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Old 08-20-2013, 09:13 PM
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Default Tea drinkers, halp!

My boyfriend got me the cutest tea set!
He said it reminded him of me, which is fair enough.. it's an adorable set. It's all dainty and flowery and very pretty and I LOVE IT! (looks like something I would've killed for when I was about 8 lol)

Trouble is.. I don't drink tea and don't even know where to start.

This isn't the exact set but it came with everything in this image and looks a lot like this (plus a little milk thingy and a little sugar thingy)

Just a few problems
- I don't even know how to use the pot
- I don't even know where to start tea wise! Where does one buy tea? Which do I buy? How I make it?

It came with like 8 cups and a bunch of adorable little plates and fun things I wanna throw a tea party but I don't know how! It even all came with a little stand to put adorable little tea party food!

(Taste wise I like things that are sweet. Not sure if that helps but otherwise I'm pretty open to try anything!)

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Old 08-20-2013, 09:41 PM
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I would suggest starting at a local tea shop, once you figure out what you like you can decide if you want to buy elsewhere or not. They'll tell you all about the teas, let you smell them and usually always let you sample some of it brewed. I'd avoid Teavana at all costs also.

I did a quick google search for Boston. People seem to like this place

Also but I couldn't get the browser to open so I don't know if it's still there or not.

Based on "sweet" you'd prob like white teas and some of the herbal ones... But seriously go to a tea store... See, smell, and taste... It's the only way you'll know what teas are for you.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:33 AM
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Chai varieties are very popular, plus they work hot and iced- I like a green chai.

Green tea can be sweet and light depending on how you brew and sweeten.

But my all time favorite tea is peppermint. I used to drink a lot of varieties, but I now almost exclusively drink peppermint tea. I don't feel the need to sweeten it like other teas, and it wakes me up and smells delicious.

I stay away from English teas, but that's me.

If you aren't used to drinking teas at all you can buy some variety packs from brands like bigelow so that you can try more and see what you like before ordering fancier/higher quality teas. Some staples to try are mint teas (peppermint is just one of many mint teas available), white, English teas, green, fruit varieties (I like orange and spice varieties but not much else), and chamomile.

Different teas can also have a different affect, so if you are trying to wake up try a spiced or mint tea, if you are trying to relax or go to sleep go with chamomile.

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Old 08-21-2013, 11:46 AM
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Ooh tea can be so much fun! I got a tea ball and a bunch of loose leaf teas last year for Christmas from David's Tea.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:49 AM
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Davids Teas has some nice teas, but any loose leaf tea shop will have some great varieties, I like the was Davids has theirs set up, they tell you if it has caffeine, or is a stimulant, or has nothing. I drink iced tea, unsweetened, but i will drink most of them anyhow, lol. Some of my faves are "queen of tarts", "mint julep", "chai guarana" and "jungle juju".
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:57 AM
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My husband is a fancy tea snob. I'll ask him for recommendations when he gets home. He mostly orders from Upton.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:30 PM
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... You are getting into some dangerous turf Fran. Dangerous.

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Old 08-21-2013, 04:30 PM
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My favorite tea is Good Earth (commoner tea). LOL! Cinnamon and spicy! Doesn't even need sugar!

I would brew the tea in another container and then pour it into the teapot. Preheat your teapot with hot water and let it sit for a while, then discard that water just before you pour the tea into it. Also, use the best water (bottled or distilled) for the tea itself and don't overheat the water. Just to boiling.

We have a "tea cabinet" in the kitchen! It smells HEAVENLY every time I open the door!
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:34 PM
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Buy tea bags.

Put in pot.

Add hot water.

Et voila, you have just brewed some tea

And I don't even drink the stuff, and not only am I English, I am from YORKSHIRE. That will mean nothing to you, but it basically means I should almost bleed tea by all accounts.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:02 PM
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I am boring. I drink Earl Grey by the bucketful. I like the cheap Twinings stuff from the grocery store the best, even compared to fancy schmancy expensive versions.

There is nothing better than hot tea on a cold morning.

My brother-in-law's girlfriend gave me the cutest tea infuser in the world for Christmas. It's a SUBMARINE!

Using it is a pain though. So much easier to toss a bag in a mug of hot water and call it a day

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