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Old 10-09-2018, 05:47 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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I use my cordless electric kettle to boil the water, I have a small glass tea pot, with an insert for loose teas, so no tea strainer is needed. But I mostly use tea bags. I like chai, mint, ginger, green,
lavender, all teas really. DH drinks Earl Grey & sometimes add a double bergamot teabag.
In the summer we buy a lavender roobios mix, which I like over ice. I use china mugs.
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:08 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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Another vote for Lapsang Soochong!! Also chai. I usually just make one mug as I live alone. If I have a guest, I have a couple of vintage teapots I like.


I don't like it scalding hot. I found that a pottery mug takes a while to cool; a china mug, less time; and a china teacup, I can drink it immediately.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I gave up a teapot years ago, use an electric kettle now, and I keep it busy all day, drinking cup after cup of decaf green tea during the day, and chamomile in the evening. The thought of a hot cup of tea is often what gets me out of bed in the morning. Having tea whenever I want has always seemed like a personal indulgence to me for some reason.

A cup of tea in my hands is a comfort and means all is well, like a cat purring in my lap.
Yes to this. A cup of hot tea in the cold months is indeed a comfort.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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https://www.chantal.com/teapot-for-f...s-infuser.html

This is my teapot, but in a beautiful mid blue. I bought it about 10 years ago, and then it did not come with a diffuser. Its spout does not drip. I love using it. The handle is generous and comfy,

Since I can boil water so fast on my induction burners, I bought a Chantal teakettle in cobalt blue. I gave my cordless electric kettle, away, and it is doing duty in another home.

My mugs are white porcelain.

Making tea is a relaxing, pleasant ritual.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:33 PM
 
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I drink about 3 cups of tea daily all year long. I rarely use teabags. I have several teapots, but my favorites are the small dutch cast iron pots, about 20 oz. or so. I have an old clay teapot that I made when I took ceramics classes and I have a couple of glass teapots. I have several infusers with and without lids and some infuser balls.

I like Lapsang and Russian Caravan and Assam. I have so many varieties from places where I have traveled, I could open a store. I like the flavored teas and chai. Also white tea and green tea, especially houjicha. Also like oolong. I have some rare blends and some fairly expensive teas. Once in a while I'll make rooibos or hibiscus tea, but mostly I prefer the ones with some caffeine. I've got a selection of things that you can add to the tea as well, including tumeric. I usually take it straight, but depending on the flavor, might add honey, lemon, cream or agave. I also sometimes add a sage leaf while steeping the tea. Not a big fan of matcha or earl grey. I also have a selection of tins to store the loose tea.

I do not like or drink coffee.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:35 AM
 
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If you have a beloved teapot, tell me about it. If you love making and drinking tea, post about your ritual, or whatever makes you happy about your cuppa.
During the fall and winter I like to switch to hot tea. I boil my water with an electric kettle and I make my tea in a small 4-cup "Brown Betty," the iconic British teapot, that I bought several years ago from a nearby shop that specializes in imports from the UK and Ireland.

My favorite everyday tea is Barry's Irish Breakfast, the number one tea in Ireland. (Another item I buy from the import shop.) This Assam tea is so strong it brew up like a cup coffee.

Barry's Tea | Irish Tea | Irish Breakfast Tea
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Old 10-10-2018, 05:45 AM
 
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My favorite everyday tea is Barry's Irish Breakfast, the number one tea in Ireland. (Another item I buy from the import shop.) This Assam tea is so strong it brew up like a cup coffee.

Barry's Tea | Irish Tea | Irish Breakfast Tea
Saw this thread (good idea, op) last night just before I went to sleep and thought I would post about the best tea I've ever had in the morning.

RDM, you beat me to it.

Barry's Irish Breakfast Tea is TEA.

Every afternoon (year round) after a long peaceful brew in my old clear glass Pyrex tea pot. In my special tea mug, with just a splash of milk...

Life doesn't get any better than this.

Gotta add, I brush my teeth after drinking... Tea stains my teeth.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:06 AM
 
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I have little teapot (for a small cup of tea) that I purchased at a wholesale place in China that has a strainer built into its spout, but in any case I use teabags.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:04 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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someone repped me & recommended chrysanthum tea, thank you, I will look for it.

We have Barrys tea, but it is too strong & bitter for my tastes. It is the kind of tea that needs milk, & a sweetener, anyhow I prefer black tea. It would be a good sub for coffee.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:11 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Clay pot makes the best tasting tea imo. It gives a very flagrant flavor over metal pots. Porcelain or glass is fine too.
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