschool playground, saying, "I'm a ghost! Wheee!"

Technically herbal tea isn't tea, but I call it tea because I make and drink it in the same way, and often for similar purpose. So I go by function for that name, rather than physical makeup. I guess my first post implies I'm snooty about it, but I'm actually not.

[edit] Hey Trang, I might have to check and see if my local German store has that stuff. Do you like Milka? Random question.

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

i've been drinking pretty

Jacob31593

Location: Tampa, FL

Joined: Jan 04 2009

i've been drinking pretty regular tea for all my life
sometimes we get boxes of store brand teabags and then sometimes we get boxes of non store brand tea bags
when i was little we usually sun brewed our tea, but now we have an iced tea making machine
also sometimes i make sweet tea, which is the term used to describe tea with sugar in it you blasted yanks (i was born in illinois what)

Milka chocolate is pretty

TrangOul

Insomaniac

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2008

Milka chocolate is pretty mediocre. It isn't exactly bad but it's nothing special at all. In fact all their chocolates taste the same and only differ in shape and wrapping...

Thanks, I prefer dark

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

Thanks, I prefer dark chocolate myself. :-) I was curious because that's something else that they sell in the German store. The one time I tried it, I did quite like it. It's better than --most-- milk chocolate I've had...

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

This tea, is so brilliant. I

CBL

Joined: Mar 22 2012

This tea, is so brilliant. I had this sort of redbush/rooibos tea when I was a youngster, and after drinking so much black tea - I have come back to this tea instead.

I have also wanted to try white tea, but can't decide whether or not it's a waste of money. Anyone knows?

I have a big ass pot that I

Yogurt

Joined: May 23 2011

I have a big ass pot that I feel up 3 times a day and drink all of it. Can't live without my tea.

CBL -- I love Rooibos tea as

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

CBL -- I love Rooibos tea as well. It's so smooth. My favorite Chai is actually a blend of rooiboos and black teas, with the spices.

As to your question about white tea, why trust someone else's judgment over your own? People vary widely in taste, so hearing someone else's opinion won't tell you whether you would like it.

(And it's what, a 3 to 5 dollar waste if you don't like it?)

Yogurt -- what kind of tea?

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

Green and Darjeeling

surreal

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Location: Arizona

Joined: Jan 04 2009

Green and Darjeeling

White tea is about $15 NZD

CBL

Joined: Mar 22 2012

White tea is about $15 NZD (maybe $12USD) for like 10-15 teabags or something. Steep. Pun.

I think it's worthwhile asking for opinions on such matters of taste. If I find I "resonate" with someone on important things and matters of taste, and they like/dislike something for a few reasons I can imagine myself finding also - then I will trust their judgement *if* it's something trivial.
Life is too short to test everything - i.e. how would I know which movies are bad without watching them? I think there are enough movies now that your entire life could be spent (without sleeping) watching movies that you'll only end up hating - there has to a better way, and that way is to develop a special kind of informed prejudice (but we won't call it that). :)

NZ, eh? Are the leaves

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

NZ, eh? Are the leaves changing right now?

I agree with your main point in principle, especially if the person's reasons for liking something are ones I can see myself agreeing with. But, while there are over a million movies in existence, there are only 4 colors of tea (not counting herbals)--black, white, red, green.

If you like a strong, robust tea, then white tea probably isn't for you. The fact that you like rooibos makes it more likely that you would like white tea. I'm the kind of person who likes trying new things, so even if I couldn't get white tea for less than 12 dollars, I'd still try it once.

Hmm. I have some loose leaf white tea laying around that I'm not really urgently using. Wonder what it would cost to just send you, like, 1/4 cup. :-)

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

Yeah, they're changing. :/ I

CBL

Joined: Mar 22 2012

Yeah, they're changing. :/ I prefer the trees to be green.

Well after typing what I wrote, I thought about it, and decided I didn't feel so strongly that way. I guess that life is just too short to really get to find everything you could enjoy.
Also, there are many different types of tea. Liquorice tea, is green for example, but very nice.

As much as I would love to be the recipient, I would imagine some dry leaves might cause suspicion entering in a small non-descript package hehehe, but thanks for the thought. :)

What do they sell in the

Ennea

humhum..

Location: Germany

Joined: Apr 09 2010

What do they sell in a german store ? :D

Re: Yeah, they're changing. :/ I

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

CBL said

Well after typing what I wrote, I thought about it, and decided I didn't feel so strongly that way. I guess that life is just too short to really get to find everything you could enjoy.

Yeah, it kinda sucks that there is so much out there to experience, and that one person will never experience all of it. :/

Also, there are many different types of tea. Liquorice tea, is green for example, but very nice.

Oooh! Sounds good.

As much as I would love to be the recipient, I would imagine some dry leaves might cause suspicion entering in a small non-descript package hehehe, but thanks for the thought. :)

LOL (seriously, I loled at this, you are right sir.)

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Ennea said

What do they sell in a german store ? :D

German chocolates, German cheeses, German breads, and tons of other stuff where the packaging is written in German. I'll do a more complete check next time I'm there!

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

My original post wasn't very

natenmn

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Location: United States

Joined: Jul 17 2009

My original post wasn't very serious, so here is my real one.

Matcha green tea is my favorite tea. Unfortunately, I haven't had any in a while, but I've been meaning to remedy that.

What is Matcha?

It is basically high quality stone-ground green tea leaves. It comes in a fine powder form. Matcha is most often used in Japanese tea ceremonies.

When made correctly it has a very deep and beautiful green color with a bright green froth on the top. It tastes similar to what a freshly cut lawn smells like, but it doesn't taste like grass. It is hard to explain. It is a little sweet and has a very "pure" taste. Here is what it looks like when made correctly:

The wooden thing on the right side is called a chasen. It is used to whisk the matcha in a small amount of warm water (usually around 4oz or less). A regular whisk isn't recommended, as it doesn't have enough tines to create the frothy layer.

What is Special about Matcha?

I generally drink matcha for the health benefits. It differs from regular green tea in that the actual plant material is ingested. Due to this, one serving of matcha is roughly equal to 10 servings of a regular high quality green tea such as sencha.

Matcha increases metabolism and supposedly helps to burn calories up to four times faster than normal when coupled with exercise. It contains a bit more caffeine than regular green tea, and is more comparable to a cup of coffee. However, green tea has something (which I forget the name of) that slightly blocks the absorption of caffeine so that its effects are spread out over an amount of time. There isn't a caffeine crash with matcha, and energy boosts tend to last a quite a bit longer than coffee (although it is more subtle).

Matcha contains a high amount of L-Theanine which can help with concentration. It helps me a lot with my ADD problems. I was prescribed an obscene amount of Adderall for this when I was younger, and matcha helps me in a semi-comparable way. It is very calming despite the caffeine, and is great for meditation type stuff.

Matcha also contains EGCG, which is an anti-oxidant that has been shown to be beneficial in helping treat and prevent various cancers. All green teas contain high levels of EGCG. Matcha, however, contains up to 137 times more EGCG than other green teas in a single serving.

How is Matcha Made?

Here is a video example of how it can be made at home. This is not a tea ceremony, but just some dude making it:

Alternatively, matcha can be made with a frother or in a blender. I don't recommend those, though. Matcha is fairly delicate and I've had the best success with hand whisking.

Where is Matcha Available for Purchase?

Most tea shops should have matcha. Alternatively, online vendors sell it. Domatcha is a popular brand in the US, but I've never tried it.

Matcha can be very expensive. I generally get my matcha from www.nutsonline.com. It isn't the highest quality available, but the price is nice, and it is fresh.

Anything Else?

While I still drink the occasional herbal tea, Matcha really did ruin me for other teas... especially regular green tea. Matcha tastes amazing, and the thought of ruining its purity by adding something like honey, milk, or sugar doesn't sit well with me. It definitely helps me concentrate and calms me down while still giving me an energy boost. I also feel much healthier when I regularly drink it, but that may be placebo.

Don't you mean MatCHA?

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

Don't you mean MatCHA?

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

huh

natenmn

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huh

:D It's a game reference.

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

:D It's a game reference. points to the first to recognize it.

Also, that stuff looks and sounds very, very good. I will have to try it sometime.

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

Oh shit, Chrono Cross!

natenmn

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Oh shit, Chrono Cross!

I'm currently too poor to get

natenmn

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I'm currently too poor to get some more real matcha, but writing up that stuff earlier inspired me to get this when I saw it in the store this morning:

It tastes alright.. pretty much like an herbal raspberry tea. It has a minimal amount of matcha from what I could tell. I could see a little of the green powder, though. I could not taste any matcha, and I did not expect to. I think it is more of a gimmick, and the matcha used in it is probably very low quality. However, it might be a good product for those that aren't a fan of the taste of green tea or matcha, but would like to have some of the benefits that come from green teas.

I guess a little bit of matcha/green tea is better than none, especially when the price is the same. Stash makes other flavors with matcha, too.

Unintentional bump. Hey

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

Unintentional bump. Hey Ennea, I should note that one time, at the German store, I went up to the counter, and out of nowhere the lady asked how the guitar was coming along.

I had never met this lady before. She had spotted my right hand nails and lack of left hand nails, and drew the correct conclusion.

She won my real world internet.

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

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hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

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Jacob31593

Location: Tampa, FL

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post of the year award goes to hashel

Yheaaa :D

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Yheaaa :D

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Hahaha Mr. T all

iamHoustonian

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Hahaha Mr. T all sophisticated. "I sympathize with the fool!"

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Ennea

humhum..

Location: Germany

Joined: Apr 09 2010

musenji said

Unintentional bump. Hey Ennea, I should note that one time, at the German store, I went up to the counter, and out of nowhere the lady asked how the guitar was coming along.

I had never met this lady before. She had spotted my right hand nails and lack of left hand nails, and drew the correct conclusion.

She won my real world internet.

Huehue, must be german eyesight!
Well I was just wondering what is "typically german" so that it appears in a german store - since I have no idea what special products we do have here. Except Beck's, it's brewed in my hometown!

Ontopic: This one's the best!

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But then again, I rarely drink tea. Either just water or lots of coffee. Does coffee cound as tea ? Then this is my favourite tea!

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sit and drink pennyroyal

wayfaerer

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sit and drink pennyroyal TEEEEAAAAA

i second bhaels comment though, green tea is great. nestle has some chilled green tea out too, very refreshing and quenching; also im an iced tea addict, even though it makes me pee a lot

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of course green tea, but

Kanon0_0

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of course green tea, but other than that cherry blossom tea is nice :DD

Naaaate, the website you

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

Naaaate, the website you linked has two different kinds of matcha, one listed as "100%" and the other listed as "mix", and costing less. I assume you would get the 100%? Is the mix more for things like smoothies and such?

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.

Okay, never mind, I figured

musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

Okay, never mind, I figured it out.

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And then I realized that the chord progression from Chrono Cross's Another World is the same progression as the chorus from Peace of Mind by Boston, and life was never quite the same.