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post #61 of 74
Really? I'm a big fan

I'm going to switch to green teas tho cuz I keep burning my thumb and fingers or spilling everything. What a noob
post #62 of 74
Hm, I've had one Pu Errh that was something like 7€/100g and it tasted disgusting. Maybe I just did it wrong. But I simply love green tea. And like black tea sometimes.
post #63 of 74
i'm a big fan of darjeeling. i had a margaret's hope darjeeling at a random small japanese shop near union square and that shit was mindblowingly good.

supposedly puerh can also be mindblowingly good, but you need to buy a brick of it i hear which i haven't had the chance to
post #64 of 74
Any thoughts on Grace Tea Company? I've got about six of their tea that I use on a regular basis, particularly their Russian Caravan. It has just enough lapsang souchong to keep things interesting.
post #65 of 74
Bump.

In the mood for black tea at the moment. Picked up some Earl Grey and black tea for drinking with milk from Mariage Frères.

Earl Grey Impérial

It's darjeeling based. Very intense bergamote aroma that's also very present in the brewed cup. Right now, I think something around 9.5 g per litre and around 3-3.5 minutes are best. 12.5 g, as suggested from Mariage Frères, is too extreme to my palate.

The tea that was recommended to me (for enjoying with some milk) was Pettiagalla OP1 ceylon.

It's good. I actually think that milk doesn't really benefit it, since it's not strong enough, so I drink it plain. I'm at 11g per litre and 4 minutes. I'll try the suggested 12.5g tomorrow.

I'll also smell and maybe try some scented black teas (I already have Marco Polo, which I like quite a bit) -- Pleine Lune, Thé au Tibet, Wedding Impérial or Fils de France. Anyone had any of these?
post #66 of 74
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Originally Posted by b1os View Post

Bump.

In the mood for black tea at the moment. Picked up some Earl Grey and black tea for drinking with milk from Mariage Frères.

Earl Grey Impérial

It's darjeeling based. Very intense bergamote aroma that's also very present in the brewed cup. Right now, I think something around 9.5 g per litre and around 3-3.5 minutes are best. 12.5 g, as suggested from Mariage Frères, is too extreme to my palate.

The tea that was recommended to me (for enjoying with some milk) was Pettiagalla OP1 ceylon.

It's good. I actually think that milk doesn't really benefit it, since it's not strong enough, so I drink it plain. I'm at 11g per litre and 4 minutes. I'll try the suggested 12.5g tomorrow.

I'll also smell and maybe try some scented black teas (I already have Marco Polo, which I like quite a bit) -- Pleine Lune, Thé au Tibet, Wedding Impérial or Fils de France. Anyone had any of these?

I tried the Marco Polo last month when I was in Paris (at their Louvre shop), and decided to buy some teas from their original shop in Le Marais. I bought some loose leaf Marco Polo, Paris Breakfast, and a Darjeeling that says "1625 Namring" on the bag. That Darjeeling is really nice, you only brew to 90c and steep for 2-3 minutes. I find myself drinking Paris Breakfast with some milk and honey in the morning. I think I prefer it to Marco Polo.

The best teas I had when I was in Paris was at a restaurant called YamT'cha that did a full tasting menu with tea pairings instead of wine. They even have a tea sommelier that explains each tea they bring to go with your food. This is what it looked like at the end of service:

post #67 of 74
xishi teapots are supposed to be great, but for simplicity's sake, i still love the gaiwan best.

post #68 of 74
Any recommendations on places either to drink brewed tea or to shop for teas in Mumbai or Shanghai?
post #69 of 74
Picked up some more.

Earl Grey Provence
Intense lavender flavour (all-natural, or so it tastes). Works well.

Margaret's Hope FTGFOP
Good Darjeeling. Very grassy/notes of green tea.

Wedding Impérial
I never was a fan of flavoured tea, but Mariage Frères really does it well.
post #70 of 74
Tea of sweet mint leaves from our garden. I have two other varieties of mint, but this plant is further along in growth.

post #71 of 74
Just bought my first Yixing pot and some high mountain oolong to go with it... Diving into tea geek territory hard.
post #72 of 74
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Another brand I highly recommend is Harney and Sons.

I enjoy their teas.  Very inexpensive as well.

post #73 of 74
Harney and sons is bleah. Pricing is high. Blends are decent but nothing special.
post #74 of 74
I only order Mighty Leaf teas. Working through a box of vanilla bean now
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