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eating4fun
01/07/20 2:14:33 AM
#52:


Today's tea: Pint of Rwandan black tea for work. Home, pint of decaffinated Ceylon tea, which was the last sampler freebie. Didn't like it very much, had an almost fishy taste like puer.

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eating4fun
01/07/20 8:11:42 PM
#53:


Today's tea: Pint of abnormal Nilgiri tea for work. Home, made 2 pints of masala chai. It smelled different than usual while brewing it because I was near the bottom of the tin, and the small spices are concentrated. It tasted practically the same as usual though. Next time I pickup more masala chai, I want to pick up a powdered form from amazon, and/or the premade liquid, which Target for some reason, carries.

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eating4fun
01/08/20 1:27:46 PM
#54:


Today's morning tea: 2 pints of masala chai. I added black pepper because apparently that's what some chai recipes call for. The mild spiciness kinda overpowers the other spicy flavors.

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wwinterj25
01/08/20 1:29:52 PM
#55:


Some of these teas sound.... interesting.

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RCtheWSBC
01/08/20 1:32:36 PM
#56:


I have some Christmas Tea black blend that's over a year old...but I can't let the leaves go to waste. I'll just double the amount I steep to get more flavor.

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eating4fun
01/09/20 11:19:22 PM
#57:


Yesterday's tea: a pint of a Yixing black tea with dinner.

Today's tea: two pints of Masala Chai. It boiled over on me. Haven't done that in a while. It only takes seconds. I was standing right there, stirring it for the hell of it, don't know if it actually makes it better, but it feels so. I saw it foaming up, and the minor roadblock from having my hands full, hampered me just enough that it boiled over right as I was lifting the pot off the stove. Note to self: BE READY to lift pot off the heat when anticipating the boil over.

Also bought cardamom from the grocery store to spice it more, since the mix I'm using doesn't have enough of it. $10 for a 2 oz. container, fuck.

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Revelation34
01/10/20 2:11:00 PM
#58:


eating4fun posted...
Yesterday's tea: a pint of a Yixing black tea with dinner.

Today's tea: two pints of Masala Chai. It boiled over on me. Haven't done that in a while. It only takes seconds. I was standing right there, stirring it for the hell of it, don't know if it actually makes it better, but it feels so. I saw it foaming up, and the minor roadblock from having my hands full, hampered me just enough that it boiled over right as I was lifting the pot off the stove. Note to self: BE READY to lift pot off the heat when anticipating the boil over.

Also bought cardamom from the grocery store to spice it more, since the mix I'm using doesn't have enough of it. $10 for a 2 oz. container, fuck.


Get a kettle. They're better for tea.
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eating4fun
01/10/20 8:13:29 PM
#59:


Today's tea: 1 pint of generic Assam black tea for work, 1 cup of yorkshire gold to wake up. 1 pint of masala chai with dinner. Used the cardamom I bought. Lovely, just one dash, and it really brings it together.

Revelation34 posted...


Get a kettle. They're better for tea.

I bought an electric kettle, works great. I always use it. Except when making masala chai, you gotta do it the stovetop way. And even if I did and could make masala chai with a kettle, it's going to be impossible cleaning up the kettle.

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Revelation34
01/12/20 1:47:41 PM
#60:


eating4fun posted...
I bought an electric kettle, works great. I always use it. Except when making masala chai, you gotta do it the stovetop way. And even if I did and could make masala chai with a kettle, it's going to be impossible cleaning up the kettle.


I meant a traditional kettle.
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eating4fun
01/12/20 8:39:32 PM
#61:


Yesterday's tea: 1 pint of Rwandan black for work, 1 pint of Masala chai with dinner.

Today's tea: 1 pint of Ceylon black for work, still debating if I want some tonight.

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eating4fun
01/13/20 2:40:25 AM
#62:


Still today's tea: Tried a random green tea sampler from that variety pack I got. Turned out to be a jasmine green tea. Was much better the two other jasmine green teas that I've had.

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RCtheWSBC
01/13/20 9:43:37 AM
#63:


eating4fun posted...
pint of masala chai with dinner. Used the cardamom I bought. Lovely, just one dash, and it really brings it together.
@eating4fun do you have a masala chai recipe to share?

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Dynalo
01/13/20 9:56:53 AM
#64:


I've been drinking a lot of maple black tea recently.

But I'm also quite fond of a chocolate macaroon tea, a cardamom french toast tea, honey black, mango black. Basically I drink mostly black tea.

I do like chamomile in the evenings though.

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RCtheWSBC
01/13/20 10:27:00 AM
#65:


I'm the same, Dynalo. Black tea fuels me. My friend just picked up a milk frother and was showing it off to me as he made his London Fog.

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Dynalo
01/13/20 1:38:06 PM
#66:


I picked up a frother a few months ago and it's great. I don't always make a latte, but it's particularly great with the sweeter teas like the chocolate macaroon.

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eating4fun
01/13/20 9:11:03 PM
#67:


Today's tea: 1 Pint of Chinese black tea blend. Love it.

@RCtheWSBC I mentioned what I did to make masala chai earlier. I use a premade mix, and add more black tea. I've been experimenting with ratios and brewing time trying to find perfection, but honestly, it's hard to notice a difference. Only time I fucked it up was when I tried using almond milk instead of whole milk because some recipe online called for it.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AR6OUCG/

1 pint of water. 1 heaping tablespoon of masala chai mix. 1 tablespoon strong loose leaf black tea. 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. Mix all, and bring to boil, Simmer 3 minutes. Add 1 pint of whole milk. Bring to boil, take off heat, strain, and it's good. Note: it will try to foam over quickly when the boil starts rolling, so be vigilant. Apparently, it's heresy if you don't do the last step of trying to make it boil over after milk is added. I haven't tried skipping that step.

Generally, 1 tablespoon of black tea per pint. I find that the mixes I've used doesn't have enough black tea. It ends up a bit weak with the 1 tablespoon of mix per pint. So, you either have to use more of the mix, or supplement it with more black tea. I also find the spices a bit too strong, so I supplement it with more black tea.

Honestly, I've never tried masala chai outside of me making it, so I'm really unsure how it's suppose to taste.

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Dynalo
01/14/20 12:38:32 PM
#68:


I'm working my way through a tea gift box right now, so I'm currently drinking a green passion fruit tea. It's okay. Wouldn't buy for myself.

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eating4fun
01/15/20 12:42:06 AM
#69:


Today's tea: For work, pint of presumably generic Assam black tea. I decided to added milk and sugar to it, as it is the English way, and I hadn't had it tea that way aside from all the masala chai I've been making. Still prefer it straight. Pint of Camomile at home.

Also, bought more tea. I bought loose leaf camomile, and more of that chinese black tea blend. I did want to buy more of that smoked tea, but I have too much tea in my cabinet. I'm pretty sure I'm stocked enough that I can make it to the end of the year if I stopped buying tea and kept drinking 2 pints a day.

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Revelation34
01/15/20 3:48:11 PM
#70:


What's the proper way of making loose leaf tea without a kettle? Most of what my friend sent is regular stuff but she also sent some loose leaf.
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RCtheWSBC
01/15/20 4:13:31 PM
#71:


Revelation34 posted...
What's the proper way of making loose leaf tea without a kettle? Most of what my friend sent is regular stuff but she also sent some loose leaf.
You can boil water in a pot and pour it over the leaves in a strainer.

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eating4fun
01/16/20 12:03:29 PM
#72:


Yesterday's tea: pint of Chinese black tea blend for the road.

Today's tea: 1.5+ pints of a prestigious Chinese dark oolong called dahongpao, literal translation, big red robe. It's good, a very rich oolong. I wouldn't pay the $300+ pricetag for a pound of it though. Parents got it as a gift. Also forgot to mention, brewed it grandpa style.

@Revelation34 , typical Western brewing style is boil water, pour into vessel, brew 3-5 minutes, and strain.

Grandpa style, is you leave the leaf in your cup, and as you drink it, you top it off with hot water when it's empty, or when there's 1/2 or 1/3 of a cup left (in order to retain more tea flavor). Named after the favored way of old people, and the easygoing/lazy way to drink a lot of tea without care for consistency. Grandpa style works best for green tea and oolong, because black tea easily makes it too bitter when it's constantly extracting. Also, use less leaf than the typical (2 g per cup ala western), and add more when flavor is weakening.

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Revelation34
01/16/20 1:48:06 PM
#73:


I think I'll just buy a kettle next month. Apparently some of that tea "expired" too. Still going to drink it.
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eating4fun
01/17/20 7:43:34 PM
#74:


Today's tea: a pint of Rwandan black tea for work, and I tried it with a lemon slice, because lemon with tea is a thing, and I want to try it. Awful. Tasted only astringent lemon, and no tea. I'm pretty sure it's because it sat in my thermos, and basically just cooked nonstop. Maybe I need to use a bolder tea, and not cook the lemon in my thermos.

Also, just made a pint of Ceylon black tea for the evening.

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eating4fun
01/18/20 8:01:02 PM
#75:


Today's tea: Tried the lemon again, but this time, I just squeezed a slice. 1 pint, Used a mix of generic assam and my ceylon to try to make it more bold. It was better than last time, but still too lemony. I could taste the tea, but just barely. Though drinking it, I could feel the caffeination.

Also, a pint of masala chai with dinner. I decided to try simmering it after the milk is added for much longer. A+, very good. Though, I did use 3 tablespoons of sugar instead of 2, which is like, soda amounts of sugar.

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eating4fun
01/18/20 8:13:56 PM
#76:


Also, I haven't really said it in this topic, and you can probably infer this, but every now and then, I get an urge to yell out how much I fucking love tea. It might be the tea talking, but I never feel this way when I drink coffee.

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eating4fun
01/18/20 9:14:52 PM
#77:


I opened my tea package, and they shipped me a pound instead of 8 oz. Christ, I'm not going to complain, but a pound of tea makes 113.5 pints of tea. If I drank solely this tea at the rate I consume tea, it will take almost 2 months. And, the other tea I bought was chamomile, which I was exploited into buying a pound of, because I get 11x the volume for only 3x the cost. So now I got 2 more pounds of tea in my already large tea cabinet.

Remind me to not buy more tea.

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Revelation34
01/18/20 10:14:48 PM
#78:


eating4fun posted...
I opened my tea package, and they shipped me a pound instead of 8 oz. Christ, I'm not going to complain, but a pound of tea makes 113.5 pints of tea. If I drank solely this tea at the rate I consume tea, it will take almost 2 months. And, the other tea I bought was chamomile, which I was exploited into buying a pound of, because I get 11x the volume for only 3x the cost. So now I got 2 more pounds of tea in my already large tea cabinet.

Remind me to not buy more tea.


Buy more tea. First time I had ever had Darjeeling tea yesterday. Pretty good.
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Dynalo
01/19/20 3:59:03 AM
#79:


eating4fun posted...
. And, the other tea I bought was chamomile, which I was exploited into buying a pound of

...how big of a bag does a lb of chamomile come in? Chamomile weighs basically nothing.

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Zangulus
01/19/20 4:43:39 AM
#80:


I make my wife homemade ginger tea when she's nauseous.
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eating4fun
01/19/20 9:09:49 PM
#81:


Dynalo posted...
...how big of a bag does a lb of chamomile come in? Chamomile weighs basically nothing.

Big.

https://i.imgur.com/Ubx1zID.jpg

Yesterday's tea: Pint of Nilgiri black tea later that night. Did some caffeinated sleeping. So focused on sleeping, it kinda works.

Also, yea. Was definitely some caffeinated mania happening yesterday. I did brew that masala chai extra strong.

Today's tea: Pint of Rwandan black tea for work. Home, pint of Da Hong Pao. I haven't tried to brew it gong fu style even though that's what you're suppose to do for high quality stuff, because last time I tried was a learning experience, and I'm still kinda scared to make it awfully.

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Dynalo
01/20/20 2:39:07 PM
#82:


eating4fun posted...
Dynalo posted...
...how big of a bag does a lb of chamomile come in? Chamomile weighs basically nothing.

Big.

Yeah, that's about what I was expecting.

I made a similar mistake once. I ordered some rooibos matcha and either I didn't see how much I was ordering, or I misread it or something... but a two pound bag of it showed up with the rest of my order. 1.5 years later, and I've barely made a dent in it.

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Revelation34
01/20/20 2:40:00 PM
#83:


I hate rooibois so that would be absolutely awful for me.
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_EggplantWizard
01/20/20 3:39:30 PM
#84:


https://youtu.be/eELH0ivexKA

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eating4fun
01/21/20 11:12:00 AM
#85:


I like rooibos.

Yesterday's tea: Big cup of Ceylon black tea in the morning. Don't know how I brewed it differently, but I tasted a hint of malt like in Assam tea, but with minimal bitterness. Didn't have my thermos to make tea for work because I thought I left it at work when it was actually just in my car. Home from work, didn't get a second pint of anything, passed out from food coma and slept 11 hours.

Today's tea: Pint of Yixing black tea. Tasted some bitterness which normally never happens with this tea, but the other notes took over after I kept drinking it.

Also I'm sick. Might be messing up my taste/smell.

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Revelation34
01/21/20 1:40:26 PM
#86:


I had something called Black Forest tea the other day. It was also good. Couldn't drink coffee at the time due to stomach issues.
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Dynalo
01/21/20 3:19:35 PM
#87:


Revelation34 posted...
Black Forest tea

I'm intrigued. So a standard black tea with a hint of cherry I assume? If so that sounds good.

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Revelation34
01/21/20 4:22:24 PM
#88:


Dynalo posted...


I'm intrigued. So a standard black tea with a hint of cherry I assume? If so that sounds good.


I don't know exactly. https://www.amazon.com/Stash-Tea-Black-Forest-Count/dp/B00B06C25O I guess it was this. I just grabbed a random one from the bag since I needed some kind of caffeine.
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eating4fun
01/22/20 3:08:45 PM
#89:


Yesterday night's tea: a pint of the chamomile/lavender blend. Really good, but the lavender is pretty strong.

Today's tea: a pint of chamomile/lavender blend from a resteeping of yesterday's brew. The lavender didn't come out quite as strong. Still good. Also, a pint of the Chinese black tea blend. It did taste different from the batch I had originally ordered. More rich, but less fragrant/floral. Tastes better when it's no longer scalding.

That reminds me, I've gotten really good at physically drinking hot beverage. Even if something was just boiling moments ago, you can still drink it by taking the tiniest sip. Not effective when trying to drink large quantities. It's like eating sunflower seeds one at a time.

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Revelation34
01/22/20 3:28:06 PM
#90:


Had some crappy red velvet tea last night. Wanted something hot for my throat but didn't want anything with caffeine in it. I really need to get some jasmine tea. That's my favorite tea entirely due to nostalgia and taste. I bet a jasmine green tea blend would be good.

eating4fun posted...

That reminds me, I've gotten really good at physically drinking hot beverage. Even if something was just boiling moments ago, you can still drink it by taking the tiniest sip. Not effective when trying to drink large quantities. It's like eating sunflower seeds one at a time.


I can't do that. I fucked my throat up like 4 years ago and can't feel heat properly. I have to wait awhile for my hot drinks/soups to cool down for about 10-12 minutes.
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eating4fun
01/23/20 11:09:02 PM
#91:


Yesterday night's tea: rebrewed a cup of the yixing black tea. Was too weak, and not very enjoyable, only drank half of it. Made another pint of chamomile.

Today's tea: Two pints of chamomile. I sweetened one pint.

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_EggplantWizard
01/25/20 11:28:13 AM
#92:


eating4fun posted...
Yesterday night's tea: rebrewed a cup of the yixing black tea. Was too weak, and not very enjoyable, only drank half of it. Made another pint of chamomile.

Today's tea: Two pints of chamomile. I sweetened one pint.

Chamomile is not tea. It's all herbs. There's no tea in it at all.
Just sayin'.

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blackhrt
01/25/20 10:23:33 PM
#93:


don't waste the tea. drink it all, lol

(I did see some black tea in the store, i might try some tomorrow)

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eating4fun
01/26/20 2:34:44 AM
#94:


_EggplantWizard posted...
Chamomile is not tea. It's all herbs. There's no tea in it at all.
Just sayin'.

You don't think I know that? If I say tisane, people are going to be confused because tisane isn't in common vernacular.

Anyways. Today's tea: A pint of a Chinese black tea blend for work, and a pint of masala chai with dinner.

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eating4fun
01/26/20 10:27:50 PM
#95:


Today's tea: Pint of presumably Assam black tea for work. I somehow brewed it notably well. Think I used less leaf and brewed it longer? Maybe my taste/smell is no longer whack from being sick?

Also, pint of masala chai after dinner.

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Revelation34
01/27/20 12:01:54 AM
#96:


I had raspberry passion black tea and peach passion black tea since there was no coffee again. The raspberry one was really good.
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Dynalo
01/27/20 10:13:18 AM
#97:


I've been drinking boatloads of Earl grey recently. Just lots and lots of Earl grey.

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Revelation34
01/27/20 1:52:25 PM
#98:


Dynalo posted...
I've been drinking boatloads of Earl grey recently. Just lots and lots of Earl grey.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2IJdfxWtPM
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Hotel_Security
01/27/20 1:56:10 PM
#99:


I love tea. Drink at least two/three cups of black tea a day. Nothing too fancy and I've cut out the milk and sugar in recent years. Love it.
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PKMNsony
01/27/20 7:29:33 PM
#100:


Just started drinking tea a few weeks ago and I feel good. I feel more energetic and less tired all the time. Anyone else have a similar experience when they started drinking tea? I'm sure it's a combination of a few things, but I think tea definitely played a big part in that.
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eating4fun
01/27/20 10:43:42 PM
#101:


Tea has caffeine, just not typically as much as coffee.

I'm not too fond of Earl Grey. I've tried it from Twinnings, Bigelow, and Taylor's of Harrogate. I've still got a box from Taylors, which I'm contemplating donating to my workplace break room. The Bergamot flavor feels like an artificial citrus that makes the tea flavor itself take a backseat.

If I'm someplace and not getting off to my own stash, I try to get english breakfast tea.

Today's tea: Pint of Ceylon black tea for work. Pint of a Chinese black tea blend at home after dinner.

At the end of January, I want to tally my consumption, and see how much I've drank this month.

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