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Nienna
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:29 am    Post subject: Tea  Reply with quote

I took a liking to tea last year thanks mostly to you guys getting me hooked. Love love T2 teas, and I also have some from The Tea Centre and T-Bar Tea Salon.

Thought we best have a discussion topic. I'm really liking my Japanese Cherry Green Tea right now, its so relaxing and warming!

Where do you guys get your teas?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm a T2 fanatic!! LOVE IT!! last count was about 15 different blends  Embarassed i'm loving the colder weather so i can have lots of cups of my girlie grey...but the iced tea's are still in the fridge too (hubby's on a diet and we figure it's a better alternative to sugary cordial).
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Lilacea
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just started to make my own bubble tea at home, and I love floral tea flavours for those, rose tea is my favourite. I found the black pearl tapioca at an Asian grocer, and it's awesome stuff! You can only really cook it fresh as needed, it doesn't store well once cooked, the insides go kinda hard. I love taro milk tea, but it's a pain in the arse to make, the taro takes forever to boil soft enough.

I love ice tea in summer for something a little sweet and refreshing, but when winter rocks up, that's when I really hit the tea. There's nothing like a good cup of chai masala in winter (I love blending my own chai at home, with sliced up vanilla bean pieces), or a good earl grey in the morning.

I love T2. The red choc mint would have to be my favourite, the roobibos is so light and delicately sweet. I've been thinking I need to stock up on some more soon.

I'm going to check out those places you mentioned Nienna! I'm currently on the hunt for a nice lavender black tea.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

can chance you could share that recipe for chai masala with yummy vanilla...?
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Lilacea
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually just make it up as I go along  Smilie_PDT , but for the most part it's
Cinnamon quills (broken up)
Maybe a little cassia bark
Cloves
Dried ginger root, sliced up
Cardamon pods
A piece of star anise, broken up
Vanilla pod, cut lengthways to expose the seeds, then sliced in thin slices
And black tea leaves (these are kind of optional, I like a good spice only chai)

I usually try to balance the ingredients into something I think I'll like, say half a cinnamon quill, a piece of cassia, five cloves, four cardamon pods, four slices of dried ginger, one star anise broken up, and as much vanilla or tea as I feel like. But I play with the quantities depending on what I feel like. You can also add alittle bit of chilli if you're feeling adventurous.

I like to make it on the stovetop, steeped in very warm milk for five minutes or so (I ususally do this with the tea-less version), then strain into mug and sweeten if wanted.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds yummy! thanks!
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Nienna
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lilacea wrote:
I've just started to make my own bubble tea at home, and I love floral tea flavours for those, rose tea is my favourite. I found the black pearl tapioca at an Asian grocer, and it's awesome stuff! You can only really cook it fresh as needed, it doesn't store well once cooked, the insides go kinda hard. I love taro milk tea, but it's a pain in the arse to make, the taro takes forever to boil soft enough.

I love ice tea in summer for something a little sweet and refreshing, but when winter rocks up, that's when I really hit the tea. There's nothing like a good cup of chai masala in winter (I love blending my own chai at home, with sliced up vanilla bean pieces), or a good earl grey in the morning.

I love T2. The red choc mint would have to be my favourite, the roobibos is so light and delicately sweet. I've been thinking I need to stock up on some more soon.

I'm going to check out those places you mentioned Nienna! I'm currently on the hunt for a nice lavender black tea.


Happy to help!

Red Choc Mint sounds yummy, I'm going to have to check that one out!

I tried some Tranquili-T from T-Bar and it was really nice. Had an awesome cinnamon taste to it (not too strong though) and was really relaxing. Whether that's just because cups of tea are straight out relaxing is besides the point!
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Nienna
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought some more T2 teas today! I found David Jones sells them so this was me staring at them:  scratch chin  and

I wanted French Earl Gray and so I ended up getting a little canister with that, Green Rose, and Vanilla Mint.

Plus my Mum ended up forwarding on some tea I'd left at hers, so I got my Strawberry tea and another one from T-Bar. Mmmm...tea *drools*
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Nienna
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoops, I'm triple posting, but I tried my new teas earlier today and they were so fantastic I had to share!

French Earl Gray is really nice, I had it on its own and it was pretty well balanced and would be nice for people who don't want anything too flavoured or OTT.

Green Rose is a real winner though! I opened it and it was so sweet and PRETTY! It has flowers and dried fruits in it! Drinking it was amazing too, because you had your green tea flavour and then the softer fruity and floral edge to it. A new staple for me!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've been trying to drink more tea (mostly green) but i always forget and/or can't find something i like that doesn't make drinking it a chore. i had some green tea + ginger which was meh, now i've got some lemongrass + ginger which is ok, and some chamomile which tastes like orange lavender! bleurgh.

i didn't know DJs had T2, i will have to investigate - green rose sounds nice Smilie_PDT

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