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the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
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--Wilda English

Monday, May 6, 2013

Tea Survey

Before I get started on my tea survey, I would like to thank everyone who has commented thus far to my post yesterday.  Please keep those suggestions & opinions coming   : )   I especially want to thank Heather, Karin, & capecodgirl565.  You are no-reply bloggers so unfortunately I am not able to respond to your messages directly.

It has been raining since Saturday night.  Not a hard rain ... just an almost steady spring shower.  The rain has stopped now but is supposed to continue later today in the form of thunderstorms.  I love me a good thunderstorm   : )   As you can imagine, it's quite soggy outside but also very green & you can almost stand at the window & watch the plants grow   : )

Tea!

A cup of tea is always pleasant no matter the season, but it is particularly satisfying on a snowy or rainy day.  Brewing up a nice pot of tea & sipping a cup while standing at the window watching the snowflakes or raindrops fall, sitting by a warm fireplace, or while working on a particularly enjoyable bit of cross stitch or knitting is like a little bit of heaven on earth   : )   

I am rather adventurous when it comes to tea.  I try all different brands & flavors. Sometimes I've wasted my money, but other times I've found tea perfection!  My husband also enjoys tea, but he is a one tea kind of guy.  Bigelow Constant Comment.  I'll admit it's a good tea, but there are others I think are much better   : )

Wallace & Gromit like tea!  I love Wallace & Gromit!  How I would love to have my picture taken with them ... & in front of a tea van too!!!
Do you like tea?  What is your favorite tea? Are you adventurous or a one tea person like John?  Do you prefer bags or loose tea? Do you take milk in your tea?  Sugar?  Honey? Do you make use of a pretty tea set or just boil some water in a pan & dump it in a cup?  Do tell   : )

22 comments:

Sally said...

I love Twinings Lady Grey tea. I don't drink it all the time though as it's a little expensive as far as tea goes. I drink it with my breakfast and in an evening. I have a Pip cup and saucer which has a robin on it and I have it in that with my breakfast :)

Vickie said...

Shirlee, I just do not care for tea. Brian, well, he drinks it all day every day. He prefers loose tea, but bags are easier. I don't know, he boils a mug of water in the microwave every time. He counted, he has 18 different kinds in the house right now. His favorite is plain green tea. He uses honey, sugar. He is just a tea fanatic. ;)

geeky Heather said...

OK, I could write a short book about what kind of teas I like. I am the kind of person that when I go to a restaurant, I ask them what brand of tea they serve before ordering. That Yorkshire Tea you have pictured there is very good (Yorkshire Gold also, though I think I have a slight preference for the regular). My everyday at-work tea (i.e., it has to be in bags) is PG Tips, which my British coworker has approved of as "the best bagged tea". The only other bagged tea I really drink is Mighty Leaf; although I prefer to brew their tea loose. My favorite blends are Orange Dulce (YUM) and Celebration. Harney and Sons also makes great bagged tea (and loose). I adore their Hot Cinnamon black (and green) teas, and they have one of my favorite Earl Greys. I will try almost any flavor out there, and I drink all tea with sugar and half and half. (Even green, to the consternation of my Asian coworkers). One of my favorite blends, which sadly is no longer made, was Rose Marzipan by Teavanna (who unfortunately bought Special Teas, which formerly couldn't be beat for flavor vs. price!!!)

The best Chai lattes I've had have been at The Coffee Bean in CA and The Nordstrom Cafe here in the ATL (they use the Oregon Chai mix, I believe).

Maybe that's long enough??? LOL!

Dawn said...

Shirlee,

I like Twinings Breakfast tea and also Republic of Tea Ginger Peach as an Iced Tea. I like both loose and tea bags, i use no fancy cups. We have a store in Kenwood Mall called Teavanna, $$$ but they will blend up a batch of tea mixture, loose leaves to your liking.

butterfly said...

A nice breakfast mild tea for me , teapot yes , milk and sugar, but must be in a china cup or china mugs , it is the only way , we must drink 8 to ten mugs of tea a day each we are the tea family.

Mii Stitch said...

I love tea! Mine has to be black, weak & no sugar!! My favourite is Earl Grey & Vanilla from Tetley!!! A good old British brand :D Yorkshire tea is nice too x

Pam in IL said...

I'm not a tea drinker, but your post and the comments are interesting. My sister drinks lots of different teas but she usually heats her water in the microwave. She does use both bags and loose tea.

rosek1870 said...

My two favorites are Twinings Irish Breakfast tea with milk and sugar and Biglow Cranberry-Apple which is great hot or cold. I use bags and am on my 5th Mr. Coffee Ice Tea Maker (ours gets used hard year round).

Hazel said...

I don't drink tea at all. I am a coffee girl. The closest I have drank to tea is fruit tea which is really no tea at all. Can't stand the stuff. Wish I did though as I would love an excuse to buy a teapot!

Emma/Itzy said...

Wooo Yorkshire Tea! Wallace and Gromit clearly have great taste (perhaps I am a little biased as I am a Yorkshire Lass!)

I don't actually care for tea too much, but the rare times I do have some it tends to be green tea or something fruity :)

Trace4J said...

Afternoon Friend
I love honey in my tea best.
But ya know I favor coffee.
Woolie Hugs

In my fav polish stoneware mug :)

P.J. said...

My favorite rainy day or sick day teas is Typhoo tea! Love the rich flavor of this tea. I am fan of a good Camomile, Honey & Vanilla or a good green tea for those time when you just need to seriously relax. A Twinings English Breakfast tea insteD of coffee on a Sunday morning is devine. A cup of tea is like a cup full of happiness.

Simply Victoria said...

I like lots of different kinds: Honey Vanilla Chamomile from CS, loose peppermint with honey, rooibos with stevia, Yogi's Egyptian Licorice. I just tried Stash's Pomegranate Raspberry green tea. I had never tried one with matcha before and liked it. In the summer I regularly make sun tea with jasmine green tea sweetened with honey. I love it best warm from the sunny deck!

Krista said...

I am not so much of a tea person, and aside from the regular black tea, pekoe or english breakfast, I love spicy chai tea. I like mine straight up, no cream or sugar. And I think it would make a wonderful iced tea too!

Carol said...

Nope, I'm not a tea drinker either (or coffee for that matter!!)... I only drink juice, water, milk, and an occasional glass of diet Gingerale :)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

My daily tea is Twinnings Irish Breakfast taken with a single packet of Sweet n' Low in a china mug at work. If I'm at home I'll boil up a proper pot of water. My newest favorite is Rooibos tea from South Africa. My friend Jackie D. got me started on it. I've not met a tea I didn't like...bagged or loose it's all good!

willmania said...

My husband has turned me into a coffee girl, but whenever I go to the grocery store I gaze at the beautiful boxes of tea & wish I could find one that would be "my tea" . . . but alas, you have to purchase an entire box to try some & of course you know by the first swallow of the first bag whether you're going to like it or not. I recently purchased a sampler box, thinking that was the way to expand my horizons, but once I got it home I realized that 3 of the 5 choices were some type of chamomile & the coffee part of my brain yelled, "You don't like that junk, it's wimpy!" Anyway, right now I have 5 boxes of different teas up in the cupboard, 2 of which I think are past the expiration date! I know . . . it's sad.

Marsha said...

I start the day with coffee and then switch to tea in the afternoon. My most favorite is Republic of Tea's Ginger Peach. I buy it loose by the pound and sweeten it with agave syrup. My most favorite ice tea is Luzianne made in my ice tea maker. A friend encouraged me to buy one years ago and it is one of the best appliances I have ever bought. It's embarrassing the amount of teas I have. Green, blueberry green, roobios, chocolate coconut, chai, blackberry sage and I love them all. I can't figure out why I still drink coffee?

tangerinedream73 said...

Hi Shirlee,

Boy did you hit the nail on the head when you wrote your tea post. I am a bit of a snob when it comes to tea. I used to only drink Harney and Sons tea but have discovered Teavana and must admit that I am over the moon for their tea. My go to tea is Paris by Harney and Sons. It is a black tea with caramel notes and I know that some of the nicer grocery stores carry it. I usually order mine on their website. I was in a Christmas exchange three or four years ago and my partner introduced me to Teavana. I found a location about an hour away (we live on a small island off of the coast of North Florida) and when I can get my husband to drive that far, a stop at my "local" Teavana store is always on my agenda. I like their fruity teas the best and always come home with a few new ones to try. The nice thing is that they always have samples and so I hardly ever get stuck with a dud.

I have a bone china cup that I use if I only want a small amount. If I am in the mood for more, I have a bone china mug that I bought for myself several Christmases ago. I use German rock sugar from Teavana and sometimes a little cream if I have some on hand. I mostly use loose tea but the Harney comes in silk sachets and I like that for a quick cup. I bought a fancy schmancy tea maker that boils the water to different temperatures depending on the type of tea I am brewing. I told you I was a tea snob. I just can't make it through the day without a few cups of liquid gold. As a matter of fact, we are going into Jacksonville on Saturday so a trip to Teavanna is in order. My husband and the local economy thank you wholeheartedly!


Amy Varnell-Miller

Kathy Koontz said...

I love, love, love tea! My favorite teas are strong "now that's a tea" type teas. These are actually fairly difficult to find easily in the states. So I have been reduced to two, Irish Breakfast Tea and Scottish Breakfast Tea. I have found a couple different versions of the Irish but have only found Taylors of Harrogate for the Scottish.

Tea is my go-to drink for when I just need a little soothing and is an absolute must for starting my morning.

Nancy said...

I love me a Big Train Decaf Chai Tea latte better then any other lattes. It comes in a purple packet. As for just regular teas, I really like Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice Tea. It is an herbal tea and all of the great tasting spices in it are great for the digestive system. It is a naturally sweetened tea without sweetners and it also helps me calm down and sleep at night.

Catherine said...

I love a variety of teas ~ but Chai and Chai Lattes are a favorite right now. I don't have a proper teapot for handling loose leaf teas, so that's out.