Tea, Tea, aaahhhhhhhh....Tea.

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  1. eddyabs

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    Like many of my fellow English Gents and Ladies, I am a huge Tea man....no, not a giant walking tea-bag...but an absolute lover of the great warming infusion...Tea.
    As a child one of the first things I remember was being taught to make Tea, after which I would regularly make Mum and Dad a tray of Tea in the morning....

    I drink between two to five cups of Tea a day, and depending on what I fancy, I will change the type of Tea...mostly I drink Assam...(good quality, organic if possible and most definitely fairtrade)...sometimes I like to mix some Assam with Earl Grey...Darjeeling is another favourite...and sometime in Autumn ('Fall' for all the Americans), I have a penchant for some smoky Lapsang Souchong.

    I just love Tea, and yes, if any Americans are wondering if the stereotype is still true...The English and their Tea are still very much typical.

    There are certain rules with Tea....I would never accept Tea that has been made in a cup...absolutely not....if you are going to make something, as with anything, take good care with it...

    1. Boil Kettle...
    2. When kettle is boiled add a couple of inches of boiled water to teapot to warm it.
    3. Allow teapot to warm for a minute or two.
    4. Reboil Kettle and empty warmed teapot....add appropriate amount of Tea of choice (teabags or loose, one teabag per person or one heaped teaspoon of loose Tea per person) to Teapot...add the boiled water.
    5. Allow Tea to 'brew' in teapot, 3 to 6 minutes according to taste (the longer, obviously the stronger).
    6. If loose Tea, pour into cup from teapot with strainer..if bags, then pour Tea straight from teapot into cup.
    7. Add milk or lemon and sugar according to taste.
    8. Enjoy....

    Aaaahhhh.......

    A nice cup of Cha.....

    Tea first came to England somewhere in the mid 17th century...the first mention of Tea in English Literature is in Samuel Pepy's Diary (around 1660).....the most famous mention of Tea in English Literature however must belong to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatters Tea Party....(although one wonders on the ingredients of the Mad Hatters teapot....some 'special' English mushrooms that adorn our fields at this time of year per chance)?

    Also, Tea has proven to hold many health giving benefits...see below for some insight...

    UK Tea Council - NEWS

    UK Tea Council - NEWS

    Well, I hope that other Tea lovers will make themselves known......Tea certainly deserves a thread!

    oooooh you are awful...but I like you!
     
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    Sorry, I'm LDS. I don't drink tea. :tongue:
     
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    Poor Pecker...is that no hot drinks at all? My God likes Tea...thank God!! :wink::wink:
     
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    Right now I am drinking a pot of "green tea with mandarin and lime flowers". I don't believe that makes me gay.

    I come from families of big tea drinkers (both sides), so it could be hereditary.

    Yes, the best traditional tea comes from the youngest leaves of the bush, but that doesn't make make a pedophile.

    I can pour while erect, but so can many men.

    I first realised I liked tea when when I was a child, but I also like a short black every now, and then. This doesn't make me bisexual.

    I did drink tea with my straight friends from school, no I don't have any stories I want to share.

    My community standards differ, from the OP, in that when making a pot of tea we were taught that one measure of tea for each person should go in and the ONE more, "for the pot". I can tolerate difference however.

    By the way, I will not be posting pics showing the of the size of my cup.

    I like many types of tea, my favourites include anything Dilmah, Lady Grey, English Breakfast as well as a number of green Chinese, and Japanese teas. Tea, and civilisation, go together. I agree, fairly traded tea tastes better to the soul, and that the industry (like the coffee industry), is predominantly and brutally exploitative. We all need to become increasingly educated, and active on this score.

    Last night I had a wonderful cup of tea. It was made for me by a brilliant chef. She went outside picked some fresh mint leaves, placed them in the cup, poured boiling water over them, and brought it out to me. Delicious. This does not make me a cheap whore, or heterosexual, I hope.:wink:
     
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    There are certain rules with Tea QUOTE

    Yes, and the first one is never use a metal teapot. It totally destroys the flavour.

    Oh, how could I have left that out!
     
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    Absolutely Hypo.......never use a metal teapot...very important point...a good china or ceramic teapot will do just proper!
     
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    I like tea (except we call it a brew) but all I drink is PG Tips.

    I put the teabag and sugar in first, then the water and then quite a bit of milk. Two sugars in mine :D

    Awesome. I have around four or five brews a day, the girl I'm courting says I'm like an old man with my brews but I love 'em.

    I'm not too seasoned though in the world of tea...since I've only had the basic tealeaves...I guess thats 'English Breakfast' tea?

    Shocking, that I know so little about the tea I love so much.
     
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    I love tea, too. I much prefer it over American coffee, which I find to be vile. Although, when in France and Italy, I drink espresso which is so strong you can stand a spoon up in it. Tea is relaxing and an elegant beverage. A cup of tea is a pleasure that we should all enjoy, plus it has anti-oxidants and other healthy benefits. The only down side is that it can stain my pearly white teeth, so I have to brush after drinking tea to maintain their ultra-blinding whiteness.
     
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    when it comes to tea, in the winter I do like to sit back and enjoy in a cup of hot tea with nothing added to it, in the summer time, there is nothing at all like a good glass of Sweet tea (an old southern thing).

    in the mornings though, I must have coffee, strong black coffee, preferably Folgers, or Maxwell House, it has to be strong enough so that it can walk from the coffee pot and jump into my cup, hmmm, now that is a good cup of joe.
     
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    Sheesh, who can wait that long? I've been known to microwave it, in emergencies. Fortunately I don't have more than three or four really dire tea emergencies in a typical day.

    Decades ago when I experimented with novelty teas I preferred black Russian, but now just use the regular ol' mass-produced stuff in teabags.

    Coffee is only good for stripping paint.
     
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    I agree, I like tea but don't have the patience to make it 'properly' 99% of the time. I have to say microwaved tea (other than to reheat it) sounds ghastly, I must try it one day.:tongue:
     
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    It does look like a lot of trouble, but actually only takes a maximum of 6 minutes...and there's the time that the tea brews in which you can 'do' something else....For me, if you are going to go to the trouble of making something..then do it proper....Although I must admit from time to time when working, the tea goes cold...and the microwave is the only option....lol.
     
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    I've got some British roots in me, somewhere....

    I like tea.

    I tend to go for a nice Peppermint tea in the morning, and then a regular green tea once or twice throughout the day.

    Very calming... and with a bit of low fat milk and a spoonful of sugar or honey.... *smacks lips* IT's fabulous:tongue:
     
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    I love tea and 'erva matte'...and for sure make mine in my cup and dont like it dark.

    And my coffee is black, strong like an expresso for sure, real coffee not 'tea' coffee tasteless.:rolleyes: :tongue:
     
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    Drinking a delicious cup of Spiced Chai with Milk and Sugar as I write...

    Lifelong tea drinker here. I love the smell of coffee brewing but can't stand the taste. I keep a bag in the freezer for company (no, it's not Folgers) but i'll also offer Earl Grey or the other 20 flavours in my pantry should they opt for tea.
     
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    I can't decide if I like it or not. I found a stall on a station I use sometimes that make a nice one though.

    I also usually, but not always find the smell more rewarding than the taste, however I usually start the day with a cappuccino (decaf usually) for reasons I can't quite get to the bottom of.

    At home I love a steaming hot cup of Rooibos, depending on the blend with a dash of milk perhaps or with others black with a spoonful of honey. I also have a range of 'alternatives' stashed away in my cupboards.
     
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    I must have lost my tea gene in the subsequent generations of this side of the Atlantic.

    Tea triggers my gag reflex like nothing else especially with milk. :puke:

    I like my coffee black and strong like my men.
     
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    I'm reminded of an Eddie Izzard quote:

    "I like my women like my coffee...hot and strong... with a spoon in them". :biggrin1:
     
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    Yeah, and...

    You didn't give up the recipes for the "biscuits" or cookies. I guess we will have to go buy some Peek Freans or Oreos or make some scones from Martha Stewart's web site or something. What about the sandwiches as well? Off to get some bulgogi lettuce wraps to go with my Darjeeling.:confused: :smile:
     
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    Hmmm...:confused:

    I guess chai tea is out of the question...:rolleyes:
     
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