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8/9/16 1:58 P

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I have been trying fair trade organic teas just lately. Organic tastes better to me, and fair trade makes me happy for the growers.

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1/11/16 9:12 P

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In the library book I checked out about tea I found my tea! It's the one I bought from Adagio online, "Golden Monkey" loose leaf from Fujian Province, China. It is officially called Panyang Coungou and it has evolved from the "original" black tea that the Portuguese first brought back to Europe. It has a long, black budset, slightly twisted and tipped with gold for the style, the flavor is smooth, deep, and slightly malty, and the aroma is lingering with wisps of earthiness. It is by far the best tea I have ever had, way way better than anything I've ever tried, simply delicious with no astringency. The only problem is the price... As it says in the book, the best ones are slightly more expensive than many of the other China black teas. $54 a pound, makes 200 cups though... So 27 cents per cup. I drink mugs, so double that. But this tea is good enough to get a second steeping from, the second steep I run just a little bit longer and it is almost as good as the first (with less caffeine, the caffeine comes out of tea into the water in the first 30 seconds of the steep I guess). I'm learning a lot about good tea. Right now I will stick with the Golden Monkey I have a whole bag of.

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10/28/15 4:18 A

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I have tried, in one pound quantities:
Darjeeling (Sungma Summer Estate),
Irish Breakfast (Ceylon and Assam),
English Breakfast (Keemun) *a big favorite*,
Earl Grey Moonlight (Ceylon) *2nd favorite*,
Earl Grey Bravo (Ceylon),
Peach Ceylon,
Ceylon Sonata,
Apricot Green (China),
Mango Green (China),
Masala Chai (Ceylon),
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Thai Chai,
all from Adagio Teas. I am a big fan of what I have found there, it beats most bagged tea and is less expensive than decent bagged tea. I brew with fresh filtered water (reverse osmosis) in a clean French Press, generally a quart at a time.

I tried Stash but it was Earl Grey in bags and I didn't like it, I bought it at Target and was so unimpressed I threw it out. The bergamot flavor tasted like artificial chemical. The Adagio loose leaf Earl Greys have peels in them for the flavoring, authentic taste.

I was less impressed by the Thai Chai but I finished it. The Green is great. English Breakfast is my go to now, with a spot of half and half. The Ceylons are also good, a nice bright tea. The Irish Breakfast is a bit malty, as expected from Assam tea. The Darjeeling is good for a change of pace, it has an almost grape type undertone or hints. I imagine other cuttings from other estates would taste a bit different but I have half a pound of Darjeeling left and I'm not going through it that fast with all these varieties to drink.


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10/5/15 8:46 P

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Stash has a Jasmine Green Tea that is way better than anyother that I have tasted. I like first flush Darjeeling Eastate teas as well.

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12/15/13 8:46 A

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I have just started getting into loose-leaf teas, have only tried a couple of kinds. I like strong breakfast teas so I ordered Irish Breakfast from Adagio, which has not yet arrived but I am looking forward to, and some Earl Grey (my favorite tea in general).

I was thinking I needed an infuser or some sort of gadget besides those empty teabags I have from when I grew my own Chamomile flowers for tea years ago, then realized, duh, I have a glass French Press for coffee that will work better than those tea infuser cups or the bags or tea-balls or anything else I see for sale.

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7/11/13 5:36 P

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I am using loose leaf Jasmine Green Tea from a Chinese Restaurant here in Mankato. It is not the best flavor to me but it is all that I have found so it will have to do. I am drinking way more green tea than I should.

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2/5/13 9:56 P

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I got some loose leaf Darjeeling for my birthday last spring and then forgot to bring it to Metairie with me when I went there. Now I am reunited with my Darjeeling, but drinking more green tea just now.

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10/24/12 10:13 A

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I second VERA_MOM 's recommendation for Adagio. I'm in NJ and I always get it next day, you can buy samples of ANY of their flavors, and you can even blend your own with up to 3 teas. I'm not a fan of herbal tea but they have a huge selection of black, oolong, green, white, herbal and even rooibos teas. You can buy them in tea bags but that's only select flavors. Samples range from 2-5 bucks so you can buy a whole bunch to see what you like. They also have an awesome teapot called the IngenuiTEA. I would say my favorites from there are the White Blueberry, White Peach, Silver Needle and Yunnan Gold.

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1/9/12 7:22 P

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I love Darjeeling, but I have it with milk not plain. I was drinking oolong tea plain for a while but it doesn't taste good anymore to me. I will need to keep trying it so I get used to the flavor again.

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Are there any Darjeeling drinkers in the house?
I received a sample of a Namring 1st flush Darjeeling with my last tea order.
I am sipping it right now...this reminds me of oolong tea.
I really did not know what to expect, but it is pretty tasty!

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8/14/11 5:27 P

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I get my loose-leaf tea at the Food Co-Op near where I live.

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6/20/11 12:50 A

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I get much of my tea via mail-order. Some of my favorites are:

Upton's
Harney & Sons
American Tea Room
Leland's Teas
Lupicia
TeaGshwender
Culinary Teas


I have even ordered from France:
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6/6/11 7:39 P

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If you have an Asian market near you they have loose leaf tea for sale. I am not sure how wide the selection would be but they do have green and jasmine teas at all of the stores I have been to.

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I get most of my teas from Teavana. My favorites are Weight to Go and Cacao Mint Black (tastes like a thin mint).

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3/8/11 7:14 P

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I get all my tea from Upton teas ( uptontea.com ). They have a great selection of loose leaf teas of all kinds, ship extremely quickly, and have great prices.

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2/17/11 7:08 P

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I buy the majority of my tea from adagio teas. (Do a google search and they should come right up.) They have incredible customer service and yummy teas. My favorites are their Irish breakfast, Earl Grey Bravo, their Valentine's tea (strawberry and chocolate ... sounds funny but it's divine), I really like their earl grey green, chestnut, candy cane, mandarin green, citron green, apricot green ... and that doesn't even touch their herbals. Those are delicious, too, I especially love the lemongrass and mints but their blends are also good. I've heard good things about their rooibos but I don't like that type of tea so can't tell you my opinion on them. :) They have tons of teas, it's fun to just browse through. Many you can order a sample size - I like to order a whole bunch of those until I find some I like. Their samplers are also reasonable but I like to try some of the less standard flavors, myself. :)

I love their teas. They ship SUPER fast (and always 3.75 in the US) - I always get my tea the next business day (of course they're in NJ and I'm in RI, but still! that's fast). If you're interested, holler (message me on here) and I can email you a gc for $5 off your first order from them.

I like the teas from Harney and Sons and also Simpson and Vail but they're more expensive and usually out of my budget. Adagio is by far my favorite place to order from (for other reasons than price, lol).

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1/31/11 4:56 P

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I get my tea from a small tea shop downtown most of the time and I love it. They have an ok selection, but I'm trying to expand a bit more...

Thanks for your suggestions, I'll dig a bit and see what I end up choosing. But vanilla tea sounds yummy! I'm not a big berry/spices fan (my bf is), but I think I'd enjoy it.

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1/22/11 2:20 P

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Yes, sorry! I fixed the link.

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1/22/11 12:21 P

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Calliopedak - do you mean teavana?

I checked out the site. The teas look interesting.

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1/20/11 3:56 P

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I get mine from Tevana. I'm lucky enough to have a store nearby, but the website gives you really great descriptions and even reviews. The link is one of several in our links thread, but:

www.teavana.com/

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1/20/11 12:23 A

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I order my tea from Harney and Sons online. I find their teas taste the best (and I have tried plenty). My staple teas are Vanilla, with cream and demerara sugar -- pure bliss although quite good with just Silk creamer; East Frisian (Assam, Darjeeling and Ceylon), hearty tea great with (Silk) cream. If you like Earl grey, the Earl Grey Supreme is heaven. They added Ceylon Vintage Silver Tips and has a wonderful smell (due to the Bergamot). I have tasted a variety of Earl Greys, and this is by far the best.

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1/19/11 11:45 P

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I'm hoping to get some nice suggestions. What are your favourite loose leaf teas or blends (if a blend, please list ingredients)???

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