@daveinwarsh@iluvmingos I had also never tried it. Got it in a variety box, I did not like it at all. It seems to be a big hit, since they have multiple varieties, but it wasn’t my thing. Actually one of the few I disliked.
Um… so some semantics… herbal “teas” aren’t teas… they are tisanes. And between the two, just for enjoyment, right this moment i’ll go with either Market Spice (cinnamon/orange) tea or Double bergamot earl grey.
Unless i’m feeling sick… then either a ginger tisane or a chamomile/peppermint tisane to settle the tummy.
But my all time favorite is neither a black tea nor an herbal tisane…
IF it contains no Camellia sinensis It aint TEA! @inanna huh…never heard the term “Tisane”, when i’ve had this same “argument” with people, I just say the Herbals are “infusions” (technically true for all Teas,Tisanes, and Coffees)
@DVDBZN you may be over steeping it. And don’t microwave it. Boil the water, let it sit a little bit, then steep the tea for the recommended time. Usually 3-4 minutes. Then remove the bags. You might still not like the taste, but you probably won’t get the bitterness. There are fruity black teas out there as well, so if you like tea you might find a black tea you do enjoy.
I know we had this poll (or at least a similar one before). I was into lady grey the last time asked. But I found Bigelow brand plantation mint. It’s a black tea with spearmint. It’s good hot or cold and I can drink it without needing sweeteners. I’m clearly not the only person that likes it since I often find it sold out.
I think it was the last poll that convinced me to buy a big variety box to find new flavors. Which is how I found it. I’m okay with herbal tea in the evening. But in the morning I want the caffeine in my tea.
Wife likes Celestial Seasons Cinnamon Apple herbal tea. Mainly because it’s caffeine-free, and doesn’t need any sugar, but there’s no sugar in it. Your brain smells apple and cinnamon and you think it tastes sweet.
For me, I make my own Chai blend with toasted cardamom pods, black peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, clove, maybe some star anise or allspice, and some good black tea for the base. I like Vahdam Assam teas. I’ll make it double-strong in the Brevielle Perfect Teapot and then transfer to my “fridge jug” add sugar/stevia/erithrytol to taste and two parts water to the steeped tea.
@mike808 If you have access to Trader Joe’s, your wife may also enjoy their seasonally available Harvest Blend. I call it ‘Fox on the Box’ - and it has that wonderful "don’t need to add any honey/sugar/anything.
Has nobody here heard of genmaicha? My wife and I first had it at a local sushi restaurant and have been hooked ever since. If you can find it I highly recommend giving it a try. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genmaicha
@tweezak That IS really good! I also really like roasted barley tea, or “mugi-cha” in the summertime, iced. It’s not really tea, but it’s got a heartier taste than most herbal teas and has no caffeine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barley_tea
Black tea, mostly. Lapsang Souchong is my favorite, but I also like Earl Grey, Lady Grey, and Constant Comment. For iced, plain old grocery store black tea, or a 50/50 blend of Earl Grey and peppermint.
Ummm … both? Too many to name, though my new favorite herbal is called Spring Dragon Longevity Tea. Although it is caffeine-free and contains no actual (camellia Sinensis) tea, it tastes like a light black/green tea with fruit and herbs added. I don’t think it needs sweetening, but I like it cold with a dash of lemon juice.
Black teas:I drink all black teas, but my favorites are Lapsang Souchong and Darjeeling (Margaret’s Hope is my fave Darjeeling). I don’t like the Ceylons because I’m still burned out on them for only having Lipton growing up. Maybe one day I’ll appreciate them again.
Green: Gunpowder and Genmaicha. Don’t really like the other varieties.
Oolong: No specific is favorite
I go for the loose teas and only use the teabags when I am in a rush or I want to make an essence/concentrate to dilute and heat later.
I buy my loose tea from Simpson and Vail. I am very happy with their quality and service. Plus, they are a small family owned company (if that is important to you). https://www.svtea.com/
Recently, I have been having a cup of homemade Turmeric Ginger “tea” every night (1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp ginger, dash of black pepper) with honey. (The honey helps to bind with the loose powders floating around so it doesn’t feel like I am drinking a cup of dirt.)
First off…FUCK EARL GREY…
Cannot Stand the smell of Bergamot…
few years ago, out on the road, stopped at the Cornish Pasty Truck I love in Springfield, MO, on the menu is:“A Proper Cuppa British tea” I order that, “as long as it’s not Earl Grey” the response in an authentic Cockney accent was “nah, that’s not Real Tea mate”.
Judging by the bag when i finished it, it was either, Typhoo, Builders, or Tetley’s British Blend.
Black Tea. with Cream and 2 Sugars. Hot. (Drink my Coffee the Same Way… Preferably Tim Hortons Grounds)
go back and forth between a few brands:
PG Tips, Yorkshire, and most recently, Builders…
in the past it was Twinings English breakfast, but after a while it tasted like ash… then Tetley’s British blend - it’s what i saw the Indian Folks buying - but now it’s mostly PG, & Yorkshire.
haven’t really Touched Lipton since I became a grown-up.
My Brother REALLY likes Typhoo.
Green… only occaionally, and it’s usually a Jasmine Tea, and Direct From China
My Sister swears by Roobios… to me, it tastes like Dirt.
and besides, it’s NOT TEA! just like the countless herbal things my freinds and Family drink… IF it contains no Camellia sinensis It aint TEA!
What Can I say? My (Very American White Lady) mom grew up in China and India ( with a couple years in SW Idaho, and Seattle…Her parents were Missionaries), and I like English Tea, Chinese Jasmine Tea, and Canadian Coffee…
Double Berg Earl Grey if the mood strikes
A nice Ginger Peach Green if the mood strikes
A mild white if the mood strikes
Spearmint Lemongrass when I can find it. Peppermint is a piss-pour substitute.
Stash used to do a loose only wintermint thingee - it was herbal and included orange, wintergreen and spearmint and I forget what else and I luved it.
CBTL has a winter tea too, can’t remember what’s in it. that was pretty nice on a cold winter night.
I’m primarily a coffee girl, and will drink tea when it calls me. However I will drink a good black tea iced tea with lunch out of preference to other choices
Well if the options are strictly black or herbal and not other varieties, I’d say Yunnan Purple Buds from Rishi. I have an insane amount of tea though, so I won’t start throwing other varieties in now because I just got in to work early and need to get started
@hamoudiben Possibly a good choice IF they like highly fermented black teas with a distinctly smoky presentation. But for people whose tastes do not run in that direction, not so much. I find that pu-erh does not often hit the spot for me. And there is significant variation in flavor from one to another, as can be expected.
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