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I am a tea drinker, though I do enjoy coffee, as well. I grew up drinking Lipton tea with milk and sugar, now I drink my black tea with fat-free Half and Half and Splenda Blend. However, Lipton is no longer my tea of choice. I have discovered Typhoo tea from Britain. Yum! Rich, full flavor, much deeper than Lipton.

We also drink various flavored and green teas, depending on our mood at the moment. Bill prefers green teas, I prefer black but will drink green and herb teas on occasion.

Any other tea drinkers out there?
 

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I love tea! I typically buy Twinings because that's as good as I can get at our grocery stores. Most only carry Lipton, Luzianne, Red Diamond, and a few Southern "local" brands. The Lipton pyramid teas are pretty good too. I don't like anything in my teas - just ice if it's a cold tea. :)
 

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I love tea- right now I have a variety of 8 differant kinds in the pantry- I Prefer green tea, but right now I am drinking a stash green and white tea, no cream or sugar needed. I think my favorite teas are "yogi" and " Tazo" , but just like wine, I am always finding new favorites:) In the summer I will almost always have a jug of " suntea" in the frig. yum! Is it summer yet:(
 

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Well we drink ice tea year round here. I like Luzanne for a black ice tea as it is smooth not bitter and love raspberry tea a herbal by Constance Comment.

But for hot tea I prefer a strong Irish Breakfast in the morning though English Breakfast will do in a pinch then switch to an Earl Grey for later in the day drinking. I buy my teas whole leaf and loose at a local place that specializes in tea and coffee so I am not even sure what brand but it 99% better tasting then any you can get in the grocery store.

I go so far as to keep a tea pot on my desk along with a tea ball.
 

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Me!!!

I gave up drinking coffee over 30 years ago when it was reported -- later reversed -- that people who drank over 5 cups of coffee a day had twice the risk of heart attacks. Since I drank 10-15 cups, I decided to switch to tea.

Very quickly, I realized tea bag tea had less flavor than brewed loose tea. And I quickly discovered Twinings -- their English Breakfast, Assam, Darjeelings, Russian (Caravan?), Gunpowder, and my favorite for years -- Prince of Wales (a Chinese black Keemun). Never cared for the perfumed Earl Grey.

After a few years, I switched from Twinings to buying from Murchie's in Canada (much cheaper). I'd buy about $100/year from them, still do <www.murchies.com> and now my favorites are primarily those with lower theobromine levels (theo. is similar to caffeine) -- Murchie's extra choice Keemun, Formosa Oolong, and green gunpowder. While I think Murchie's quality has slipped a little over the last 10 years compared to their previous level, they're still good.

Recently, I've also started ordering from www.SpecialTeas.com in Massachusetts.

When I made the switch from tea bags (the tea inside is dust or floor sweepings although I'll still drink it when it's the only kind available) to brewing loose teas, I first started putting the loose tea into some of those metal balls pierced with holes and which contain the tea leaves.

Then I found that letting the tea leaves more freely circulate in the boiling water and then steeping the brew for 5 minutes released FAR, FAR more flavor. (Try taste testing the difference between a cup of tea bag tea vs. a cup brewed from loose tea -- also the difference between tea brewed in a tea ball vs. that with the tea leaves free to circulate. Use whatever method ends tasting the best to you.)

So that's the way I've made tea for years. Usually use a microwave to bring 4 cups of water to a boil in Pyrex measuring cup, then add the tea leaves, cover and let steep for 5 minutes, then pour through a strainer/sieve into a cup and enjoy!

I'm going to go make some now.

 

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I love tea too! My all time favorite is Bigelow Chinese Fortune which is an Oolong tea. Oolong is my tea of choice. However I love the maple flavored, and some different teas that I can pick up locally in bulk. yummmm
 

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I will stop by Murchie's if I'm downtown and pick something up every once in a while. I'm more a coffee drinker, but do like a pot of tea every now and then. I only put honey in mine, no milk.
 

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Earl Grey with a bit of honey or Lap Sang Souchong straight if I drink hot, otherwise any decent black tea for iced tea which I drink by the gallons.;)
 

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Me!!!

I gave up drinking coffee over 30 years ago when it was reported -- later reversed -- that people who drank over 5 cups of coffee a day had twice the risk of heart attacks.

Imagine that, doom and gloomers being wrong.:rolleyes:
 

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Guayaki organic chai spice mate. Just discovered it a couple of months ago and is it nice! Just taking in the aroma of the spices is soothing in itself! :)
 

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Guayaki organic chai spice mate. Just discovered it a couple of months ago and is it nice! Just taking in the aroma of the spices is soothing in itself! :)
We have a few different chai teas, I like them, too. The original spice tea for me was Bigelow's Constant Comment. Love the orange and spice in it!
 

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I love tea. I drink unsweet ice tea all the time. I used to drink hot tea with milk and sugar. Then it began to taste different. It wasn't as heavy tasting. It tasted thin, if that makes sense. I've tried several different types and they're all the same to me. Any suggestions on getting my old taste back?
 

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I love tea. I drink unsweet ice tea all the time. I used to drink hot tea with milk and sugar. Then it began to taste different. It wasn't as heavy tasting. It tasted thin, if that makes sense. I've tried several different types and they're all the same to me. Any suggestions on getting my old taste back?
Try Typhoo tea. If you have a Meijer's, they sell itin the International aisle with the British foods. It's wonderful, full-bodied, rich.
 

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I love tea. I drink unsweet ice tea all the time. I used to drink hot tea with milk and sugar. Then it began to taste different. It wasn't as heavy tasting. It tasted thin, if that makes sense. I've tried several different types and they're all the same to me. Any suggestions on getting my old taste back
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Monnie, do you still intend to drink it with milk and sugar? I'd think that would alter the taste considerably. I've only had my tea without sugar or milk. And by "heavy" do you mean full, rich?

I was going to suggest that you order some of the small (maybe 1/2 ounce?) samplers from www.SpecialTeas.com If you want a full, rich taste, possibly a Chinese black Keemun or a Ceylon or an Assam or an English Breakfast blend might suit you.

But rather than buying a bunch of different kinds of teas most of which you wouldn't like, I suggest going to some of the coffee and tea bars where they have a variety of teas such as the kinds I mentioned and ordering just a cup of this one or that one until you find one you like.

In my experience, Home brewing the loose teas from Special Teas (or Murchies) tastes far better than any brewed "cuppas" I've ever had in Coffee/Tea houses. But they'll provide a less expensive way of trying to find the tea varieties more satisfying to your taste.

ETA -- But Monnie, after further thought, if you like adding milk/cream & sugar to your hot cup of ___, why not try to discover the particular type and style of coffee you like? Coffees have as many different varieties and blends as teas and they're probably much better suited to adding the sugar & milk/cream you like. Starbucks has a lot of varieties although I heard McDonald's coffees have won some blind taste tests.

 

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I'm not sure what I mean by heavy. It could be full. I just know the taste is different. Now there's a thinner, more watery taste. Yes, I always drink hot tea with milk and sugar. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give that a try. I'm tired of buy tea that doesn't work out.
 
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