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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Machupicchu14 » 09 Dec 2016, 19:29

sixret wrote:Was it teh tarik? The colour looks muddy, right?

Yes, it does. Do you know what type of tea it can be? :D
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Ming » 02 Jan 2017, 11:05

Or you know... this magic.

My family visited Srimongol some months ago and so didn't really want to go back up north once I came home. Otherwise I would have tried it! We'd gone south instead.

I think one of the best teas I've had is Lipton's Masala Chai in New York - it was aromatic and spiced and tasted like home, but better. I haven't been able to find it again. :( I'm also sad that some of the best tea leaves in the world are from South Asia, but the finest leaves are exported (Lipton in USA vs Lipton in Bangladesh are very different, even though they both get their leaves from Sylhet), the next best remain in Bangladesh and are sold in bags or as leaves, and the worst of the leaves, that got the least sunshine, are sold in little booths by the roadside.

Otherwise, English Breakfast tea, when brewed with some lemon and sugar, cloves, cinnamon and star aniseed, tastes just like home. Just lemon and sugar works too! (Yay colonialism?)
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Courtenay » 02 Jan 2017, 11:14

Ming wrote:Or you know... this magic.


I've heard of layered cocktails, but layered tea?? :shock:
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby sixret » 02 Jan 2017, 11:26

I have tasted Lipton's Masala Chai once and I loved it very much! It is definitely an acquired taste. I am very sure not everyone will like it! :D
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 02 Jan 2017, 11:42

Ming wrote:Or you know... this magic.

That looks great! I like the description of it as a "dusky rainbow".
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby sixret » 03 Jan 2017, 17:47

Machupicchu14 wrote:
sixret wrote:Was it teh tarik? The colour looks muddy, right?

Yes, it does. Do you know what type of tea it can be? :D


I think it could be teh tarik. :D
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Courtenay » 03 Jan 2017, 21:06

Just having another Lapsang Souchong. 8)
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Courtenay » 12 Jan 2017, 11:27

While I'm back in Melbourne, I'm noting with interest that Twinings teas sold in Australia are different from the ones in Britain. (I wasn't much of a tea drinker growing up, so I never took much notice of the various kinds available, although I remember Mum always bought Twinings Earl Grey.)

I've just been trying two of these different blends — here's how Twinings describes them on the boxes:

Australian Afternoon
The perfect blend for Australia...
Excite your taste buds with our Australian Afternoon blend. This brisk, full-bodied blend was created with Australians for Australians. It's the perfect pick-me-up and is sure to liven up your day. We think you'll agree it's as vibrant and wonderful as this beautiful country!


:shock: Dunno about all the hype... it just tastes like tea to me! :P Stronger than Earl Grey and a little more bitter (I think there's some Assam in there) but not as strong as standard English Breakfast tea — it works well without milk. Nice depth of flavour. I quite like it.

Russian Caravan
Inspired by century old tales...
Russian Caravan
received its name from the tea camel caravans travelling to Russia in the 19th century. During the journey, the tea absorbed the aroma of the campfires resulting in a smooth, mellow tea with a subtle smokiness. It will warm your heart and relax your soul.


Again, a bit overdone in the description, but this is a milder tasting tea with only a very slight smoky hint — reminds me of a very, very light Lapsang Souchong. Maybe they just mix in a tiny amount of Lapsang smoked tea leaves with ordinary China tea and market it under a different name? I'm enjoying a cup of it right now. 8)
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Rob Houghton » 12 Jan 2017, 15:04

I mean this sincerely, Courtenay - not being sarcastic in any way - but i love the fact you weren't much of a tea drinker growing up, and never took much notice of the various kinds, but now seem to be quite an expert in various teas! Certainly more of a connoisseur than I am! I'm a real 'pleb' when it comes to tea - just like it strong and dark! :lol:
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Spitfire » 12 Jan 2017, 16:18

I'm currently drinking a mug of strong PG Tips with the teabag left in! It tastes good, but living in the south east again, I hate how the chalky water accumulates on the side of the cup - ugh, very off-putting. :(

It's interesting to read how Twinings market themselves in different countries! I like the sound of Russian Caravan - Lapsang Souchong can be a bit over-powering and it would be nice to try something smoky but not as strong and bitter.

They can be jolly pretentious though can't they - all that rubbish about 'warming your heart and relaxing your soul'!!

I'm actually quite gutted that Twinings have stopped making Intensely Doublemint, my all-time favourite mint tea, lovely hot or cold. :(
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Rob Houghton » 12 Jan 2017, 16:32

Spitfire wrote:I'm currently drinking a mug of strong PG Tips with the teabag left in! It tastes good, but living in the south east again, I hate how the chalky water accumulates on the side of the cup - ugh, very off-putting. :(


I'd never thought of that before, but I'm sure the water quality/hardness must have quite an influence on the types of tea people enjoy! I guess the experience can differ around the country. 8)
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Spitfire » 12 Jan 2017, 16:46

It can definitely influence the taste of the tea. I know that I've often not enjoyed a cuppa at my parents (in Sussex) when the teabags are exactly the same as I would have at home (in Scotland). I've put it down to their water tasting more 'chemically' than I'm used to. But my Mum would say the same about my water in Scotland! So it's about what we're used to I guess.

Where I live now in Kent, the water is particularly hard, and it makes a difference to everything - I don't like to leave dishes to drip-dry anymore, as the water doesn't seem to evaporate in the same way even when it's really hot -it leaves spots. The shower screens are covered in cloudy limescale, even though they're scrubbed clean. :( The kettle has grown a fur coat inside and I need to be careful not to used the water right from the bottom - even with a filter, it tips out a nice offering a chalk - tea with added crunch!

Ah well, it gives me something to moan about!! :lol:
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Moonraker » 12 Jan 2017, 19:15

The type of water strongly affects the taste/quality of beer. Soft water is great for brewing a mild and harder water for a bitter.
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Courtenay » 13 Jan 2017, 00:20

This is the tea thread, Nigel, not the beer thread. :P :wink:

Funny, I've never taken much notice of the different tastes of water, although I can't help noticing the difference in residue — I live in Kent usually too, and the hard water does make the tea leave far worse stains in the cup than it does here. Melbourne has excellent soft water that's supposed to be some of the cleanest and safest tap water in the world. But as I'm drinking different tea from the sort I usually have in Britain, I can't quite tell if the water makes it taste different from what I'm used to!

I agree they are jolly pretentious in how they market the different teas, but oh well, they've got to sell it, after all... :wink:

By the way, Sarah, I was just remembering a friend in Britain telling me how her mother used to make tea in the teapot with two or three ordinary teabags and one Lapsang. That made a tea with just a slight smoky flavour — probably similar to this Russian Caravan version. Of which I think I'll have another cup. :D
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Rob Houghton » 30 Jan 2017, 22:09

'Oh voice of Spring of Youth
hearts mad delight,
Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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