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Initial post: 3 Dec 2012 16:02:54 GMT
OK, we've discussed yerba mate, now let's talk tea! Black tea, green tea, red tea, rooibos, herbal infusions etc.
BQ: What's the difference between an infusion and a tisane (or is there a difference?)
I just bought a box of Yorkshire Tea from the Corte Ingles. Pricey, yes, at 3.10 Euros for 40 bags. Delicious, also! It's not Barry's Tea but it will run them a close second. I gave up on PG Tips since the one we can get here seems to have been adulterated with green tea. And Tetley isn't what it used to be either. I really, really like the Yorkshire Tea and while it gives a nice strong cuppa it doesn't give the caffiene surge and crash of many US brands.

What say you, tea lovers?

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 16:14:49 GMT
Spock says:
My favorite tea is a nice cup of welsh brew, but best to get it in whales.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 16:54:54 GMT
pixie says:
Clipper Fairtrade Everyday One Cup Teabags (440 Teabags)My tea of choice Ori...ridic price on here!

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 16:56:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2012 16:59:52 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
I'm more of a coffee girl, myself. If I do do tea, I like to make an occasion of it, with a pot and tealeaves (no bags) and teacup and saucer (no mug!) and with cake. I like Earl Grey and Darjeeling (Twinings, naturally ;)) and Whittards used to do a lovely rose tea, but of course they've gone the way of the Dodo, sadly.

I DO NOT LIKE Lapsang Souchong. It tastes like what it smells like when a horse is being shod and the blacksmith holds the shoe against the foot (it's the dead part - like the end of your fingernail - doesn't hurt the horse, don't worry!) and checks the fit. I.e., it smells like burnt hoof.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 17:54:16 GMT
Bearman says:
I'm really a coffee man. I can cope with a cup of Lapsang with my chinese meal in a restaurant, if very very weak tea. I quite like peppermint tea, and Blackberry and nettle. I find most other fruit/herbal teas either lacking flavour or having a chemical flavour. Anything else from the camelia plant is just wrong. I stupidly tried a tea cocktail in New Zealand recently. It was tea vodka, mixed with lemon and ginger beer. It sounded good and after all, how strong could the flavour of tea vodka be, and, what are the chances of tasting the tea over the ginger beer and lemon. Euuurgh. If I was a dog, I would have licked my b@lls to try and get rid of the flavour.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 19:22:29 GMT
I just can't make friends with Rooibos. It tastes like something out of a Nutrimatic in HGTG: almost exactly completely unlike tea. Interesting drink, but here it's touted as a tea replacement, which it is not.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 19:27:58 GMT
pixie says:
It's a weird one and no mistake Ori!

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 00:28:28 GMT
wobberoo says:
My favourite tea is Lemon Drizzle Cake

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012 09:10:13 GMT
"Euuurgh. If I was a dog, I would have licked my......." - !!! - HA HA HA HA HA!!! - LOL Bearman!!! :o>

Orinoco, the way that I understand it is - Tisane is the general name that is given to any de-caffeinated versions of hot or cold tea. Just like your herbal ones are? And an Infusion covers all types of tea as it is a really a descriptive word of the actual brewing and steeping process that is involved in making them?

Ohhh, and that Tisane is great for "stimulating the little grey cells" according to Hercule Poirot!

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 09:10:47 GMT
Bearman says:
I tried Rooibos, and it reminded me of vanilla, but not in a good way. It was like drinking tea made with one of those vanilla scented car air fresheners shaped like a tree.

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 12:58:47 GMT
COFFEE I can not even think straight until I have poured a pot down my throat.
hmm infusion v tisane. Now don't quote me on this. An infusion is infusing the flavours of ingredients. Herbs, fruits etc into water or tea etc... a tisane is drawing out the essential oils of an herb for use medically. I drink a lot of herbal teas for different reasons. Nettle tea is a natural anti-histamine and I have bad hay fever. So making a tisane of nettles is to add fresh nettles (chopped) to a pot of boiling water and allow it to steep until all the natural oils are drawn out into the water. I sieve the nettles and throw away the solids, add honey to the water and bottle it. I drink a couple tablespoons in hot water or herbal tea 3 times a day. That is a tisane I believe. I add apple and orange peel to hot boiling water, add it to a cup of echinatia tea with a cinnamon stick. This is an infusion of flavours. I believe this is correct.

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 16:57:10 GMT
Sounds good to me, Mrs Falcon.
I always wondered what planet Agatha Christie was on when she has Hastings describe the smell of chamomile tea as "nauseating." It hardly smells at all. A faint, faint odour of peaches at best, but you have to practically stick your nose in the cup to catch it.
Decoction, I know, is when you put the roots or bark or flowers or whatever in cold water, bring it to a boil and cook it for a bit before straining.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 09:22:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Dec 2012 09:23:04 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
I think chamomile smells quite strong, and smells not unlike wee. Perhaps it's like that thing with smelling asparagus in one's urine (apparently there's a gene that determines whether or not you can smell it)?

Posted on 5 Dec 2012 09:29:54 GMT
Oh, well, I hadn't thought of that. Like cilantro; to me it tastes like soapy cat-pee. Which is odd because once I got some coriander chutney which is the same plant (it was Magic Kitchen brand) and it was delicious. Tried to make my own from fresh green coriander and it was horrid! But I have since learned that with cilantro/coriander, some do and some don't. Asafetida (hing) will do the same thing as asparagus, and since I'm one of the "smelly aftermath" people maybe that has something to do with it.

Posted on 5 Dec 2012 09:35:32 GMT
Bearman says:
I love asparagus but I seem to be overly sensitive to the smell in the bathroom later - just one spear of asparagus is enough.

I won't tell you what Jerusalem artichokes do to me - again I love them, but I am not very popular after eating them :-) That reminds me, I must go shopping as its that Jerusalem Fartichoke time of year.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 10:50:24 GMT
Your poor, poor family?!

My brother had the idea that if you were going to break wind as regularly as always he did, then you may as well be creative with it?!! So one year, he and two friends 'treated' their entire extended families to a rousing rendition of - "Last Christmas I Gave You My Fart" - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :o>

Just the memory of it now, has got me rollling around again and crying with laughter - as once heard, it could never ever be forgotten!!! I have never been able to listen to George Michael's version in the same way since!!! And they play it all the time when you are out shopping? - there is just no escape from it!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 12:44:20 GMT
"to me it tastes like soapy cat-pee."

I don't wanna know how you established this comparison.

Posted on 5 Dec 2012 14:14:43 GMT
Well, it tastes the way cat pee smells, and the soapy taste too.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 14:48:42 GMT
That's a relief. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 14:50:39 GMT
Isobel Ayres says:
I love coriander but a single whiff of the fresh stuff and I get an instant headache :(

Asafoetida smells disgusting, but it's amazing what it adds to flavour!

I love asparagus so much it's worth the smelly aftermath!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 14:58:25 GMT
I had to look up asafoetida. Hadn't heard of it.
It smells disgusting, but it's also an antiflatulant. What it gives with one hand...

Posted on 5 Dec 2012 15:15:22 GMT
Bearman says:
The clue is in the name asaFOETIDa

Posted on 5 Dec 2012 15:48:44 GMT
I love the smell and taste of chamomile lol it does not smell of wee to me lol I can not really smell anything but a very faint earthy floral scent. But that is probably the honey I add to it.
I become so overwhelmed at times when I have a house full of people and whining children that when they leave I need a hot soak in the tub and a cup of chamomile tea and put lavender oil in the bath water just to relax and sleep. I much prefer the natural approach to the chemical dosing of sleep aids. I love my friends and family but shift into 6th gear to get them out the door at the end of the evening. Holidays are hell and I feel like stuffing my mattress with dry chamomile so I have plenty at hand in emergency.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2012 15:52:42 GMT
lol it is a flavour enhancer. It does smell of dead things lol but if you can get past the reek it really helps. But there are better enhancers out there.
Wind is a majour problem in my family. It's like angels with trumpets after dinner. Maybe I will add a bit of asaFOETIDa and see if that helps cut the noise and giggles.

Posted on 5 Dec 2012 16:06:21 GMT
Bearman says:
Ms. A - have you tried a hop pillow? I was born and brought up among the hop gardens of Kent, and sleeping on a pillow stuffed with green hops (not the very dry brown ones) was a well know cure for insomnia and stress.
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