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Old 28 Jan 2009, 18:54   #1 (permalink)
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I'll be the first to admit, I'm not much of a tea connoisseur. I'm much more of a coffee person, honestly. But I'm not supposed to have coffee anymore. So I've been gradually making the shift.

Now I'm to the point where I'm really tired of the same old US tea companies. From my understanding, much of the US tea is actually tea "debris" which is swept from the floors of tea factories. Real tea is from whole tea leaves.

I'm wondering what good tea manufactures exist in the US - which are readily available. And I'm looking for a flavorful, caffinated tea but not too strong. Irish / English breakfast teas are too bitter for my pallet.

Any ideas?
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Old 28 Jan 2009, 22:53   #2 (permalink)
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Green tea. Tastes better, and is overall much better for you
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Old 28 Jan 2009, 23:00   #3 (permalink)
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Have you had tetlys or yorkshire tea?
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Old 28 Jan 2009, 23:37   #4 (permalink)
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Green tea. Tastes better, and is overall much better for you
Aye. The jasmine or lemon type is great
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Old 28 Jan 2009, 23:43   #5 (permalink)
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I'm a big fan of Lipton, but, failing that...


You can get Twinings at most grocers in the US, or other brands from the UK if you look for them.
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Old 29 Jan 2009, 01:00   #6 (permalink)
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Have you tried boston harbor? No, that not a brand , yes thats a terrible joke-I know I thought of it
Seriously though, I like Bigelow tea.
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Old 29 Jan 2009, 01:08   #7 (permalink)
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Interesting stuff I found out about Lipton:

Lipton was created at the end of the 19th century by Sir Thomas Lipton in Glasgow, Scotland. His enterprise soon flourished and he established a chain of grocers, first across Glasgow, the rest of Scotland, until finally he had stores throughout Britain.

Under the slogan “direct from the tea gardens to the tea pot”, this entrepreneurial businessman wanted to make tea a popular and approachable drink for everyone – with a high quality but reasonably priced product.



And you Brits thought I drank an American tea!
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Old 29 Jan 2009, 01:15   #8 (permalink)
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Have you tried boston harbor? No, that not a brand , yes thats a terrible joke-I know I thought of it
Seriously though, I like Bigelow tea.
I'm working on my supply of Bigelow as well. I definitely endorse it, though I think Twinnings smells better (haven't had the chance to try it yet).

I use an orangish flavored tea (their "select" brand or whatever). I usually add milk, honey, or sweetened condensed milk.
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Old 29 Jan 2009, 01:31   #9 (permalink)
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Theres this company called Numi that makes some great teas, but it's hard to find.
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Old 29 Jan 2009, 01:36   #10 (permalink)
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I think it is also important to understand how long to let it steep. I used to just drop the bag in and walk away from it, or leave it in while I drank it. This ends up making it far more bitter than it is really supposed to be. Particularly with green teas. I like Bigelow, but I don't really like the regular Lipton.
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