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The Canadian Tea Party; Tea topics for Canadian tea lovers.
Topic Started: Apr 20 2015, 03:46 PM (811 Views)
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Apparently we have a number of serious tea folks here in Canada. Thanks to Storm, who first put forth the notion of a Canadian Tea Party, I am beginning this thread dedicated to all things tea.

Although an American, I grew up in a tea loving family and developed a great love of tea as a child. I'm proud to admit that I can brew a pot of tea worthy to be served to Her Majesty - A rare talent in the USA. Over the years my fascination and appreciation of tea has grown and grown. I began blending my own tea about a year ago. One blend, a blend of Keemun and Darjeeling, that I named Virginia Breakfast Tea, is going to be carried by a local tea shop. I am by no means a "tea snob", it's just that tea has brought me so much joy over the years it's fun to share that joy with others. It's wonderful to learn what others enjoy and appreciate different tea cultures.

Let's share our tea stories and let's have some fun!

Long live the Canadian Tea Party! :cananim:
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Fiddle, thank you, my quote is in your sig :D

And :hdance: ing because you came to see us :D


I think there is nothing more NS Canadian than a Canadian Tea Party thread :teatime:

How about a freshly brewed pot of Virginian Breakfast Tea, blended by the Monarch himself!
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Aha! So here we are! Huzzah!

So... tea? :lol:

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Mattie! Storm! Welcome, my friends! :hug:

:teatime: Let's have some tea! Shall I be mother?
:::Pours Mattie and Storm a freshly brewed cup of Virginia Breakfast Tea:::

I love the tea emoticons - Splendid job! :like: Thank you! :D

Now, please make yourself at home and tell me something about your tea tastes and habits. How much tea do you drink and when? Do you ordinarily observe afternoon tea? What are your favourite teas? Favourite brands? What do you not like? Bagged tea vs loose leaf? Do you add milk or lemon? Sugar? I'm all ears!

:::Starts another pot and passes around freshly made chocolate glazed doughnuts::: :doughnut:
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I have to go to work too soon to answer this with justice.
For now, this morning I drank three mugs of Earl Grey (just the Twinnings supermarket stuff) to get me going

I shall return!
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Nothing wrong with Twinings - They do a very tasty Earl Grey. I'm quite fond of their English Breakfast tea as well. :fonz:
I look forward to seeing you. I have a very special vanilla Sri Lankan ready - Maybe you could bring some of your yummy lamingtons to go with it?! :)
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What a splendid idea!

Jam filled?
Jam and cream filled?
Lamington fingers?
Strawberry or chocolate with variations on the above?

The choices are endless!
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Apologies, this double post is necessary

This Is What A Cup Of Tea Looks Like In 22 Different Countries

Have a read and :drool:
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Jam and cream lamingtons with chocolate, please! Thank you, Mattie! :D

I love your tea link to tea in 22 different countries! I'm an English style tea drinker myself, but I find Russian tea culture quite appealing and love a good smoky Russian Caravan blend - Wonderful with a spoonful of raspberry jam mixed in and a slice of lemon on top! In fact, I have always wanted a real Russian samovar, but haven't had the rubles. They're right expensive. And speaking of expensive, I've long wanted to have afternoon tea at the Russian Tea Room in New York! http://mobile.dudamobile.com/site/russiant...nyc.com%2F#2943

Had a long exhausting, crazy week :wacko:, so I'm starting off this cool and rainy weekend with a lavender Earl Grey. I love a floral touch to my tea. Love rose scented tea too. I think it would go great with lamingtons! :yes:
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I went to a play on Friday night, written and performed by a local group at our local Art Resource Collective.

It was lots of laughs and sad bits too - you know the sort of thing.

After performing, the group treated us to supper.
One of the cast had made his own blend sweet milky chai - a great big pot full on a cool evening.
Bliss!

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I grew up thinking I didn't like tea. Eventually I discovered that was because my parents didn't drink tea - they drank hot water with a few leaves dipped in briefly.

I'm still more of a coffee drinker, but I do like a nice cuppa on occasions. My regular tipple is Nambarrie - basically a robust British breakfast tea. I'm a fan of Earl Grey. Also on tap at casa Monaster just now are Mate de Coca, Rooibos, and a fruit tea with lots of strawberry.
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I agree, Mattie, a sweet milky chai is bliss! Sounds like a wonderful evening!

Al, I too am an Earl Grey fan. In fact, Earl Grey has been my main tea this weekend. Never had Nambarrie, but UK tea brands are pretty easy to obtain over here. I used to drink PG Tips as my wake me up tea until I stumbled across Yorkshire Gold at the supermarket and fell in love - WOW! The caffeine in that one took me from :zombie: to :yay: in record time. Delicious as well! I'm with you on rooibos and strawberry too. They are among my favourites. Haven't really tried mate, but willing to give it a go.

Have either of you had Typhoo? It's on my list to try - The name alone raises my curiosity.
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Typhoo is pretty bland IMHO, but I have friends who swear by it. :shrug:
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Hmmm... the picture in that article looked nothing like a typical English tea.

I do like a nice spicy, milky chai, but these days I have to watch the amount of milk I have, so usually I go for red chais. I used to have Typhoo, but I switched to white tea (either loose or bagged), which tastes a lot like English breakfast tea but without milk.
I can drink Earl Grey, but I'm not keen.
Lemon and ginger is good, so is jasmine.
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I adore jasmine tea!

Please tell me, what variety/brand of white tea do you drink? A white tea that tastes like English Breakfast sounds right on target for me. :)
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It's Clipper Organic White tea that I get most often, simply because that one is available in most supermarkets here in the UK. They don't specify exactly what plant it is though.
There is also one called Dragonfly, but I'm less keen on that - it's a bit weak. Similar flavour though.

I did have a loose leaf white tea like that but I can't remember the brand now. It was in a small gold tin is all I can remember. I'll let you know if I find it again.
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Thank you so much :hattip: !

There are more than a few companies over here that specialize in providing a taste of home for British expats and hardcore Anglophiles such as myself. I'll be checking!

Do you happen to like oolong teas?
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I have had an oolong... but I can't remember what it was like. That probably means I didn't particularly like or dislike it.
Do they have specialist tea shops in the US, or do they sell it in the supermarkets?
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We have countless specialist tea shops over here. Tea has become a very hot commodity in America! Twinings China Oolong is readily available in most supermarkets, and is actually quite pleasant.

Oolongs vary so widely in quality and taste. The darker oolong teas, especially good quality Formosa oolong teas, are peachy and sweet with a marvelous depth of flavor. That said, lighter oolong teas can be insipid.

I think that if you like white teas you may well enjoy a fine oolong. Look for Formosa and Wuyi, also seen as Wu Yi, varieties. Also, Tieguanyin oolong, a lighter oolong tea, has a refreshing floral character. There is also Milk oolong that is buttery and sweet - An exquisite tea!

The first oolong that I ever tried was a cheap and off tasting monstrosity. I did some research and tried these other oolong varieties, and now some of my very favorite teas are oolong. Please give them a second go. You may very well be pleasantly surprised! :)
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And here is a pretty decent explanation of oolong tea varieties -
http://youtu.be/VMUmWnb2ZL0
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