In search of a great tea.


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In search of a great tea.

Postby Olmanrivah » Jun 21st, '11, 19:26

I'm in the process of trying different teas. I found I like the Black teas. The Greens and whites just aren't strong enough for me. I like my tea with a strong tea flavor without the earthy tastes of some teas.

I do use the Green and White teas if I'm going to flavor them with maybe Raspberry.

Your suggestions are welcome. 8)
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby Proinsias » Jun 21st, '11, 20:11

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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby Olmanrivah » Jun 22nd, '11, 09:22

OK....maybe not a "Great" tea....lol!
I'm not looking for some obscure tea that's hard to find, but, just a good strong tea. I'm not a tea guru, just a guy that likes a good cup of tea. Hell, I even like Lipton.... :roll:
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby Proinsias » Jun 22nd, '11, 16:20

Have you tried Adagio?

http://www.adagio.com/black/black_sampl ... 6203445e2f

Sample tins might be an idea, I particularly liked the Fujian Baroque.

A second flush Darjeeling, a little Yunnan something or other, some keemun and bit of Assam would probably be a decent start if you like strong black tea.
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby Olmanrivah » Jun 22nd, '11, 21:11

yep, I've got some samples and some on the way - all Black teas. My search is a mission in progress........... :)
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby Olmanrivah » Jul 1st, '11, 10:54

Got my samples this morning. Just tried a  Darjeeling black tea 2nd flush . Now I understand the popularity of Darjeeling teas. And I understand why some folks call these a red tea. It has a natural fruity and sweet taste and a beautiful red tint to the brew.

This is my favorite so far.
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby Olmanrivah » Jul 4th, '11, 17:33

i'm now trying an English Breakfast Black Tea. This tea also has a reddish hue to it. The leaves are large enough that they don't pass through the average infuser.

It is a no frills Tea. No fruity or nutty flavor, just a good strong tea. I like this tea also.
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby bagua7 » Jul 5th, '11, 22:17

Proinsias wrote:http://www.themandarinstearoom.com/2010-Wuyi-Jin-Jun-Mai--2nd-Grade_p_35.html

Olmanrivah wrote:OK....maybe not a "Great" tea....lol!
I'm not looking for some obscure tea that's hard to find, but, just a good strong tea. I'm not a tea guru, just a guy that likes a good cup of tea. Hell, I even like Lipton.... :roll:


Well to inform you, Jin Junmei is one of the highest grade red teas in mainland China. :wink:

That tea, Yixing red (Yixing hongcha) and Keemun are top red teas.

I really enjoy TS's offering:

http://www.teaspring.com/black-tea.asp

There are several Keemun varieties listed in there. I have only tried the Mao Feng one and really enjoyed it.
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby jhole » Jul 6th, '11, 10:45

I'm pretty new to good black tea and I've found I like Assams and Ceylons the best (so far). They taste very different but are great in their own ways. I haven't tried any Darjeeling yet. It is next on my list. Also Keemun tea is has a very unique flavor. A lot of people love it, but its not my thing.

Personally I stay away from the breakfast blends. I think it is much more enjoyable to enjoy the taste, smell, and color differences in each type of tea on its own. You lose that when you blend them.
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby artmom » Jul 6th, '11, 11:10

2nd Flush 2010 Hattialli Golden Lion Assam from Lochan Teas is the smoothest, best tasting assam I have ever had!! Highly recommended!! :D

Red teas (which we in the Western hemispheres call black) are my favorite teas; oolongs are my second -- especially the darker, more heavily roasted ones.
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby Olmanrivah » Jul 6th, '11, 17:50

I have an Assam sample. I'm gonna try that next.
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby sherubtse » Jul 6th, '11, 19:14

Olmanrivah wrote:I have an Assam sample. I'm gonna try that next.


Which Assam, and from which vendor?

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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby Olmanrivah » Jul 7th, '11, 17:32

Assam Black Tea (TGFOP) from Enjoying Tea. It's one of 6 samples of Black Tea they sent me.
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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby sherubtse » Jul 7th, '11, 19:32

Olmanrivah wrote:Assam Black Tea (TGFOP) from Enjoying Tea. It's one of 6 samples of Black Tea they sent me.


I'd be interested in hearing what you think of it, as well as the company.

Thanks.

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Re: In search of a great tea.

Postby Olmanrivah » Jul 7th, '11, 20:56

That Assam is a very nice tea. A nice mellow taste with plenty of tea flavor. Another great Black Tea.

As for "Enjoying Tea", they're pretty good. I got it sent by Snail Mail and it seemed to take forever. The Tins are attractive and filled to the brim. Each is sealed. I'll probably deal with them again. They have several sample packages.
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