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....thought of that one on the spot last night, now I'm gonna unleash it onto all the Ask so and so such and such threads, Mwahahahahaha!!


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thesenchagamer wrote:
Wait... I could pour tea in an ice cube mold and have tea ice cubes that won't dilute my tea as it melts...

This...I should have addressed the genius of this earlier, but, yeah...

Promotion! This Chica here is the first minion to ascend to lieutenant status, with that nugget of gold.


SweetTeaGamer wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
I stopped taking that serious the minute I read geisha.

You, sir, have not read the premise of the campaign. :)

(Also, I figured it was exactly the only time I would be able to get to use said archetype, ever.)

thegreenteagamer wrote:
...and how the heck do you give stat blocks to your aliases? Do you have any idea how much silliness I need to put background info to? My parody alias alone! Admiral The-Day-Before-Yesterday, Mythic CN John Wilkes Booth, Goblin Cleaver, and StrategyTiger all need to reference their silliness forebears.

I... what? What's the question?

I mean, you just... Edit your Profile...?

Ah. Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! Okay, I just got your question.

To answer: it's nothing but coding.

[spoiler = ] [ / spoiler] tags
[ b ]
[ bigger ]
[ i ]

... etc. all arranged as you like.

Once you get it done once, it's a template you can later copy/paste into other things.

Ashley's is special, as it was based off a the unfathomably cool template from this game that never started.

It's very worthwhile, and I recommend it.

:)


thegreenteagamer wrote:
I don't even drink alcohol, but if I did, it'd be kombucha.

What does kombucha have to do with alcoho-... *looks at the wikipedia article*

See, I read kombucha and expected it to actually be kombu tea. Apparently what's known as kombucha in English has nothing to do with actual kombucha...


Actually, for some reason I can't edit aliases, even though I can edit my main profile.

...maybe it's because I'm on a phone.


... huh. Sorry. For me it just appears on the top center if I've entered nothing, and on the top-right if I've written anything.

EDIT: More specifically, it says,

Quote:

You have not created a profile.

Tip: Create a profile and fill in the "full name" field to make your wishlists easier for others to find.

Click here to create a profile.

With, "Click here to create a profile." being a link.

Thereafter, a button,

Quote:
Edit My Profile

... appears in the top-right, that (aside from the text) otherwise appears exactly like the "Preview" "Cancel" and "Submit Post" buttons you get when you're making posts. :D

EDIT 2: But yeah, it might be the phone thing. :I


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It's not that deep. I'll just put it together when I'm at the library or something.

In the meantime, I made a pitcher of unsweetened black tea and a tray of black tea ice cubes, so I'm very much looking forward to throwing down some mildly sweetened iced tea that doesn't water down when I throw ice in it tomorrow.

I usually make my pitchers unsweetened and sweeten by the glass, as with iced tea my tolerance for stevia is greater than hot tea and I can do pure, where with hot I need a 40/50 sugar blend...my wife uses the blend for iced and sugar for hot, so this way we both get our preference as we go.

Or, usually, I just drink the whole thing before she gets through a glass. (Don't judge me. I made it, and I gave her ample time, it's not my fault if she goes more than two days without drinking any!)


I don't get to drink tea a lot but do like it...so here is my question.

What teas should I try?

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I dont think whisky and bourbon would go all that well in tea but the baileys idea has me thinking Irish coffee(tea style). Maybe ill experiment soon. Typically, I drink homebrewed ale of all types and whisky or bourbon neat. Though I do absolutely love old fashions. Ive been looking into earl grey mead recipes and might give that a go.

@john kretzer I recommend starting with black teas. Here is my store.


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John -

Pan links great stuff, but I don't know if you'd wanna jump in feet first into loose leaf - that's a hefty investment if it turns out you don't enjoy it.

Okay, for simplicity, bagged tea is just plain easier, but usually loose leaf is of a higher quality. So, if you start with a high quality bagged tea, you can't go wrong. For quality of product, I think Bigelow is just the best, but that's my opinion.

If you want lots of caffeine, Yerba Mate has the most, and tastes a lot sweeter than regular coffee. So far, the cheapest I've found is Celestial Seasonings' Morning Thunder, which is a blend of Mate and black tea (black has the most caffeine of a "true" tea). It's not bad, but Celestial Seasonings is not the highest quality tea...it's about "mid quality", definitely better than Lipton or Luzianne, but not quite Twinnings or Bigelow, and a far cry from loose leaf stuff, so eventually, when you get good stuff it'll taste inferior.

Twinnings has some of the best flavors available I've seen, not so much in highest quality leaf blend, but more along the lines of when you get a flavored tea, like a vanilla black or some such, they really put a LOT of that flavor in it. Their tea quality is pretty good for bagged, too.

If you buy bottled brands, Honest Tea was mentioned earlier, and it's really good...if you're okay with your drinks not being typical American syrupy sweet. When I first started with tea a couple decades ago, I wouldn't have been able to drink that, because I put so much sugar in that it looked like a syrup by the time I was halfway done with it. I started with Sobe green tea and Arizona. Arizona is pretty good for bottled sugary stuff - and their black and white blend has very low calories for something without artificial sweetener.

I obviously like green tea, but I think it's an acquired taste, because it has a certain...leafyness to it...two of my other favorites are red tea and african honeybush (both of which aren't "true teas"). Red tea is DELICIOUS, and I do believe I've read a few articles that said it has even more antioxidants than green tea, and none of the caffeine, so it's my go-to drink when I need something at night.

If I were to start with some cheap, but great for the price stuff, I'd grab a box of Celestial Seasonings Morning Thunder, a box of Bigelow Green or flavored green, a box of Twinnings Red or flavored red, or if you're on the run, a bottle of Honest Tea (or if that's not sweet enough for you, a can of Arizona Black & White).


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okay...I'll give them a try. Thanks


I drink mostly Twinnings Irish breakfast in the morning. And Stash Chai in the evenings. It's been a recent thing to enjoy hot teas on more occasions but its easier than coffee a lot of times.


Stash often disappoints me. Great name, great packaging, great smell, But weak as a newborn.


Yeah sadly southeast AR does not have a huge tea selection outside of a couple of hours of travel. And I've yet to peruse any online stores but might have to.


Pan keeps insisting on the one he often links...


Pan wrote:

I dont think whisky and bourbon would go all that well in tea but the baileys idea has me thinking Irish coffee(tea style). Maybe ill experiment soon. Typically, I drink homebrewed ale of all types and whisky or bourbon neat. Though I do absolutely love old fashions. Ive been looking into earl grey mead recipes and might give that a go.

@john kretzer I recommend starting with black teas. Here is my store.

You just reminded me that I have in fact had some tea infused mead, and it was delicious

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thegreenteagamer wrote:
Pan keeps insisting on the one he often links...

Well insisting might be a bit much but I do like the Teasource. I would recommend more shops but currently its the only one I know and am happy with.


I just meant it must be good.


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Man, it's been a long time since I had cold sencha. So good~~. And with sencha ice cubes as well, of course.
When summer really hits, maybe I should just make half a litre of tea, pour it in a plastic bottle, and shove the entire thing in the freezer. I once did see a convenience store in Japan selling frozen tea like that. I didn't buy it, and the heat had me regret it within ten minutes.

@Caineach Ohh, that sounds nice. I've only had mead once (homemade by The Alkenstarian who hangs around certain boards here), but I quite liked it. Maybe I should try and plant the idea of tea infused mead in her head sometime.

@Pan Looking at their site, I like that the Teasource actually tells you where the tea was grown. I have no clue if the sencha I'm currently drinking is actually grown in Japan or somewhere else. And my other teas... they're all blends with either oolong or keemun, but again I don't actually know where they were grown. If I lived in the US I might try the Teasource, but being in Europe I don't really feel like importing my tea from across the Atlantic :)
It's also a nice touch that they show you not just the tea leaves, but also a cup of the finished brew.


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Tried some "Prince of Wales" tea last night. A bit weak for my taste but has an interesting flavor to it. Kind of a naturally sweet taste. Kinda smooth.


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I think I had that in Twinnings before. Wasn't too memorable.


thegreenteagamer wrote:
I think I had that in Twinnings before. Wasn't too memorable.

But... but... that advertisement...


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Twinnings overall is pretty good. As I said earlier, they're very potential with flavor additions. That particular blend just wasn't memorable to me.


Tea infused mead...my favorite ancient beverage plus the best beverage ever (tea)..combined...this must become a thing, and I want to drink it all!


its like an alcoholic Celtic Arnold Palmer....brilliant!


I've never had mead.

My few inductions into alcohol, none of which ever landed me more than tipsy (because I hated the way even that felt) were mostly of the rum and coke or wine variety.

Even that seemed like a crappy way to get a buzz going when my previous...horticultural exploits into altered mental states...were faster, cheaper, tastier (blueberry, captain, if you haven't had it, is as delicious as its namesake), and of a more pleasant mental state. I mean, how much does enough alcohol cost to get you good and drunk? Not even half as much as an equivalent amount of damn near anything else to get you ripped.

I will say it here and I don't care how many of you abandon me as a result. Beer of every stripe that I've ever had the misfortune of tasting, whether cheap or expensive, mass produced or individual craft, has been the most foul liquid that has ever passed my lips short of expelling vomit. If you like it, you're not a bad person, but you're confusing and probably a glutton for punishment.

All that being said, if I had to have alcohol, honey based doesn't sound bad.

But then, agave is delicious, and tequila isn't, so I suppose source flavor doesn't really indicate result.


To each their own. Maybe you have something of an allergy to alcohol. And depending on the brew in question some of them are acquired tastes. I drink occasionally, usually beer when I do. I'm partial to Sam Adams, but l'll drink just about anything.

Alas, with the exception of a few microbrews, if you want really good beer here in America you have to go for an import. Probably true for tea as well. I don't know if they actually grow any here. I know it was originally all imported, but that could have changed since the Revolutionary War. :-) Perhaps I should get out more ... ;-)


Grabbing three rumballs and shoving them in my mouth* when I was twelve remains one of the most poorly ranked taste experiences I recall in my life. Simply terrible.

Between that and the smell (enough of which leaves me feeling headachey), I'm totes with greenteagamer on this.

EDIT 'Cause this wasn't really light-hearted at all, in retrospect.:
(Well, that and all the vodka-induced deaths in Lithuania, and my own relatives' and friends' issues. Stickin' to light-hearted here, though. Mostly. I guess. Welp, edit time to go behind a spoiler, as this is a mood killer.)

* I was at a hotel. They were "free cake!" offered by the wait staff to everyone. They thought I was a cute kid and encouraged me to take more, if I wanted. I don't know how I managed to swallow and say "Thank you, but that's enough for now." to this day. :/

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GM_Beernorg wrote:
Tea infused mead...my favorite ancient beverage plus the best beverage ever (tea)..combined...this must become a thing, and I want to drink it all!

Got any recipes? It's time for me to start another mead!


I'm a fan of fruity drinks with trace amounts of alcohol in them, and whiskey. That's about it.

Beer tastes like piss, vodka tastes like rubbing alcohol, and wine tastes like fermented grapes. I can take or leave rum, depending on what other flavors are with it.

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well wine is fermented grapes so....Since you like whisky I recommend the classic old fashioned. It's getting really difficult to find places that can make them worth a damn. A few weeks ago I had a guy try and use splenda packets..... Stupid captain morgan, kraken, and fireball kids today like the nastiest sh!#.


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Depending on what whiskey or rum you like, you might wanna try a good calvados. For the uninformed, it's hard liquor made from apples - and when it's good it's really good (and, like rum, when it's bad it tastes a bit like lighter fluid - so don't go for the cheapest bottle). Also good for cooking.


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And as someone who very much prefer cider to beer, let me just say that apples are a splendiferous fruit we should be very happy to have in such abundance.

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Cider is ok but gives monster heartburn I cant drink it all night like I can good ol ale.


Pan wrote:
well wine is fermented grapes so...

That's the joke.

Pan wrote:
Since you like whisky I recommend the classic old fashioned. It's getting really difficult to find places that can make them worth a damn. A few weeks ago I had a guy try and use splenda packets..... Stupid captain morgan, kraken, and fireball kids today like the nastiest sh!#.

I actually like Fireball though. =(

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Rynjin wrote:


I actually like Fireball though. =(

Dont worry about it i'm the odd man out for not liking flavored liquor.


thegreenteagamer wrote:

John -

Pan links great stuff, but I don't know if you'd wanna jump in feet first into loose leaf....
...bagged tea ...Yerba Mate ...black tea ...flavors ...bottled brands...green tea...red tea and african honeybush ...

Good summary that covers most bases. If I may, I'll add two items to the list:

-White tea (silver tips, Fujian white, etc). In my opinion a very 'pure' and gentle tea flavour, but requires high quality leaves since it is minimally processed. Also has lots of antioxidants.

-Smoked tea, ie Lapsang Souchong, is sufficiently different from other black teas that it deserves a separate category. Not for everyone! As mentioned already in this thread it "tastes like campfire", even with milk and sugar. Taste it once just for the experience. A good tea for outdoors.


randomwalker wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:

John -

Pan links great stuff, but I don't know if you'd wanna jump in feet first into loose leaf....
...bagged tea ...Yerba Mate ...black tea ...flavors ...bottled brands...green tea...red tea and african honeybush ...

Good summary that covers most bases. If I may, I'll add two items to the list:

-White tea (silver tips, Fujian white, etc). In my opinion a very 'pure' and gentle tea flavour, but requires high quality leaves since it is minimally processed. Also has lots of antioxidants.

-Smoked tea, ie Lapsang Souchong, is sufficiently different from other black teas that it deserves a separate category. Not for everyone! As mentioned already in this thread it "tastes like campfire", even with milk and sugar. Taste it once just for the experience. A good tea for outdoors.

I didn't recommend white tea because I found it's subtlety isn't usually appreciated by novices. Most tea newbies I know feel it is like a weak green.

I still need to try Lapsang.

On a side note, Lapsang, since it was first brought up by him, reminds me that I do believe this is the most interaction I think Rynjin and I have had without disagreeing! This is great, because I've always appreciated his articulate and straightforward arguments, even if I didn't agree with him, so it's good to actually agree on stuff.


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Ceaser Slaad wrote:

To each their own. Maybe you have something of an allergy to alcohol. And depending on the brew in question some of them are acquired tastes. I drink occasionally, usually beer when I do. I'm partial to Sam Adams, but l'll drink just about anything.

Alas, with the exception of a few microbrews, if you want really good beer here in America you have to go for an import. Probably true for tea as well. I don't know if they actually grow any here. I know it was originally all imported, but that could have changed since the Revolutionary War. :-) Perhaps I should get out more ... ;-)

If you think there are only a few microbrews in the US making good beer, you need to move to a more hipster area. Even when you get past the ridiculous number of overhopped beers, there are good craft breweries all over the place. Name a style, and you can find a good one made in the US that has distribution in at least a few states.


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New Glarus brewery is pretty good :-)

If you like Beer, I do not.

I like Hard Root Beer, Sublime used to make an outstanding hard pink lemonade, otherwise it's Rum and coke (used to be able to get Redrum in a red coffin shaped bottle with Redrum visible and backwards from the back of the bottle, man that stuff was the best! I'm a very infrequent drinker tho, like I measure time between drinking in months and years :-)


Ceaser Slaad wrote:

To each their own. Maybe you have something of an allergy to alcohol. And depending on the brew in question some of them are acquired tastes. I drink occasionally, usually beer when I do. I'm partial to Sam Adams, but l'll drink just about anything.

Alas, with the exception of a few microbrews, if you want really good beer here in America you have to go for an import. Probably true for tea as well. I don't know if they actually grow any here. I know it was originally all imported, but that could have changed since the Revolutionary War. :-) Perhaps I should get out more ... ;-)

They do! Here is a list of tea plantations in the US & Canada, for those who may be interested

And if you haven't tried it, CY, you might enjoy Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, also assuming it's available on the other side of the Atlantic.


Limeylongears wrote:
Ceaser Slaad wrote:

To each their own. Maybe you have something of an allergy to alcohol. And depending on the brew in question some of them are acquired tastes. I drink occasionally, usually beer when I do. I'm partial to Sam Adams, but l'll drink just about anything.

Alas, with the exception of a few microbrews, if you want really good beer here in America you have to go for an import. Probably true for tea as well. I don't know if they actually grow any here. I know it was originally all imported, but that could have changed since the Revolutionary War. :-) Perhaps I should get out more ... ;-)

They do! Here is a list of tea plantations in the US & Canada, for those who may be interested

And if you haven't tried it, CY, you might enjoy Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, also assuming it's available on the other side of the Atlantic.

Crabbie's is delicious. I have only found it at one place, and its $7 a bottle though.


Limeylongears wrote:
Ceaser Slaad wrote:

To each their own. Maybe you have something of an allergy to alcohol. And depending on the brew in question some of them are acquired tastes. I drink occasionally, usually beer when I do. I'm partial to Sam Adams, but l'll drink just about anything.

Alas, with the exception of a few microbrews, if you want really good beer here in America you have to go for an import. Probably true for tea as well. I don't know if they actually grow any here. I know it was originally all imported, but that could have changed since the Revolutionary War. :-) Perhaps I should get out more ... ;-)

They do! Here is a list of tea plantations in the US & Canada, for those who may be interested

And if you haven't tried it, CY, you might enjoy Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, also assuming it's available on the other side of the Atlantic.

Interesting that there are places in Canada but nothing in the US north of South Carrolina


Caineach wrote:
Limeylongears wrote:
Ceaser Slaad wrote:

To each their own. Maybe you have something of an allergy to alcohol. And depending on the brew in question some of them are acquired tastes. I drink occasionally, usually beer when I do. I'm partial to Sam Adams, but l'll drink just about anything.

Alas, with the exception of a few microbrews, if you want really good beer here in America you have to go for an import. Probably true for tea as well. I don't know if they actually grow any here. I know it was originally all imported, but that could have changed since the Revolutionary War. :-) Perhaps I should get out more ... ;-)

They do! Here is a list of tea plantations in the US & Canada, for those who may be interested

And if you haven't tried it, CY, you might enjoy Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, also assuming it's available on the other side of the Atlantic.

Interesting that there are places in Canada but nothing in the US north of South Carrolina

Maryland? Washington State? Michigan?

I'm not sure why the distribution. I was thinking something about the West coast until I saw Michigan.


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I like tea.
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...please don't let my thread turn into the booze thread. My name is here. Please? Any other derail but alcohol. This isn't a demand. It is a request, made in all kindness to very nice people. Any other derail probably won't bother me.

touchy subject for me:
I did, as I said earlier, grow up with the man who raised me killing himself with that, so it's a sore subject. I don't decry anyone's right to enjoy anything, so that is why I'm trying to phrase this as politely as possible. I honestly regret contributing even slightly. :-/

So, um....

I made an awesome Dragon Disciple recently. It's probably the most powerful melee character I've ever made. His str without items is 27. Rage, mutagen, and form of the dragon lead to a heck of a battle the day before yesterday.

Also, tea cubes in the iced tea is working splendidly! I'm about to bring a freezing cold water bottle full of iced black with stevia to work, and it is STRONG! Sencha Gamer really brought gold with that.

Has anyone grown C. Sinensis? I heard it will grow in my region (not naturally, but the weather is not inclement for it), so I'm thinking of ordering a bush.


DERAIL! WOO! DRAGON DERAIL!

Making a Dragon Cavalier.

Not for my players:
No, really. It's a dragon who's a cavalier. It's riding a half-fiend shadow-creature elephant creature of chaos of it's mount.

Stats if you're interested, later, maybe. Maybe in my thread anyway. :D


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If I ever get to play in Kingmaker other then running it for 11 year old girls playing Brave I mean, I'm making a Cavalier that rides a miniature Horse and sinks all his starting cash into a nice tea set as well as other tea related fopperies:-D

Honestly tho I'll make him for any campaign


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captain yesterday wrote:

If I ever get to play in Kingmaker other then running it for 11 year old girls playing Brave I mean, I'm making a Cavalier that rides a miniature Horse and sinks all his starting cash into a nice tea set as well as other tea related fopperies:-D

Honestly tho I'll make him for any campaign

You mean like Harsk?


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Actually I switched to pathfinder because of the picture of Harsk:-)

Honestly, nothing is more bad ass in my eyes then a dwarf, I'm also very fond of Halflings :-)


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Also thegreenteagamer sorry for the booze derail, I wanted to contribute something other then jokes, and I know nothing (and I mean nothing) about tea :-)

Sorry :-)

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