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(Also, Chic-fil-A, Arizona, and Sonny's.)


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For this morning, a Vanilla black tea, with just a bit of honey.


Sencha is the best. I've been without it for some months, so I've been turbo-drinking it since Saturday last week when I got my hands on it again. I'm 4/5 through the 50-piece bag of tea filters that I bought for it.

At some point when I've made up for all the sencha I haven't drunk I'll probably go back to also drinking stuff like rooibosh with vanilla, white tea with chocolate, and the occasional black teas (I had some bailey cream tea at my GM's place yesterday, which was pretty nice). I probably won't touch flavoured green teas as long as I'm in possession of my precious.


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Ugh. Two of my followers are...

Lets just say "auxiliary squad members".

Now I know how God feels every time Westboro Baptist opens their collective mouth. *facepalm* "if you guys keep saying you're with me people are going to get the wrong idea! I'm not like that, I swear!"


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Not you, Sencha or Loose Leaf. You're alright. It's hard for me to drink sencha, but i recognize it's quality.

Okay, Sweet Tea and Redbull and Coke are well meaning. It was mean of me to compare you to WBC.


Back on Topic! (Although parodying me is a great reason to derailc as I'm clearly pretty great.)

Pan, I used to like Celestial Seasonings a lot, but it seems a couple years ago their quality dropped dramatically (or my taste buds got spoiled by better brands). The red tea I mentioned is one of the only ones I recommend, aside from the Morning Thunder, and I only recommend that flavor because it's the cheapest source of Yerba Mate I've found (a wonderful South American herb that has a sweet flavor, as much caffeine as coffee, and none of the jittery side effects).

Mort, I agree, except for jasmine. It's so bitter I don't recommend it for beginners. I found tea newbies respond well to the potency of a strong black, or the subtlety of a white with a little flavor.

And TL's love of sweet tea has a use. Sweet green tea is a great way to expand the horizons of one new to the drink, in my opinion.


I see some people have mentioned Arizona. I tried a bottle of Arizona green tea and honey once. Pure sugar is less sickeningly sweet than that stuff. I was not impressed.


thegreenteagamer wrote:
And TL's love of sweet tea has a use. Sweet green tea is a great way to expand the horizons of one new to the drink, in my opinion.

The best green tea, is green tea ice cream.

(And/or greenteagamer, and/or Green Tea Gamer. :D)

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Thymus Vulgaris wrote:
I see some people have mentioned Arizona. I tried a bottle of Arizona green tea and honey once. Pure sugar is less sickeningly sweet than that stuff. I was not impressed.

Actually, I've not tried that. It sounds, however, like you got a sweet tea that had been set out too long. Leave it out long enough and the stuff becomes kind of rancid from all the sacrine-like flavor starting to ferment.

(Looking at you, Arby's-in-the-evenings/college Cafeteria/that other place.) >:I


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SweetTeaGamer wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
And TL's love of sweet tea has a use. Sweet green tea is a great way to expand the horizons of one new to the drink, in my opinion.

The best green tea, is green tea ice cream.

(And/or greenteagamer, and/or Green Tea Gamer. :D)

Green tea ice cream as in matcha ice cream? That stuff is so good.


thegreenteagamer wrote:

Ugh. Two of my followers are...

Lets just say "auxiliary squad members".

Now I know how God feels every time Westboro Baptist opens their collective mouth. *facepalm* "if you guys keep saying you're with me people are going to get the wrong idea! I'm not like that, I swear!"

Hey! That's libe-

thegreenteagamer wrote:
Okay, Sweet Tea and Redbull and Coke are well meaning. It was mean of me to compare you to WBC.

... okay, fine. I'll accept it for now.

(Also, if you feel like God, I'm not doing my job properly...) >.>


I don't think I've had Celestial Seasonings, but I have drunk Yogi Tea, which has several dozen different varieties, all of which taste identical. Serves me right for buying something with 'Yogi' in the brand name that doesn't have anything to do with bears wearing trilbies.

I think Mate is made from coca leaves...


Limeylongears wrote:

I don't think I've had Celestial Seasonings, but I have drunk Yogi Tea, which has several dozen different varieties, all of which taste identical. Serves me right for buying something with 'Yogi' in the brand name that doesn't have anything to do with bears wearing trilbies.

I think Mate is made from coca leaves...

I drink several of there Herbal/Medicinal teas, which don't taste at all the same to me. I haven't tried any of their actual Tea teas though.

I really like the Ginger one.


Welp, I am away from my sencha. It is either Pickwick, Lipton, or existence without tea.

Chancing the Pickwick, although it's with jasmine and I'm usually not a huge fan of that... I really need to stock my boyfriend's place with something better.


Liiiiiiiptoooonnnn...

(Unless you don't want it. In which case, don't.)


Tough one. If it's Lipton or water...

Tap, or bottled? I'll take Lipton over tap water at least. Or Dasani or Aquafina (which I've heard is just purified water from the Detroit River, yum yum). Even store brand stuff tastes better than those two. (Actually Publix spring water is pretty darn good.)


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Tough one. If it's Lipton or water...

Tap, or bottled? I'll take Lipton over tap water at least. Or Dasani or Aquafina (which I've heard is just purified water from the Detroit River, yum yum). Even store brand stuff tastes better than those two. (Actually Publix spring water is pretty darn good.)

Or just filter your tap water.

Bottled water is pretty much a scam.


Bro! Dude! Man! You gotta try 'Zona iced tea with f$$~ing Vodka bro, it's off the Hiz-ook!! F!!!ing A!#!!

Hold on a minute! Is... is that parking meter flirting... alright... looks like I'm getting laid tonight!!

F%#* yeah!!


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thejeff wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:

Tough one. If it's Lipton or water...

Tap, or bottled? I'll take Lipton over tap water at least. Or Dasani or Aquafina (which I've heard is just purified water from the Detroit River, yum yum). Even store brand stuff tastes better than those two. (Actually Publix spring water is pretty darn good.)

Or just filter your tap water.

Bottled water is pretty much a scam.

Indeed!

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After using loose leaf for so long lipton tastes like muddy sticks; I'd rather go with water. My old man is a Culligan man, so I get a cooler and all the 5 gallon jugs I want for free.


I actually do use a filter and almost never buy water. There is a discdiscernible difference between the two, but it's not enough to be worth both the increased cost and environmental impact of bottled IMO.

So back to teas...sort of. I have been trying to wean down the amount of sugar I use. I started long ago with syrupy gobs of sugar, and have worked my way down to two spoons.

One spoon is so unnoticeable as to be a waste of calories, and indeed I can drink unsweetened, and with some blends even enjoy it, but I do like a little sweetness with my tea.

Aspartame is pretty bad for you, splenda tastes like I'm licking a rhesus monkey's shaved taint, and I'm amazed they still sell saccharine after the cancer scare in the 80s. So I started trying stevia.

It's...not bad. So far I've been using a sugar-stevia blend as a means of acclamation. My wife bought a metric ton of the stuff when a grocery store near us went out of business for like a nickel a box. I keep trying pure, and it's not bad, but the aftertaste is...sorta like cheap licorice.


thegreenteagamer wrote:

Back on Topic! (Although parodying me is a great reason to derailc as I'm clearly pretty great.)

Pan, I used to like Celestial Seasonings a lot, but it seems a couple years ago their quality dropped dramatically (or my taste buds got spoiled by better brands). The red tea I mentioned is one of the only ones I recommend, aside from the Morning Thunder, and I only recommend that flavor because it's the cheapest source of Yerba Mate I've found (a wonderful South American herb that has a sweet flavor, as much caffeine as coffee, and none of the jittery side effects).

Mort, I agree, except for jasmine. It's so bitter I don't recommend it for beginners. I found tea newbies respond well to the potency of a strong black, or the subtlety of a white with a little flavor.

And TL's love of sweet tea has a use. Sweet green tea is a great way to expand the horizons of one new to the drink, in my opinion.

I have found a lot of people don't care for the bitterness of Earl Greys but respond much nicer to milder blacks. That may be my personal preference coming through though.


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God I'm glad I live in an area with amazing tap water. Besides being great for tea, I get awesome pizza, bagels, and beer!


I for one actually like bitter flavors, though there is a limit. I really like a thistle and black tea mix I have, even though it makes my mouth go a bit numb. Interestingly enough, it also works great to soothe sore throats and what not.

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I like a good amount of the Yogi herbal teas...especially the echinachea one. I find that they all have a different flavor and some i just don't enjoy. I find that green teas and herbal teas are what I usually like although I have no particular brands that stand out as I seem to be ever searching and exploring varieties, but I do prefer organics in general and depending on type I like to sweeten them with organic agave, stevia or a minimally processed, organic sugar. Honey is for my oatmeal or for tea when I have a throat issue, but not usually used in my teas....

GreenTea: Side question, how far are you from Celebration, Florida? I live there and we have a pretty robust gaming group that is always looking to increase it's numbers.


Most teas I drink with no sugar or cream. If I do put it in, it is generally half a teaspoon of standard sugar.


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Fake Healer wrote:

GreenTea: Side question, how far are you from Celebration, Florida? I live there and we have a pretty robust gaming group that is always looking to increase it's numbers.

I suppose it doesn't hurt my anonymity to narrow down my location to the not-so-great city of Jacksonville, which is according to Google Maps a good two and a half hour drive from that area.

Yes, I am in the "real" south (anyone from Central or South Florida knows that most of Florida is NOT culturally "the South" like Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas, etc. Jacksonville and Tallahassee are anomalies.) I grew up in South Florida in the Lauderdale region, and would leave this cesspool of racism and ignorance in a heartbeat for "real Florida" as I call it, but my wife's family is here, and our church is pretty awesome.

Thanks for the offer, though. If I were in the Orlando region it might be a different story. I do have friends there I need to visit, but I disdain long drives.


Cainreach, I wonder if your quality water is a factor in being able to drink tea with less sweetener.


I usually drink tea with no sweetener, and yeah, I have pretty good tap water in my area. Hadn't really thought about that as a factor, but it makes sense.

If I DO want a sweetener, I use honey.

Heh, I haven't even heard of some of the teas being discussed here. I feel like a plebian =P


Lychee black tea or the stuff with rose petals in's OK - sometimes drink that if a) I've got any and b) I want something sweeter ( Chinese supermarkets are good for that, as well as green teas/oolongs - cheap, too!) I personally never add sugar or milk, unless I'm drinking bog-standard tea, but that's just upbringing/personal preference. Lemon sometimes.

Sovereign Court

I usually go unsweetened, but occasionally I use lemon and/or honey. Honey is way better than sugar or artificial sweeteners.


Pan wrote:
I usually go unsweetened, but occasionally I use lemon and/or honey. Honey is way better than sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Stevia's actually natural, even though it's zero calorie.

I do enjoy honey or agave, too, though it can distract from the flavor of the tea withtoo much.


Limeylongears wrote:
I personally never add sugar or milk, unless I'm drinking bog-standard tea, but that's just upbringing/personal preference.

I'm like this for the most part. I'll only add milk and/or sugar if I don't like the tea, if it's Indian chai (which is supposedly meant to be had like that), or if I just feel like switching it up. But in the majority of cases I just drink it as it is.


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Fake Healer wrote:
I like a good amount of the Yogi herbal teas...especially the echinachea one. I find that they all have a different flavor and some i just don't enjoy. I find that green teas and herbal teas are what I usually like although I have no particular brands that stand out as I seem to be ever searching and exploring varieties, but I do prefer organics in general and depending on type I like to sweeten them with organic agave, stevia or a minimally processed, organic sugar. Honey is for my oatmeal or for tea when I have a throat issue, but not usually used in my teas....

Drinking the Yogi Echinachea right now.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
Pan wrote:
I usually go unsweetened, but occasionally I use lemon and/or honey. Honey is way better than sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Stevia's actually natural, even though it's zero calorie.

I do enjoy honey or agave, too, though it can distract from the flavor of the tea withtoo much.

I tried stevia and got the same result as with artificial sweeteners: both negate the tea's aroma too much and leave a dry feeling in my mouth. I put honey in my tea, depending on the sort, which adds to the flavour, in my opinion (oddly enough, I can enjoy coffee without any sweetener).


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I tend to circulate between Darjeeling, "Russian," Earl Grey, Chai Masala, and (when my parents have been to Scotland), Scottish Breakfast, and Yorkshire Gold.

If worst come to worst I'll use some Twinings bagged Earl Grey or Lipton English Breakfast (also bagged).


Had a good Chai Masala today, they give me a little pot of honey so I could line the inside of the cup before i poured in the chai.


Kobold Cleaver is catching up to my thread, people. This is just all sorts of wrong. He doesn't even have a classy discussion side item like I do in tea.

Minions, assemble! I need you in top shape to prevent this atrocity from happening.


... meh, sure, I guess. Whatevs.

Liiiiiiiiptooooonnnn...


How good can your thread be when you had to make it yourself?

My! Is that asbestos in the walls I smell? And also killer ghosts???


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My goodness! Have you read this shocking new study?

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Too much of good thing might kill ya.


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greentea-dono, I received the call for assembly.

... What's this, inflammatory speech about tea? Well, I'm sure whatever beverages you guys prefer probably link to cancer.

On the other hand, green tea might prevent cancer.
And in a world where everything is attributed with causing cancer, a "might prevent" seems pretty good.


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I, too, have answered the call.

The wonderful thing about tea is that you don't even have to have a favorite. (Dirty truth: I do, but I try not to let that bias me.) There is such a wide variety available that you can just keep trading off and experimenting with new things. Of course, getting something obscure just for the sake of being obscure can often be more trouble and/or cost than it's worth.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy variety!


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thegreenteagamer wrote:

I'm derailing another thread a little talking about tea, me being a leader, and other fun topics. This is me attempting to be a good forum member by bringing a new thread up for the subject (and, quite obviously stoking my own ego with a thread about me, but that's beside the point).

Right now I'm enjoying a peppermint herbal tea with a blend of stevia and sugar, having just finished a plain black with the same. Work is in the morning, or I'd probably have some more of the caffeinated stuff.

I've recently fallen in love with Dragon's Eye Oolong Tea. There's something about it that's just really different from the usual teas I drink. I usually drink southern-style sweet tea and green tea (I'm particularly fond of Arizona brand green tea).

One day, I want to try every tea mentioned by Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs the World. :P


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Hope you guys like peeing all the time.


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Hope you guys like peeing all the time.

Gives me an excuse to get up and away from the desk. And get another cup of tea.

A sweet almond green tea from Upton this time.


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Kobold Cleaver wrote:
Hope you guys like peeing all the time.

Well yeah, tea causes the body to expel more water. I used to have a rule against me drinking tea during RP sessions for this exact reason, but then I realised that I drink too much soda, so it's since been revised. So far, no real difference in number of toilet breaks.


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Just a heads-up.


*sniffs* I've got such great minions. Keeping the dirty kobold in his place. for now...he's still catching up. .

Sweet Tea, even your lackluster response is acceptable.

Foolish lizard, keep talking the trash, and it shall be refuted.

Just...later, cause, you know, I'm watching a movie with my wife and I just came to check in on my awesome minions. except thebtheblackcoffeegamer, who is apparently my newest archnemesis .

The actual tea gamers have hence earned their titles.


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thegreenteagamer wrote:
*sniffs* I've got such great minions. Keeping the dirty kobold in his place. for now...he's still catching up. .

YOU ARE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!

thegreenteagamer wrote:
Sweet Tea, even your lackluster response is acceptable.

Sure, whatever.

thegreenteagamer wrote:
Foolish lizard, keep talking the trash, and it shall be refuted.

Well, he's not entirely wrong, he's just, like, misleading.

He's basically bombarding the place with a buncha "no duh" statements, like it's a bomb-diggity revelation, yo. Anyone who's actually had tea knows it makes you pee, and anyone who doesn't realize that drinking (or eating) too much of most things (or even "too much" in general) is bad for you isn't very perceptive.

Look: coffee, booze, soda, and even daggum water will have similarly negative (yet different) effects in excessive consumption. The ultimate truth? Just be moderate, man. But that's just, like, my opinion.

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