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    Cool Re: any loose leaf tea drinkers out there?

    I have recently been enjoying a Baimao-Hou jasmine blend, other than that always Earl Grey with honey and cream or lemon juice.

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    Default Re: any loose leaf tea drinkers out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by myu View Post
    While I enjoy starting my day with coffee, I alternate with tea. My favorite over the past 10 years or so has Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Gold. The loose tea looks more like coffee grounds. It's rather fine, so you need a fine strainer/infuser. But wow, the brewed black tea is quite rich. I have it straight -- no milk, no sugar. I also enjoy green teas. There's a Japanese market not far from where I live and I buy teas there. Genmai Matcha is one of my favorites, a fine green tea with toasted rice. Some other great sources of tea are Mariage Freres and Le Palais des Thes. Wonderful range of flavorful teas.

    That is just how I take my tea also.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/YorkshireTeaBrewTube

    Also worth trying is Bettys Tea

    https://www.bettys.co.uk/bettys-tea-...ea-80-tea-bags

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    Default Re: any loose leaf tea drinkers out there?

    What is "tea" anyway? Does "tea" mean only drinks made from tea leaves? Someone told me herbal tea like chamomile is technically not a tea. Is that true?

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    Default Re: any loose leaf tea drinkers out there?

    I take it to mean infusions in general, mostly.

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    Default Re: any loose leaf tea drinkers out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by RNHC View Post
    What is "tea" anyway? Does "tea" mean only drinks made from tea leaves? Someone told me herbal tea like chamomile is technically not a tea. Is that true?
    Your answer is out there: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/tea (Oxford wants a subscription, first.)

    The answer is a contextual one (i.e., a semantics waste of time).
    Last edited by FredRydr; February 16th, 2018 at 11:34 AM.

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    Default Re: any loose leaf tea drinkers out there?

    I was taught that "tea" proper can only be from camellia sinensis. For everything else the French word tisane is applied.

    For clarity, taking the extra .1 seconds to say herbal tea can be useful, but only in certain circumstances.

    If you ask for tea in the UK, you will get caffeinated black tea with milk automatically unless specified otherwise.

    If you say you drink 10 cups of tea a day, I may be inclined to think you drink too much caffeine until you note that it is chamomile. Being clear can have its uses.

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