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do any wizards like tea? specifically loose leaf teas? if so, any specific blends or varieties you like/recommend?

i recently got into gongfu brewing and it's pretty much the only thing i've been thinking about these days. i found this hole in the wall tea shop in the chinatown in my city and purchased a shou pu'erh tea cake that i've been picking away at.
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are you intoxicated?


I got sunflower jasmine tea, the red canister. It was almost 7 dollars, super cheap. I heard the Sunflower brand was like regular Chinese restaurant tea so I decided to make a trip to get it from a local Asian store. The taste and scent are pretty new to me, but I'm glad to have gotten it. I really need to try tea samplers and get some different tea supplies like a tea ball strainer and another teapot. I assume if you're making something like a loose black tea in a teapot, you'll want to take it out after a few minutes to reduce the bitterness. I've also seen teabags put into the teapot to brew for customers, who pour the tea at their leisure. I'm not sure how to do that.

Look towards Japanese green teas. They have tons of styles and teas based on oxidation.


Are there any risks to developing a caffeine addiction? I started drinking high caffeine content coffee and I was wondering how much it would hurt me


Are you afraid more of developing a dependency of just health consequences of caffeine consumption? For dependencies it can be quite a problem and people do get addicted. As for actual health effects I don’t think there are many, and if they do exist they seem subtle. Increased heart rate and blood pressure are some, but it’s hard to prove a cause definitively with a substance that is usually consumed in small amounts. As long as you aren’t hammering energy drinks and espresso all day it shouldn’t hurt you.


headaches when you dont have enough caffeine. impaired sleep. the majority of the world has a caffeine addiction so you're probably fine joing them


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I tried out Genmaicha (Green Tea with Roasted Rice).
It's pretty good, has a tasty slightly savory flavor that stimulates my appetite.

I think next time I brew it I will try it with a little bit of milk, since I think the cereal flavor will pare well with the creamy smoothness of the milk.


Added a bit of cinnamon to my tea during the brew. Turned out really nice. Kind of a "holiday" flavor. Great with a bit extra sugar.


I've had licorice tea. Tasted so sweet I checked if there was any sugar in the bag and there was none, after a quick google search it turns out that it is what it normally tastes like, which is not something I would have expected from an herbal tea of any kind… Anyone tried it?


Yeah I used to drink it a lot. It has a nice sinus clearing effect. Concentrated star anise is available if you want to make anything taste lie licorice


Cheers. To be fair I seldom feel any kind of beneficial effect from the herbal teas I consume. It's more about having flavoured warm water really… I have tried chamomile tea for its alleged effects on sleep and I have never felt any different after having taken it…


I've never had pure liquorice tea, but herbal blends with it as an ingredient. I find its sweetness to be almost overpowering and the way it seems to linger for such a long time around where the back of the nose and palate intersect mildly unpleasant.


it is super potent, I find teas that use more than a small amount are disgusting, but the right amount can make a nice flavor combined with other elements


I have had blends with very small amounts in them but never by it's self.
Might give something where it's more dominant in the blend a try but I doubt I would like it by it's self.


is there any herbal tea that works in room temp or cold water? i guess you just leave it in all day?

heating up water is too annoying

i used to have some rooibos 'red tea' i think it was called and it was sweet. not a fan of actual tea bevause of the caffeine


I will be honest.
That doesn't even sound like tea at that point.
Why bother with tea at all?


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Is Ginger Drank a tea?


You could get a mint plant. It won’t be expensive. Then just pick off a few leaves, crush them up a little bit, and drop them in the water. Leave it for a bit and you’ll have refreshing cold mint tea.


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It is as much of a tea as those hot apple cider packs.
Which is to say not a tea at all.


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both are tasty though

one does one stand on this graph/chart/sheet? Some guys here mentioned drinking matcha


tea comes from a tea plant, it’s not just a random name, if there is no tea in it then it’s not tea


The chart is funny in a absurdist kind of way, but no don't take a obvious joke seriously.


What about rooibos tea? That comes from some African bush. I guess it would be like herbal teas: Tisanes.


the taste? like i said i loved roibos and i also made my own jiaogulan. i would still do it i'm just too lazy to heat water


I am asking why you don't just buy stuff already made if you are too lazy to make stuff.

Why make "tea" at all when you can just buy it if you are too lazy to do the basic step of heating water?


it's too expensive to buy drinks. i drink water to save money. tea is really cheap if you make it yourself though, it only requires water, and it tastes really good. i guess i want to solve the problem of tasteless water whiel still not paying much


I tried a new kind of green tea called White Monkey. It was the first time I've ever had trouble with brewing. The instructions on the packaging said 180 F for 2-3 minutes while for green tea, it's usually, 175 F for 2-3 minutes. Also 1 teaspoon for 1 cup of water. I ended up doing 175 and maybe 2-3 teaspoons in a cup of water. All measured out in the beginning to test their way of tea preparation. The first tea ended up being light like white tea with no colored liqueur. At the end, I managed to get a light yellow liqueur, so I made some progress. I think next time I'll purchase more tea instead of a sampler to do more tests.

Tea was nice of course. It had some fruity tones to it that almost but not really reminded me of Jasmine tea for some reason. That being, Jasmine tea has the taste of the Jasmine flowers/essence while this tea had a fruity aroma and taste. I think I'll try a smoky tea next. I'm too scared of Gaiwans to go there yet.


You have running water
You have tea
You presumably have electricity
You clearly have time

Just make tea then.
Why the flying fuck can't you heat water?
Using the fridge for 12 to 48 hours is easier than 10 minutes to heat water for you? Both involves putting water in a container then waiting. How is heating water the step you just can't bring yourself to do?

Nevermind that you seem to not want to use tea at all yet keep pestering the tea thread.

Go get some flavor aid or other cheap powdered drink mix and fuck off already.
You don't want to use tea, you don't want to do the process of making tea, and you don't seem to get why people in the tea thread would find your request for spoon feeding of a solution to your self imposed non-tea problems as annoying.


who would be annoyed by my initial request for an alternative tea preparation method? since half the people here probably have depression, where minor inconveniences like this seem like insurmountable obstacles, if anything it's a highly relatable struggle. the very reason hot water heaters exist is because heating water on the stove was too much effort. shame me if you will, but i think even hot water heaters are too much effort.


Don’t know anything about your conversation but you can fill a container with tap water and teabags and just place it out in the sun for a while and you’ll get nice tea


>Making tea is too much effort
Then fuck off of the tea hobby thread. You don't belong here as tea isn't your hobby.
>But muh depression
Seem to have enough viggor to try to butt into a place you don't belong.
Or if you must post on /hob/ then fuck off to the cooking with depression thread.

It's like someone coming to the movie thread and complaining that the pictures move to fast so could someone explain how to watch something frame by frame with the duologue on a separate page they can read along with.

Go get some cheap powered drank mix and leave.


That only works with the right weather conditions. Otherwise it comes out weak or skunky.
It also still relies on heating w


im not sure how price efficient instant or powdered drinks are comparing to making tea yourself, but i thought it doesn't taste as good. if you are seriously recommending instant tea and not just dismissing me i am open to suggestions

this is what i was thinking though, if heating water is necessary, just do it in bulk very infrequently. ie cook up pounds of tea bricks in a huge pot, then just store it in like a water dispenser so one can flavor their water anytime they want with a tiny concentrated amount of my brewed tea. that way they only need to heat water tea once every… who knows how long

going this route i think cooking is necessary, a lot of tea looks disgusting and almost dirty in dried form. that's also perhaps a big reason why they make sun tea by steeping it outside, i guess so the uv can kill off bacteria


Just buy an electric kettle…


>and not just dismissing me
That is exactly what I am doing.
You don't have this hobby so you should leave.
How blunt do I need to be?


i like tea and herbal drinks and have grown few varieties over the years in my own garden, i've been using my own plants for at least 8 years. mostly types of japanese green tea, and i've tried homemade matcha, herbs like sinicuichi, zacatechihi, jiaogulan, and i've made floral teas from local plants in my region, not counting just experimenting with parts of plants that aren't typically even used for tea. i still have a tub full of various leaves and stems that are dried out. i don't care what you say at this point, you believe tediously making tea everyday is somehow necessary to enjoy tea, but i think only consuming it is. the very first sentence in this thread asks simply "do you like tea?". yes i do. the very first reply is someone that admits to being so lazy they are drinking instant coffee. i don't know why you are behaving like a snob but it's pissing me off


>can do all that
>can't heat water
Fuck off troll


>i don't know why you are behaving like a snob
It's called gatekeeping sweetie
Poser anti-fans who don't actually like the thing come in and try to change/destroy the thing then leave once they are bored.
That is you. You are the anti-fan infiltrater poser who is coming in to fuck up something you don't care about.

Also I 100% Don't believe anything you said in that your post.
Words are cheap and your whole deal is that you are far too lazy to actually make tea. So obviously you would be too lazy to do all that shit you are lying about.
After all, making a cup of tea is "tedious" in your words. So gardening, harvesting, and processing teas and herbs is just absurd.
You are a lying poser and you don't belong in this thread.
Fuck off.



Iron Goddess of Mercy is outstanding oolong tea.


I've been enjoying some cold brew tea for the summer. Less flavourful than normal brewing however.


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Get "Té de 7 Azahares" ("7 Blossoms Tea" in english), it tastes like heaven and it helps you with anxiety in case you have it. Add a bit of evaporated milk for maximun flavor.


I got some green Tea at a Vietnamese store some time ago, but I've yet to try it. I'll probably end up drinking a lot less tea than the average connoisseur. I can't really get myself to make tea or anything at all these days. I also find it hard to try new things. Still, I might be able to read a book about tea every once in a while, so I can probably talk about that when I finish a tea book. I do a lot more black tea than green tea, and I usually use a lot of tea per cup, so samples don't seem viable.

I do like tisanes though. Rooibos is by far my favorite.


Just tried out poring tea from cup to cup to cool it down.
It's really fast, only taking a few seconds to cool the tea to a drinkable temperature.

Anyway, does anyone have any recommendations for a loose leaf tea sample/multipack?


I know this was posted months ago but…is there a story behind that name or did they use a random name generator to come up with it?


I have finally found somebody who likes tea here! In my opinion the oolongs, especially from anxi are the best, they usually have some awesome taste and smell, similar to honey or lilac, also they give you some kind of chilling effect. IDK where do you get yours, but if you are from Europe, i suggest moychay(maybe there are better ones, I just have it near me and I know they dont sell you some overprice as “tibetiian wisdom tea” or something.)


I think of them as infusions. Otherwise, the liquid in a can of kidney beans can be called coffee.


I missed the taste of sage tea. Finally, I got some sage, and it's great. I put in just enough that it flavors the water, but it isn't too powerful. It's really refreshing. Also, I got some lemon verbana, and that's pretty good too. I have enough tisanes for a long while now.


>sage tea
That sounds unpleasant.


ive been gongfuing a lot of jasmine oolong recently, its the better oolong ive tried so far


It might be an acquired taste. I first tasted sage when it was cold outside and I was in the middle of my playthrough of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. The associations with the tea made me nostalgic for it, so I kept drinking more of it. Eventually, I ran out and had to get some new sage tea. It's from a different company though, and doesn't color the water as much. Also, it comes in bigger branches.

I use sage tea on its own, but I also combine black tea with sage or with mint. I love black tea with mint. I do about a teaspoon of black tea with a teaspoon of mint. It colors the tea green on the sides. Azerbaijanis also flavor their black tea with cinnamon, rosemary, mint, and more. I tend to flavor my black tea the way it is in inspiration from Arabic teas. Mint adds a cooling and sage adds a heating, I think is what they say.

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