Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Great Tea Mystery

collage made by me from images taken from flickr and country living
I think I am the only person I know who does not drink tea. I have tried. English Breakfast. Earl Grey. Good old Lipton. Even in a vintage tea cup I can't drink it! Is there some kind of tea I can try that I may like? Why? Because I adore vintage china and I have all these lovely tea cups in my house that never get used.

41 comments:

  1. I have never been a tea drinker either, in fact I hate coffee! Not a hot drink person at all. Use them as pretty vases, little storage cups... A line of pretty mismatched cups along a windowsill with some pretty roses or Jonquils or anything that is in season and suits the look. :) I even made pin cushions out of some pretty 'odd' cups that I use regularly.
    Or use the tea pots to serve some sweet cold homemade lemonades or such. They can strain the ice blocks or mint leaves etc from your drink.
    Best wishes as always, Irene x

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  2. Lapsang Souchong.
    Smoky.
    And while you are drinking it, you can listen to Colin Hay singing about it.
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=_zTF9WSQ8d8

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  3. Green tea!!! also pomengrante and rasberry is delish. I don't like normal tea much but drink herbal all day long.

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  4. How about starting with a flavoured tea liked lemon tea, or peppermint tea?
    Peppermint tea with honey is really yummy

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  5. try herbal teas. chamomile is good for your stomach if its upset.. light... also white tea is good too... mint is another flavor...English breakfast is a bit boring...

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  6. Do you like fruit flavoured? Perhaps you can drink it cold and pretend its hot?? I adore T2.... Perhaps there is something there that may tickle your fancy?? x

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  7. Simone, there is a great store called T2 that have a glorious range of teas. I've put a link below. Hope that goes through for you! I would drink any tea. I love Twinings Breakfast tea. Vicki Archer from French Essence did a lovely tea blog a few months ago. She might be able to help you out. T2 is a great store and might do online shopping for you!



    https://secure.t2tea.com.au/flash/main.html

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  8. Oh dear...my advice would be to keep trying - especially on cold days when you need something to warm you up - that is how it eventually worked for me. Maybe try hot chocolate in the tea cups and pretend for a while too? Hmm...herbal tea?

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  9. Tea is the number 1 health drink that I can think of and if you are not having it then you are definitely missing out on a lot in life. Try Adagio tea, they do have a whole wide range of black, green herbal and flavored tea. You are sure to find something that suits your palette . The tea is also easily affordable and you an get discount coupons for it's whole range at http://coupongrove.com/AdagioTeas/. They are even offering free shipping for purchase over $50, need I say more?

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  10. I think it's completely acceptable to drink your diet soda out of tea cups! You know, if you were to be someone who drinks that stuff.

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  11. Maybe you can try Rooibos, it is very soft and light, not so strong as black tea... Also flavoured ones with strawberry, peach...

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  12. You sound just like me. I love going to tea parties and I'm the only one that doesn't drink the hot tea. I have tried several and I just cannot make myself like them. I do love iced sweet tea. They usually just give me that in a beautiful crystal glass. I love china and crystal.

    I love your blog. Come visit me sometimes.

    Hugs,
    Lee Laurie

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  13. I don't now how many teapots & teacups and tea things I have...way too many...and the only time I ever drink tea is when I go to "tea"...I like tea but...it just never happens.

    m ^..^

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  14. I like herbal. Lots of nice berry flavors that are pretty tasty. Also, Bigelow makes a flavor called "Constant Comment" that has orange and cloves and other stuff like that which I love. A few weeks ago, I gave chai a try and it's my new fave. And then of course there are the blooming teas which make a beautiful flower in your big glass teacup. They are often a little lighter in flavor, and if all else fails you can make 'em and just admire the beauty.

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  15. I prefer a Japanese green tea with toasted rice my mom buys from a NYC vendor. The toasted rice makes all the difference.

    OR, for a more floral aroma... one of my favorites is from Teavana. Jasmine Green Tea. The jasmine scent is so calming.

    Hope this helps! :)

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  16. Try Lady Grey - it is lighter than Earl Gray. It is great with sugar and lemon juice.

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  17. Oooh, I love your polka-dot collage. It sounds like you've tried mostly black teas, perhaps you'd prefer something herbal instead? Lemon-ginger or mint are great ones to start with. I personally love green tea with a bit of mint and a bit of honey. Yum!

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  18. Try some Chinese white tea ... they say it is of the highest grade. Or green tea which said to be healthy... I'm not really a tea drinker too, I'm more of a coffee drinker...if you can find a really cool friend who would agree to drink hot coffee instead of tea using vintage china then go for it ...

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  19. O I know I know I know!
    I have the answer for you Simone!
    Try fruit flavored teas.
    For example:
    I buy lemon or orange tea, add a twist of lemon or lime, and some sugar.
    Then my tea is like a glorious hot lemonade.
    It's splendid!

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  20. Why use the cups just for tea? My family would "take tea" every Sunday afternoon. The boys, who now love tea, would drink lemonade, cranberry juice, or warmed apple cider in their cups. My dear English friend taught me that using the cup is what was important...not what was in it. She taught me to appreciate the beauty and the ceremony of spending time over a "cuppa"...whatever!
    Jane (artfully graced)

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  21. I too was not much into tea until my mother bought me some Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons, LOVE it! I would definitely give it a go! :o)

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  22. Use those adorable cups for desserts like ice cream with cake or cookies in the saucer.

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  23. I'm not a tea drinker either. BUT i just had some blueberry tea i liked

    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  24. I wouldn't force myself to drink tea, I'd take the suggestions of using them as dessert cups (great idea!), or drinking anything you want out of them, or use as vases.
    I actually have a set of dishes from my grandmother that came with little cups (they are supposed to be coffee cups but they are more like tea cups, definitely not big enough to hold enough coffee for my taste!), so I use the little cups for my breakfast cereal each morning as I don't like having a big bowl of cereal.
    Whatever you decide, just use them and enjoy!

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  25. I'm american, so I'm more of a coffee drinker. I've been in Oz two yrs and still haven't noticed what teas are available. If you can find it, Celestial Seasonings Perfectly Pear. It's a wonderfully mild tea, and smells gorgeous, and tastes almost as good as it smells. mmmmmmm.

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  26. I would say try blackcurrant tea, it is a black tea with a hint of blackcurrant, also another thing you can do is add honey or milk, tea is an acquired taste and needs to be tailored to your tastebuds. Black tea with dried rose petals, dried lavender, honey, mint, but I would say try blackcurrant darling.

    Duchess xx

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  27. Wow! so many comments!! I am an avid ice tea drinker, but not much of a hot tea person...that being said, a dear friend of mine introduced me to WILD SWEET ORANGE tea by TAZO. I love it. It has a very fresh, tart flavor and a wonderful aroma. Sometimes I will put a bit of honey in it. It is herbal with very little caffeine so It does not keep me up. It is yummy and looks great in my sweet tea cups! try it. you'll like it! xxx kim

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  28. The only way I can drink tea is with lots of sugar:)

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  29. Can't stand tea or coffee. To me, it tastes like brown water and why in the world would I want to drink brown water? I do love china tea cups though. I just collect them and do nothing with them. Someday I may be inspired to have a tea party without tea. Gin might taste really good in a china cup!

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  30. No reason why you can't enjoy coffee in your pretty tea cups!

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  31. How about a lemon & ginger tea & if you like sweet tasting add a tea spoon of honey, also lemon tea on its own it refreshing you can have hot or cold!! Oh Simone I love a cup of tea hope you find one to enjoy!! Elaine :)

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  32. haha i am the total opposite, love tea cant drink coffee,but would love nothing more to say to friends lets do coffee. Lets have tea just doesnt sound right. I just drink hot chocolate instead,yum!

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  33. I don't drink tea or coffee. A little herbal tea (chamomile) in the winter is my extent. But I think a pretty tea cup holds hot chocolate in winter and lemonade in summer just fine. They are also cute as little candy dishes. Aren't we all about re-purposing these days? Who says a tea cup has to hold tea! :)

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  34. I'm not a tea or coffee drinker. I, like you, have tried all kinds of tea and nope....can't do it. I LOVE cold iced tea, I love hot apple cider (the only beverage hot) and I pretend and have my hot apple cider in my tea cups. I have so many in my china cabinet, it would be a shame not to use them for something ~smile~ My Scottish grandma loved her tea and set out her tea cup and saucer for tea every afternoon with a few biscuits. I SO wanted to like tea and be just like her ~smiles~

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  35. Darjeeling is awesome. I first heard/read of it in a book, The House of Sand & Fog. You should definitely give it a try. It is most excellent

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  36. My mom is from Scotland, so I grew up drinking tea and my twelve year old loves it as well. The only way to drink it is with milk and sugar. If it doesn't have enough milk and sugar, I can't drink it either.

    ~Penelope

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  37. I can also rec the TAZO Wild Orange tea. I serve it all the time to guests and everyone loves it. The TAZO Passion is also a crowd pleaser. Good luck!

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  38. I'm from the states and my English parents drank tea all the time, but I didn't like it until I was about 30-ish. I started with flavored tea & several years later loved regular tea. My favorite brand of flavored is Ahmad Tea (London) & I love the Apricot - it's good hot or cold. You might want to try their strawberry, or many other flavors. (I personally don't like to drink chamomile - it tastes like medicine to me.) JB.

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  39. Don't buy herbal teas - make your own tisanes! Very easy and deliciously pretty, especially if you have a clear glass teapot.
    For one person try two heads of fresh lavender and a sprig of mint.
    Or a few sage leaves, though it is strong. Or the old Roman standby (also good in restaurants if coffee keeps you awake) - a slice of lemon in a cup of hot water.
    You can try caraway seeds, marigold heads, lemon balm or practically any herb. Almost forgot a great standby, a twig of rosemary.

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  40. I do drink tea every now and again but i just like to use my cups and saucers for other stuff. I keep my ear rings and jewelry in little cups and I use some of them as tea light holders. Its probably not very safe but whats life without a little danger in the form of a potential teacup bomb. I also like to have one lying around near the door to drop my keys and loose change in to.

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  41. First of all, who says you can't drink coffee in tea cups? I had friend who drank milk from champagne flutes...she was so cool.

    That being said, I don't care for the teas you mentioned, waaay too strong. You need to try some herbal teas with more mild flavors. I love white tea and green tea too, and all the fruity herbal teas are nice too. If you have a special tea shop in your area, go there and ask for help in choosing one. If not, go to the grocery and pick up something like Celestial Seasonings or Good Earth teas. You will find one you like. I drink exspresso in the morning and mild teas the rest of the day, probably about 3 cups.

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