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Old 02-01-2006, 05:49 PM   #11
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i'm a big fan of stash, everything i've ever gotten from them rocks. stash makes a "double bergamot" earl grey that is just phenomenal. they have lots of internet specials, so even better deals than in the paper catalog, and shipping costs are reasonable. frequently, they'll offer sampler packs of some of the more popular kinds, so you can sample all those colors.

alternately, test-drive some things from the republic of tea. they have lots of super fancy "limited edition" stuff that's typically quite worth the extra cash. the "imperial republic snow rose" is a white tea with rose petals, and the "tea for the queen of hearts" is black with rose petals...both of which smell like heaven and taste just as good.

in all kinds of tea, tho, remember that loose tea is always better quality, since the stuff in the bags tends to be just the twigs, fragments & dust that wasn't nice enough to go into the loose package.

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Old 02-01-2006, 06:36 PM   #12
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oooh ooooh, I just love Earl Gray! I think it must be the bergamot, makes it taste so fine, perfect w/cookies and pound cake! Have never ordered tea in before. Thanks for the links!


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Old 02-01-2006, 10:44 PM   #13
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After coming to the US 11 years ago, I met lots of folks from SA who seemed to be trying to re-create life as they knew it overseas, right down to the everyday foods. Big Mistake, IMO. You left SA, get over it, my friends! However.....Tea, a decent cup of tea...boy, that's the one thing I just missed so much. I love a good strong cup of tea, English breakfast tea if possible, brewed in a pot, served in a (pre-heated) tea cup with milk and sugar (milk added first). When it's done right, the colo(u)r of the tea as it comes out of the pot is a glorious reddish brown. Can't give it up. This insipid Lipton's tea and other brands...I could just weep.... and the way it's served...sad little tea-bag in a cup of luke warm water!! Oh.
King's supermarkets here in New Jersey sell the Marks & Spencer "St. Michaels" brand, and it's good. You get English breakfast, Earl Grey (over rated) and a Kenyan black tea (very very good) for next to nothing in price.
Now then, Rooibos tea may not be a real "tea" by some definitions, and it's an acquired taste, but it is wonderful stuff. Some company here has had the audacity to patent the name "Rooibos". That's like patenting the word "coffee", to me. What a cheek! You can bathe a baby in that tea - it works for curing dry skin. There are dozens of 'old wives' remedies based on that tea.

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