Looking to branch out from my usual morning cup of Lipton tea. I don't like iced tea or fruity tea but I do like hot tea with a bit of sugar. I tried the breakfast collection found at the local grocery store, but would like to try something more. Where should I look to buy some? Also, I don't want to buy huge amounts of 1 kind...I may not like it. TIA
Jan 28, 2013, 07:42 PM
Doesn't your grocery store have a large selection? Most of the grocery stores here in Canada have many, many different brands and types of tea. Large cities also have stores that specialize in teas where one can buy small amounts of loose tea. Even in our little town there is a store that has specialty teas altho they are quite expensive. Try googling to find what's available in your local area.
Two of the brands I buy most often are Twinings and Stash and they both have online stores.
Although I prefer coffee, I'm a fan of Earl Grey tea, myself. The stronger the better, but I take it English style with a touch of milk and sugar. And I find that I really like the green teas served in most Chinese restaurants. Best thing to do is experiment and a variety pack as mentioned might be the easiest way. Good luck, and have fun.
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Jan 28, 2013, 11:27 PM
Lots of grocery stores have some great selections of teas -- I would start there. Also, check in your area to see if you have a store that sells teas and/or a tea room. Both retail outlets should have a good selection and most in fairly small quantity so you won't have to drink the same tea "forever"!
One particular favorite of ours is Harney's Hot Cinnamon -- it's not a "flavored" tea but rather tea with cloves and cinnamon in it and it is really a warming tea on a winter day. I've had some other varities of Harney's and wasn't all that impressed but I really like their Hot Cinnamon. It is sweet but naturally so and you dont' really need sugar with it.
I like Earl Grey as well and often drink that for my afternoon cuppa.
Received a Christmas gift of Bentley's teas. I'm likin them. And I drink them like you...medium brew (2 minutes) with a teaspoon or so of sugar.
Try adding a couple of whole cloves + a small piece of cinnamon stick to your Lipton cup...or any other spice you might like, while it's brewing. I even save them when I scoop them out for another cup or so later.
Jan 28, 2013, 11:57 PM
Mountainbeach - I hear your dilemna on finding some different teas. Out here in the boonies, it's Lipton, Celestial Seasonings and maybe if you're lucky Bigelow. Nothing else. Joyluck perhaps has much more to choose from but I caught that she lives in Canada, lucky her, I wish it was so plentiful here as well. I watch for tea when I'm travelling. We do have a 3rd world shop that features gift items women have handcrafted for their livelihoods and they have some teas from those spots in the world. I have Bentley and Republic of China, etc in my tea cabinet but bought those out of town no doubt. Check online for others and order some to try.
Jan 29, 2013, 07:21 AM
I must confess I can't drink hot tea. Perhaps I've never brewed it correctly, but I do like flavored teas, especially when brwewing for iced tea.
If you have a local coffee specialty store they frequently have a tea section. Down in Charleston they have a wonderful shop that specializes in tea. I love the aroma just walking in.
Jan 29, 2013, 07:59 AM
Charming -- a really great ice tea is 2 family size bags of Luizianne (or Lipton if you want) and 1 small individual bag of Harney's Hot Cinnamon -- a great ice tea -- that little bit of cinnamon really gives the tea a good flavor.
Have you seen the new reports of tea containing non-tea stuff like common lawn clippings?! And they did not report the brands!!!!
I drink probably two quarts of unsweet decaf tea daily (Luzianne or Tetleys). I have an occasional cup of hot tea - Bigelow green or Earl Grey usually. That's a lot of tea to be buying specialty tea but I'm really considering it. GRASS CLIPPINGS?! And what chemicals were put on that grass?!!!
My mother likes tea so I have been sending her selections from www.culinaryteas.com for the past few years. Sign up for weekly Emails and they will tell you about featured teas and coupon codes for savings. Mother generally like a nice black tea, but she also likes decaffeinated versions because she often has a cup in the middle of the night. One tea that she has liked from culinaryteas is called Monk's Blend. It has a bit of orange flavor, but isn't overly sweet or fruity.
Jan 29, 2013, 04:56 PM
We have a lovely store in a nearby mall: Teavana. It's a bit pricey, but they have a website: www.teavana.com
Jan 29, 2013, 06:08 PM
Thanks everyone, I've been looking over the Teavana site and will eventually get to the other ones mentioned. Teavana has a few I'd love to try!!! I don't know where my brain is sometimes...why don't I just flavor my Lipton??? So, I just brewed a bag, added a cinnamon stick, 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract and a spoon of Stevia. It is just so good!!! Tastes like I should feel guilty drinking it since I'm trying to lose weight, lol.This message has been edited. Last edited by: mountainbeach,
Jan 29, 2013, 06:43 PM
Does your market carry Stash? I love the Earl Grey. Very sweet even without sugar. No bitterness and just lovely.
Feb 01, 2013, 09:24 AM
Scroll down to the link with Sales Tactics for a good read on tea purchases.