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    Best Tea

    What is it? Twinings? PG Tips? Lipton (God forbid!).

    I've heard there are now boutique brands that only pick the tenderest shoots, etc. But I don't want to spend a lot on a tea I haven't tried.

    I'm an Earl Grey/jasmine sort myself. I only drink coffee at work and only drink tea at home. A LOT of tea! I've heard it's an anti-oxidant and I've been drinking tea all day since I was a child.

    So, over to our UK posters? There are British tea shops where I live so obscure brands are obtainable.

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    If it's tea, it's PG

    Just went to Surin and stopped at the Farang connection, he sales PG TIPS !

    Love that, was for a few years in the UK and this is TEA !

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    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme
    Love that, was for a few years in the UK and this is TEA !
    Don't be silly mate.

    The best tea for me is either Kenyan or Assam. I have the Tescos brand, but any supermarket's brand is ok.

    Stuff like Tetley, PG et al is pure shite. And as for L*****s. Don't get me started.

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    My favourite tea is Po Leh, a dark fermented tea from the Yunnan province of China.
    In terms of western milk teas, I think a good stout English Breakfast tea is as good as anything.
    For a nice light tea, Taiwanese green tea. Or a proper nice jasmine tea, not that cheap sruff you ueually get.
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    I saw PG Tips in Topps. I end up drinking Lipton a lot of the time, waiting for my Mum to come over and replenish the stocks.

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    Twinings is a classic quality brand.

    To appreciate the fine differences in taste and quality, you'd be better off listening to some friendly advice in one of these "boutique" shops, instead of asking for brand names.
    There are tea gradings which indicate quality, which is largely related to the picking, what is equally important, if not more so, for the taste is the origin, i.e. a Kenya black tea is very different from an Assam or a Ceylon.

    Teabag brands such as TG-tips, btw, made from the lowest grades.

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    Friends bring me out thousands of Tetley Tea bags each time they visit.
    Can't drink the cold green tea.

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    personal fav is lapsang sochoung, its a smoked tea and very flavorful. twinnings do a version which is quite pricey but worth it

    yunnanese pu ehr tea is ace, no caffine in it so its quite nice at night

    top grade oolong is good, but very expensive, and i've gone off oolong a bit

    occasionally a black indian tea is good, especially in the mornings, though i prefer japanese green
    ong's tea in the discovery center is a good place to buy it, and theres a place on the ground floor in the paragon which is excellent, but i cant remember is name

    pg> tretleys
    lipton is uber shite
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    Best Tea

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented
    personal fav is lapsang sochoung, its a smoked tea and very flavorful.
    One of my favs, too.
    Try mixing it ( the leaves) half and half with Earl Grey - you won't be disappointed.

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    thanks for the tip, will give it a go

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented
    personal fav is lapsang sochoung, its a smoked tea and very flavorful.
    One of my favs, too.
    Try mixing it ( the leaves) half and half with Earl Grey - you won't be disappointed.
    I'll try that!

    Btw, isn't PG Tips a Lipton brand?

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    Who cares!

    PG tips, no milk or sugar, is my favourite and Twinings is a mass brand for gawds sake! Its as common as any of the other mass brands, just costs a little bit more, but here in the UK you'll always find an offer on with it at one of the supermarkets. Their brekky and afternoon teas are fine, but the all day stuff is hogs wash! And I can't stand the scented stuff.

    I have decaf in the evening when not drinking alcohol to allow me to sleep, otherwise the caffiene gets to me.

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    I buy a couple a chinese brands vacum packed they are whole leave, fill-up the pot, knida teas They sell 'em in most the shops 'round here. No Thai, No Englsih pretty fuckin good, No sugar, no milk. The though of milk and tea is like the smell of liver to me. Both make me wan to
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    English tea is Ok if an English person makes it for me. I do green tea with those rice crispies in it. 15-20 seconds to steep and Hirohito's your uncle. You ever tried Constant Comment, Hootad? Nice sweeter spice blend. Chai reminds me of it.

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    The acknowledged champagne of teas is Orange Pekoe.

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    Yorkshire Tea is a nice drop, served with a grilled bacon sandwich and a splat of HP sauce.
    There are a lot more farang owned grocery shops opening up in Thailand making it much easier to find favourite English brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr View Post
    The acknowledged champagne of teas is Orange Pekoe.

    don't think so. I have always thought that Darjeeling is called the "champagne of teas"

    anyway, Twinings is a good brand, they tend to use much better quality tea in their boxes. Tea like PG is a bit crude.

    I have to admit to bringing tea from the uk when I come to Thailand, much cheaper and more choice. Some of the supermarket "Gold" blends are quite good and cheap.

    There are so many types of teas from around the world that each person can find their own favourite, for each time of the day

    well FF, come round for a nice cup of tea and liver sandwich
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    There are so many types of teas from around the world that each person can find their own favourite, for each time of the day
    Exactly.

    Kenyan is the best though.

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    I once had a tea called Russian Caravan tea. Good it was, never seen it again, though.

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    Organic Ceylon teas can be very good.

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    Hootad, only a Canadian would put organic in there.

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    Lately I've taken a keen liking to the Oolong and Green teas grown around Doi Mae Salong.

    Pu-erh tea does have caffeine.

    Pu-erh tea history

    I'm looking forward to exploring the tea shops in Georgetown/Penang. A pal brought back some very nice Pu-erh tea from down there.

    After drinking real Chinese tea brewed properly I doubt I'll ever go back the the British idea of tea. I once liked Twinnings teas, but what is mass marketed here is quite abysmal.
    For those who like the very strong (varnish remover) Irish style tea the Tenley tea which comes in the round tea bags is acceptable.

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    ^Small point of order. My favourite tea, Po-Leh, is in fact the same as Pu-erh.
    Pu-Erh is Mandarin Chinese, Po-Leh (pronounced BohLaay) Cantonese.

    And, as the link says, it is very good for you. must hunt some down in pattaya...


    Another thing, several of the finer teas being mentioned here, such as Lapsang Souchong, Pekoe & even Earl Grey, to be really appreciated should not be drunk with milk. A squeeze of lemon maybe (gawdsakes no sugar). Thats why I advocate english breakfast in the milk tea stakes- it's a strong rather than subtle tea, designed for milk. Aussie billy tea is pretty bloody good too. Some of the Assam teas are probably top of the connoiseurs tree when it comes to gutsy milk teas.
    Last edited by sabang; 20-10-2007 at 10:40 AM.

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