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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby floragord » 31 Mar 2017, 16:43

Courtenay wrote:Just trying a flavour I hadn't seen before — Twinings China Rose (one of those varieties that's a bit more posh (and expensive) than their "ordinary" teas). Quite a light tea with a delicate flavour and a subtle rose aroma... nice. 8) Have you ever tried it, Floragord? :D


I haven't tried the China Rose, but probably in the same general taste zone, got a fetching caddy of Twinings Royal Wedding Commemorative Blend, "a delicate blend of white tea,the flavour of bergamot and rose petals" - it is delicious but astonishingly dry, worth a glass of water alongside to rehydrate :wink: . I must have a look for the China Rose - alas the nearest Waitrose is at Y Fenni so I'll have to stop on the way to Hay to restock my "tea wardrobe"...
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Courtenay » 31 Mar 2017, 17:41

Haven't checked whether or not China Rose tea is available at Waitrose around here — I bought it at Sainsbury's. :wink:
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Rob Houghton » 31 Mar 2017, 18:25

Waitrose is the place where Hyacinth would shop - certainly not Sainsbury's!! ;-)
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Courtenay » 31 Mar 2017, 18:33

So you see, this is not the Bouquet Residence after all. :P
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby floragord » 03 Apr 2017, 23:31

Courtenay wrote:Haven't checked whether or not China Rose tea is available at Waitrose around here — I bought it at Sainsbury's. :wink:


Alas and alack, not even a Sainsburys, in our fresh fields and pastures new - we've recently joined the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, perhaps they could experiment with growing various teas in their marvellous biodome and selling it to members?, or would that be a frivolous use of research funds :?
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Wolfgang » 23 Jun 2017, 17:42

I usually use tea bags to make my tea if I'm in the mood of some. It usually says you have to keep it so many minutes in the hot water to have a secure "Food". I wonder what happens if I keep the bags (much) longer in the water than the adviced time frame they give. Are there ingredients that will dissolve harder than the desired ones but will eventually and are harmful? Or are there other reasons?
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby IceMaiden » 23 Jun 2017, 22:21

Do you mean will the teabag dissolve like a biscuit if you leave it in the cup too long? If so, no it won't, I've got some horribly weak teabags at the moment that I leave in the cup until I've finished it and their always still intact at the end. Maybe if it was left an hour or more it wouldn't be but if you left it that long the tea will be cold and only fit for throwing anyway :P .
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Wolfgang » 24 Jun 2017, 07:56

No, I didn't mean that the bag dissolves. Actually I like cold tea in summer, my mother used to make us a mixture of mint tea, black tea, lemon juice and sugar which tasted wonderful. Unfortunately she no longer has the recipe so I had to try my own one consisting of black tea, mint tea and additionally ginger tea. While I have to remove the black tea pretty soon (after about 4 minutes) I don't mind keeping the other ones longer in it.
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Courtenay » 13 Sep 2017, 10:51

I've been wishing for a while that I could find one of my favourite herbal teas, rosehip and hibiscus, in the UK — it doesn't seem to be common here and I haven't found anything like it in any of the major supermarkets. (I used to buy an American brand, Red Zinger, back in Australia, which has a few other herbal ingredients as well as hibiscus and rosehip but still tastes really good — brilliant colour, too. :D ) Probably it was the reference to rosehips in the uncollected Blyton short story in this week's featured page from Teacher's World that made me think of herbal teas again... see, we CAN relate it back to Enid and promote Tony's excellent work in the Cave even while talking about tea. :twisted:

Anyway, I decided to do an online search for rosehip and hibiscus tea and found there's actually a local firm — The Kent & Sussex Tea and Coffee Co., no less — that sells rosehip and hibiscus teabags at a very reasonable price and with good reviews. :D It looks like they only sell online or from their factory shop in Pluckley (between Maidstone and Ashford, here in Kent but not that close to me), but I might have to try them some time.
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby pete9012S » 13 Sep 2017, 11:16

I'll drink to that! :D
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Courtenay » 13 Sep 2017, 11:35

Thanks, Pete. 8)
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby floragord » 26 Oct 2017, 12:17

I was amused to read Diamine, who produce fountain pen ink, have a new range called
Earl Grey, available in 30ml and 80ml sizes - gives a whole new flavour to letter-writing :D
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Courtenay » 26 Oct 2017, 12:25

Gosh-a-roonie, they have too. :shock: But I don't think drinking it is recommended...
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby KEVP » 26 Oct 2017, 17:44

I'm remembering a song we used to sing in school in the UK when I was 5. It had the line "What would we have to drink/if the sea was made of ink?"
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Re: Favourite brand of tea?

Postby Daisy » 26 Oct 2017, 17:55

Would it be
"If all the world were paper,
And all the sea were ink;
If all the trees were bread and cheese,
How should we do for drink?
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