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Jun. 7th, 2012 03:38 pm
haruka: i drink tea so i won't kill anyone (zz - tea-so i don't kill anyone)
[personal profile] haruka
There doesn't seem to be much activity here, but since I just finished making a list of the various teas that I've tried from David's Tea for my journal, I figured I'd post it here, too. I've liked most of them (except Mulberry Magic, yuck), but my favourites so far are Orange Blossom, Three Lemon Green, Tropicalia, Cherry Potion, and Amaretto. I like pretty much anything with orange in it, and I don't like Chamomile or cloves at all.

Teaaaaa )
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[personal profile] decembertea
Hello tea-lovers... I just joined dreamwidth and i also, enjoy tea... so i thought i'd join here (: waves..

I saw this article in one of my fb feeds about tea and thought it was nifty: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/08/15/4-uses-for-tea/

Has anyone tried any of these non-traditional uses? Do they work?
elleth: a ship sailing away from the Return of the King, with the text "To Sail Beyond the Sunset" (Doctor Who: 11 - Dalek Teatime)
[personal profile] elleth
Recently, prompted by a recommendation from [personal profile] wood_elf, I started experimenting with different blends of tea, flowers, and herbs (rose, lavender, mint, vervain), and thought I'd share the results:

DO'S

Jasmine Tea Chung Feng and Lavender. Surprisingly tasty, not something I had expected to work as well as it did. Chung Feng is a very full-bodied Jasmine Tea, which probably helps it blend evenly with the lavender; this might not work as well with a lower grade Jaz. I used 1 tbsp of lavender on one tsp of Jasmine.

China-Ceylon Earl Grey and Lavender. I love Earl Grey but find it rather 'heavy' after more than a cup. The lavender adds a lighter, more flowery note that makes it much more drinkable and harmonizes perfectly with the bergamot. Blend to taste, though remember it's easier to add more lavender during brewing instead of overdoing it from the beginning.

Lemon Verbena and Lavender. A tisane, this time - again the theme of lavender and citrus, which works excellently and allows for a much more fruity taste now that there is no real tea involved. Refreshing and excellent for waking up in the morning.

Honeybush and Lavender. This is a wonderful comfort tea. A slight, almost chocolatey sweetness from the honeybush with a refreshing lavender note makes it a perfect mix for autumn. Lavender in general has relaxing, soothing properties, while Honeybush is energizing and full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. This blend has constantly had an uplifting effect on me.

Bai Mu Dan White Tea and Mint. I used two stalks of fresh spearmint from the garden, though could imagine it might also work with dried mint. Remindful of Touareg Tea, but less intense and astringent, with the Bai Mu Dan aroma showing through nicely.

Bai Mu Dan White Tea and Rose. Recommended within limits. I used one teaspoon of rose petals on two tablespoons of Bai Mu Dan, 1,7l of 75°C water, and let it infuse for 7 minutes (my usual time for Bai Mu Dan), but got a somewhat overpowering rose flavour and could taste very little of the tea. After leaving it alone until 13 minutes it tasted more strongly of tea and had the very soft, light rose flavour I had hoped for, if with a slight astringency and bitterness from the rose petals that wasn't entirely pleasant. This idea might work better with Shou Mei and if prepared like Rose Congou (that is, mixed with rose petals while oxidizing, or even just left in a tin with rose petals until the fragrances are nicely blended, and then removing the petals), for a stronger tea taste and less bitterness. Might also work with a tsp of rose water and Bai Mu Dan.

DON'TS

Bai Mu Dan White Tea and Lavender. The lavender is overpowering no matter what dosage is used. It turns rather bitter as well.

Bai Mu Dan White Tea and Lemon Verbena. Similarly bitter, which made me wonder, as verbena is not nearly as strong as lavender. It might be the citral compounds reacting badly with white tea, as Bai Mu Dan with just a tsp of lemon juice on 1,7l water (which is the size of my teapot, hence keeps cropping up) is equally unpleasant. Lemongrass might be a valid solution here; I once had a blend of Bai Mu Dan, thyme and lemongrass which had none of the abovementioned bitterness.

Whew, this turned out rather longer than expected. x-posted to my personal journal (locked).

So... if anyone is still reading, what are your own favourite tea/herbal blends?
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[personal profile] wood_elf
I just went to the cupboard and found I'd run out of the Twinings Limited Edition Rose Garden tea. Oh noes! But felt like I should recommend it to tea-lovers. Have had rose congou type teas before that are too dry and the roses taste too perfumed. This one is very nicely balanced, tastes like a proper English black tea but nice and light and the roses are fragrant and delicious. I'm going to have to get some more.
watersword: A cup of tea with the words "Lady Grey" (Stock: Lady Grey)
[personal profile] watersword
Dear [community profile] tea_party,

Until July 31, 2010, the website EnjoyingTea.com is offering 15% off all orders with the code herbal at checkout. I have not ordered much from them in the past, and so cannot offer real recommendations, but Steepster has some reviews.

Yr. ob't. sr'vt.,
Elizabeth Perry
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[personal profile] jbanana
This community is too quiet, so here's some tea-related rambling to warm it up.

My usual tea is English Breakfast mixed with Earl Grey, but if I drink anywhere with a lot of choice I'll have something I've never tried before.

Why aren't there tea shops opening everywhere like there are coffee shops? Someone should be able to make a fortune by opening them. But even the Bramah Tea Museum has disappeared.

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