@elimanningface Unsweet McDonalds tea does not have any sugar in it. Their sweet tea must be pretty close to saturated. And it’s not “unsweetened” it’s “unsweet”. I guess it’s a southern thing. If you just ask for tea you might get a mouthful of sugar. And “iced” is assumed.
@JT954@msklzannie I don’t like chamomile tea hot, but accidentally found out that I enjoy it iced. Now I always have a bottle of cold-brewed chamomile tea in the fridge. It is more refreshing to me than the bitterness of iced black tea.
I’ve recently switched from drinking coffee (I loaded it with sugar and creamer to make it taste good) to tea in the mornings. I’ve always been more of an ice tea and herbal hot tea drinker. So I started with English Breakfast (good) but after buying a small variety of Twinings I really like Lady Grey tea. I do like Earl Grey as well. I always thought it would be different so I had never tried it. So I’m rotating through which tea I drink each morning, the main requirement is caffeine. I need to find another good variety pack to find others.
My favorite is called (by most English speakers who drink it) Gold Man tea, and comes from Kazakhstan. It’s hard to get in the states. The next best is in several grocery stores here, called Vini’s Black Tea with Lemon. I drink it with milk and sometimes a hint of sugar.
For herbal tea, there’s a lemon-ginger tea from (I think) Lipton that’s quite good, though if I’m making a pot, I usually add some Lemon Zinger and Raspberry Zinger to it. It seems to have been discontinued, but there was a green tea with goji berries that was a perfect complement to this set, which we recently ran out of…
@katbyter You should try Trader Joe’s candied ginger. It’s like a ginger gummy bear. And cheap for a bag of it. Or, for kids/grownups that are into a little more sour/spicy, pickled ginger for sushi (by itself, no sushi). You can try the sushi pickled ginger with charcuterie instead of a mini gherkin.
Ginger Peach tea is pretty good, Jasmine tea… the kind with the dried flowers that unfurl… In hot water. If you order a London Fog at Starbucks, it’s early grey tea with a splash of milk and honey. Try it
it’s strawberry earl grey and it’s so good. it’s especially good if you like making london fogs.
after teavana bit the dust i went looking for a replacement loose tea purveyor and found these guys. i’m not affiliated with them i just really love their tea. only had one i didn’t care for and that was an error on my part not reading the ingredients. my second favorite to the strawberry earl grey is the lavender dreams herbal tea: https://www.plumdeluxe.com/product/lavender-dreams-white-tea
also, when i was little my grandfather would make me “tea” that was about 99% milk and sugar with a lipton tea bag waved over it. i still keep lipton tea bags in the house so i can have it this way sometimes.
and in the summer, i make the iced tazo passion tea by the gallon. good with fresh lemons and/or lemonade.
My favorite “pot” teas are an organic Jasmine Pearl green tea or rooibos for herbal. For tea bags that can travel with me, my go-to is Stash - Double Bergamot Earl Gray for black, Mojito Mint or Ginger Peach for green, and either Peppermint, Cascade Mint, or Lemon Ginger for herbal.
@rockblossom i’ve never bought stash on my own, but i shop with a lot of indie brands that include tea bags as an extra (with stash being the most common) and i don’t think i’ve ever had a bad cup of stash tea. really good flavors!
@jerk_nugget I also like Tazo teas, but they are packed in thin paper, so I have to put them in something airtight or the humidity will destroy them. The Stash tea packets are more resistant to outside air/humidity, which is why I think they stay fresh longer and are better for trips.
When most people think of mint, they think of peppermint. My favorite is spearmint. After many attempts to find a mint tea that is more to my liking, I came across Plantation Mint (Bigelow), a very nice spearmint based tea. My other go to is Constant Comment (also Bigelow) - an orange spice tea that is the closest to Market Spice tea - from my much younger days (a specialty tea as I remember).
@fosh2 I love spearmint and bought some at Penzey’s thinking I could use it as a tea. Wrong. But I have some decaf black tea with mild peach flavoring and a pinch of spearmint leaves makes it wonderful.
This sale should have been on a T day with a Test Teas write up. I miss the tea topics. I have been drinking a couple black tea blends. I am still buying locaI but I might have to test a few of the teas listed above or see if there is something similar local. A few choices are online with the coffees. https://outofthegreycoffee.com/collections/most-popular-luxury-loose-leaf