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Recently, I’ve been on something of a tea obsession. Whether it has to do with my Anglophilia, something to drink that isn’t soda but wanting something more than water, in the past two weeks I’ve bought nine tins of loose leaf tea. I have even purchased one of those lovely painted iron kettle thingys.
What are the best sorts o asics gel f teas if you’re caffeine sensitive? (Not allergic, just very very sensitive) Most of the teas I’ve purchases are of the herbal variety, but honestly I don’t want to just drink herbal tea.
If you don’t have the pretty tins from the tea company and purchase your loose leaf tea in sealed cellophane bags, what is the best method of storage?
What additions do you prefer (sugar/lemon/milk, etc.)? When is it appropriate to add milk to a tea anyway?
Tea shops/online retail companies: tell me of your favorites and what teas you would recommend.
Many a mug of hot tea is going to get through the coming annual Ice Age that is the Canadian winter so your a asics gel ssistance is greatly appreciated.
posted by Kitteh to Food Drink (30 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Don’t wash the teapot out with soap you’ll ruin it! Or so my British friends say. Just hot water.
posted by bq at 11:44 AM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]
My favorite is Chai. Don’t know if it comes in decaf.
As far as adding milk, I think that’s a matter of t asics gel aste. Just don’t add it to a citrus tea because it will definitely curdle (ew). But steamed milk makes for an amazing chai tea latte. A Canadian company as well.
posted by kanata at 11:48 AM on August 22, 2011
I have heard that if you steep a tea bag for 30 seconds in boiling water, then discard the water and steep it again for your cup of tea, it cuts the caffeine dramatically. I haven’t yet had a chance to test this intriguing bit of information, so take that with a grain of salt. I’ve had some dreadful decaffeinated black tea, so I really hope that it works.
When is it appropriate to add milk to a tea anyway?
When you like the way that it tastes. Try a bit of it with milk first, some teas will make the milk curdle. But asics gel if you like it, go for it. If tea purists clutch their pearls over it, that’s their problem.
Depending on the water in your area, you may need to de gunkify the implement in which you boil the tea water. Fill it with enough vinegar to cover the areas with mineral deposits and let it stand for a few hours. If you do this on a regular basis, you will not be stuck with a kettle encrusted with nasty calcium crud. (The calcium crud will kill the taste of the tea.)
posted by corey flood at 11:50 AM on August 22, 2011
I like Upton Tea for my mail order tea needs.
posted by rmd1023 at 11:50 AM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]
I grew up with tea made by Nova Scotians, brewed dark and strong enough to stand a spoon up in, and treated as practically medicinal.
I know with green tea, the second pot made with the same tea leaves is considered the best (the first pot is too strong).
I store tea in a cool, dry, dark place.
My favourite is Lapsang Souchong, but then, I like really smoky flavours.
As for additions, let me relate a story:
I worked a summer in France, and was reamed out by my employer for putting both milk and sugar in my tea. She said I should only put sugar, milk is unhealthy. So I stopped putting milk in. Then I moved to Ireland, and people there were horrified that I put only sugar in my tea and not milk. After that, I decided I would put whatever the hell I wanted in my tea.