Green tea

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Green tea

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A few months ago I realized I had never even tried a cup of green tea. I seldom if ever drink tea I leave that to the wife. Surprisingly, I took an immediate fondness for it. Now I look forward to my strong boiling hot 16 ounce mug of green mid-morning and late afternoon on a daily basis. Knowing absolutely nothing about it, I believe green tea has a good amount of caffein. I also have a large carafe of medium roast Community coffee (Baton Rouge) first thing every morning. And another smaller mug of decaf in the evening.
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It should have less caffeine than black tea, which again has less than coffee. A nice sencha tastes best, to me, with a little honey in it. In fact, being of the American persuasion, you might try some iced sweet tea made from green rather than black tea.

One day you'll have to seek out some of the hard stuff: lapsang souchong. A smoked tea that tastes of campfires and woodsmoke. It's like drinking an English pipe tobacco with plenty of latakia in it.
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Yes Gary, green tea has a pleasant mild flavor and not a large amount of caffeine. I have mine with either some erythritol or monk fruit extract as a sweetener.
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drmoss_ca wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 3:35 am It should have less caffeine than black tea, which again has less than coffee. A nice sencha tastes best, to me, with a little honey in it. In fact, being of the American persuasion, you might try some iced sweet tea made from green rather than black tea.

One day you'll have to seek out some of the hard stuff: lapsang souchong. A smoked tea that tastes of campfires and woodsmoke. It's like drinking an English pipe tobacco with plenty of latakia in it.
Another one to try is Smoked Earl Grey, but it’s hard to find. You can try mixing Earl Grey with lapsang souchong, but you have to go easy with the latter otherwise it’ll overpower the Earl Grey. If you like intense flavours and if you like Earl Grey, give Double Bergamot Earl Grey a try. I don’t think any of these would make very good ice tea, but then I’m not partial to America-style ice tea even though I lived in Texas for 10 years and learnt to tolerate it.
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Not a green tea, but some form of gunpowder oolong is also delicious. My tea ball was half-filled, and this is how much the contents swelled after being soaked for three minutes in boiling water:
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Or you could go balls-to-the-wall and get Fortnum & Mason tea. The good news is that you don't have to go to London (Picadilly, established 1707) to get it nowadays. For a long time, Williams-Sonoma was the only F&M stocklist in California. Nowadays, I see several sources listed on Google. You can see F&M's complete green tea selection at https://www.fortnumandmason.com/tea/all-teas/green
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This was "David's Tea" which is a pretty ubiquitous outlet. The oolong in 'gunpowder' (ie rolled up into 'corns') looks like this after brewing - whole tea leaves:
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We all knew for decades that the tea in tea bags was the stuff swept up off the floor. Now we have decades of tea drinkers who don't understand how they have been shortchanged. Don't buy tea in tea bags! Be prepared for a completely different experience by buying something just a little bit more expensive. It won't taste anything like tea from a teabag. It will transport you somewhere celestial.

No doubt this is like saying instant coffee is what coffee ought to taste like. Most of us understand that instant coffee is an approximation, at best, of what coffee tastes like. There is a whole world of coffee flavour out there beyond freeze-dried granules. It's the same for tea, which is nothing at all like the crap in "orange pekoe" teabags.
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Re: Green tea

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Looks like I have something I can happily add to the next shopping list.There's already a serviceable tea ball in the kitchen drawer, ready for something green in the near future.
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