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BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?

JohnInKansas 30 Jun 07 - 07:03 AM
GUEST,Cheshire Cat 30 Jun 07 - 06:31 AM
George Papavgeris 30 Jun 07 - 06:21 AM
The Walrus 30 Jun 07 - 06:08 AM
MBSLynne 30 Jun 07 - 05:18 AM
JohnInKansas 30 Jun 07 - 12:46 AM
Bill D 30 Jun 07 - 12:14 AM
The Fooles Troupe 29 Jun 07 - 11:35 PM
GUEST,Scoville 29 Jun 07 - 11:09 PM
Leadfingers 29 Jun 07 - 10:36 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 29 Jun 07 - 10:08 PM
EBarnacle 29 Jun 07 - 09:33 PM
Joe_F 29 Jun 07 - 09:20 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 29 Jun 07 - 08:55 PM
Bill D 29 Jun 07 - 07:36 PM
Dave Roberts 29 Jun 07 - 07:04 PM
Folkiedave 29 Jun 07 - 06:44 PM
MBSLynne 29 Jun 07 - 05:07 PM
George Papavgeris 29 Jun 07 - 05:00 PM
GUEST,282RA 29 Jun 07 - 04:52 PM
George Papavgeris 29 Jun 07 - 04:48 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Jun 07 - 04:36 PM
robomatic 29 Jun 07 - 04:10 PM
Bill D 29 Jun 07 - 04:06 PM
MBSLynne 29 Jun 07 - 04:01 PM
Bill D 29 Jun 07 - 03:56 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 29 Jun 07 - 03:54 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 07:03 AM

Walrus -

Re the smoke flavoring. Some time back when they took a break from smoking hams and bacon, they'd occasionally rinse down the inside of the smoke house, and someone came up with the idea of catching the runoff and putting it in bottles.

The sold the rinse water to a few lunatics who wanted to be able to impart a "smoke flavor" to their chili, barbecue, etc.

I have a bottle that was a gift some years back. It's most of a 16 oz jar, and the price is still legibly printed on the label - 39 cents.

While I figured that the lunatics must all have died off, I was surprised to see a bottle of the same stuff on a grocery shelf quite recently. The only thing is, they've now convinced the idiots excuse me yuppies er... barbeque addicts that it's really great, and a 3.2 oz bottle (with the same label only printed really small) now goes for $7.50.

I'd bet the new stuff don't smell a bit different than the .... I've had on the shelf for a couple of decades.

I never did find anything I wanted to put it in/on/close to. Maybe if I re-bottled in in 2 oz bottles I could call it "vintage" or "aged" or somethin' like that and sell it for $20 an ounce, do you suppose? I could maybe tell them it's "pre-pollution smoke" and maybe get $100/oz?

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: GUEST,Cheshire Cat
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 06:31 AM

For a wonderful selection of loose teas and a nice café too, this is one of my favourite places.

http://www.northern-tea.com/

not bad for coffee lovers either :)

I like a broad range of teas but fell in love with Chinese green tea on a visit there.
Oh, and Twinings tea bags for festival camping !


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 06:21 AM

Each to his own gout, as they neighbours say (that was about the taste of the Lapsang, Walrus).

I am surprised that the divisive element in tea drinking has not been introduced yet. You know, the one that separates the UK from the rest of the world: milk in tea.

When I first arrived at these shores, I scoffed as much as any Euro-sceptic at the British insistence of clouding their tea with cowjuice. SLowly, over time, I have come to appreciate it however. And the few times in the year when I would drink tea in preference to coffee, are invariable hot days when a cup of milky tea is much more thirst-quenching than a pint of anything cold.

There - I confessed my sin.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: The Walrus
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 06:08 AM

"...My favorite is lapsang souchong--a black tea that roasted ina bamboo basket over burning pine where it absorbs the smoke--giving the tea a very distinctive flavor that I am utterly obsessed with..."

"...I've taken a liking to lapsang souchong because it's taste is so smoky and strong one tends to make it last..."

How can people drink that muck - it tastes like someone as been boiling kippers in the water before making the tea.

That said, it's as much the circumstances in which the tea is taken as the tea itself which adds to the experience.
I must admit the at one of the finest mugs of tea I've ever drunk was made from bog standard black tea (PG Tips, Typhoo or the like) stewed and mixed with evaporated milk until it was as orange as a builder's boot, served in a pint enameled mug and laced with a very large measure of rum, but it was served at five a.m. on an extremely cold November morning when I'd been freezing bits of my anatomy off for a couple of hours (I think anything warm and wet* would have been welcome at the time).

W


* Within reason


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 05:18 AM

The difference, for me at least, is only partly to do with the tea they put in the bags. I expect everyone knows now about the fact that some people have many more taste buds than others so can detect flavour differences or minimal flavours better than others. I think my daughter and I probably have as many as you can get while my husband and son have a lot less. When I drink tea bag tea, I can taste the tea bag.

Btw, I didn't leave the thread you notice. I checked to see if the idiot was still posting and came back when I found he wasn't. Can't believe anyone can be sad enough to turn a friendly discussion on tea into a platform for abuse and racism, which is what it amounted to

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 12:46 AM

To all those who kindly suggested that one can buy tea on the internet, please reread my post. I am aware that it can be found, and have a couple of possible sources bookmarked, but do note also that I mentioned that the best tea I have in the house is left over from a purchase ca 1980. Those were not large tins (3-7/8 oz each)

If I ordered 4 oz of each of three or four decent teas, my descendents would be fighting over what's left of them four generations from now. (If they didn't try to smoke them.)

I do look fairly often to see what's available at places that claim to sell "tea." If I should happen to find something that looks pleasant, I might buy some, but thus far there just hasn't been anything in the local market that's even remotely interesting, much less a wicked temptation. (Truly evil temptations are welcome, but don't seem to come along very often any more.)

If I'd order on the web, I'd probably forget what it was - or why I thought I wanted it - by the time it arrived.

I've had my cup 'a coffee (or 7 or 8 today) so I think I'll go discuss the matter with my ol' friend Jack (of the Daniels clan).

But thanks for being thoughtful.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Bill D
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 12:14 AM

"...that tea should be brewed no longer than 3 to 4 minutes"

*smile* I aim for 3½ minutes. (some go so far as to pour a light covering, let it set for 15-20 seconds, then pour it off to remove that 1st extract of supposedly heavier tannin....I have not found it necessary to go THAT far.)

Tea is rated partially by size of the bits...the "orange pekoe and pekoe" label you see on things like Liptons refer to the smallest and 2nd smallest pieces...usually broken leaves and, as a matter of fact, sweepings in some cases.

Loose tea is 'usually' larger leaves, which often 'roll' naturally when dried, and unroll during steeping, whereas bag tea needs to be tiny to provide the most surface area...giving the most 'flavor' for the cost, and to get thru the paper.((though I bought some 'India Tea' which was pretty fine...and of just average quality..label says, "specially blended for export only"...a warning, if I'd read it properly.

(Earl Grey can be quite nice if it is used sparingly, as a ¼ mix with a good black tea...it IS kind of overpowering full strength until you get used to it...)


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 11:35 PM

"Aren't tea bags generally just loose tea . . . in a bag?"

Ah - originally, yes, but nowadays they can be a useful way to profitably dispose of all those 'floor sweepings' - the tiny broken bits of teas leaves that would not be acceptable in 'packet tea'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: GUEST,Scoville
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 11:09 PM

Aren't tea bags generally just loose tea . . . in a bag?

I sort of prefer teabags since I consider tea a drink and not a hot, damp, salad, but I don't really care as long as it's decent tea and not something stale or flavorless. Green, white, jasmine, or Earl Grey.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 10:36 PM

Wasn't it Enda Kenny wrote the Earl Grey Tea song ?? 'Is it perfume , is it Pee?'


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 10:08 PM

I remember sampling tea in Cape Breton. No good unless the spoon floats in it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 09:33 PM

Anyone who does not know that tea should be brewed no longer than 3 to 4 minutes deserves to drink tannic acid and wonder what the fuss is all about.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Joe_F
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 09:20 PM

I have never done a blind test of whether I could distinguish tea-bag from loose tea by the taste, but I am sure I would fail. I use loose tea because I think wet tea bags are icky. It is Hu-Kwa tea, which I buy in 1-lb cans from Cardullo's in Cambridge, MA. When I am making a mug for myself, I use a tea ball, which I can empty, invisibly, into the wastebasket under my desk. On the rare occasions when a guest wants tea, I get the teapot down off the top shelf in the kitchen.

Never tried opium.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 08:55 PM

282ra sounds like a name for an acephalic robotic failure, which he obviously is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 07:36 PM

282ra...that was uncalled for CRAP! The thread was not political, and it is not necessary to MAKE it so...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 07:04 PM

Whatever happened to that old Mudcat standby 'beware of the trolls' which has stood us in good stead for so long?

282RA is self evidently an idiot of the first water, but such people will always delight in hiding behind the anonymity that Mudcat makes provision for and their demented drivelling can safely be discounted.

My partner Lynne has always insisted that we buy Yorkshire tea. This is understandable as she hails from Huddersfield (and we've heard all those jokes about the 'Yorkshire Tea Plantations' et el. - there is, I notice, now a 'Lancashire Tea' on sale which should, surely, draw forth similar comments)

And to get us truly back on topic once again - regrettably, though I consider myself well versed in tea and tea lore, I cannot discern any difference between the loose leaf or teabag variety when brewed.

There, I've said it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 06:44 PM

I agree Lynne - here is a prat.

Nice friendly discussion about tea - brought to confrontation by some Murkan with a chip (sorry french fry - sorry freedom fry).

If you really want abuse we can do abuse.

Personally I prefer to discuss tea. Or ice cream - look for the new thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 05:07 PM

Oh dear..an idiot. Time to leave this thread. It WAS an enjoyable conversation until this prat arrived. See you in another thread guys. Bye.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 05:00 PM

Look, my own ancestors have raped and pillaged some in their time too. I am not about to wear hair shirts about it, though I recognise the wrongs committed. "We're here 'cos we're here" as the nonsense rhyme goes. It's what we do that counts. I believe the participants of this thread to be normal people, with normal virtues and failings, but not guilty of their ancestors' sins. And they happen to like folk music and tea or coffee. And they want to talk about that, rather than about whatever came out of some old queen's nether regions, as you so graphically put it. Why does this bother you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: GUEST,282RA
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 04:52 PM

282RA - two of your messages in this thread have been deleted because of their combative tone. I deleted other messages from you a day or two ago. Please be civil.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 04:48 PM

Ok, 282RA, that was for the loose tea.
How about the bagged stuff?
I'm only trying to keep the thread to its subject, you understand, and some semblance of civilised discussion.
Or does that bother you?


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 04:36 PM

You can find about any sort of tea you want from the Market Spice Tea shop in Seattle's Pike Street Market. I don't find a web site for them but they have an extensive order form for mail order, last time I checked.

Micca sent Moonglow a box of Yorkshire Gold a few years back (Secret Santa) and we got hooked. I can find it loose in a good grocery store here. I don't always drink it--when I can get good Yunnan tea that one really gives me a shot in the morning. I drink a lot of herbal teas during the day (too much caffeine load otherwise). Right now I have some Jasmine brewing for iced tea (green tea and jasmine).

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: robomatic
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 04:10 PM

JohinInKansas Costco sells Japanese green tea in bags, nylon bags, so you won't taste the paper (just imbibe the long chain molecules a'seapin' while you're sippin').

I once took Earl Grey tea bags on a camping trip. While sipping it post prandially a Tennessee'n one tent over yelled "I can SMELL someone makin' that gol'durn arful Earl Grey Tea!"

A few years later I was at a cultural exchange between Americans and Russians from the Siberian area nearby. The Americans thought they were being as nice as possible to the Russians, but the only tea to drink was Earl Grey which apparently was entirely unknown and for most of the Russians a very unwelcome bit of knowledge to come by.

I've taken a liking to lapsang souchong because it's taste is so smoky and strong one tends to make it last.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 04:06 PM

My father, bless his departed soul, was addicted to instant iced tea in his later years...I lived too far away to de-program him.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 04:01 PM

Tesco does sell a very small selection of loose teas, but, of course, you can order it on line from various places such as Whittards and get it through the post.

George, your palate has obviously been wrecked by Turkish coffee! There is a world of difference between the taste of loose tea and that of bags. It's not just quaintness.

I don't know why everyone is on about ease and convenience in regard to tea bags, I don't find them any easier than loose tea. I have a Whittard's small tea-pot with filter so that I don't need a strainer and to put a spoonful of tea into that is no more difficult or inconvenient than putting a tea bag in a cup and the result is soooooo much nicer.

Strangely, I only have the tiniest drop of milk in my tea...less than will cover the bottom of my pint mug, probably less than a teaspoonful. You'd think I could do without, but that tiny little bit of milk makes all the difference to the taste. Don't know why.

Don't drink coffee...or only very rarely. Too much gives me a headache. If I do drink it it has to be made with all milk instead of water. (This is instant coffee of course)

Instant tea is worse than teabags. It produces 'a liquid almost, but not quite entirely unlike tea'.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 03:56 PM

ah, Q! You must try some better quality dishwater! ;>)


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 03:54 PM

Lapsang Souchung served almost black is the only tea we use, and rarely.

Usually a good, bold Sumatran or Ethiopian coffee.

As someone said above, the usual tea tastes like dishwater; some value for acidifying potted plants. Like cricket, only for Englishmen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 02:46 PM

John...a friend who moved to the mountains of W.Va. has resorted to buying loose tea online...from places like this (this may not be her favorite..)

I am considering trying a couple of them....you 'can' pay a LOT for some special estate teas, but you can get the regular good stuff also...and tea is not 'heavy' to ship.

I can still find loose tea here, though I have to drive further now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 02:10 PM

Know what's really good? Nestea's powdered raspberry ice tea, that's what! It's even got the sugar in it. All you have to do is dissolve it in water and voila! instant non-alcoholic Budweiser, straight from the diabetic Clydesdale.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 02:09 PM

The choice between loose and bagged has become pretty much academic in my area, as I've been unable to find any local source that still stocks loose tea, and my rate of use does not support purchasing in quantities appropriate for minimum economical order sizes from the few reasonably convenient web/mail order sources.

My observation some years ago when I actually did drink a fair amount of tea was that "I can taste the paper" when bags are used. While this may convey the "effect," I believe it's really the result of poor packaging by the remaining suppliers. The loose tea I once could get easily came in a "sturdy" container that was virtually air-tight when opened and reclosed. The bags may come in a "cello" bag, but often are in a simple cardboard box. The bags are intended to look like they protect the contents, but are seldom "hermetic," so they might as well package the bags in an old sock.

My conclusion is that anything available in my area will be SWP - Stale When Purchased, and if it's lain around loose on the floor long enough one might as well boil a piece of paper. It tastes about the same.

Small remnants of some loose tea in tins that I purchased "a while back" still make a reasonably decent cup. (I don't have enough of any of it left to make a pot.) I believe these were purchased ca. 1980 and are still "good" although not really fresh.

I've tried removing the contents of a few recently purchased bags to see if the brewing made a difference and find nothing to brew that resembles tea. Looks like floor dust. Not identifiable as a vegetable product. Tastes the same as if the bag is soaked (with or without the contents).

A sad situation, that hopefully is somewhat a local thing; but as long as the retail market is patronized by those who think a pretty package and an extortionate price means it has to be good and they must have it - there's little hope of change here.

A "certain other person in the house" drinks a lot of iced tea, from "instant powder." It is becoming increasingly difficult to find even that, since all available sources stock only the "with lemon flavor" which she detests. (The "lemon flavor" conceals the absence of "tea flavor" and permits a cheaper grade of floor sweepings - and a better profit - in the product, apparently. By pricing the "lemon flavored" $0.10 more - on a $3 jar - the yuppies think it must be better so that's the only thing they buy.)

I guess I'll have another cup of coffee.

John


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Folkiedave
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 02:06 PM

Refresh................lol


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 01:21 PM

I only began drinking much coffee in the last 6-7 years. For 40 years I drank tea, and seldom from a tea bag. I used to bet people that they could set up 10 cups of tea, with ONE made from a bag, and that I could detect the paper flavor.

Note: I am in the USA, and used to live in Kansas, where it took some looking to find decent tea. I began with "Dutch Garden" brand...(golden tins and many varieties)...and eventually found Twinings and a couple others...like Fortnum & Masons...and one place that sold loose tea from bins. I tried them all, preferring the black teas over the green (Pan Fired, Basket Fired, Young Hyson...etc.)...I do not and WILL not put milk in any tea. Some black teas profit from a bit of sweetner, but some are best left 'pure' (Jasmine, Oolong)...

Once I moved to the East coast, I was able to find a wide variety of both tins and stores which sold loose teas in bulk, though, sadly, with Starbucks on every corner, there are far fewer tea outlets now.

I enjoy Assam, Darjeeling(several varieties), Keemun, Yunnan, "Russian Caravan"...(a blend, but ok), "Prince of Wales" and "Queen Mary's" from Twinings,"Ching Wó" ...and even some flavored teas in moderation..(usually mixed...not full strength), like "Earl Grey"..which is popular in Turkey as Tomurcuk (I have a tine without the 'Earl Grey' I.D. on it..). I like Jasmine and/or Lichee flavors in moderation (often in an Oolong base)...and even tried Rose Petal...interesting, but not for everyday!...and yes, I will drink Lapsang Souchong at times..though not at the strength I once had a fellow from Magagascar demand when I was working at a Coffee House in Kansas..."make it double strength next time!"

About the only time I regularly use tea BAGS is in Summer, to make iced tea, as it is much more convenient, and cold tea doesn't affect the taste buds as strongly..(maybe it numbs them slightly)..but even then I will use the best bags I can find, and often mix in some good loose tea in a tea ball to give the blend some character.

In my area are many Asian stores which sell a lot of tea with little or no English labels...some are excellent, and some are...well...once I bought an 'interesting' tin, and discovered it was a medicinal thing that old Chinese grannys would make their kids take...yuck..

Tea is amazing...there is a much wider flavor variety than coffee...though I have gotten fond of good coffee lately....and coffee 'grabs' you....it really is addictive.

*sigh*...I can only absorb so much caffeine...and I don't like pure de-caf anything....


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: John J
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 12:57 PM

No contest, loose leaf tea every time.

JJ


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: GUEST,Shimrod
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 12:52 PM

An elderly lady of my acquaintance used to buy boxes of tea bags and then cut each tea bag open with scissors and pour the contents into a tea caddy ... I think she was missing the point somehow ... possibly?

Earl Grey is the most disgusting stuff ever!! It's like the proper stuff which has been doused in cheap perfume - yuck!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: GUEST,282RA
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 12:33 PM

Bags are easier but I prefer it loose.

My favorite is lapsang souchong--a black tea that roasted ina bamboo basket over burning pine where it absorbs the smoke--giving the tea a very distinctive flavor that I am utterly obsessed with. I love Russian Caravan too.

I use a pot at work but when I get low, I switch to an infuser or tea ball and make it by the cup.

The water has to be boiling though. Tea isn't good that hasn't been steeped in boiling water.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Megan L
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 11:42 AM

Aye Scottish blend for speed and oolong for a relaxing cuppa.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 11:41 AM

I can buy Irish Breakfast Tea and English Breakfast Tea, but no lunch or dinner or supper teas. There IS a tea called "Teatime" though.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Captain Ginger
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 11:40 AM

I keep seeing boxes of Yorkshire tea and I'm puzzled. I've travelled through much of God's own county, but I'm buggered if I've ever seen any tea gardens clinging to the sides of the moors! Maybe they grow the stuff underground in old mine workings...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 11:35 AM

I tried brick tea once by accident - it smashed the cup and tasted lousy...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 11:31 AM

Here is an excellent example of what PETT is all about!

tea


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: EBarnacle
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 11:17 AM

The key is actually freshness, as with all good foods. I believe you have a better chance of getting good fresh ingredients if you buy your tea loose, rather than bagged.

As a one cup at a time drinker, I am a great fan of tea infusers, which keep most of the leaves out of my teeth.

For those of you who are in it strictly for the taste but not the caffeine, you can dip the infuser for about 10 seconds in hot water and then move it directly to your brewing vessel, be it cup or pot.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 10:28 AM

I prefer to kepp a range of teabags (up to 20 or more types cycling thru various makes and flavours!) so I can have a wide differing sweep of styles to choose from according to my mood and time of day, eg a Breakfast Tea usually has a higher Caffeine content so I prefer them earlier in the day, and something like a Darjeeling at night. I also like 'Chai' - love the spices! Now there are several readily obtainable styles of Chai around too. I quite like White Tea, it's ok in the evening.

If I had loose tea, most of it would go off before being drunk, and I would have about 10 times the storage space used...

All said though - if someone is making a pot, I'll usually be willing. Prefer most teas with milk, no sugar. Chai must have milk, no sugar. I also like the differing styles of Green Tea including both Chinese and Japanese - no milk or sugar.

I do like only occassionally some of the loose teas with other junk added - there is a local mixed 'Christmas Tea' - smells just liek Grandma's Christmas Cake...

BTW, apparently now there is a tea that has been blended to taste like Chamopagne - if you like flat Champagen of course...


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 10:18 AM

You can make tea from coffee? I didn't know that.

Actually you can-- single-serve coffee "bags." Orful taste, but any caff in a pinch, eh?

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: SINSULL
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 10:15 AM

Oolong loose is my favorite but I usually go with herbal peppermint in bags.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: redsnapper
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 09:51 AM

Earl Grey is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.

My feeling too. I prefer loose tea but usually drink teabag tea... Scottish Blend for the soft water at home and Barry's (Green Label) for the rest of the world.

Yorkshire Tea is OK too and I will take a pot of PG if desperate.

RS
Life is too short to drink inferior tea


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Greg B
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 09:51 AM

White tea--- the veal of tea.

Plucked before its time.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Desdemona
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 09:50 AM

I really think of tea bag tea vs loose tea as two separate drinks...I'll use a tea bag for convenience if I'm in a hurry (PG Tips or Harrogate), but the fact of the matter is that nothing starts the day in so fine and luxurious a manner as a whole pot of fresh Ceylon tea, the stronger the better. I had white tea once; it wasn't my (oh, forgive me) er, cup of tea, as it were, but then I'm generally a "black tea with a bit of milk" type. That said, I often like a pot of Lapsang Souchong when I'm working, which I always take plain. I agree that outside the UK it's relatively difficult to find a decent cup of tea unless you make it yourself, which puts me in mind of the great Ginger Baker lament on the subject...

Thirstily...

~D


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 09:47 AM

You can make tea from coffee? I didn't know that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 09:45 AM

Earl Grey smells lovely, but tastes like horse manure. Assam, Darjeeling, Lapsang Souchong, to this Turkish-cofee-trained palate taste like so much boiled water.

And loose tea has the same effect on me as bits of tobacco between my teeth form when I smoked roll-ups. I can see no attraction in it - it's quaint, but like so many other quaint things you find in England(say, separate hot and cold water taps or old creaking four-poster beds) it's impractical.

No - IF I have to have tea (and I only feel like it about a dozen times a year), it has to be a nice strong Yorkshire Tea bag.

Given a choice - a cafetiere of strong Columbian for me, please.


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Subject: RE: BS: Tea Bags or Loose Tea?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jun 07 - 09:42 AM

Loose and fresh for company or hubby's treat. Varieties accordingly. But usually for me, teabags for convenience. Doesn't matter-- mine's half milk anyway, hot or cold. If I want a REAL treat it's not tea from loose tea, but coffee.

~S~


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