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Alright cu/ck/s time for tea!

What are you drinking? Do you have anything you want to get or any orders currently in the mail?

I've got some Assam coming from Upton that I'm gonna make masala chai with as a gift for a friend.
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My personal favourite.
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>>7153466
no white tea

Sage
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>>7153471
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>>7153466
Genmaicha a best

It might not be the fanciest or most expensive green from Japan but it's so fucking good.
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>>7153672
I wholeheartedly agree with you, Anon. Shit's super comfy on a cold winter day. This stuff is good too. Decently cheap from my local Asian grocery store.
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It's not a terrible letter.
Certainly gets used a lot in the English language.
I've already used it 21 amount of times in this post.

Yeah... it's pretty cool. I'd rate it T out of 10.
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>>7153727
I'm jealous, my 'local' Asian grocery is over 40 miles away so frequent trips really aren't a thing.
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I heard that fennel seeds are good to add to tea, but I'm not sure how to use them. Any ideas?
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I am waiting for some Oolongs from the Wuyi mountains in China to arrive right now. Some Rou Gui, Qi Lan, and Shui Jin.

Oolongs from the Wuyi mountains are my favorite teas tied with Oolongs from Phoenix Mountain (dan cong oolongs)
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I'm drinking yaupon (ilex vomiter) tea I made myself from some leaves I picked just outside my house.

Pretty good tbqh.
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>>7153079
drinkin a homemade recipe of mine... a fistful of fresh grinded pine needles, a pinch of salt, and a lemon slice
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>>7154224
Fucking autocorrect, that should be ilex vomitoria

>>7154245
Nice. Making tea from shit you can just walk outside and grab is awesome.
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>>7154174
Use them like you would any spice you add to tea - crush a couple of tablespoons, steep, and strain. I'm partial to fennel tea because it helps a lot with gas and cramps.
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>>7154262
Is there a way to crush them without an electric grinder or mortar and pestle? Because I don't have either of those.
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Green tea with triple echinacea.
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>>7154245
I fucking love pine needle tea, I make that shit pretty frequently. It has a ton of vitamin C too
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best way to steep tea for a single cup? i've heard some people don't like infusers.
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>>7154295
The handle of a knife in a small bowl or ramekin should work well enough.
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I bought a bunch of these on sale. Drinking this breakfast one right now, at 10 in the evening.
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>>7154784
An infuser like this is what I use, to clean it you just turn it upside down in the trash and shake leaves out, then rinse it and it's good to go.
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>>7154784
Finum Brewing Basket

The large fits in a 12oz mug perfectly
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Rooibos is my personal favourite.
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Gunpowde rmaster race reporting in!
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>>7154245
>>7154572
>tea
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usually only orange pekoe with honey, do you guys have any recommendations?
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>>7156377
Yes, its tea. Now get the fuck /out/
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>>7156377
>>7156505
Technically it isn't tea but who gives a fuck, the threads work for anything tea-like as well.
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CHANGE PLACES!
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this

/thread
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>>7154213

nice.

Check this guy out.

http://www.taotealeaf.com/

He's my local dealer. Has some nice shit.
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Are these mug-shaped infusers any good?

I don't drink huge quantities of tea at a time, so I prefer to make a cup at a time instead of a whole pot. The kind of infuser I have at the moment is one of those with a small compartment for tea on the end of a spoon handle. It's kind of a pain to clean out though, so I often just use bagged tea so i don't have to clean it. It's a shame because I have a pretty decent variety of loose teas, which I barely drink.
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>>7158645
They're great for single servings.
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>>7158650

Great! That's exactly what I'm looking for.

Thanks anon.
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So how the hell do I make matcha? I was given a pot of it, and all the online instructions are either ridiculous 'add it with a special implement to a special bowl' or new-age diet shit 'add a bit to everything, it's fucking magic'.

Assuming I have normal tea-cups, how much do I add and what temperature should the water be at?
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>>7158645
I use these tea pliers, they're perfect for one mug at a time.
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>>7160052
You can get by with normal stuff except for the whisk. I tried multiple times to use a normal balloon whisk and it just doesn't work. a tsp per 6 oz water seems to work. heat the water to just before boiling and make sure your bowl is hot (easier to control than a cup). then dump in the matcha powder and use the tea whisk like you're beating whipping cream. You should get a foam and it will be bright green. i have a tea whisk if you really want a picture of it, anon.
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>>7160138
Thanks very much.
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>>7160147
better in which ways?

I drink it for the taste, I don't think smoking it would be better.
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>>7153079
How does babby into tea?
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>>7153079
Currently drinking: Russian Earl Grey
Favorite: Phoenix Dragon Jasmine Pearl tea
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>>7154213
yunnansourcing is pretty good for china tea
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>>7160179
Pick up a basket filter, something to boil water in, something to check the temperature with and pick up a starter pack from somewhere. If you want to try Chinese teas, Verdant tea has a sampler for 5$. You get 5 different teas you can try.
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>>7160281
I have smoked teas but I never smoked tea. Is it any good?
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Looking to get a tea pot for someone as a gift.

Any recommendations?
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is a french press good for making tea?
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I think my best friends gf is getting me tea for Christmas. She drinks a lot of tea so I trust she'll get me good shit. I think she has a discount for where she gets it too!
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>>7160411
That one looks really groovy. Looks like its meant for iced tea though.
I have a very basic kettle and although I could use something better, it gets the job done and I love it.
>>7161558
Not sure. I don't see why it wouldn't be.
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My favorite tea is the Turkish tea.
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>>7161558

Pretty good, leaves alot of room for the leaves to open up
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>>7161558
Good for getting shot
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Roasted barley tea is nice. Hot or chilled. I eat the barley afterwards. I freeze the leftovers and use later in soups and stews.
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>>7160147
>>7160169
Objectively false. The "healthy nutrients" are all obliterated by the fire/heat. The whole smoking tea thing was never actually a big thing because even in China it never caught on (because it does jack shit).
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>>7162172
Smoking anything is fucking stupid.
You're just getting burnt particulates into your lungs.
Now, I'm not one of those faggots with a mouth fedora but vaporising is objectively superior.
I have a 120v plug in vape for DUDE WEED, and it's considerably more efficient than smoking.
I put tea and weed in it a couple times, but it tastes weird.
Drinking tea is the best option, just as it always has been.
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>>7160147
The only reason to smoke/vaporize drugs is because it's the easiest and safest way to consume it (weed and tobacco) or because it provides more of a rush than most other routes of ingestion. A tiny little bit of caffeine won't give you a rush like that. I think smoking tea is probably pointless.

I mean if you just want to be smoking something and don't want to commit to tobacco, sure, go for it, but it seems fairly pointless to me.
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Earl Grey with just a small bit of honey and lemon.
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Tung ting oolong has to be the best tea i ever tasted.
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who /oolong/ here?
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>>7153706
Where are you from, m8? My friend's Lebanese Druze family drinks mate all the time. Apparently it's popular among Druze in Syria as well
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>>7153079
Why does this image look fucking horrifying. It looks like horrible worms dangling from a ceiling.
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I only have loose leaf Japanese teas.
Sencha, Genmaicha, and Hojicha.
Been thinking about getting some Chinese loose leaf teas, but have no idea what brands are good and what types are out there.
I checked some sites, and I was surprised to find out that there's many different types of oolong for example.
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How do Japanese people have tea at home?
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>>7165507
They usually brew it with hot water and serve in a cup.
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>>7165492
You might wanna look into Taiwanese Oolong as well. Taiwanese Oolong has, over the decades, developed a different character from Chinese Oolong. Compared to Oolong from mainland China, Taiwanese Oolong tends to be slightly less oxidized and more akin to yellow/green tea.
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>>7165532
But like, in Japanese films, they seem to often have a pot of tea at hand, and they use it even though it's probably been sitting there for awhile and steeping too long.

Is it worth buying a kyusu or iron kyusu if you just drink tea alone and usually only have one cup?
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>>7165492
Also thinking about making some mugicha, but I'll need to get a container for it first.
>>7165542
I expected as much. Still, there's quite a bit of Chinese teas I'm still trying to check which is which.
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I like black tea because green is too fussy.
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>>7160102
holy fuck my mom has one of these, I never knew what the hell it even was
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Can we get as autistic about tea as coffee drinkers? I have all kinds of measuring equipment from coffee, beer brewing etc.
Are there good youtube videos of tea extraction or stuff like that?
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I have this great box of green tea that has an exquisite midly sweet flavour that's about to run out.
What the fuck am I going to do when it does, I don't even know its name.

How is Darjeeling? I always wanted to try it.
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>>7165562
>and they use it even though it's probably been sitting there for awhile and steeping too long.
Have you ever heard of decanting?
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>>7165678
All teas are prepared the same way except for Matcha:

https://youtu.be/5Qg0Yuj6INQ
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>>7165755
Are there any resources about water/tea ratio (in weight) water hardness, steeping times, crush size, water temperatures and things like that?
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>>7165755
Actually there are alternate ways of preparing tea, i know of at least one other where you use a larger volume of tea leaves and a shorter brewing time (30-50 seconds instead of 3-5 minutes)
And then you just rebrew the same tea leaves for each cup you have, up to 5 to 7 times or so.

I believe gaiwans are specifically designed for this method of brewing (pic related).

>>7165809
There's tons of resources on steeping times and water temperatures, and any tea store worth your time will tell you what temperature steeping time is recommended for each type of tea too, as it varies depending on style.
A good rule of thumb to start out with is 5 minutes and boiling for black tea, 3 minutes and 180F for green tea.
For the rest of the stuff you mentioned i haven't seen water hardness or crush size mentioned anywhere ever, pretty sure it's recommended that the more whole your tea leaf the better, so you wouldn't want to crush it down finer. For the water/tea ratio, simply one teaspoon (hurr) of tea per cup by default, and experiment from there.
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>>7165728
Sencha is mildly sweet
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>>7165842
The leaves seem to be rolled into spirals around 0.5-1 centimeter, it also smells of ginseng.
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Are we allowed to add sugar and/or lemon to our whole leaf tea or it a crime like adding milk and/or sugar to good coffee?
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>>7154213
Master Xu's teas are amazing. Drinking a pot of Rou Gui at the moment.
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>>7164496
>oolong
After all this time spent forcing myself to like black ones I finally learned the existence of green ones. This awful roasted chesnuts taste is not mandatory :)
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>>7165838
Gonfu style. I've been meaning to try it some time. I heard it's much better for oolongs and puerhs.
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I don't even like hot tea all that much, but I can't get enough of this shit. Throw some condensed milk in there and I'm a happy camper.
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>>7157545
What is that? For some reason Feng Huang words come to mind, but i dont really know.
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>>7160052
I feel your pain. I was thinking about getting some matcha, but i dont really feel like buying expensive equipment just just fot that.
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>>7160052
>>7167052
It's not proper, but I just use a blender bottle and shake it up to prepare my matcha. Pretty cheap and I'm happy with the end product (although I admit I've never had it prepared "properly" before).
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every time I make this gunpowder green tea it has this weird sticky feeling in my mouth

am I just fucking up the temperature I'm steeping at?
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>>7165884
Sugar and milk (and spice sometimes) are tolerated for indian (and ceylonese) black teas. They're usually average at best, though. It's stupid to put other stuff into good tea - since its good to begin with. But experimentin with additives in average tea cant hurt (much).

I am a bit sceptic about lemon, though. I only tried once with shitton of sugar and then i think it was more about drinking hot lemonade, than tea. But it somewhat works. Again - if you have good tea, you dont need to add other stuff. (But lets be honest - tea+sugar+lemon isnt about tea in first line.)

Green teas dont benefit from sugar, the two tastes dont go too well together. (But hey, if you put in enough sugar, everything taste at least mediocre - but why would you do that, right?)
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>>7167084
DESU, gunpowder is quite tricky to prepare perfectly. I usually just do 1/4 cold water, 3/4 just boiled water and one spoon for 0,2 l mug (and when i get into half, i put hot water again). Not perfect, but good for casual drinking.

I am not really sure what sticky feeling are you talking about, though.
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>>7167113
maybe more of a dry aftertaste that sticks with me
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Are these any good? I want to order this "test set" for 25 bucks (pic related). Never tasted Twinings' teas before...
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Picked up some rose tea at the asian food market. I got it to add to the sleep pillow I'm making on Monday but I figure i can drink some too.
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>>7167150
twinings is exactly what it purports to be, above average daily drinker type tea, mostly from india cylon and africa. twinings isnt special event tea. Its like my baseline tea. its the tea you measure other teas against. Order it if you like normal anglo style teas or if you like coffee and red wine and tannic sorts of things. If all you drink is flowery white tea ohh la la erbal infusion shit its not for you tho. Some of the twinings offerings like the engligh breakfast or the irish breakfast are meant to be paired with sweet food or have milk and sugar added. The earl greys and darjeelings are more mild
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>>7153192
what in the fuck....
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>>7167317
>twinings is exactly what it purports to be, above average daily drinker type tea
>twinings isnt special event tea.
Perfect, I'm going to try it then, thanks Anon!
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>>7153079
I stole a bunch of packets of green tea from a gas station, drinking some of that right now, hot, no sugar or anything.
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>>7167335
The Russians have been drinking it since 1867 so it can't be that bad.
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>>7154262
Did you really have to tell us about your problems with farting?
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>>7167384
Other fag here. I dont think the fact russians drink something on daily basis should be used as argument.
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who /shroom tea/ here?
>tfw coming up right now
it's gonna be a great night guys
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>>7165743
Not for tea, no.
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>>7167426

I've tripped with shrooms a few times but I've never tried making tea with them. I'd like to try it though because shrooms taste like ass.
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>>7167601
If you mix regular black tea in, add sugar, chill, and throw in a lemon slice, it's like drinking sweet iced tea, with minimal wet dog taste.
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>>7167426
>>7167601
>>7167613
Fuck off, degenerates.
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>>7167620
suck my cock i'm high
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>>7167620

You need to, like, expand your consciousness, dude.
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>>7167335
Problem with my tea?
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>>7167762
Tell us more about the "citrus fruits, red fruits, and caramel" anon. What exactly does the label mean by red fruit?
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>>7167774
I couldn't tell you exactly which fruits they use to be honest. I think there's a bit of cherry and raspberry, but blended with the other flavors, it's not quite clear to me what fruits they used. I know that /ck/ has a hard-on for green teas but this tea tastes pretty good to me.
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>>7153079
haha epic meeeeem word /b/ro xD

lelele
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>>7154819
Stash tea is fucking disgusting. Fucking ruined Chai.
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I just had cinnamon tea for the first time.

It's fucking amazing.
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>>7167820
stash chai is the only chai i can stand. its all cinnamon and clove and nothing else. Which is nothing like any other chai. pmuch everything else stash brand is crap tho
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>>7167613

>minimal wet dog taste

This is one of those times where I wonder how you would know that in the first place.
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>>7168920
Hey, get a load of THIS GUY. He's never but tongue to dog. HAH.
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>>7153079
Drinking some kokeicha right now, pretty good, although Gyokuro is still my GOAT green tea. Also just found out my local tea shop is not dead, just moved to mostly online only, so I'm in a pretty good mood. Probably going to order some chai, maybe try some assam.

>>7161558
Bought this for the maybe 2 cups of coffee I drink a month, and it has quickly become my go to making tea. It gives tons of room for the leaves to open, and is easy to clean. I'm liking it even more than my cup infuser(one of these >>7158645).
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>>7165728
Darjeeling is pretty good; it's a very nice, delicate tea. It's one of the few black teas I've actually enjoyed without sugar (although I still enjoyed adding maybe a quarter of a teaspoon, anything more was overkill).
Also, I've heard there's a fair number of imitation Darjeeling out there, kind of like Champagne.

>>7165884
With morning blacks (like >>7166608, >>7167150), milk and sugar are fine, and can even complement the flavour. But like >>7167100 said, the better the tea, the better off you are just drinking it straight. And adding sugar to non-black teas doesn't really work out well.

>>7154245
This actually sounds pretty tasty.
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I got a batch of puehr and rooibos on the way from China and Paraguay for my shop. Pretty exciting since I've been expanding my collection at the same time.

Right now though, a personage favourite is Silver Needle.
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>>7167129
Oh. This. I think that falls to "Its not bug, its feature" category. Try different gunpoweder, perhaps?
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Anybody here like to add four or so crushed cardamom pods to their tea? Maybe it's just a Persian thing.
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Where do you get your tea from?

i've started regular tea drinking, i order from adagio since i doubt my local walmart or small grocery stores have anything worth while

any better options?
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>>7169773
>four
Jesus. Just the pods, or do you crack the seeds too?
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>>7153079
Got some herbal tea on accident. I'm new to tea and saw "sugar cookie" and thought it was a good idea. Reading the package later making my first cup of it. Am I gay now? I thought it was regular tea.
Also they're just bags, no string on it so I have to use a fork to fish it out like an asshole
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>>7171965
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Fo9L2k3ip6G7V6icE2RbfeLedwoJg2ux-juGLQUuRsA/edit?hl=en&authkey=CJLgu5IL

Here you go. Ignore the fact that it is originally from reddit, it is a good amount of information. Adagio is good for beginners. Find out what you like then seek out vendors/websites that specialize in it.
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>>7172221
You have purchased a tea called "sugar cookie"? Do you even need to ask?
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>>7172195
Nah, I just crack the pods open, add them to my unbrewed tea (shells and all) and add water. It adds more of a fragrance than a flavour, I'd say.
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Hi Anons. I know nothing about tea. I was wanting to get my sister some loose leaf tea for her as a Christmas present. Does anybody know any good online retailers?
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>>7172221
>Am I gay now?

masculinity is so fragile

>Also they're just bags, no string on it

that's normal if you're in a place that regularly drinks tea
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>>7173264
adagio is good, you get free samples and i think first order is discounted

https://www.adagio.com/

also if youre good at marketing you can throw together a shitty blend of tea with a nice "fandom" designed box and get reward points

>sipping my free $30 tea
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are "tea health benefit" claims complete bullshit or is there anything backing them?
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>>7171965
I've ordered from 6-7 vendors over 2 years, and Canton has become my go to. All their teas are fantastic and high quality, but I mostly stick to Eng breakfast, single-origin blacks, gunpowder green, and the occasional jasmine gree or earl grey. If you want a super smooth but nuanced Yunnan, Eng breakfast or keemun, go to Canton co
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>>7172318

MFW my work is listed there
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>>7174935
Cute pic, dude.
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>>7174935
Good for you/your employer.
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Bought some oolong for the first time, milk oolong to be specific. Well, not a real Taiwanese milk oolong, one of those flavoured knockoff ones, it appears.
First sip I took, I thought it was weak. The more sips I took, the more I realised it wasn't weak, but it was incredibly light.
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What does /ck/ think of Teavana? I applied to work there so hopefully I get the job, but from the looks of it its just pretty much overpriced shit you can get anywhere else. Pretty much just mass market catering to mall crowds?
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>>7175460
I refuse to shop at Teavana and David's Tea. Like you said, overpriced shit targetedat the lowest common denominator. The locally-owned tea shop in my city probably suffers because of them.
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>>7175449

Yeah jinxuan is super weak flavor-wise, the plants are very disease resistant and handle coldsnaps well though.

Of all the lab-bred tea cultivars out of taiwan cuiyu(jade) is the most flavorful, it's the daily drinker favorite of the yellowskins.
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Get on my level
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>>7178670
>tea bags
>proper brew
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>>7178670
Leave it to the English to drink swill
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>>7153079
Hoping to get my first gaiwan for Christmas and start using Gong fu cha method.

I don't have that much tea and it's only from a local tea shop. Nothing very rare or prestigious from elitist websites, but I'm trying to taste better and better tea over time and improve my taste.

I have currently a "bai mudan" white tea that taste like shit, a generic long jing, a nice tie guan yin, a generic black tea from yunnan, a generic Pu Erh, a lapsang souchong and some jasmine pearls. The only "grand cru", as classified by my local tea shop, is the jasmine pearls (32€ for 100g). Other ones are usually ~10€/100g, except tie guan yin which was 15€/100g.

So yeah. Not glorious stuff. But I'm starting go get into real shit, since it's the first time I have such "pricy" teas.

>inb4 only Chinese tea
Yes, that's the point. I fucking love Chinese teas. That's why I want to go full gong fu cha.
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>>7178670
this is great
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You will thank yourself for getting into chinese tea/gong fu brewing. I got seriously into it like 2 years ago after casually drinking tea for years before, I never looked back.

Quality tea isn't all that expensive, I am normally looking at prices around $12 an ounce, and I normally buy about 3 or 4 ounces a month. 6-12 gongu style steeps a day, reusing the same leaves, and it will last you a decent amount of time.

Seeing how the tea develops and changes from steep to steep is really enjoyable. And aside from varying the temp and amount of tea, with gongfu you can adjust the steep time multiple times, which adds further experimentation. Not to mention if you are like me, collecting different teaware and accessories is a hobby in itself. I am always collecting more and more, and it can be as expensive or (relatively) inexpensive as you want it.

Once you get a basic gongfu set going, I would recommend you venture into pu'erhs and eventually into yixing teaware. That is a completely different venture though, and you will be surprised how much there is to learn just about the teaware and methods of drinking/aging pu'erh.

Also, I would recommend you try some Oolongs from the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian and some Dan Cong Oolongs from Phoenix Mountain in Guangdong. They are my personal favorites.
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>>7175460
My roommate's a barista there. You get a pound of free coffee a month I think, and a pretty good discount. They have a lot of weird tea, like this:
http://www.teavana.com/us/en/tea/green-tea/jade-citrus-mint-green-tea-31504.html
And this, which is a white tea that added everything but the kitchen sink:
http://www.teavana.com/us/en/tea/white-tea/youthberry-white-tea-10004420.html?cm_mmc=Google-_-Tea-_-GS_Brand_Tea_Names-_-teavana%20youthberry_e&gclid=CjwKEAiA18mzBRCo1e_-y_KLpXISJACEsANG3abxEre_zYPafdo_LyrotRq_uMREU77dSyAugDzkGRoCPjTw_wcB

I'm told there are big sales coming in January, so it might be cheap enough to be worth it to you then.
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