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One lump or two: A tea survey

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a tea addict. Most nights after tea I can be found watching a movie, writing, or reading with a huge pot of tea sitting next to me. I’m starting to wondering what and how other people enjoy their tea.


I’m lucky enough to have two tea houses in my town one is casual place while the other is more formal and with a Russian influence. I go out about once a week and the owner of the causal place knows my name and what I order.

As for my home tea use I have 11 different teas most of them are black but I’ve started to branch out more to green and oolong. I enjoy these tea in a rotating order as not to always grab the ones I enjoy the most only to neglect the ones I like less. Some of my teas I buy at the tea house while others I order online at culinaryteas.com. I have two tea pots one ceramic one cast iron. 9 tea cups, 4 of which are Asian styled.

I recently saw a tea documentary and am very excited to try aged tea that can be found at silkroadteas.com.  It seems like an experience to try a tea that has been pressed into a brick and sat around for years to better enjoy. That’s really my next tea experience that I’m exited about.

So now I wonder how do you enjoy your tea? Do you got to a tea house you visit or only enjoy it at home? Where do you buy your tea and what types of tea do you buy? What about tea ware? Any new teas you want to try or maybe your dream tea related adventure. Or maybe you’d like to share a tea story. Maybe you enjoy tea show much you could show off your collecting and/or typical tea outing in a post!




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Oct. 19th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
I tend to enjoy black teas with flavorings as well, but there are some herbal teas and flowering teas that I love, as well as some Oolong and green.
I think for me, I have been working on one back of peppermint black tea for a while. I love it though. I get stuck on some things and forget to rotate. haha.

I should add I feel lucky because there is a tea shop about 15 minutes from me that sells the most wonderful loose tea. <3 I need to plan a trip.

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Oct. 19th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
I think if I didn't controll myself I'd have one to two tea gone before even opening the others!
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Oct. 19th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'm an avid tea addict and usually drink it home, I've yet to find a tea house locally to visit. Good news is there is a rather large tea supply store down the street with teas from all over the world that I buy from regularly.

Aged teas is some strong stuff but oh-so yummy. I first tried it with my ex-boss her family was from England and around 3 we would close our office door and have tea time to relax us and prepare for the afternoon shift. I once went to her house to have traditional formal tea as she remembered going with her mom when she was a child, with her mother before she died, it was a great experience so much yummy goodness to be had.
Oct. 19th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
you make me so excited to try age teas that much sooner, but I think I might save it as a holiday treat.
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Oct. 19th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
I, too, am obsessed with tea. Typically, I enjoy indulging in tea before bed, and while doing schoolwork, as simply the process of preparing it helps me to concentrate and relax. Unfortunately, there are no tea houses near me.

I try to avoid bagged tea, as I consider it cheating, but at times I will resort to bagged lemon tea, and Tazo passion tea is a dirty, dirty weakness. Otherwise, I buy my tea from Whole Foods. My particular favorites are pomegranate, jasmine, peach, and rose congou (which I have only had once, and greatly covet).

I have a large glass tea pot, which serves several cups, and a smaller metal and glass tea pot, which serves two to three cups. Also, I own two tea sets, and am constantly looking to acquire more. Especially the sets on Victorian Trading Co.'s website. :)
Oct. 19th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
ooh, Tazo's passion tea is SO yummy!
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Oct. 19th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Tea is one of my greatest enjoyments. I use tea leaves for they give a better taste. Unfortunately there are very few tea houses in my country so I take my tea at home from my fancy russian cups and antique pot.

Black tea is my favorite quality althoug I enjoy flawored once too. I buy my te from specialized shops, which fortunately can be found even in this country.
Oct. 19th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
where do you live where tea is so hard to find? (if you don't make me asking.)
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Oct. 19th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
I love tea
I do sometimes go to a tea house but its a tad expensive
I really just get earl grey because I adore it so I just buy it at the supermarket
Same for my tea ware
I once found a tea house by accident when I was on a trip to san fran and it was lovely!
Oct. 19th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
our supermarket has tons of tea most of them of rather good quality too.
Oct. 19th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
I've always been an avid tea drinker, since I was a little child, but only in the past few years I've come to appreciate it more for the wonderful thing it is. When I lived in Japan I used to get my tea at cute little cafes (like an adorable Alice-themed cafe in Nagoya), which is where I developed a taste for different types of tea and decided that, of all the teas I've tasted, I love Darjeeling the most. Unfortunately there's really no tea houses or cafes where I live now, though I hope to go to a Victorian High Tea in a local city for Christmas. So anyway, I drink a lot of tea at home these days. I know my brother plans to give me a flowering tea set for Christmas, and I can't wait!
I've always collected tea sets too... recently my mom gave me an adorable cup that has a spoon for stirring in the sugar cubes ♥ My favourite cups are probably my Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Angelic Pretty novelty cups... except I've never actually used one of them, lol, I just want to look at them! xD My mom gave me a King's Crown cup and saucer set a couple years ago that's amazingly lovely too!

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Oct. 20th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I have some VM spoons that I rarely seem to use. They are cute to look at though. The Vicotiran high tea sounds really fancy. maybe after you go you can tell everyone about it. I know I'd love to hear about it!
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Oct. 19th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
I own... 10 different tea pots. Some are small personal ones, some are larger ones for parties. Some are just for hot cocoa, and some are only allowed to have extremely expensive golden moon orchid temple oolong.

I go to an Asian market to get my most delicious tea. Dragon Pearls and cheap Chinese restaurant oolong are my favorite, although a double bergamot earl gray is also important. Especially on really cold mornings.

I like soft, floral blooming teas with rose hips and chrysanthemum, I love robust teas like gunpowder Darjeeling, white teas with delicate flavorings and dried fruits. I LOVE ASSAM MIXED WITH JASMINE GREEN, iced and milked.

I have two whole cabinets in my kitchen devoted to tea, from top to bottom. I have my cooking spices stowed in a box in my pantry. :P

My life pretty much revolves around tea. There are so many. So delicious.
Oct. 20th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
ah I would love to see this tea cabniet and your collection of tea pots!
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Oct. 20th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Milk and sugar, but sometimes I just skip both if I feel like I've been overdosing on it lately. I put in so much that sometimes it just feels like I'm drinking milk tea candy.

It's blasphemy, but I do really like powdered milk tea sometimes, it comes in rose and other flavors, you can get it at Chinese supermarkets.

My favorite tea that I've ever had was Victorian Rose and Pear & Pomegranate, both of which I found at Tealuxe in Boston. It's a great little small chain shop, with walls full of drawers of tea.

There's also a little chai shop in Jersey City that only serves chai, near 2nd Street as you come off the Turnpike. It's all right, but it's a little pricey for my tastes and the tea's not even anything that special. I did buy a great a Art Deco teapot there for my dad though.
Oct. 20th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
I love tea very, very much. I drink it at tea houses, at fancy hotels, at home, and at work. I keep a collection of tea at places I frequent--when I visit my grandmother, I know which cabinet has tea. She only keeps it there because I drink it; no-one else does.

I like black teas, but I also enjoy white teas and green teas. Black teas are my favourite, though--particularly variations of Earl Grey. (My ultimate favourite is Earl Grey Crème, which has vanilla and mallow blossoms added to Earl Grey.) Right now Trader Joe's has a really nice Earl Grey with lemon called "Duchess Grey." It's very inexpensive, so it's definitely worth trying!

I like to shop in the store at Tea Gschwendner and Teavana, as well as small local tea shops. I've ordered online from Steven Smith Teamaker (fantastic quality), and hope to order from Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea someday.

When I need a "tea fix" during the day, I like to get blended drinks from Argo Tea. I ♥ the Earl Grey Vanilla Crème and the Red Velvet, but I've ordered a lot of other great drinks there. I go there enough to have been given a "Loyaltea" card. XD

I buy tea cups whenever I see one that's cute. I keep them on a little shelf in my kitchen that stretches over the stove, sink, and countertop. When I moved into my home, I had just enough tea cups to fit the shelf. Now I have to double-up some of the cups, because I keep getting more. I have three "heavy use" teapots--in sizes for 1-2, 2-3, and 4+ people. Then I have four other 4+ capacity teapots. :x Too many.
Oct. 20th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
I used to drink tea daily in America at home, but after moving to Taiwan I actually don't drink tea any more! I drink mostly green tea and oolong tea (sometimes Pu Er tea) hot with nothing added. IMHO adding things to hot tea tastes bad XD

I did try some type of berry tea at a place called Mad Hatter's Tea Room in MN that tasted good with a lump of sugar though! I would like to buy a teapot so I can start drinking tea again :) It is too easy to just go to the convenience store or one of the many many drink shops around Taiwan and get some tea. I like some sweetness in cold tea, or fruit mixed in. My favorite (other than the infamous Taiwanese bubble tea!) is passionfruit green tea at half sweetness! Passionfruit pulp in green tea is very yummy!
Oct. 20th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
I work in a Teavana, and I just adore tea. I haven't even gotten bored of it like everyone said I would haha. I typically drink 3-8 cups of tea a day, partially because I can get it so easily. My store is getting in like 30 new teas soon and I couldn't be more excited! My favorite kind of straight cut tea is Taiwanese Oolong (we have one at work called Eastern Beauty and it's just divine. I'm so sad that they are discontinuing it.)
Oct. 20th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
I'm generally pretty lazy about it at home, and just drink bagged Twinings tea. But when I go to visit my mum, we dig out her grandmothers old tea set and do it properly :) There's a little tea company near where she lives that makes such delicious Masala Chai, which I think might be my favourite tea ever. Other than that, give me a nice cup of Earl Grey or English Breakfast and I'm happy!
Oct. 20th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
Twinings makes a superior bagged tea, though, so at least you do lazy with good taste ;)
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Oct. 20th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
I enjoy tea all day every day! During the day whilst I'm working I usually have a big mug that I use good old tea bags in, Eastern Shore tea company ones are my favorite. Always de-caf (drinking about 5-11 mugs of tea in a work day the caffeine would kill me!)

On a night i like to break out my basic glass teapot and lose leaf tea i pick up at Wegmans. i like to try different ones, everything from plain white-black, to blends and herbal infusions. I like to watch TV with a pot if tea going and a fancy tea cup, why save them for a special occation when you can make every day feel special just by using them?

I do like to go out for afternoon tea with friends, though the places we like seem to always be closing, but that just means we have tio keep tying/finding new places!

Right now I'm in the middle of re-modeling our house. I have a tea parlor/mocktail bar planned. i have a full tea service with cups and antique spoons to serve about 11 people. I only ever break out the good teapot for parties, and even have a silver waste bowl! Hard to find these days but indispensable!

I know my sister likes the brick tea, but I haven't tried it yet. it does sound interesting though doesn't it!?
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Oct. 20th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
I LOVE tea. :-) So does my husband! We spent some of our wedding-present money on two cast iron teapots. <3

There are quite a number of different teas in our cupboard, but my favourites are some bought in a wonderful tea shop in Falmouth, Cornwall. (www.essenceoftea.co.uk) It's like going into another world. The proprietors (a Northern Irish chap and his Taiwanese wife) are happy to have you sit there for hours, tasting all manner of rare teas that they source from China and Taiwan. My favourite has a wonderful story attached. By a lake in Taiwan there grow some hundred year old Indian tea trees, from which the leaves are harvested by one old gentleman. <3 So romantic!

I don't always just drink rare and fancy teas, though - basic Twinings or Clipper tea bags are fine for everyday, and I also love herbal tea, especially fennel.

...I could talk about tea all day, but should probably shut up now. >_<
Dec. 1st, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
That is a romantic story ... do you mind telling the name of your favorite Taiwanese tea?

I haven't tried fennel tea ... that sounds interesting. I do love the basic tea also ... I'm going to dollop it with sugar and cream anyway. ;)
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