Tea (rec.drink.tea) Discussion relating to tea, the world's second most consumed beverage (after water), made by infusing or boiling the leaves of the tea plant (C. sinensis or close relatives) in water.

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Old 03-10-2005, 12:03 AM
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I got and ounce each of Assam and English Breakfast from a new herb
store in town, Phoenix Herbs. No further info on either was given.
Each had been in a large glass jar, most of which had been already
sold. I put a half teaspoon of each in a cup, and filled the cup with
four ounces of boiling water, and steeped for five minutes. The Assam
was a beautiful red brown and had a flowery aroma, both from the leaf
and from the brewed tea. The English Breakfast was a deep yellow brown
and was very faintly smokey with a cereal aroma. Both seemed fresh and
had a light tannic taste. I preferred the Assam, but would certainly
see that someone else might prefer the English Breakfast. Toci


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Old 08-10-2005, 05:40 PM
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In the spirit of experimentation, I tried a second steep on The Assam.
The second steep was dark but very mild; I assume I got most of the
caffeine out of the first steep. Seems good for a second cup of warmth
on a cold day. Toci
toci wrote:
I got and ounce each of Assam and English Breakfast from a new herb
store in town, Phoenix Herbs. No further info on either was given.
Each had been in a large glass jar, most of which had been already
sold. I put a half teaspoon of each in a cup, and filled the cup with
four ounces of boiling water, and steeped for five minutes. The Assam
was a beautiful red brown and had a flowery aroma, both from the leaf
and from the brewed tea. The English Breakfast was a deep yellow brown
and was very faintly smokey with a cereal aroma. Both seemed fresh and
had a light tannic taste. I preferred the Assam, but would certainly
see that someone else might prefer the English Breakfast. Toci




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