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    Looks like my local shop has Hojicha, might just get some.

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    While in Edmonton a month ago, I had opportunity to peruse a David's Tea shop for the first time.

    I purchased a caffeine-free sampler of loose teas, a couple of flavored Pu'erh teas and a few boxes of their best sellers in bagged teas for convenience at home.

    (My overall impression after reading a lot of labels was that they are catering to a demographic.)

    We have a small specialty tea corner in a shop in my own town which is quite excellent and I think I shall defer future purchases to my local shop though I did enjoy checking out the Edmonton venue because I had heard considerable about the brand.

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    I have quite a few teas here that I am wanting to get back into - but as the weather is warming up, I cannot see it.

    I have not really been a fan of iced tea, so am resigning myself to the fact that I will not be enjoying my teas for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Under the Rose View Post
    While in Edmonton a month ago, I had opportunity to peruse a David's Tea shop for the first time.

    I purchased a caffeine-free sampler of loose teas, a couple of flavored Pu'erh teas and a few boxes of their best sellers in bagged teas for convenience at home.

    (My overall impression after reading a lot of labels was that they are catering to a demographic.)

    We have a small specialty tea corner in a shop in my own town which is quite excellent and I think I shall defer future purchases to my local shop though I did enjoy checking out the Edmonton venue because I had heard considerable about the brand.
    When I started drinking loose leaf I asked for one of David's 12 tea samplers for Christmas. It was very good at the time, and they make great gifts for people with a sweet-tooth. Eventually I ended up gravitating to sugar free teas, though, I rarely even drink the dried fruit teas from my local.

    If you ever get another crack at a David's take a look at their glassware, the mugs/infusers are great.

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    i've decided to investigate tea recipes from around the world. i'm holding out tibetan yak butter tea for last. chai, morrocan mint tea, bubble tea all come to mind...but first, i want to make my own thai iced tea. this is the recipe i'm considering....

    4 cups (960ml) water
    4 organic black tea bags
    3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
    2 anise stars
    1 green cardamom pod, smashed
    2 whole cloves
    about 1 cup (240ml) half and half (some folks also use coconut milk, whole milk, sweetened condensed milk)
    ice

    Bring water to boil and add the tea bags, sugar, anise starts, cardamom pod and cloves. Stir until all the sugar disolves. Gently boil tea for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
    Allow tea to steep for at least 30 minutes and allow it to cool. The more concentrated the tea flavor, the better the Thai tea tastes. We prefer to allow the tea bags to seep for about 2 hours for maximum flavor. During this time, the thai tea can cool.
    Remove the tea bags and spoon out the anise starts, cardamom pod and cloves. If tea is still warm, we will refrigerate it so it can be chilled.
    You can make this ahead of time and have the organic Thai tea chilling in the fridge.
    Fill glasses with ice and pour in organic Thai tea leaving enough room to fill in your half and half (or other creamer). For an 8 oz. glass we like to add about 2-3 tablespoons of half and half for a creamier flavor.

    if this works, i'll move on to Cha Ma-Nao, thai iced tea with lime, which sounds incredible

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    thai iced tea, first salvo

    no star anise, but star anise extract
    no green cardamom, so powdered black cardamom

    i used ceylon tea

    i put the spices [1 tspn cardamom, 1/2 tspn anise extract, 2 whole cloves] and four ceylon teabags in 4 cups of water and brought it to a boil. added 3/4cup sugar and let boil 3mins. then i took the pan off the stove and put it in my freezer for two hours.

    then i poured about 1cm of sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of a glass, filled with crushed ice and poured in the tea

    frankly, it was better than what i get in restaurants.

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    thai iced tea with lime

    same but skip milk and add lime juice

    the combo is a flavor all its own, and unspeakably delicious

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    My local talked me into buying Yakushima Black Tea, a rare black tea grown in Japan.

    It's likely not much different from other high quality black teas, but I need to get some novelty somehow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tantric View Post
    thai iced tea, first salvo

    no star anise, but star anise extract
    no green cardamom, so powdered black cardamom

    i used ceylon tea

    i put the spices [1 tspn cardamom, 1/2 tspn anise extract, 2 whole cloves] and four ceylon teabags in 4 cups of water and brought it to a boil. added 3/4cup sugar and let boil 3mins. then i took the pan off the stove and put it in my freezer for two hours.

    then i poured about 1cm of sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of a glass, filled with crushed ice and poured in the tea

    frankly, it was better than what i get in restaurants.
    I tried a cinnamon/black iced tea once, wasn't the biggest fan of the spice in a cold tea, not sure why.

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    Not listening to any UK tea connoisseurs, and here's why:
    Years ago, I spent a few weeks holed up in some rich guy's mansion in San Francisco, helping a British author edit/re-write a book. He was VERY picky about his "tea", which was black tea with a ton of milk and sugar. One day, I made him some tea, and intentionally left out the tea. Just hot water with milk and sugar. He got almost to the bottom of the first cup before remarking "this tea tastes funny". When I let him in on what I'd done... let's just say I've never seen an Englishman so totally lose it.

    Personally, it's coffee in the morning - black and strong from fresh ground beans. Evenings, it's chamomile or Sleepytime. Daytime hours are tea and coffee free, except in summer when southern sweet tea is REALLY good.

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