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Nov 18, 2011, 6:56pm

As we had gone over the 250 post limit on the last thread, I thought I'd start a new one—just in time for the holiday season, and here in the northern hemisphere, a perfect season to cozy up with a cup of tea! (Of course, when isn't a good time to drink tea?)

I know bagged teas are generally frowned upon in here, but lately I've been addicted to Bigelow's Caramel Vanilla. Smooth and delicious. Mmm. When I'm feeling particularly indulgent I add sugar and Half & Half.


Edited: Nov 19, 2011, 5:41am

Have we two, identical threads - or is the site acting up?

ETA - Yup, two threads - I've just posted separately to both.


Nov 19, 2011, 6:55pm

Trying some Twinings Lady Grey -- somehow it leapt off the shelf and into my basket while I was doing the groceries this morning. How *did* that happen?! Ah well I can justify the purchase as I am down to one teabag's worth of English Breakfast and will have room for this new box in the cupboard ;)


Nov 21, 2011, 9:39am

My husband treated us to some Assam Harmatty Black Tips from Whittards - completely fabulous, but not exacty cheap ...


Nov 21, 2011, 6:38pm

It's raining here and I'm certainly going to have to make myself a cup of tea this evening. Not sure what yet.

On another note, I have put Harney & Sons Caribe blend on my Christmas list. I will feel a little more cultured now that I'm to have sachets instead of bags. :P


Nov 23, 2011, 12:05pm

Mariage Freres Marco Polo ... black tea with a wonderful strawberry shortcake twist to it.


Nov 27, 2011, 11:30am

silken sachets from Harney & Son's white Tea with Rosebuds..aka. their "Wedding" tea...drink it black...if you can call a white tea black!


Nov 28, 2011, 10:46am

Came up with a strange, but wonderful combination last evening and I'm drinking it again this morning. I brewed a cup of black tea and added one spoonful of Friendship tea (that tang and instant tea and spice mix) and a spoonful of sugar. It was delish! I don't like flavored teas usually, but this was not overpowering since I only used a small amount. Weird...


Dec 1, 2011, 9:58am

My favorite cup of tea is strong imported Irish Breakfast with 2 tablespoons of half and half. No sugar.

I have heard good things about Harney & Sons tea but haven't tried it yet.



Dec 1, 2011, 11:12am

Yorkshire Gold this morning. A good strong "cut the dust" tea.


Dec 1, 2011, 1:25pm

Lipton's Pineapple Chamomile in pyramid bags. For the price, their upscale line in the pyramid bags are quite good.


Dec 3, 2011, 7:19am

I like to drink Darjeeling Jungpana these days. The weather is like it should be in December, cold and rainy. I need something hot and well-tasting to lift me up. It's great for listening to classical music like Bach's Well-tempered Clavier BWV 846 No.1 Prélude in C Major, played on a Cembalo by Christiane Jaccottet.


Dec 3, 2011, 12:48pm

A mocha with a hint of caramel that I'm just finishing up. After this, I switch to Pumpkin Spice Chai and enjoy the snow falling lightly outside my windows along with a good book. :)


Dec 4, 2011, 9:50am

No snow falling outside my windows- more like rain beating against them...I'm enjoying my first seasonal indulgence of the year: Imperial Teas of Lincoln's Christmas Blend. Bliss!


Dec 4, 2011, 3:56pm

Mad Tea Party Blend from Disneyland's Main Street tea shop while I start re-reading the Vorkosigan saga.


Dec 5, 2011, 1:10pm

My usual Twinings gunpowder with dried mint leaves (well, nearing the end of the bag so it's more like dried mint flakes/powder), and liquorice root gratings.


Dec 7, 2011, 9:58am

I've been drinking Tetley British Blend this season...mostly because it's convenient for the hundreds of cups I've been consuming.

I posted this in another thread, but I don't think anyone's seen it:
Any Americans that order Red Rose tea? What site has the best deal here in the States? You know, price and shipping?
I'm really interested in ordering some and trying it.


Dec 7, 2011, 7:47pm

We had a school group visit our office last week and they were so kind as to present us with a gift bag of tea and chocolate, all of which found very appreciative homes with my various team members! Today I am trying the raspberry white tea that I took from that bag. Not bad but I think I'll brew at the lower end of the recommended range with my next cup. (It suggests 2-4 mins and I did 4.)


Dec 7, 2011, 10:18pm

Sometime in October, I buy a three month supply of a decaf black blend flavored with pumkin pie spices (Pumpkin Spice from Stash Tea), and White Christmas, a black tea with bits of dried fruit, coconut, and seasonal spices that I get from a bin at a local tea shop (The Tea Embassy, Austin, TX). These two, along with the teas I drink year-round, pretty much take care of me through the short winters here.


BTW - pumpkin pie may be something foreign to my friends from the British Isles. Yes, here in the States, we actually make a desert out of squash (but only pumpkin, so far as I know). We pretty much beat the pumpkin flesh to death, mix it with lots of sugar and strong spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg), and bake it in a piecrust. The final product is nearly unrecognizable as being of vegetable origin, but in our household, it's a fall/winter favorite. Heck, we'll even bake the filling without the crust and eat it as a desert pudding.


Dec 8, 2011, 3:40am

Working my way through some odds and ends. Just finished up some coconut berry kiwi black tea- it sounds a bit overwhelming, but is actually delicious. I'm sorry it's done, but I'll be moving on to other things!


Dec 12, 2011, 12:11pm

Had some Bigelow vanilla caramel tea with sugar and half and half on a cold bright Sunday morning -- one cup of indulgence.


Dec 12, 2011, 4:43pm

21 > As a dessert, I've occasionally begun doing the same, but adding a bit of whipped cream on top. I always feel a bit guilty afterwards. I like that tea plain too, though.


Dec 12, 2011, 5:29pm

This morning, Adagio's rum black tea, which is very lightly flavored, and a morning favorite of mine.

this afternoon's tea will be Stash's Holiday Chai


Dec 16, 2011, 8:37am

Unfortunately, the mug is already empty, but when it was full, it had Bigelow's Eggnogg'n in it. More like sugar cookies than eggnog in flavor, but yummy and dessert-y.


Dec 25, 2011, 12:53am

Numi's holiday chai on a quiet Christmas Eve. This is probably my favorite time of the holiday season.


Dec 25, 2011, 12:02pm

Tazo Focus. Orangey-chocolate combo that is my current favorite of the whole Tazo lineup.


Dec 25, 2011, 1:57pm

Mmm...sounds yummy gmathis! I'll have to try that!


Dec 27, 2011, 7:43pm

I brewed some chai tea (Twinings) in a cup of hot apple juice. Brewed for 4 minutes, it makes a nice spiced apple cider type of drink.


Dec 27, 2011, 7:54pm

Great idea Indigosky! I'll have to try that. Soon! :) Thanks!


Jan 6, 2012, 9:34am

>28 indigosky: That sounds delicious. I am going to try that combination this weekend.

A Stash tea I like: black tea with ginger. Very refreshing.


Jan 8, 2012, 3:55pm

Santa Claus tea from Finland (Nordqvist)


Jan 10, 2012, 1:53pm

I've been drinking a Kenilworth Estate all morning long! I love days when I can drink tea to my heart's content.


Jan 28, 2012, 11:51pm

TeaGschwendner Viennese Blend. (An earl grey done with a light touch, and with jasmine.) A new favorite.


Jan 29, 2012, 12:20pm

The last leaves of my 2006 Wenlong pu-er. Probably get one or two more cups out of it tomorrow, and then it's down the trash with military honors.


Jan 29, 2012, 1:21pm

Reading about all these teas is giving me serious tea cravings!

Yorkshire Tea is my lifeblood, but I've been trying out some of the Twinings herbal teas recently and they're all delicious.


Jan 29, 2012, 2:15pm

I bet you will be sorry to see it go! :) I am working on an essay with some Coconut black tea... and likely will change to Darjeeling or Yunnan in the afternoon.


Jan 29, 2012, 4:21pm

I'm currently relaxing with a cup of Fujian Ti Kuan Yin Oolong from Adagio teas.


Jan 30, 2012, 4:08pm

I've been drinking Christmas Morning tea from Stash. Received it as a Christmas gift and I have found it to be perfect at any time of day.


Jan 30, 2012, 5:01pm

You all have such strange and interesting sounding teas, if you can suggest anywhere particularly good to buy tea near London that would be amazing! I am having a cup of genmaicha tea from whittards which is a personal favourite of mine!


Edited: Jan 30, 2012, 6:18pm

Hope97 - If you can get into Central London, there's a fantastic tea shop in Covent Garden. It's called The Tea House and it's on Neal Street. A great place to buy exotic and unusal blends as well as all the tea paraphernalia you could want!


Jan 30, 2012, 6:33pm

wow! Lots of fancy tea drinkers here! I'm hooked on Trader Joe's Irish Breakfast Tea. It's strong and dark. I used be a life long fan of Red Rose. No longer.

In the evenings I've been enjoying a cup Blackberry Sage from the republic of tea brand


Jan 31, 2012, 11:23am

#41, I like Trader Joe's teas! Good and inexpensive--I just live on the wrong side of my state; nearest store is several hours away.


Feb 1, 2012, 3:54am

Tamasz's Tiny Tea Factory - a Georgian black tea from Nothing But Tea. I found just enough for a mugful, forgotten in the back of the cupboard.

It was rather overshadowed by a similar and really outstanding Georgian (Natala's Gold Standard) that I had in the same order; but that one's long used up so this can't suffer from the comparison, and I'm realising this is really rather excellent in its own right.


Feb 2, 2012, 9:27am

Tetley British Blend...I'm almost out! The horror!


Feb 2, 2012, 11:29am

Malawi Aged Pu Erh from Nothing But Tea.

This is a strange one. If somebody had handed me the mug and told me they'd mixed half a mug of strong tea with half a mug of instant coffee, I'd have believed them.

Quite nice, though.


Feb 6, 2012, 10:03pm

Republic of Tea Organic Mint Fields...not to shabby!


Feb 7, 2012, 8:39am

Harney & Sons Tower of London ... well done; smooth with just a hint of fruit in the background.


Feb 8, 2012, 4:46pm

Raiding my stash of Pumpkin Spice tea this fine afternoon. Yum!


Feb 8, 2012, 8:14pm

oh yummmmmmmmm

I'm starbucks best customer when the spiced pumpkin latte makes it's autumn debut. I've never tried pumpkin tea



Feb 13, 2012, 11:24am

Oooh fantastic, i'm going to covent garden tomorrow so i'll be sure to have a look and let you know what I think!


Feb 14, 2012, 3:36am

At the moment just some ordinary herbal tea with spices to keep myself from dehydrating.


Feb 15, 2012, 3:03pm

I live in the USA and bought Yorkshire Gold through just recently and I love it!!!!


Feb 15, 2012, 3:39pm

Yorkshire Gold is one of my new favorites ... available locally at a TJ Maxx if you have one.


Feb 19, 2012, 12:18am

It's chilly and rainy outside; I have some kick-ass instrumental bluegrass playing and a well constructed and quite warm fire going in the main room, I have a pot of Yorkshire Gold on the hotplate (steeped almost to perfection, something I find tricky with this black tea blend, but wonderful when I get it right), and nothing I have to do but read until I start to get too drowsy.

Ahhh! I love winter in Central Texas.



Feb 19, 2012, 6:32pm

Bluegrass and Yorkshire Gold ... I applaud your excellent taste in beverages and music!

Just tried--not exactly a tea, let's call it an herbal blend--Ersatz Coffee Substitute. A chicory/grain caffeine-free alternative that's at least somewhat believable. Very similar to Celestial Seasonings Roastaroma.


Feb 20, 2012, 10:09pm

>56 gmathis: "not exactly tea"

Well, from the Oxford Concise Dictionary:

tisane /ti' zan/
· n. a herb tea.
– ORIGIN 1930s: from Fr.

· n.
1 a drink, remedy, or extract prepared by infusing.

· v.
3 soak (tea, herbs, etc.) to extract the flavour or healing properties.
– DERIVATIVES infuser n.
– ORIGIN ME: from L. infus-, infundere ‘pour in’.



Feb 21, 2012, 9:08am

OK, it qualifies then---as a tisane (chicory is a key ingredient) and an infusion (prep method). Wouldn't fool a die-hard java junkie, but since I'm not a coffee drinker, it's as strong as I care for the flavor to be.


Feb 21, 2012, 12:47pm

>55 Osbaldistone: Who do you like for instrumental bluegrass?

Current favorite tea: very strong Irish breakfast tea, the only tea I like with milk.



Feb 21, 2012, 8:51pm

>59 pennwriter:
Well, when I posted that, I was listening to Steve Martin and the Steep Mountain Rangers on Austin City Limits. I like Tim O'Brien, both with Hot Rize and since, Ralph Stanley ("O, Death" !!), The Del McCoury Band ("1952 Vincent Black Lightening" !!), but what I really like is what you find around a campfire at night at Bluegrass festivals in the summer.



Feb 22, 2012, 8:31am

Cup of Thomas Sampson by Andrews & Dunham. Nice malty breakfast tea.


Feb 25, 2012, 3:26pm

>60 Osbaldistone:. You've got good taste in bluegrass music. I heard Hot Rize more than once. Wanted to see and missed Steve Martin and the Steep Mountain Rangers last summer, which did not make me happy. Austin City Limits is still on? We don't get it in my neck of the woods (southwestern Pennsylvania).


Feb 25, 2012, 5:13pm

Black Dragon. Kind of toasted barley taste. Very nice.


Feb 26, 2012, 9:33am

Just purchased a bottle of Pappy's Sassafrass liquid concentrate for early-spring tea. (Missing the Ozarks; old stomping grounds for me.) Thinking it'll go nicely later this evening with Foggy Mountain Breakdown; I love Sharyn McCrumb's Appalachian books.

For that matter, it'd go pretty will with Foggy Mountain breakdown in audio, too :)


Feb 26, 2012, 9:51am

>64 gmathis: I'm the only person I know of who gets excited to stop at the gas station in the summer to pick up a bottle of root, birch, or sassafrass beer to drink on the drive home. I've never tried liquid concentrate though. And the Ozarks are still the Ozarks: unpredictable weather and tourist summers.


Feb 26, 2012, 6:41pm

Tiegster, this particular brand is really nice. Not cloyingly sweet, which I like. Reminds me of the "home brew" my grandpa steeped straight up from roots and served up in those sweaty aluminum tumblers that made your teeth clang when you drank in them.

(And an amendment to previous statement...missing the Ozarks pre-Branson boom :)

Mulling all this over a cup of Kama Sutra from British East India Company. Supposed to be writing a review of it elsewhere, but I'm not sure how to begin ... ingredients aren't posted anywhere and the flavor is an absolute mystery.


Feb 28, 2012, 8:51am

gmathis, I'm at the Lake so it's not quite as bad as Branson, but it still sucks during the summer. However, they (tourists) are our bread and butter. I'll have to see if I can find a seller for the sassafrass concentrate. It sounds wonderful.

Enjoying my Twinings English Breakfast that got here yesterday. Took me a while to find loose leaf. I was kind of disappointed in how much it is crushed/teared. Anyone know of a good quality, relatively cheap loose leaf?


Edited: Feb 28, 2012, 1:26pm

Our local health food store has bulk loose leaf in several varieties; I think the brand is San Francisco Herb & Spice. The Irish breakfast isn't real strong, but it's still OK...and cheap.

I got my bottle of Pappy's at Price Cutter (a Kroger offshoot) if you have them mid-state. And maybe--can't recall but I think--I've seen it at Wal-Mart. Oh...and Dillons.


Feb 29, 2012, 8:39am

Gmathis, Branson hit by tornado last night. Damage to several theaters. And also in Buffalo...1 dead, 12 injured.

Starting my day with Tetley British Blend. Hopefully, it gets me moving fast as I have a lot to accomplish today.


Feb 29, 2012, 9:24am

I like having earl grey in my tea and lots of milk so it is like cold tea with wierd , but tasty tea leaves. =D


Feb 29, 2012, 1:24pm

69--Same storm line went right over us 2 hours west. We lost our home in the big one last May, so it didn't make for a good night's sleep.

Thus, the need for a s-t-r-o-n-g cup of Harney & Sons Tower of London with some mate' thrown in for energy.


Mar 1, 2012, 6:38pm

Having some very hard-won Elf Help tea from Davids Tea. It was part of a three-pack sample set in my Christmas stocking, and the little metal containers the teas came in very nearly required the use of heavy machinery to open. We ended up using a can opener.
The tea itself tastes fruity in places and is pleasant enough, but my green tea brewing skills are hit-or-miss so I'm never sure whether I'm getting the full flavour.


Mar 2, 2012, 9:56pm

I'm drinking Rooibos with Lavender these days. I like the mix now that I have gotten used to Rooibos. I can't drink caffeine and I like how Rooibos tastes similar to normal black tea but completely herbal. Tastes wonderful with bread and jam too.


Mar 3, 2012, 5:20pm

I bought a small packet of lavender by the ounce from local health food store for blending and mixing--usually with chamomile. Never thought of trying it with rooibos...hmmm....(excuse me while I go prowl through my bin to see if I have some straight up rooibois).


Mar 10, 2012, 8:11pm

Enjoying Lipton's pineapple chamomile white tea--pyramid bags, light and tasty.


Mar 11, 2012, 1:13pm

Tazo Awake tea is my cornerstone of black teas, but recently I've been interested in using matcha--the powdered green tea.


Mar 15, 2012, 5:29am

I love to start my morning with a peppermint tea but today I fancied one of my french fruity teas, red fruits. It's simply lovely!


Mar 21, 2012, 1:23pm

Twinings Christmas Tea, says it's premium black tea with holiday spices.


Mar 21, 2012, 3:48pm

ooh that's nice, although I usually get the Whittards christmas tea though, I didn't even know twinings do one.


Apr 2, 2012, 1:00pm

Madura from the ANZAC Tea Parlour. Love that Aussie tea!


Edited: Apr 3, 2012, 3:51am

I've pretty much run out of tea at moment (two orders due to arrive at any time now) except for my Nothing But Tea Smokey Souchong of which I always have a stock. There was just a little of the same company's Pu Erh Orange in the bottom of a caddy, and a similar amount of their Thailand Doi Tung Red in another, both of which I've classed as 'okay' teas - which is not good enough for me to buy again. So ...

I shoved those two into a filter; it didn't look like quite a heaped teaspoonful; so I added just a pinch of the Smokey Souchong and brewed it for five minutes, which is the time they give for the Pu Erh.

It's actually an excellent mug of tea - I'm just coming to the bottom of the mug. Almost black in the mug, with a slightly smoky, slightly orangey smell with just the tiniest hint of sweaty socks. In the mouth there's a quite invigorating 'bite' - somewhere between the orange peel of the Pu Erh or the pine of the Souchong - and there's basic tea flavour plus earthiness, a hint of beef gravy or Oxo or similar, a hint of wood-smoke and just the tiniest hint of liquorice.

I'm not going to buy those teas just to try this again - but quite a happy accident, I think.


Apr 18, 2012, 7:26pm

Adagio's banana black tea- a favored afternoon brew for me.


May 23, 2012, 10:32am

Feeling stuffy, but want to get out on the water to kayak so I'm drinking some Good Earth Original Sweet & Spicy. Something about it always helps.


May 30, 2012, 1:58am

May I introduce you all to Madura Tea? Australian sub-tropical tea with very, very low caffeine. See for some interesting info on tea, including some recipes. They ship overseas, I believe, especially to the USA. Anyway, I have bought nothing else for about 15 years and we love it in our house on a daily basis -- particularly the Premium Blend black tea and the Green Tea. Cheers!


Jun 16, 2012, 10:49am

Yorkshire Tea and chocolate chip biscotti on this fine Saturday morning :)


Jun 17, 2012, 5:54pm

Bengal Spice, or as my sister and I call it, Tiger Tea!


Jun 17, 2012, 7:24pm

Mmm! I love Bengal Spice! Need to get me some more. I have a sore throat and the spices in that tea seem to help with sore throats. :)


Jun 17, 2012, 9:22pm

Just finished off a cup of Pineapple Paradise from Boston Tea Company. A good green sencha with tropical flavors. (I haven't gone wrong yet with the flavored varieties offered by Boston Tea.)


Edited: Jun 23, 2012, 8:25am

This humid afternoon (at 38 degrees centigrade), I am brewing Twinings Earl Grey Tea.

I hadn't heard of the Twinings Earl Grey blend controversy; However, last year supply was interrupted for three months and afterwards I stocked up buying three 200-grams caddies, of what appears to be now called the classic blend.


Jul 29, 2012, 10:51pm

I just finished a glass of oolong.


Jul 30, 2012, 9:45am

Earl Greyer from The Republic of Tea.


Jul 30, 2012, 11:48am

>62 pennwriter:
I'm very late responding to this one. Lost track of this thread.

Austin City Limits is still on?

Yes, Austin City Limits is still going strong - 38th anniversary this October and this past year, they moved into a new studio (much larger seating capacity) with a whole new set design.

The longest-running music program in television history; the only television show to have been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts; recently recognized by Time magazine as one of the 10 most influential music programs of all time; enshrined as a Rock & Roll Landmark in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Goes very well with a nice blend like Yorkshire Gold, or, when the show goes metal, perhaps a strong souchong with a side of single malt Islay.

We don't get it in my neck of the woods (southwestern Pennsylvania).

If you can't get the show on your local public television station or your cable lineup, you should be able to watch some episodes online here.



Sep 5, 2012, 2:39am

China Organic Oolong from Nothing But Tea.

Rotten wood, beef gravy, chocolate, good basic tea and a hint of freshly-cut grass: yes, I know it sounds odd, and it's an unique flavour in my experience, but I love it so much I've just bought 250gms of it instead of the 100gm pack in which I normally buy teas. It's the strongest-smelling brew I've ever had, too.


Sep 6, 2012, 12:20pm

What a wonderful idea for a group!

I drink many kinds of tea, but generally my first choice is Assam. Milk and honey please.


Sep 10, 2012, 3:47am

Green Earl Grey - it is just as good as it sounds.


Sep 10, 2012, 7:13pm

Today I finally started some of the tea I bought in London this past April; Royal Breakfast from The Tea House, Covent Garden. Not bad but I made it a bit weaker than I normally would, because I also had a pot of Earl Grey while out with a friend from university. (I decided to start the London tea because we've both been to London recently and were comparing notes on what we'd seen and done.)


Sep 11, 2012, 4:04am

I enjoyed a thai iced tea this evening.  Despite being a beverage for the hot summer months, the flavor makes me think of winter.


Sep 11, 2012, 2:17pm

Peppermint. Just what I require on a break from work. I'll probably move onto a black tea blend this afternoon to perk me up.


Sep 12, 2012, 2:52am

I've not been brave enough to try it yet because it smells so awful. I bought some devil's club herb tea in Alaska. It's supposed to cure my arthritis.


Sep 12, 2012, 4:28pm

My dad takes glucosamine/chondroitin to help his arthritis.  After being on it for 3 months, he stopped taking it for a few days to see if it was actually helping.  His pain returned, so he's happy with the stuff.  It should be available in your local pharmacy, if you want to try it.

As for tea, I have a lychee black to go along with my oatmeal (for lunch).  I usually drink lychee red, so we'll see how this tastes.


Sep 14, 2012, 2:12am

Caramel Vanilla tea sounds rather interesting actually, I wonder if it can be found in my area?

And what's wrong with a tea bag? makes it all less crunchie I say.

I hear my bf waking, so I expect a cuppa PG Tips Green will be by my side soon. What's tea without a tea boy to serve it eh?


Sep 17, 2012, 5:59pm

Twinings' Australian Afternoon Tea, which I'm drinking on an Oregon afternoon thanks to a recent visit from our Australian former high school exchange student.


Sep 17, 2012, 6:13pm

Mighty Leaf Organic Earl Grey, a small tin of which a coworker gave me because Earl Grey is not one of her favourites and she wanted it to have a good home. Naturally I was happy to oblige.


Sep 18, 2012, 4:46pm

Ahh. First hint of Fall in the air (and some long needed rain on the ground!). Time to check the stock of fall favorites - Pumpkin Spice (from Stash); White Christmas (from the local tea shop - Tea Embassy). These two, along with Earl Grey, simple black teas, and Lapsang S. seem to call to me once the temperature drops below 60ºF.



Sep 20, 2012, 9:32pm

Just posting a woo-hoo at discovering a decaffeinated black tea that actually has some meat on its bones: Harney & Sons Decaf Ceylon. Tastes like tea, not dishwater!


Sep 26, 2012, 5:59pm

Pickwick Green Tea Jasmine. I almost forgot how good it tastes!


Oct 26, 2012, 11:38am

My everyday favorite is Murrough's Welsh Brew. Hard to find in the US -- had to order it from Amazon.


Oct 27, 2012, 8:34am

Blended 1/2 teaspoon of Chocolate Cream Truffle (a blend from Savoy Tea Co. in Rogers Ark) with a teaspoon of chamomile. Not a true decaf, obviously, but a really pleasant after dinner treat.


Nov 16, 2012, 2:00pm

Pickwick cherry tea it is this evening!


Nov 16, 2012, 8:34pm

Another lychee black for me, while my friend enjoyed a cup of caramel honeybush.


Nov 18, 2012, 8:28am

Paris Morning from Savoy Tea, which I'm told is a clone of Paris by Harney and Sons. Caramel, vanilla, bergamot with a black tea base. I save this one for mornings when I have time to sip leisurely instead of guzzling out of a travel mug.


Nov 19, 2012, 2:14am

My lovely English Breakfast yum!


Nov 20, 2012, 2:19am

Italian Almond tea from what Dilmah calls its "Exceptional Tea" range. A refreshing black Ceylon tea base with a delicate infusion of almond flavour.
Real tea leaves, not dust, encased in an attractive silk tea bag.
Perhaps a little odd to be drinking a tea from Sri Lanka when here I sit in Shanghai surrounded by all the tea in China.


Nov 20, 2012, 2:09pm

Sounds interesting GumBlossom!
I am having a cup of Pickwick 'Gingerbread' tea at the moment, quite spicy. It is a bit hard to discribe the taste, but the flavour comes from a type of biscuit called 'speculaas' in Dutch


Edited: Dec 12, 2012, 12:34pm

Still a plain black tea or blend in the morning, but I'll be picking up my cold weather/holiday season spiced tea(s) as soon as I can drive into town to the Tea Embassy. They have a very nice "White Christmas" spiced black.

I usually get a very nice "Pumpkin Spice" black from Stash Tea, but they've dropped the other teas I used to get from them, so now the shipping costs make a "Pumpkin Spice" only order far too expensive. I'll miss it (and, being decaffienated, it was nice before bedtime), but the "White Christmas" from the local shop is just fine.

For those of you in a country where pumpkin pie is not known, "Pumpkin Spice" is flavored with the spices used in pumpkin pie (probably cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and, perhaps, cloves and cardamon). I suppose I could come up with my own spiced blend by trial and error.



Nov 25, 2012, 5:11pm

Pumpkin spice chai, today!  It isn't actually on the menu, so they haven't really perfected their blend.  It's still tasty, though.


Nov 25, 2012, 8:54pm

Oh, those spiced teas sound just the thing as it is now a tad chilly here in Shanghai in the evenings and early mornings.
I used to buy a similarly spiced tea at the Tea Centre in Sydney. I have just looked at their website and although I cannot see the one I used to buy years ago, they seem to have a wonderful variety of teas.
For the benefit of those who may be in Sydney, or about to visit, here is the website for the Tea Centre:


Nov 25, 2012, 9:33pm

A company client has just appeared with large red gift boxes of Lu An Gua Pian 片安瓜片 tea. Each gold silk lined box contains four red tins of tea, so there is one for each of us to take home. While not sipping it at this very moment, I plan to sample this tonight in the peace and calm of my apartment.

This tea comes from Anhui, a terribly poor, but stunningly beautiful province, which Borders Shanghai. The last two characters of the name, which can be translated as Melon Seed, refer to the shape of the leaves.
Below is a link to the Chinese Tea Culture website's information on this tea. I notice that the first character of the name is sometimes transliterated as Lu and sometimes as Liu. This character can be either of these, but in the name of this tea most seem to use Lu.


Nov 26, 2012, 6:21am

I am now sipping the Lu An Gua Pian tea. To my taste it has a light, smooth flavour with a lingering finish not unlike a mild oolong. A good tea for a moment of relaxation after the work day.


Dec 2, 2012, 9:19pm

Old Town Spice, taste like Imperial Red Hots.


Dec 6, 2012, 3:10pm

Pickwick Dutch Grey
It's like Earl Grey / Lady Grey flavoured with orange zest.


Dec 12, 2012, 12:49pm


Well, I'm striking out this winter. Tea Embassy no longer carries their "White Christmas" spiced black, and, as I mentioned, Stash Tea's "Pumpkin Spice" is just too pricey ordered alone, due to shipping costs. Perhaps I'll experiment with pumpkin pie seasoning in a nice black tea after all.



Dec 12, 2012, 1:33pm

I have a nice Chai Tea Latte made for use in a Tassimo. A little rich but lovely flavour! :) Just right to watch the snow fall with.


Dec 13, 2012, 3:36am

Bought a specialty blend called Old Town Spice. It taste just like Imperial Red Hots.


Dec 17, 2012, 7:59am

I'm having some Williamson Earl Grey. I bought it because it came in a lovely elephant tin, but it's pretty good.


Dec 19, 2012, 1:29pm

Pomegranate lemon black tea from a mystery packet I pulled out of the cupboard. Only other tea people really understand mystery packets of tea.


Dec 19, 2012, 2:31pm

My most recent teas are from Teavana:
Caramelissimo Black
Coco Caramel Sea Salt Herbal
Wild Orange Blossom Herbal
All are delicious!


Dec 19, 2012, 3:59pm

I just received a box of Pomegrante Blueberry tea from a dear friend. Kettle is on so I can try it! :) Smells lovely in the box! :) Can't wait to taste it!


Dec 19, 2012, 4:25pm

This evening I am having a cup of chocolate mint tea!


Dec 30, 2012, 5:01pm

>124 Osbaldistone:
Os, I live in the land of Stash and they've got Pumpkin Spice on clearance sale. Want me to see if I can pick up and mail you some?


Dec 30, 2012, 8:23pm

>129 lahochstetler: Here's to half-packet serendipity.

Am loving a holiday blend called Mistletoe picked up at Savoy Tea Co. in Rogers Arkansas: green tea with almonds, orange, vanilla, and pink peppercorns.

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