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Old 12-17-2013, 07:29 AM   #541
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I picked some up at Target. I actually don't like it. It smells good, but has very little flavor. I added some liquid Splenda and it was just "okay."
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Sorry if this has been addressed on this thread already but I wanted to add that I take a variety of flavored tea bags and add them to hot, unsweetened almond milk. One of my favorites is peppermint tea with a small piece of baking chocolate on the bottom of the cup. The chocolate doesn't melt all the way so I use a spoon to eat it. I love almond milk on its own as well but flavored is fun!
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I picked some up at Target. I actually don't like it. It smells good, but has very little flavor. I added some liquid Splenda and it was just "okay."
I usually use 2 bags for one cup and it's pretty good that way. I remember someone saying they add a little milk or cream (Barbo?) and I want to try that too. It doesn't look like much, that's for sure. So pale!
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Sorry if this has been addressed on this thread already but I wanted to add that I take a variety of flavored tea bags and add them to hot, unsweetened almond milk. One of my favorites is peppermint tea with a small piece of baking chocolate on the bottom of the cup. The chocolate doesn't melt all the way so I use a spoon to eat it. I love almond milk on its own as well but flavored is fun!
Yum, you do this on DD? What are the calories?

The sleigh ride sugar cookie must be good, because every grocery store is sold out!
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I have an admission to make (here where DH can't see )

I bought more tea!

I loved a sample of genmaicha, so I bought more. And mango diablo was on sale, so I bought more.
And I loved "super ginger" so I got more too... And b/c I needed to get to 50 for free shipping, I'm trying a rooibos flavored "orange blossom".

I got the shipment today and stashed it all before DH got home.

OK, just had to confess my sins somewhere. Will report on flavors if anyone is interested.
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I have an admission to make (here where DH can't see )

I bought more tea!

I loved a sample of genmaicha, so I bought more. And mango diablo was on sale, so I bought more.
And I loved "super ginger" so I got more too... And b/c I needed to get to 50 for free shipping, I'm trying a rooibos flavored "orange blossom".

I got the shipment today and stashed it all before DH got home.

OK, just had to confess my sins somewhere. Will report on flavors if anyone is interested.
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Let me just say... shoes are harder to hide than tea...

I'll take a report
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I went to Teavana at the mall and tried a few samples. Some were really good but I can't even remember which ones they were. The one that was terrible was the jasmine something. It tasted like shower gel (what I imagine it would taste like if I took a lick of it in the shower) LOLOL I will have to go back and try some other ones. It's been so cold that all I want to do is sit on the couch with my snuggie and drink warm beverages!
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It's popular where I live to brew a pot of black tea with fresh thyme sprigs added in. It's very soothing and delicious. Fresh sage leaves are also good.
These are fascinating ideas. I will definitely try them!
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Sorry if this has been addressed on this thread already but I wanted to add that I take a variety of flavored tea bags and add them to hot, unsweetened almond milk. One of my favorites is peppermint tea with a small piece of baking chocolate on the bottom of the cup. The chocolate doesn't melt all the way so I use a spoon to eat it. I love almond milk on its own as well but flavored is fun!
Oh, wow. <swoon> Not only will I have to try this, but I will have to try this today.

I've been drinking black tea in the morning. I bought a large variety of tins from Fortnum and Mason and also from Peet's several years ago -- they seem to go on and on forever. Fortunately they don't seem to go bad.

Genmai cha is a favorite of mine too.

A word of caution about those flavored teas and tisanes: many of them contain gluten. Gluten ingredients can be listed obliquely - for example, as "natural flavors" or "artificial flavors". If gluten is a problem for you (it is for me) keep in mind that barley has gluten. It's in a lot of the flavored teas. I usually do a search with the name of the tea and the word gluten. I always find that someone before me has contacted the company and posted the reply with the critical info.

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Good info Allison!

I think my tea purveyor puts nutrition info out on the site... I don't have gluten issues, so Im ok anyway. They also mark what is kosher or not. Interesting.
And they explain their use of natural vs artificial flavors, and what that means specifically. This is why I them and keep buying their stuff!

Ok, a short review (bc I had caffeine today and am still wide awake!)

Santa's secret- a good solid black mint tea, with the added fun of mini candy canes floating around. You don't eat them, I think of them more as a "teapot accessory"
On Friday I'll compare this to read my lips, another black mint tea, with lips candies and chocolate, to see if there's a difference.

Worked for my dd anyway!

Super ginger: OMG, it's all in the name! A very ginger-spicy, hot tasting tea. Wonder what it's like iced...hmm. (Oooh... I could fizz it with my soda stream! Best medicinal ginger ale ever!)

Hot and with sweetener, it's like, you feel it curing you of whatever ails you. For sure will be great on an icky tummy day. I got it as part of a cold-package, along with other medicinal-ish teas! and this is the one I liked best. Enough to buy a tin worth!

Gingerbread- I think this is limited edition for the winter. It's rooibos based, so 0 caffeine. Has good ginger and spices, and the little bit that makes it taste baked. I like it better than the CS gingerbread tea I have in bags. Ymmv.

The genmaicha is very good-- that's green tea cut with roasted brown rice, some of which has popped like corn... Japanese peasants did this to extend their tea, but the flavor is great so now we just enjoy it. I guess other companies have this too, so if you get a chance, give it a try... It's like, roasty tasting. I like it sweetened.

I like everything sweetened.

I used to not sweeten hot green tea, and don't at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant. But that's during a savory meal, and also, their tea is usually sorta crappy.

I got a new one called orange blossom-- also rooibos based. Will try it hot tomorrow (I try to avoid caffeine on uds, since it has such a string effect on me...). It'll probably be better cold, as I've been enjoying most of my fruity teas cold lately. But with this arctic winter, will try hot too.

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I used to not sweeten hot green tea, and don't at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant. But that's during a savory meal, and also, their tea is usually sorta crappy.
Too many restaurants use boiling water for green tea and it mostly does better in the 80-90C range where the 'notes' of the tea are emphasised rather than destroyed by the temperature. A couple of japanese teas need high 70s/low 80s or it's the tea equivalent of boiled coffee.

For people in the UK, Bradley's Mango Tea is the best of its type that I've had in a long time.
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I got a new one called orange blossom-- also rooibos based. Will try it hot tomorrow (I try to avoid caffeine on uds, since it has such a string effect on me...). It'll probably be better cold, as I've been enjoying most of my fruity teas cold lately. But with this arctic winter, will try hot too.
I'm having this hot, now. It's lovely. Tastes like orange/vanilla, smells like a creamsicle with a bit of orange blossom. This will be great cold.
lovely deep orange color too.

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Too many restaurants use boiling water for green tea and it mostly does better in the 80-90C range where the 'notes' of the tea are emphasised rather than destroyed by the temperature. A couple of japanese teas need high 70s/low 80s or it's the tea equivalent of boiled coffee.

For people in the UK, Bradley's Mango Tea is the best of its type that I've had in a long time.
So true! I love my electric kettle, it has 5 settings for heat, for green, white, oolong, French press coffee, and boiling.
I've not had bad tea since I got it!
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I love my electric kettle, it has 5 settings for heat, for green, white, oolong, French press coffee, and boiling.
I've not had bad tea since I got it!
Whoa. I did not know such a thing existed. Now I feel like I need one.
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I know how you guys feel! I bought it immediately after seeing my friend's (she has one made by bodum, but they don't make that exact model anymore, and it was cute). Mine is a breville, they're making nifty kitchen stuff now, but I know there other makers and all basically the same features.

Before this, I was boiling water in the microwave, which might, now that I think of it, be even worse, since you can actually "superheat" the water (ever microwave water and it sort of explodes when you put a spoon or something in it? Ya... that's superheated).

Anyway, all that's behind me now!
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Santa's secret- a good solid black mint tea, with the added fun of mini candy canes floating around. You don't eat them, I think of them more as a "teapot accessory"
On Friday I'll compare this to read my lips, another black mint tea, with lips candies and chocolate, to see if there's a difference.
Ok, so it's Friday, and I've made a cup of Read My Lips, described above.

Dry, it smells great. Minty and chocolatey.

Brewed (per directions-- maybe I should use more than recommended next time), it's not as dark in color (and I did let it sit longer, b/c I forgot about it). It's minty and lightly chocolatey, but not as minty as Santa's Secret.

We'll see how it works for me caffeine-wise, with hunger suppression (which is the main reason I'm going through this caffeine thing anyway).

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I'm boring. I'm sipping on good ol' Lipton black tea. Memories from childhood abound though. Mom would make us nice, strong, Lipton tea with lots of sugar when we were kids - hot and cold. I still blame her for making me like my tea real sweet. Also, I grew up literally down the street from a Lipton tea processing plant, and on cold days the world smelled like a big, hot cup of tea. It was wonderful.

Weirdly, we didn't live in an industrial area. It was one, lone factory amid the suburbia. Okay, end of reminiscences.
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that is so cool! must have been a soothing place to live!

i lived in Hershey for a while. OOOOHHHH MYYYYY!!!
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We used to live down the street from the Mr. Christie factory-- that's the Canadian version of Nabisco... the ads at the time ended with "Mr. Christie, you make GOOOOOOOOOD cookies!!!"

So, when the wind was right, the smells were ridiculous!
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My office is directly across the street from the Bimbo/Rainbo bread factory. Maybe that's why it was harder to do Atkins last time I tried it.
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I love all of the teas you use Soren!! I love my tea too. I picked up some Tulsi India tea the other day at my local buy for less. I was so surprised to see it there. I have ordered it online but haven't seen it in stores. It is made with holy basil so it is supposed to be really good for you. I know it tastes wonderful. I have the chai and the Black Rose Water.

I also picked up some valentines tea the other day. White Chocolate!!! oh yes!! and so yummy!! It is made by Bigelow. They always have good holiday flavors.

I have some loose organic black tea I use at work. I love that. My coworker went to Morocco on a fam trip with work and brought me back some Moroccan mint tea!! It is wonderful!! She said they just let it sit in their cups. I tried that and couldn't do it!!
I finally bought a little tea ball and love that.
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Sorry if this has been addressed on this thread already but I wanted to add that I take a variety of flavored tea bags and add them to hot, unsweetened almond milk. One of my favorites is peppermint tea with a small piece of baking chocolate on the bottom of the cup. The chocolate doesn't melt all the way so I use a spoon to eat it. I love almond milk on its own as well but flavored is fun!
I tried this with peppermint and chocolate last week and loved it. Thanks for the idea.
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How long does black tea last? Indefinitely?
I think if you keep it cool and dry, quite a long time. I think it can go stale if allowed to be open to the elements. I'm sure store sites will say, a year or something, bc they want you to buy more
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Super ginger: OMG, it's all in the name! A very ginger-spicy, hot tasting tea. Wonder what it's like iced...hmm. (Oooh... I could fizz it with my soda stream! Best medicinal ginger ale ever!)
So, I brewed the super ginger tea yesterday. I made it 2x as strong as I would for that amount of water (about 2c) which is what you do for iced tea. I didn't pour it over ice right away though. Let it steep and cool (you can't over-brew herbal tea like you can green/black teas..) and then let it sit in the fridge.

Fizzing works best when the liquid is cold.

Today, I fizzed it-- because it's not just water, I could only fill my fizzing container to the 3c line-- which is good b/c it got quite a head of foam on it.
I sweetened it with some sweetzfree liquid splenda, which is what I have in the house.

So, fizzed, let it sit, and then poured over a glass of ice (which will water it down, b/c it is a bit concentrated).

OMG YUM! spicy and gingery and richer tasting than canned or even the sodastream syrup, which I do like. But this is awesome!

there you have it. I'm going to have to try to fizz other tea flavors now

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