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Best Bagged Tea Brands?

Jadore Apr 14, 2011 11:37 AM

Just wondering what all you tea aficionados feel are the best brands of bagged tea? Thanks!

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    colfaxBee Apr 14, 2011 11:49 AM

    I am a big fan of the Harney and Sons dragon pearl jasmine. Am eager to hear what brands others like, as I have yet to find one brand that is consistently good quality for many varieties.

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      jeanmarieok Apr 17, 2011 07:49 AM

      Harney and Sons is my go to brand. I like the cinnamon tea a lot.

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        Ruthie789 Apr 1, 2014 07:03 PM

        I like the Paris Earl Gray a lot too!

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        bdachow May 2, 2011 08:14 AM

        +1, I just discovered the Harney and Sons Dragon Pearl Jasmine which is a really nice jasmine tea bag.

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          BananasFoster Mar 16, 2012 11:12 PM

          For hot tea, it's always Constant Comment. However, Lemon Lift makes great iced tea and is a personal favorite.

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            LA Buckeye Fan Oct 8, 2013 12:03 PM

            My all time favorite tea, Celestial Seasonings Constant Comet.

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              iL Divo Apr 9, 2014 08:01 AM

              +1 LL

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            LauraGrace Apr 14, 2011 11:56 AM

            Depends on what you're looking for. For plain black tea (to be drunk with milk), I like Twinings Irish Breakfast and PG Tips, as well as English Tea Store's English breakfast tea in bags.

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              alkapal Apr 23, 2013 11:33 AM

              how would you compare the english breakfast tea from twinings to that of the english tea store?

              also, what makes english and irish breakfast teas different?

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                sciencediet Jan 14, 2014 09:41 AM

                I would say anything from Twinings is weaker than tea from an english tea store. (I don't know that particular store, though.)

                Irish breakfast is straight Assam, and English breakfast is a blend of Assam and Ceylon (and is a little milder).

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                Kalivs Oct 8, 2013 09:18 PM

                We used to get some PG tips everytime someone went to/came back from England. Now, we get it from the Indian store. My aunt sends Tetley Extra Strong from England. These are my two fave brands.

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                pine time Apr 14, 2011 11:57 AM

                I'm not a tea drinker and know nothing about teas, but Indian friends swear by PG Tips. BTW, had a marvelous tour of the tea plantations in Munnar, India a few years ago. Never knew tea was such a pretty 'crop."

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                  Val Apr 14, 2011 12:15 PM

                  No way am I an aficionado BUT I really love Archer Farms Organic green tea in pryamid bags. I use them at work during week and on weekends brew up loose Japanese green tea but the Archer Farms green tea is very very nice. $3.99 for 15 bags.

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                    stilldontknow Apr 14, 2011 12:53 PM

                    PG Tips, Tetley and Nambarrie are all good everyday teas. Lovely.

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                      Leepa May 9, 2011 05:00 PM

                      Thanks for the heads-up on the Archer Farms tea. Been drinking a lot of green tea lately so I'll give this a try right away.

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                        Val May 9, 2011 06:23 PM

                        Leepa...there is a Purdue study out there on the 'net reporting that lemon juice added to green tea increases the bioavailiablity of the catechins in the tea...so you may want to add some lemon to your green tea if it suits...I go through about 3 lemons a week for this reason.

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                          Leepa May 10, 2011 04:09 PM

                          Thanks, I will do just that. I'm a lemon in tea drinker anyway.

                          Picked up some of the Archer Farms green tea this afternoon and am looking forward to trying it.

                    2. Jadore Apr 14, 2011 01:18 PM

                      Thanks for all of your replies! I'm interested in buying some tea as a gift for a big tea fan, and I just wanted some ideas. I appreciate your feedback!

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                        LauraGrace Apr 15, 2011 08:30 AM

                        Just a note of caution -- I am a tea drinker to the bone, but I really only enjoy black teas and prefer strong, Yunnan or Assam based teas drunk with milk. A former roommate of mine is also a tea afficionado, but prefers whole-leaf green or white teas and drinks them pretty exclusively. Just make sure you know what kind of tea your friend enjoys before buying! :)

                        There are a bunch of other tea-related threads on the Gen. Topics board -- see the links below this thread for some more good ideas.

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                          Jay F Apr 15, 2011 10:02 AM

                          >>>>I really only enjoy black teas and prefer strong, Yunnan or Assam based teas

                          Any recommendations?

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                            LauraGrace Apr 15, 2011 11:02 AM

                            Upton's Yunnan TGFOP is fantastic -- one of my all-time favorite teas, and very affordable.

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                              benbenberi Apr 15, 2011 11:43 AM

                              Yes! That's my favorite drink-it-all-day black tea, esp. good with milk. I'm having a fresh cup of it right now!

                              If I'm in a tea-bag environment (office, hotel, etc.), I like Twinings Irish Breakfast or Darjeeling, or PG Tips.

                              For cold-brewing ice tea, I usually use PG Tips.

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                                LauraGrace Apr 15, 2011 01:23 PM

                                A kindred spirit! :)

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                                  sciencediet May 5, 2011 08:47 AM

                                  Me too! I drink loose Assam from Upton at home, but at the office I confess to loving Trader Joe's Irish Breakfast. It's a fine substitute for Barry's, which I can get here, if I want to pay $8 a box.

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                                    shoo bee doo Apr 13, 2014 05:53 PM

                                    I love Trader Joe's Irish Breakfast tea also.

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                            Val Apr 15, 2011 04:02 PM

                            Such sage advice, LG!!! Not everyone loves green tea...truth be told, I have come to like it but did not at first. Lots of folks find it too astringent!

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                              amyzan Apr 15, 2011 07:30 PM

                              I may be interjecting unnecessarily, but have you tried brewing green tea with water at 180 degrees F? Many green teas will become bitter when brewed with water above 180. Boiling water can make an overwhelmingly astringent brew, all but eliminating the more delicate flavors.

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                                Val Apr 16, 2011 05:14 AM

                                Hi, amyzan: yes, I know about NOT using boiling water on green tea...at work, I don't have time to be testing the temp of the hot water but at home on weekends, it's fine and I do take the time to make sure my water isn't too hot. Thanks for the reminder though...and it's true that many boxes of green teas sold don't say anything about NOT using boiling water on green tea!

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                                  Val Oct 28, 2013 04:34 PM

                                  Am replying to myself here...hee! sorry...well, Trader Joe's sells a VERY nice box of organic green tea bags...20 for $2.69 a box...have to say if you drink green tea every day, why not switch to organic? TJ's opened in my area (Naples, FL) about a year ago...GAWD...police detail needed for their opening week here on U.S. 41...LOL!

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                                    Leepa Oct 28, 2013 05:13 PM

                                    Thanks, Val. I'll give it a try soon. Our TJ's opened in September and people are just now able to get a parking spot without cruising the parking lot for several minutes. Weekends are still a zoo, however.

                          3. re: Jadore
                            BobB May 2, 2011 11:25 AM

                            If you're friend is really a big tea fan, (s)he will be more likely to appreciate loose leaf teas, which when purchased from a reputable importer are almost always fresher and tastier than anyone's prepacked bags (plus you can control exactly how much is used for each cup). Check out the selection at a place like Upton Tea Imports: http://www.uptontea.com

                            They also have tea-related gift items.

                            EDIT: just finished the thread and realize I'm not the first to point this out. Oh, well - still good advice.

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                              PattiCakes Apr 1, 2014 01:01 PM

                              Why not visit a tea store and get a small selection of loose teas and a box of make-your-own tea bags? Someone gave me that as a gift at Christmas, and it has been an epiphany! You can usually get 2 oz bags of tea for $5-$8. I am currently enjoying an Earl Grey Rose in the morning and a variety of caffeine-free herbals and fruit teas in the afternoon. I have not gone back to bagged tea. I get mine here, but there are any number of other sources: http://premiumsteap.com/

                            2. jmckee Apr 15, 2011 09:23 AM

                              Second the motion for Twinings Irish Breakfast. For iced tea, Luzianne is still the gold standard at our house.

                              My wife is a fan of Twinings Earl Grey.

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                                Kelli2006 Apr 15, 2011 06:57 PM

                                I agree with your Mrs.

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                                  bushwickgirl May 4, 2011 01:12 AM

                                  Luzianne is my favorite for iced tea, milky Irish Breakfast with oatmeal on a cold morning, and the Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey, mentioned downthread, is the best.

                                2. Jay F Apr 15, 2011 10:00 AM

                                  Twinings Ceylon Orange Pekoe. Drink it all day, black.

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                                    tanker64 May 1, 2011 03:34 PM

                                    Twinings English or Irish Breakfast in the mornings. Orange Pekoe, Prince of Wales or English Afternoon for the PM.

                                  2. pinkprimp Apr 15, 2011 10:16 AM

                                    I love 'T' TeaLeaves, particularly their silk pyramid tea bags. It always feels like such a treat when I use them! In particular, I enjoy:

                                    -Energy (gingseng/mint/citrus)
                                    -Monsoon Chai (it's not very spicy, more floral-y, so if you like your Chai teas full of spice, you may not enjoy this)
                                    -Earl grey with lavender


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                                      cocosarah Apr 15, 2011 05:55 PM

                                      No one yet mentioned Yorkshire Gold.. slightly less acidic than PG Tips. Now croppping up in several NY/ MA area supermarkets, e.g. Hannaford and Big Y

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                                        agoodbite Apr 16, 2011 06:41 AM

                                        I'm a Yorkshire Gold fan as well. I actually prefer Lifeboat for a good, strong cup of black tea, but I can't find it anywhere anymore.

                                        I don't really care for PG Tips or any of the Twinings black teas. They're just too weak for me.

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                                          buzzardbreath Nov 15, 2012 06:00 PM

                                          LOVE Yorkshire Gold! I found it a small shop called All Things Bright and British in La Mesa, CA near San Diego, CA. Now I have to order it online. It is my favorite tea, good, smooth and strong.

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                                            cbweb Apr 8, 2014 04:01 PM

                                            Great big second! This is my absolute favorite. I find PG Tips harsh & acidic. The YG is full bodied & malty. It was originally made for use with hard water.

                                          2. amyzan Apr 15, 2011 07:24 PM

                                            Do you know that the tea aficionado you're buying for prefers tea bags? I'd be rather cautious myself, because tea fans can be picky. I'd stick with a company that makes pyramid bags, often called sachets. The tea inside will be better quality than what you generally find in tea bags, which is nice for a gift.

                                            Try to find out what types of tea your friend enjoys--black, green, oolong, flavored, and from what growing region, or perhaps there are particular characteristics they enjoy--maltiness, winey or fruity qualities, that sort of description. Some people adore jasmine tea, for instance, while others abhor scent or flavoring. Sometimes you can draw them out by asking when they drink tea, and whether they add anything, prefer a strong cup in the morning or a more delicate or subtle flavor later in the day, or maybe they like an eye opener in the afternoon.

                                            You can't go wrong with Harney for presentation. The tins are beautiful and can be reused for bags or loose tea. They do some nice samplers, too. http://www.harney.com/ I buy my everyday tea from Upton, but their tea is exclusively loose leaf. http://www.uptontea.com Two Leaves and a Bud has been recommended to me, but I have yet to find a tea of theirs I like all that well. I believe they're more common retail than Harney, but Harney really is worth searching out where you live. Here, Harney's is carried in local tea shops, coffee roasters, and restaurants as well at some unexpected places like Russell Stover Candy shops. You might have some luck searching here, too: http://ratetea.net/

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                                              Ruthie789 Aug 10, 2012 10:40 AM

                                              Tea forte has pyramid teas and an extensive line.

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                                                DML362 Apr 6, 2014 07:19 PM

                                                I just noticed last week that Target is now carrying several of the Harney & Sons teas.

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                                                jackbauer Apr 15, 2011 07:34 PM

                                                I love Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey. Absolutely delicious straight up, hot.

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                                                  CodCakes Apr 25, 2011 12:43 PM

                                                  I agree 100%! Sometimes the regular Earl grey isn't quite (Early?) enough. Have you ever found any other brand that makes the double bergamot? I have yet to.

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                                                    Ruthie789 Aug 10, 2012 10:40 AM

                                                    As a lover of Earl Gray, I have found that the flavour of bergamot varies per company. You might not have to find a double flavour just a tea that has more of it in its composition. It is such a lovely flavour.

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                                                      Ruthie789 Aug 11, 2012 04:54 AM

                                                      Two links for the double earl and for those who do not want as much bergamot there is a Twinnings tea called, Lady Earl Grey.

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                                                        sciencediet Aug 11, 2012 04:57 PM

                                                        Upton (mail order loose tea) has an Earl Grey with extra bergamot, I'm pretty sure.

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                                                        Ruthie789 Nov 16, 2012 06:26 PM

                                                        I just bought a box of this the other day and loved it!

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                                                          thymeoz Nov 27, 2012 10:58 AM

                                                          me too! I like most Stash teas, but that's a favorite.

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                                                          tastycakes Apr 16, 2011 11:09 AM

                                                          i really enjoy the yogi tea line, particularly the mayan cocoa spice. it's a great substitute for a cup of cocoa or a chocolate treat if you are trying to eat more healthfully.

                                                          1. mrbigshotno.1 Apr 16, 2011 11:32 AM

                                                            For hot tea "Constant Comment" is for me.

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                                                              terlin May 1, 2011 02:21 PM


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                                                              RedTop Apr 17, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                              Funny to find this thread...

                                                              I've been drinking Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea for years, no adds. But I recently became a TJs slappy and have a package of their branded Irish Breakfast Tea in the cupboard side-by-side the Twinings. Plan to do a comparison of the two when I can sit on my patio and watch the sunrise without freezing.

                                                              1. soytoy Apr 25, 2011 09:16 PM

                                                                Mighty Leaf, by leaps and bounds.

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                                                                  DougRisk Aug 10, 2012 01:09 PM

                                                                  I am surprised that you are the only one who has mentioned it. I have tried many brands and think that Mighty Leaf is very good.

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                                                                    escargot3 Aug 12, 2012 08:31 AM

                                                                    I especially like Mighty Leaf herbal teas.

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                                                                    Ruthie789 Nov 16, 2012 06:27 PM

                                                                    I also bought some Mighty Leaf and loved the Earl Gray.

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                                                                    terlin May 1, 2011 02:24 PM

                                                                    TJ's Irish Breakfast is a good value tea. Their English Breakfast is not that good.

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                                                                      buzzardbreath Nov 15, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                                      TJ's Irish Breakfast is my favorite when I cannot get Yorkshire Gold. I agree about the English Breakfast Tea, not so good.

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                                                                        Val Nov 16, 2012 07:21 AM

                                                                        I've been buying and enjoying TJ's organic green tea lately..(they just opened a store here in SWFL last year)...$2.69 for box of 20 bags, good flavor!

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                                                                          brilynn79 Apr 13, 2014 03:13 AM

                                                                          I love the TJ Irish, love this made into iced tea as well.

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                                                                        vafarmwife May 1, 2011 02:42 PM

                                                                        Hot- Constant Comment or Earl Grey
                                                                        Iced Tea- Tetley or Luzianne

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                                                                          nooyawka May 9, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                                          I drink tea with milk (half-n-half or light cream, where available) and sugar. I much prefer Tetley to Lipton.

                                                                          1. JEN10 May 9, 2011 02:15 PM

                                                                            Celestial Seasoning's has a very large selection of teas. Right now I am hooked on the green tea with dragon fruit, greeen tea with raspberry, and the Africian mango red tea. At night time I like to have a cup of the honey, vanilla, camomile tea.

                                                                            1. DiningDiva May 9, 2011 04:55 PM

                                                                              I really enjoy the line of Zhena's Gypsy Teas - http://www.gypsytea.com/

                                                                              I drank Cocnut Chai all winter and my mother drank their Firside Chai. I also like the Ginger Peach and some of their more exotic flavors.

                                                                              1. chefschickie May 10, 2011 04:19 PM

                                                                                Twinings Earl Grey and Twinings Lady Grey

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                                                                                  ericthered Feb 3, 2012 07:55 AM

                                                                                  Tazo makes a good Earl Grey and I also like their Zen. Adagio Teas makes a concotion called Jasmine Pearls that is also pretty good.

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                                                                                    DiningDiva Feb 3, 2012 09:49 AM

                                                                                    Did you know that the Tazo Tea sold in the Starbucks stores is often not the same Tazo Tea sold retail? Not with all flavors, of course, but Tazo has some varieties that it will only sell in the Starbucks stores and others are only sold retail.

                                                                                    My mother LOVES Tazo Refresh which is only available retail. I, on the other hand, am partial to a seasonal Tazo called Joy which is only available at Starbucks and only during the holiday season.

                                                                                    P.S. You're right, their Earl Grey and Zen are nice teas.

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                                                                                    sunflwrsdh Feb 3, 2012 05:29 PM

                                                                                    +1 on Twining's Earl Grey

                                                                                  3. masha bousha Feb 3, 2012 09:46 AM

                                                                                    I am a huge tea drinker (black tea w/ caffeine) and though I've tried PG tips, Twinnings, etc my favorite is Tetley British Blend (tagless).

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                                                                                      Leepa Feb 3, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                      I love Tetley's British Blend as well. It reminds me of the tea I grew up drinking.

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                                                                                      gator28 Feb 3, 2012 10:01 AM

                                                                                      I love Good Earth's Original Sweet & Spicy tea. I also like Tazo's Passion Fruit and Orange Blossom for herbal teas.

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                                                                                        DiningDiva Feb 3, 2012 10:47 AM

                                                                                        The Good Earth product makes a really nice iced tea

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                                                                                          NorCalEats Mar 16, 2012 10:32 PM

                                                                                          +1 for Good Earth's Original Sweet and Spicy tea! Made with roobius tea leaves and various spices like cinnamon, cloves, etc. Very strong but soooo good.

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                                                                                          sandylc Feb 3, 2012 05:10 PM

                                                                                          PG tips for me!

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                                                                                            sunshine842 Aug 11, 2012 06:02 AM

                                                                                            Me, too.

                                                                                            I like Typhoo when I can get it, too.

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                                                                                            Val Feb 3, 2012 05:14 PM

                                                                                            STASH brand green and white fusion is a new love of mine now also...white tea has more antioxidants than green, I believe...

                                                                                            1. AmyH Mar 13, 2012 03:44 PM

                                                                                              Harney and Sons makes some great teas. You can buy it loose, in regular bags or in those silky sachet bags. Lots of different kinds of teas. The one I had and loved was "hot cinnamon spice" flavored. Amazing.


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                                                                                                benbenberi Mar 14, 2012 10:36 AM

                                                                                                Hot Cinnamon Spice is a great tea - very strong cinnamon flavor, and a hint of sweetness. Love it!

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                                                                                                  AmyH Mar 14, 2012 12:43 PM

                                                                                                  The first time I tried it was at a meeting at a hotel. I had 2 cups I loved it so much. I wasn't nodding off during that meeting!

                                                                                                  It's also available on Amazon.

                                                                                              2. pdxgastro Mar 13, 2012 08:30 PM

                                                                                                I like Tetley British Blend. Most supermarkets carry it.

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                                                                                                  sandylc Mar 13, 2012 08:41 PM

                                                                                                  It should be noted that herbal "teas" are not tea! Also, flavored-up stuff should go away, IMO.

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                                                                                                    Jay F Nov 15, 2012 08:17 PM

                                                                                                    >>It should be noted that herbal "teas" are not tea!<<

                                                                                                    >>Also, flavored-up stuff should go away, IMO.<<
                                                                                                    +1 more

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                                                                                                    LeoLioness Mar 14, 2012 07:19 AM

                                                                                                    Barrys Irish Tea for black; Stash lemon-ginger for herbal.

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                                                                                                      Ruthie789 Aug 10, 2012 10:36 AM

                                                                                                      The decafinated black tea is the best I have had, and tastes like regular tea.

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                                                                                                        Querencia Mar 31, 2014 07:55 PM

                                                                                                        Ruthie, do you mean Barry's Irish Tea, decaffeinated? I don't think I have seen it and am always looking for a decaf tea that tastes like tea. Where do you find it?

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                                                                                                          Ruthie789 Apr 1, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                                                          I shop at a little store in Montreal that sells British products. I also purchase a tea that is low in caffeine but not completely decaffeinated called, Organic Garden teas, organic and low in caffeine. Yes for the Barry's Tea decaf.

                                                                                                    2. DonShirer Mar 14, 2012 04:56 PM

                                                                                                      Stash makes several good teas, including a chai spice that is my current favorite. For Earl Grey I prefer Twinings. Tetley's for a cheap quick fix when I can't take the time to really enjoy my food, or when I'm watching TV. For premium or exotic teas I tend to go to the tea shoppe a couple of towns away.

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                                                                                                        iliria Mar 14, 2012 05:11 PM

                                                                                                        I wasn't able to read all the posts in her and am not sure of it has been mentioned or not but South African Rooibos (Redbush) tea is absolutely fantastic. Caffeine free too.

                                                                                                        1. Jetgirly Mar 14, 2012 07:15 PM

                                                                                                          I drink ten or more cups of tea every day. I have an entire drawer of tea in my desk at work! Things I buy again and again:

                                                                                                          - Lipton Green Tea with Honey, Lemon and Ginseng. I brew it until it's really bitter and l-o-v-e it.
                                                                                                          - Lipton Vanilla Earl Grey. With milk and sugar, and cookies dunked in. Requires self-restraint.
                                                                                                          - Revolution Acai Green Tea (again, brewed to bitterness)
                                                                                                          - Twinings Blackcurrant, Ginseng and Vanilla (herbal- I became addicted to this during an extreme elimination diet when it was my only source of "sweet" flavor)
                                                                                                          - Lipton Superfruit Green Tea with blackcurrant and vanilla (captures a bit of blackcurrant and vanilla flavor without what I'd describe as the hibiscus notes of the Twinings... it's a green tea, so brewed strong!)
                                                                                                          - I don't mind Starbuck's Tazo tea in China Green Tip... again, overbrewed.
                                                                                                          - And it's noted above, but when I'm sick I like Celestial Seasoning's Honey, Vanilla and Chamomile tea too.

                                                                                                          1. GraceW Aug 10, 2012 09:46 AM

                                                                                                            I do not care for coconut, but STASH mango coconut wuyi Oolong is good.
                                                                                                            (I know this thread is old--but I love tea.)

                                                                                                            1. escargot3 Aug 10, 2012 10:07 AM

                                                                                                              I order tea from Murchie's in Vancouver. They have a large selection of black teas.
                                                                                                              I get it in bulk for use at home, and tea bags for when I'm not.

                                                                                                              1. Ruthie789 Aug 10, 2012 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                I have discovered a line of teas at a Lebanese market called Ahmed teas. They come in loose teas, as well in teabags, and smaller boxes of individually wrapped teas. Black, green and flavoured teas are available and are very good. They are also affordable.

                                                                                                                As well I absolutely love TEA FORTE, but have only seen them in gift boxes at Chapters. You can purchase on the internet but my my they are too expensive for my budget. I especially love the Blackcurrent blend and do not usually like black teas with a flavour.

                                                                                                                1. Ruthie789 Aug 12, 2012 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                  I just bought a tea on sale at Chapters, LOV, organic black tea with cinnamon. It is quite nice but I drank it at 10 pm the other night and that's it could not fall asleep. It was a strong tea.

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                                                                                                                    thistle5 Aug 12, 2012 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                    I drink a lot of iced tea, I usually purchase Lipton decaf tea, to blend w/ either Lapsang Souchong (Wegman's, since I'm not doing mail-order right now), or green tea (Luzianne, & since I made a mistake this week, Lipton's peach passion green tea- which thoroughly repulsed me at first, but now I sorta like it (because I wasn't going to throw it away)....

                                                                                                                    1. Ruthie789 Nov 15, 2012 06:39 PM

                                                                                                                      I really like the Twinings Lady Grey.

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                                                                                                                        Puffin3 Nov 16, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                        Just wondering why you would use a tea bag instead of loose tea? It's pretty well known the best quality teas are always loose while tea bags are basically just 'tea dust'. Hence the reason this 'dust' needs to be put into bags otherwise you'd never be able to filter out the leaves.

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                                                                                                                          sunshine842 Nov 16, 2012 09:40 AM

                                                                                                                          because while loose tea makes a really lovely pot of tea, many people only drink/need/have time for one cup, which makes the whole brewing/steeping process time-consuming and pushing the limits of being more trouble than it's worth.

                                                                                                                          I brew loose tea when I have time, but if I'm busy or at work...bagged it is.

                                                                                                                          I can also throw a few tea bags in my purse to enjoy somewhere else. Try that with loose tea/a strainer/a teapot.

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                                                                                                                            soytoy Nov 16, 2012 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                            I make single cups of loose leaf tea for myself every day. I use a small, stainless steel mesh tea ball (ex. http://www.tealaden.com/product/perso...).
                                                                                                                            Although I enjoy my tea at home, a small tea ball and 1 tsp of loose leaf tea could easily be put into a ziploc bag for enjoyment at work.

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                                                                                                                          amazinc Nov 16, 2012 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                          Had the best tea ever at Drew's American Restaurant in San Antonio, TX. Asked the chef the brand and was told Walker's Bay 100% Ceylon Black Tea. Ordered it on line and it is still (imho)
                                                                                                                          the best I've ever tasted. As most of you will know, Iced tea is the "house wine" of the South, so I grew up drinking that (not soda) and still love it year round.

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                                                                                                                            Leepa Nov 16, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                            This is tea intended to make iced tea?

                                                                                                                          2. eclecticsynergy Nov 24, 2012 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                            Of the massmarket brands, I prefer Twinings Ceylon Breakfast Tea, which has become harder to find on the shelves where I live in recent years. For mailorder teas, I agree that Harney & Sons has many truly excellent teas indeed, though some of their very best are not available in bagged form, only loose leaf.

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                                                                                                                              Jay F Nov 24, 2012 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                              <<Of the massmarket brands, I prefer Twinings Ceylon Breakfast Tea, which has become harder to find on the shelves where I live in recent years.>>

                                                                                                                              I buy it through Amazon's Subscribe & Save program.


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                                                                                                                                jumpingmonk Nov 25, 2012 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                                On weekdays, I usually drink a mixture of Foojoy's (avaialble at most Chinese/Asian supermarkets) Royal Kwan Yin/Tiegunayin (As far as I can tell they are the same Teabag, and the fact you can find one or the other (or both) at the same stores is due to us being in a transition between the names and the stores having a mixture of brand new and older stock). with some Republic of Tea Earl Greyer. There is actually a Teabag called Fujian Butterfly Oolong that is even BETTER than the Foojoy, but that is SUPERn rare to find (I only know of one shop around me that carries it, and even they only normally have it once in every six months or so)
                                                                                                                                Weekends are a little more varied, as I tend to use those to test out new tea combinations/brands. But one I drink fairly often is Ten Ren (again avialable at Chinese/Asian supermarkets) Ten Wu Teabags. They're rather expensive at about $5-6$ for a box of 20 bags (somewhat tellingly, the Ten Wu is one of the few flavors Ten-Ren doesn't offer in a box of 100, probably becuase no one could afford one on a regular basis). But I like it, as it is as close to a high mountain/"jade" oolong as I have been able to find in a teabag (teas that high grade are usually loose leaf only).

                                                                                                                            2. Jaz Cooks Nov 27, 2012 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                              Trader Joe's teas are really quite good. I love the Mango Black tea, and the Earl Grey, especially. They are cheap too!

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                                                                                                                                Jay F Nov 27, 2012 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                I use Trader Joe's English Breakfast for making ice tea. Love it. And it's so much cheaper than Twinings (.17 per pitcher rather than .53).

                                                                                                                              2. Ruthie789 Apr 21, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                I just bought a brand of tea called Dilmah. It is such a lovely tea. Link below:

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                                                                                                                                  sandylc Apr 21, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                                                                                                  great website

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                                                                                                                                    Ruthie789 Apr 22, 2013 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                                    Yes it is very informative. The teas are really good. I have tried the Ceylon black tea and I really enjoyed it.

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                                                                                                                                      AmyH Apr 22, 2013 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                      There may be a lot of general information about tea growing and drinking, but it's impossible to find a list of their products! Last year I sat next to a woman at a dinner who was British but living in New Zealand. She was raving about one particular Dilmah tea. *Something* reserve. It is the only tea she will drink. If I could find a list of their teas I might be able to remember what it was. But apparently their web designers were so busy with flash and music, they forgot to put a product list. Ugh!

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                                                                                                                                        Ruthie789 Apr 22, 2013 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                        Yes I agree with you but on the link provided the last option on their headers has an indication order Dimlah and that is where you will find selections for products. It is there but not evident, they should have a header with the title products. The reserve tea is in the order Dimlah.

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                                                                                                                                          AmyH Apr 23, 2013 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                          Thank you! I would have never found that. I think the one she raved about might have been the Ceylon Supreme or the Supreme Ceylon Single Origin. Not that I intend to pay $50 or $75 to find out. It looks like their prices include international fedex shipping. Maybe I can find a local tea store that carries the Dilmah line.

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                                                                                                                                            Ruthie789 Apr 23, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                                                                                                            Hi Amy. I paid $3.79 on sale for 20 bag box of black ceylon, and also bought orange pekoe and English breakfast and Earl Grey, for the same price at a local market here in Montreal. I wrote the company and mentioned that the product header was not user friendly, waiting to hear back from them. I can tell you that the Ceylon black was my favorite, I found it exceptional.

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                                                                                                                                              AmyH Apr 24, 2013 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                              Glad to hear that you liked it, Ruthie. If I can't find it in a store here, I may just have to drive up to Montreal for it. I live in upstate NY so it would still be cheaper than ordering it from their website.

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                                                                                                                                                AmyH Apr 24, 2013 05:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                I did some more searching and it looks like they have it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dilmah-Ceylon-S...
                                                                                                                                                THat's not a bad price for 6 boxes.

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                                                                                                                                                  Ruthie789 Apr 24, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I hope you like it if you do order. The Ceylon Supreme is the best of all that I have tasted. I went back to the store today and they do not have anymore of this type so I may well be ordering from amazon as well.

                                                                                                                                  2. melpy Apr 22, 2013 03:36 AM

                                                                                                                                    I like Bigelow Orange Spice. However my favorite is Persian tea. The brand I have is Sadaf.

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                                                                                                                                      koshergourmetmart Apr 22, 2013 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                                      harney Paris tea is a favorite. President's choice from canada mulled apple cider is great. hubby likes numi assam. Revolution tea makes a great orange chocolate green tea. For a gift or special occasion, Tea Forte is wonderfully packaged and delicious too

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                                                                                                                                        Ruthie789 Apr 22, 2013 03:57 PM

                                                                                                                                        I love Tea forte but it is quite expensive to purchase. In particular they have a caffeine free tea which is quite exceptional and also love the black tea flavoured with blackberry. A gift box with about ten teas is about $14.00 at Chapters-Indigo in Canada.

                                                                                                                                      2. Breadcrumbs Apr 22, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                        Tetley for bagged black tea.

                                                                                                                                        Clipper Blackcurrant Acai Berry for bagged herbal fruit tea.

                                                                                                                                        I prefer loose green tea.

                                                                                                                                        1. alkapal Apr 23, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                          the owner of my car shop is vietnamese, and he uses the kirkland brand (costco) green tea bags (he uses an expensive loose green tea from vietnam, also).

                                                                                                                                          i've found "mighty leaf" jasmine tea to be lovely -- very "jasmine-y."

                                                                                                                                          i love celestial seasonings "red zinger" and also their "tension tamer." it makes wonderful iced tea!

                                                                                                                                          i like earl grey teas from tazo and twinings. i think i've also had the stash version once at a restaurant and liked it very much.

                                                                                                                                          1. Candy Apr 23, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                            Red Rose

                                                                                                                                            1. EM23 Apr 23, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                              Wow! 106 replies and no one likes Lyons? Well I do! Lyon's Gold Label - strong with 1 sugar and milk (1/2 and 1/2 is even better).
                                                                                                                                              I am curious to try the Trader Joe's Irish and English breakfast teas. Has anyone tried both for comparison purposes?

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                                                                                                                                                Jay F Apr 24, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                I have never heard of Lyons.

                                                                                                                                                I tried TJ's English and Irish Breakfast teas, preferred the English and have bought it ever since. It's too long ago for me to remember any specifics about what I didn't like about their Irish Breakfast. I prefer it generally: Twinings EB is better, too.

                                                                                                                                                I bought a different kind of TJ's EB this time. It's 80 bags for $2.99 instead of 48 for $1.99. I haven't opened the box yet, so I have yet to taste the new one.

                                                                                                                                                BTW, I only use this for iced tea. I drink Twinings Ceylon hot.

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                                                                                                                                                  Ruthie789 Apr 24, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                  There are so many good boxed teas, Bewley's is another that I like very much. Another favorite at our house is King Cole Tea which is very popular with Canadian maritimers.

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                                                                                                                                                    EM23 Apr 25, 2013 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Ruthie – It’s been years since I tried Bewley’s, but I may have to switch as my local store has stopped carrying the Lyons Gold. Is it strong like the Lyons? No King Cole Tea around these parts. Do you enjoy it with those lovely Cape Breton oatcakes?

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                                                                                                                                                      Ruthie789 Apr 25, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I like the Bewley's Gold, which is medium in strength, but there are a few categories of tea in that line. If you like strong tea you might keep an eye out for Typhoo tea, I find it quite tannic as is the King Cole. I enjoy my tea with any sweet especially pie! As well the Yorshire teas are fairly strong. I didn`t realize how much tea I drink until I started to comment in this thread. How can they stop carrying your favorite tea, tell them to order it for you!

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                                                                                                                                                    terlin Apr 24, 2013 10:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                    TJ's Irish is pretty good but EB is nothing much. Can't beat the price

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                                                                                                                                                      Querencia Mar 31, 2014 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Funny that you should mention that---as I have been reading down the thread I have been remembering Lyons, which I thought was the best tea I ever drank, although I seem to recall a Red Label. I don't think it's sold in the US.

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                                                                                                                                                        the_plainsman Mar 31, 2014 08:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Lyons was recommended to me by a pretty Irish-American bartender in Forest Hills, Queens, NYC who complained she could not find it in the US, Ha! I located it after about a half-hour Internet search in a small market about 3 miles away! I guess there are a few specialty shops around the US like "The Butcher Block" in Sunnyside Queens, NYC that import it directly from Ireland along with many other items that they sell.

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                                                                                                                                                          EM23 Apr 8, 2014 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Q - the gold label comes in a red box and is available from Amazon at a ridiculous markup. http://www.amazon.com/Lyons-Gold-Labe... I used to get it at Stop & Shop for $7.99. I've been subbing with TJ's Irish Breakfast Tea but it takes 2 bags of them to get it to the strength of Lyon's Gold.

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                                                                                                                                                        hkimambi Oct 8, 2013 08:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I think the best Tea I have tried is Chai Bora Luxury Blend. Its Plain Black tea that taste like no other tea.

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                                                                                                                                                          Leepa Oct 8, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                          This is available in the US?

                                                                                                                                                        2. monkeyrotica Oct 8, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                          PG Tips, Barry's Tea, Yorkshire Gold. I drink them all decaf and don't miss the caffeine at all. The Yorkshire Gold is particularly smokey and rich. Let it steep for more than 2 minutes at your peril. All available via Amazon at reasonable prices. Blows Tetley and Twinings out of the water.




                                                                                                                                                          1. Ruthie789 Oct 8, 2013 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Lately I have been drinking Dilmah tea, or single estate black teas.

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                                                                                                                                                              raelehman Oct 26, 2013 09:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                              We love Mighty Leaf around our house. They have bags and loose leaf. Kind of hard to find in grocery stores but available online. Good stuff!

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                                                                                                                                                                Ruthie789 Oct 28, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I like the orange flavor tea in this line. I do find it expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                sandylc Oct 26, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I just tried the Yorkshire Gold by Taylor's of Harrogate. Wow. I thought it would be a lovely, black tea. Instead, it was one of those pale, straw-like tasting teas that gives tea a bad name. I just HATE it when I am looking for a nice cup of tea, and instead it tastes like hot water with a few old barnyard sweepings thrown in!

                                                                                                                                                                PG Tips, all the way!

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                                                                                                                                                                  Ruthie789 Oct 28, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I did not like the Yorkshire Gold at all. My niece brought us some Bewley's tea from Ireland and they do have a gold tea which I liked.

                                                                                                                                                                2. jpr54_1 Oct 26, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I drink loose tea-
                                                                                                                                                                  but some of my favorite teas come bagged

                                                                                                                                                                  why not try loose tea? it is very easy to prepare

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                                                                                                                                                                    the_plainsman Jan 11, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Lions original blend my favorite now. Introduced to it by a young and pretty Irish American bartender in Queens, NY. Tried Barry's (ok) and have liked PG tips in the past, but Lions much richer and stronger flavored. Drink about six very large mugs a day, so speak from experience! Grew up on American Lipton's and graduated to Red Rose and Tetley's British blend in the round bags, the latter of which I consumed for years, but Lyons is head and shoulders above all. I found out that a higher percentage of Irish drink tea than the British, and that in Ireland, Lyons is number one! Better yet Lyons is available in one or two shops in New York City, though I must commute from New Jersey to get it!

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                                                                                                                                                                      kagemusha49 Jan 11, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      I always loved Twinings Assam loose tea and it is now available in tea bags. This IMHO is the archetypical tea in which a spoon will stand up.

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                                                                                                                                                                        the_plainsman Jan 11, 2014 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the suggestion, like the mental image of the standing spoon, will look for it and try it.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Ruthie789 Jan 11, 2014 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Apparently tea is making its mark in the world. Tim Hortin's is advertising that it has tea and infusions. I am enjoying some decaf King Cole these days.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Ttrockwood Jan 13, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          David's tea has opened several locations in the area lately, they also have stores in canada. I've tried some really unique teas there that i never would have just purchased. The current chai blend of the month is excellent!

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                                                                                                                                                                          MirandaWright Jan 13, 2014 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          My absolute favorite is Twinings Lady Grey. It also makes a lovely iced tea.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Ruthie789 Jan 13, 2014 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I like the Twinning Lady Grey as well I think it is a low caffeine tea.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. BlueMagic Jan 13, 2014 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I would have to go with Tavo teas.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Georgia Strait Jan 13, 2014 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              i like Tazo - which is avail everywhere from Target to Safeway - but the bags they use when you go to a real Starbucks - they amp them up somehow - tastes way better!

                                                                                                                                                                              I also highly recommend the Tazo supersize tea bags for Iced tea - tho apparently hard to find now - maybe it's seasonal in the Pac NW? anyone know?

                                                                                                                                                                              we grew up with proper Twinings Earl Grey - but if I can have Tazo, esp made at Starbucks with the bags they use in Bc, Canada - that's my choice now

                                                                                                                                                                              also I like that brand from Portland OR - Zhena's -

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                                                                                                                                                                                Ttrockwood Jan 13, 2014 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I love the tazo ginger tea! Its the best ginger i've had (and i've tried a ton!) i stock up when my market has them on sale

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                                                                                                                                                                                BeeCharmer13 Mar 31, 2014 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Having very sensitive taste buds, I don't consider flavored teas, including Earl Grey, to be "real" tea. I drink strong black tea straight, no chaser. No sugar, sweetener, no milk nor lemon. All citrus-y tea should be dumped into the harbor. Faves are Darjeeling or Assam loose tea or Yorkshire Gold bags. In a pinch, PG Tips or Barry's, but I haven't sunk that low yet. I love the taste of good tea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  sandylc Mar 31, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I agree with ALMOST everything you say here, except that my top choice is PG Tips. I haven't tasted a difference between loose and bagged teas. Yorkshire Gold, after all of the praises I've read about it, was seriously underwhelming; not nearly as tasty as PG Tips.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Boy, I'm sure there with you about flavored teas, and I'm glad you included Earl Grey in this. No sugars, milk, or lemon for me, either.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                    the_plainsman Mar 31, 2014 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Okay, there are lots of "teas" but for the "unadulterated" product, we can label it "Tea" with a capital "T." Seriously, I understand your point and tend to agree, but do occasionally appreciate an Earl Grey or ginger blend.
                                                                                                                                                                                    That being said, I do enjoy Tea "black" and in the US drank Lipton for years, then "graduated" to Red Rose and Tetley British Blend. Found PG tips and liked it better, then tried Barry's and did not favor it. Was introduced to Lyons about five or six months ago and absolutely love it! Six or sometimes seven large mugs a day! I ran out a few weeks ago and instead of doing the almost 30 mile trip into the city – Butcher Block in Sunnyside, Queens NY – to get some more, tried regular Typhoo – will not make that mistake again! It will be back to Lyons for me, but several other posters have also recommended Yorkshire Gold and will try a box as well, as Butcher Block also carries it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      EM23 Apr 8, 2014 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hey Plainsman - what is Butcher Block charging for Lyon's Gold?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        the_plainsman Apr 8, 2014 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't have the gold box here now, but think it's $7.99, as a box/80 of original blend that I still do have some of here is marked $6.99 from when I last bought it back in February.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      jpr54_1 Apr 1, 2014 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      where do you buy your darjeeling?

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                                                                                                                                                                                        cbweb Apr 8, 2014 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        :) Very good advice.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Ruthie789 Mar 31, 2014 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I love tea. I have tried many of the brands mentioned in this link. Recently a Canadian consumer show called Marketplace did a feature on pesticides in tea. I now drink organic teas but am not convinced they are any better. Has anyone heard of the pesticide problem in tea?

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                                                                                                                                                                                          the_plainsman Mar 31, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Have not specifically heard of a pesticide problem regarding tea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Ruthie789 Apr 1, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Marketplace is a show like 60 minutes and they tested some well known teas that had a high pesticide content. Apparently the tea leaves are sprayed with a pesticide to prevent deterioration. See two links below:

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                                                                                                                                                                                              the_plainsman Apr 1, 2014 07:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ruthie, thank you for the very informative link to the program and below that, the responses from the manufacturers regarding pesticide residue in tea. My first question is to find if there is parallel testing here in the US and if the results are similar to what has been found in Canada, which I suspect would be similar. Thank you for making us aware of this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Ruthie789 Apr 2, 2014 04:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                You are welcome. My bubble was burst when I saw this program. I now drink organic tea but wonder about the testing for this type of tea as well. I would suspect that US results would be similar. The steeping process also causes the pesticides to be leached out. I still drink tea and love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Querencia Mar 31, 2014 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Not a choice for me, must drink decaf tea only and most of it tastes like cardboard. Constant Comment's decaf is about the least horrible of the lot. For iced tea, Luzianne's special decaf for iced tea bags, big bags that make a quart, are very good---the result tastes like regular iced tea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            sandylc Apr 1, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            PG Tips makes a decaf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              sunshine842 Apr 1, 2014 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              and it's very, very good -- I'd be hard-put to tell the difference between the regular and decaf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                sandylc Apr 1, 2014 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                That's unusual and good to know.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  monkeyrotica Apr 1, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I switched to decaf last year. I've tried decaf PG Tips, Yorkshire Gold, and Typhoo, and Yorkshire is the strongest of the bunch. Steeping more than 2 minutes, and the stuff is like coffee. I tend to favor the PG Tips.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              terrierboy Apr 1, 2014 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              My friend who likes Breakfast and regular teas swears by PG Tips and Yorkshire. I love herbal teas, such as several Tazo flavors, including Wild Orange, which is good for a scratchy throat. Original Constant Comment still has that great spicy lilt. Numi had a dry lime or something of the sort, but I haven't been able to find it lately. I also like many of the Choice teas, including Kukicha Twig, Green, and Rooibos.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Ruthie789 Apr 1, 2014 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Of late I have been drinking Organic Gardens Orange Tea. Link below:

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. jpr54_1 Apr 2, 2014 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I sometimes make my own bagged tea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I use teeli tea papers-they are easy to use

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    monkeyrotica Apr 9, 2014 04:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    For loose teas, I bought a ceramic mug with a removable infuser. World Market has them pretty cheap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Bada Bing Apr 7, 2014 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I mostly use loose teas from Golden Moon mail order. But for bagged I like Harney & Sons. Have not tried, but have heard from tea-friends, that this French brand is the absolute best, if pricey:


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                                                                                                                                                                                                      rasputina Apr 8, 2014 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The only time I use bagged tea is Luzianne for iced tea. I much prefer loose leaf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        cbweb Apr 8, 2014 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Try EnglishTeaStore.com for a great variety, and sampler packs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        They carry Taylor's of Harrogate and have many good choices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bewley's in Dublin, is known for their teas and can be found online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You might want to buy some Fortnum & Mason teas in their classic tins at their online site if your friend prefers British to Asian teas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          wicozani Apr 9, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          We are also heavy tea drinkers, with a long history of loose tea use, including SE Asia. As for bagged tea, however, here on the Northern Plains we are limited, but can vouch for Tazo, Stash, Numi, Mighty Tea, and Twinings. Not previously mentioned in this thread, but Lipton has recently come out with a new brand of English Breakfast tea in those highly functional pyramidal teabags - and it's quite good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            sandylc Apr 9, 2014 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you tried PG Tips? I order it from England for much cheaper than my local grocery store. Although, it does come on a very slow boat.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              wicozani Apr 10, 2014 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, we have tried PG Tips quite a few years ago. We like our tea quite strong, and as I recall we found the PG Tips a bit too light for our tastes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                sandylc Apr 10, 2014 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's odd - I love my tea VERY strong. I recently tried Yorkshire and it had no taste at all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ruthie789 Apr 10, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I find the Yorkshire tea very tannic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            the_plainsman Apr 10, 2014 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            PALAIS des THES!
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Last Sunday, I stopped into an "honest" (NYC) Irish pub for a pint (not tourist or frat boy oriented establishment) and began an unlikely conversation about tea with my favorite midtown Irish bartender. (She drinks coffee!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another patron sitting nearby heard my discussion of Lyons, PG Tips, Barry's etc. and hands me two sealed silver packets containing one teabag each, saying "try these - the best tea."
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Today I looked up the brand, Palais des Thes, on the web and found an amazing French tea company with a wide array of loose and bagged teas. Their single use teabags are made of a sewn, woven cotton for those who object to "common" paper bags! And better yet, the bags contain leaf tea as opposed to the usual "grounds."

                                                                                                                                                                                                            A wide variety of teas and tea blends available, both green and black, even intriguing for me who prefers the strong black tea brew that as someone here mentioned, "one can stand a spoon in!"
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The tea I was given, a green tea blend called "The Des Sables" is said to have a "...flavor that evokes Damas rose and summer fruit: mango, yellow peach and citrus fruit." I'm not much of a green tea fan, but this seemed special, especially when I zipped open the package and caught it's unique scent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is possibly the best flavored bagged tea I have ever tasted!
                                                                                                                                                                                                            The only drawback I can see is that a box of 20 bags cost $13., four times the cost of my Lyons! Loose tea seems to range from $8-$13 for 3.5 ounces. Likely not something you'd be drinking six times a day, but for that one special afternoon or early evening time, this could be just what you're looking for!


                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ps. Going to have to leave another word of "thanks" at the pub for my unknown benefactor!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              jpr54_1 Apr 10, 2014 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              le palais des thes and mariage freres have some of the best teas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              le palaiss des thes has nyc location in soho and near Lincoln Center

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