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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #100 on: February 17, 2024, 11:59:28 AM »
Umm, late to the party.

Isn't herbal tea a tisane in England?  Or only in France?

I have been drinking chamomile tea before bed, it really does help with sleep.  More important, it helps me get back to sleep in the middle of the night.  I had some Twinings and it tasted old (it wasn't) so ordered the loose chamomile from David's Tea.  Much much better.  Actual intact dried flower buds instead of powder.

I wanted to start drinking more green tea with jasmine flowers.  Twinings has green tea with jasmine artificial flavouring.  Really?  Ick.  I found some real jasmine tea from China at a local Asian grocery store (not T&T).

I have to admit I like some of the David's teas that are all fancy - but hot chocolate tea is a lot better for me than real hot chocolate, way less sugar and I get the black tea (and caffeine!) first thing in the morning.  The fruity ones are great in summer.

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #101 on: February 17, 2024, 12:56:19 PM »
Umm, late to the party.

Isn't herbal tea a tisane in England?  Or only in France? ...
I've been biting my tongue (actually, writing & deleting that suggestion) since it came up but SINCE YOU ASKED!! Tisane is the proper generic term for the liquor resulting from steeping plants in liquid, traditionally medicinal, coming from a reference to steeped barley (delicious.) A tisane of leaves, flowers, or small stems in hot water, usually for a short period, are an infusion, which refers to both the process & the result. Decoction is the process & result of making a tisane by actively boiling & allowing ingredients to then simmer for an extended period, usually woody or root parts.

Thus tea is a tisane, prepared by infusion, specifically of the leaves of C. sinensis. </nerd>

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #102 on: February 17, 2024, 01:56:54 PM »
Umm, late to the party.

Isn't herbal tea a tisane in England?  Or only in France? ...
I've been biting my tongue (actually, writing & deleting that suggestion) since it came up but SINCE YOU ASKED!! Tisane is the proper generic term for the liquor resulting from steeping plants in liquid, traditionally medicinal, coming from a reference to steeped barley (delicious.) A tisane of leaves, flowers, or small stems in hot water, usually for a short period, are an infusion, which refers to both the process & the result. Decoction is the process & result of making a tisane by actively boiling & allowing ingredients to then simmer for an extended period, usually woody or root parts.

Thus tea is a tisane, prepared by infusion, specifically of the leaves of C. sinensis. </nerd>

And decoction is the term I needed to know for making plant-based dyes.  ;-)

Because most get simmered or boiled (depends on the plant) for at least an hour before being strained for dyeing.  And yes, strained just like a tisane, because who wants to be picking out bits of leaves and stems and chunks of roots from their wool or linen yarns?

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #103 on: February 17, 2024, 05:18:49 PM »
Umm, late to the party.

Isn't herbal tea a tisane in England?  Or only in France? ...
I've been biting my tongue (actually, writing & deleting that suggestion) since it came up but SINCE YOU ASKED!! Tisane is the proper generic term for the liquor resulting from steeping plants in liquid, traditionally medicinal, coming from a reference to steeped barley (delicious.) A tisane of leaves, flowers, or small stems in hot water, usually for a short period, are an infusion, which refers to both the process & the result. Decoction is the process & result of making a tisane by actively boiling & allowing ingredients to then simmer for an extended period, usually woody or root parts.

Thus tea is a tisane, prepared by infusion, specifically of the leaves of C. sinensis. </nerd>

And decoction is the term I needed to know for making plant-based dyes.  ;-)

Because most get simmered or boiled (depends on the plant) for at least an hour before being strained for dyeing.  And yes, strained just like a tisane, because who wants to be picking out bits of leaves and stems and chunks of roots from their wool or linen yarns?

YES! Most dyes are decoctions. Hibiscus/ jamaica flowers produce a tisane by infusion for a delicious beverage, hot or cold (regularly agua fresca), or by decoction, as a dye, so there's a whole ton of overlap. Our attraction to these colors as dyes isn't unrelated to why we like the teas tisanes, either, most the colors signify something about the nutrition involved, like the anthocyanins which give hibiscus its color.

I'm about to boot myself thoroughly from the spirit of this group by ordering more tea, though. I'm low on my preferred yunnan.

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #104 on: February 18, 2024, 12:29:17 AM »
Update:

- 122 / 100  bags of black tea - switch to loose afterwards

Teas that are post, nearing or without best before date:
- Chai 10/9/8/8
- Ginger curcuma basil 7/6/2/1
- green tea mint 18/17/15/15
- green tea mint 1
- rose (2)

Black tea is progressing well at one to two bags a day. Decided to now drink some tea AND some coffee after a short review of literature pseudo-scientific online articles.
Kind of stuck with the green tea mint (also why I won't switch to probably even healthier green tea instead of black) and the chai...
 DIDN'T buy more loose black tea yesterday 🥳🤪
« Last Edit: February 18, 2024, 12:32:52 AM by Green_Tea »

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #105 on: February 18, 2024, 06:23:31 PM »


Herbal:
Revolution Southern Mint 202
Tazo Glazed Lemon Loaf  289
Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice 2
Hayleyís Lemon & Ginger 2
Twinnings Heartea 5
Tazo Passion 7

C.S. Sleepy Time 12 7
Spice & Tea Exchange Gingerbread Cookie 2 oz
S&T Bourbon Chestnut 2 oz



Iím down to 18 tea bags, of the tisanes 🙂 at least.  Of course, I have been gifted like 37 bags of a tea I thought I would enjoy butÖ not really.  I am very excited to finish.  Iím not sure if I will buy a variety straight away, or if I will try to just buy the kind I like for ice tea as our weather is due to change and become hot in the next 1-2 months.

Iíve made very little progress on the caffeinated teas.  But itís good to have goals!

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #106 on: February 21, 2024, 06:44:24 AM »
Thanks to this thread popping up, I'm gonna make herbal tea today!!

The habit fell off again, but I have a long day of back to back clients, and I like the comfort of my tea.

Today will be a nice, bitter Tulsi.

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #107 on: February 21, 2024, 09:43:32 AM »
I haven't done an inventory, but we also have WAAAAY too many teas.  More now that I inherited a bunch from my auntie when cleaning out her house. 

I did finally try a Trader Joe's Rooibos that I got many years ago.  It was meh.  The rest of that box will go to Buy nothing. 

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #108 on: February 21, 2024, 12:13:15 PM »
Steeped a pile of herbs overnight so that I have something besides water to take to work...sage, nettle, chamomile & mint

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #109 on: February 22, 2024, 10:06:01 AM »
Joining!

I don't have a ton, but I have enough that I should finish it off before I buy more.

ETA the teas (don't know how much of each I have, but it is a lot of loose leaf):

Caffeinated:
Bird and Blend Great British Cuppa
Bird and Blend Toffee Bonfire
Bird and Blend Apple Strudel
Bird and Blend Enchanted Narnia
August Uncommon Violet Metallic
August Uncommon Southern Sugar Bourbon (or something like that)
Good Earth Sweet and Spicy (I finished but then my mom gifted me a couple of boxes!)
Bird and Blend Builders Brew
Tazo Earl Grey


Herbal:
David's Tea Mother's Little Helper
David's Tea Valerian Nights - 1 box down, 1 to go!
Bird and Blend Fruit Salad
Bird and Blend Mistletoe and Wine (My favorite! and it was discontinued last year and I'm almost out)
Vermont Artisan Coffee Hibiscus
Vermont Artisan Coffee ginger lemongrass
David's Tea Chamomile Dreamland
David's Tea 911
Celestial Seasonings Apple Cinnamon
Traditional Medicinal Throat Coat
Traditional Medicinal Turmeric Ginger
some sort of mushroom chai mix from Davids'


I was doing so well and then my mom gave me three boxes of teas that she doesn't like :)

My favorite seasonal teas and herbals are on sale at Bird and Blend right now. I'm waffling on whether or not I should order before they disappear. They are only available during Lent and it usually takes me about three weeks to receive my order, so I could conceivably make a huge dent in my existing supply before the tea actually arrived.

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #110 on: February 22, 2024, 10:30:11 AM »
Yeah, why not?

I like drinking tea and I like offering some to visitors. That's why in this challenge I'm only using up the teas that are getting old or that I don't like (because those I don't offer to visitors neither). I'm keeping the others and would absolutely buy the ones you are talking about if there weren't other reasons against it.
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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #111 on: February 27, 2024, 07:35:20 PM »
Exactly.  The point of this challenge is really twofold.  Firstly to use up the old so I have reason to buy fresh and new, and secondly, more importantly, to get enjoyment from what I already own.  And it has worked that way for me, at least.  Iíve had 2 cups today - a mint and a tropical white tea.  Without this challenge I might not have had either.

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #112 on: February 27, 2024, 07:42:47 PM »
Had 2 cups of tea yesterday, and my usual morning cup today. :)

I forget who posted re the insulated mugs. I know, and have some, but they are used to take milk to work for lunch. I have 1 insulated mug that is used for tea if I have an asthma flare up and am coughing uncontrollably, because sipping hot liquid near constantly will put a massive lid on the cough while the meds take effect. Other than that, I don't use that mug (guests use it sometimes). Tea is drunk from regular mugs, which I have several sizes of and I am extremely picky about. Basically, elements of my daily life are loosely governed by weird rules that cause no harm, make me happy, and not following them doesn't make me unhappy, so I just go with it.

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Re: Drink all the Tea in 2024!
« Reply #113 on: Today at 07:58:33 AM »
I also had two cups yesterday!  A darjeeling from bags I got from my Auntie -- they are technically expired but taste fine to me -- and some kind of orange spicy thing that I should have passed on but at least now I know I don't like it so much.  It was also on the old side, but the perfumey scent was almost overpowering when I took it out of the bag, and didn't really dissipate much even after I put extra half and half in the cup.  There are still a few of those and they are going on the Buy Nothing giveaway pile. 

 

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