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Help! I want to start drinking hot tea...

curlykyecurlykye Posts: 430Registered Users
and I need suggestions on what are some of the best teas that would taste good to a first time hot tea drinker.

My obession is with Pepsi and I'm try to take a step back from it a little.

I like ready made iced teas (Lipton Green Iced tea, Peach iced tea mix, raspberry iced tea mix)...so what flavor of iced tea can you suggest that would get the "ball rolling" on adding hot brewed tea into my lifestyle?

(BTW, I both Lipton tea bags in Vanilla Caramel Trouffles because the name just sounded so good but I have no clue if I'll like it :-()
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  • Curlz a HotMessCurlz a HotMess Posts: 268Registered Users
    Well, honestly, I HATE tea--hot or cold (which my family laughs at, because we're in Southern South Carolina). I just do not like the taste of it.

    But, if I had a choice, it'd be Lemon or Green Tea. Put lots of sugar in! You might also try hot water with lemon...or just hot water! It's an alternative to hot tea, and it's very healthy as well, plus, if you're sensitive to caffeine, this has none.
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  • divamisstdivamisst Posts: 293Registered Users
    I love love love tea!!! If you're just starting out, I would recommend getting some Celestial Seasonings teas--they have tons of different flavors, so you can try them out and see what you like. Some people like to drink the flavored teas without sugar (or with just some honey, which is what I do) because that allows the flavors in the tea to come through. But of course you can always add sugar if you want! They even have chais and green teas, too. Once you figure out what you like, you can move up to brewing your own with loose tea leaves...mmmm soooo good!!
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  • curlykyecurlykye Posts: 430Registered Users
    Thanks so much! I went and got the Celestial Seasoning variety/sampler pack so I will definitely keep u posted on how it goes.b:wink:
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    I have a thing against chai's, or a spiced tea. I personally love regular old black tea. Earl Grey is another favorite of mine. Irish breakfast tea is good. But as I said, I like bold teas.

    Some lighter teas that are good to get started on are lemon, orange, raspberry, or other fruity teas.

    I wouldn't advise ''using a lot of sugar" because that isn't going to change what you're consuming getting off of Pepsi. I use Splenda or Equal in my tea. Coffee I just cannot use an artificial sweetener in. My coffee has to have sugar. But tea I can drink with another.
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  • Dwaeji-TokkiDwaeji-Tokki Posts: 172Registered Users
    iroc wrote: »
    I have a thing against chai's, or a spiced tea. I personally love regular old black tea. Earl Grey is another favorite of mine. Irish breakfast tea is good. But as I said, I like bold teas.

    Some lighter teas that are good to get started on are lemon, orange, raspberry, or other fruity teas.

    I wouldn't advise ''using a lot of sugar" because that isn't going to change what you're consuming getting off of Pepsi. I use Splenda or Equal in my tea. Coffee I just cannot use an artificial sweetener in. My coffee has to have sugar. But tea I can drink with another.

    I agree with Iroc. I HATE chai tea! Black tea is sooo good.

    My favorites are Green Tea, Black Tea and Raspberry tea... I love tea.
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    Ordinary Tea all the way, no sugar, strong. FULL STOP! . :)
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  • eweniqueewenique Posts: 1,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    English Breakfast tea, Irish Breakfast tea, Tazo Zen (lemongrass & spearmint) are a few of my favorites.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,234Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Plain old Lipton orange & black pekoe tea is an everyday staple for me, and has been for most of my life. Always sweetened with honey, raw sugar, or splenda.
    I also love rooibos tea. So soft and mellow. A nice evening tea.
    And hibiscus. Kind of citrusy and a gorgeous color.
    Jasmine is another favorite.
    I also dig, dry, and brew my own sassafras tea which is an addiction. Love it.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users
    Stash decaf chocolate hazelnut tea (black tea based)

    I do like caffeine in my teas. Harrogates of London Yorkshire Blend or their Irish Breakfast tea are my morning drink of choice.

    Guayaki Mate Chocolatte is a nice mate tea.
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  • mlkjmlkj Posts: 8Registered Users
    Flavored or plain green teas, spiced teas, Celestial Seasonings Chamomile or Zinger. Mmm, I do this every morning.
  • geminikissgeminikiss Posts: 87Registered Users
    Mmm hot tea. I like Earl grey. I put a lot of sugar and some milk in it then dip my buttered toast in it. So yummy


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  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    Depends, are you trying to get away from Pepsi from a sugary standpoint or a caffeine one?

    How much pepsi are you drinking? Going straight to fruit or herbal teas will give you a bit of a headache from withdrawing the caffeine. Rooibos also has no caffeine.

    I would suggest adding sugar or honey to taste esp since you're switching from a highly sweet beverage. Many herbal and fruit teas are naturally sweet so take a sip first and then sweeten to there. Black tea can be bitter at first and the tannins may take a little getting used to. They'll just make you feel dry at first. Sugar helps with this. I personally LOVE teas and drink a lot of them. Generally fairly sweetened because that's how I like it. Also with some milk in the evenings in my black tea.

    Everything else? Just try it. Everyone will have their own preferences. Like I don't like mates at all. Blech. I also hate overly perfumy teas like Earl Grey. My favorites are mint blends.
  • wurlacurlswurlacurls Posts: 413Registered Users
    Im a huge tea fan. I only drink green tea and white tea. Green with mint or jasmine are really good and I use agave nectar as my sweetner. White is really high in antioxidants, even higher than green, and a really mild flavor. I think you would really enjoy it.

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  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    Rooibos tea!!!! It's great
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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    Huge tea drinker! i love Celestial Seasonings. But also get tea from here:

    The Republic of Tea - Leading Purveyor of Premium Teas
  • BekkaPooBekkaPoo Posts: 3,861Registered Users
    Lifelong tea drinker here too. Right now I'm drinking this, which is my own recipe:

    Spicy/sour ginger tea:

    2 inches of ginger root cut into chunks
    2 cinnamon sticks
    1 bag of green tea
    lime juice
    honey/brown sugar (optional)

    Boil the ginger root and cinnamon sticks in 1 or 2 cups of water, add the green tea bag when the water gets hot. Then add lime juice and sugar/honey to taste.

    I also love hibiscus tea, rooiboos, regular old black tea or Earl Grey with sugar & cream, lemon tea, apple/cinnamon tea, or just a few cinnamon sticks boiled in hot water as a tea. I like a lot of the Celestial Seasonings blends also. I have also gotten a lot of fancy international teas from Big Lots for half the price you pay at the grocery store.

    For the fruitier teas I usually just add some lime/lemon juice & brown sugar. I drink all my teas with a spoon of sugar in them.
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  • BrettyUBrettyU Posts: 930Registered Users
    thelio wrote: »
    Huge tea drinker! i love Celestial Seasonings. But also get tea from here:

    The Republic of Tea - Leading Purveyor of Premium Teas

    +1 republic of tea has a honeydew melon white tea that is to die for!
  • JewelCurlsJewelCurls Posts: 191Registered Users
    I have a friend who sells teas, and she has this amazing rasberry tea that is great hot or iced, and it has stevia leaf in the tea (it is a loose tea, so you need you own bag or strainer). I love it because I can just brew and drink... No adding anything, it is perfectly sweetened. I can't think off the top of my head what the name of her website is (I buy from her directly) but I bet you could find it using a simple google search.


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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    I only drink black tea and green tea. I avoid fruity infusions. As far as I'm concerned if there are no tea leaves in it, it's not tea.

    I have black tea usually with milk although Earl Grey is nice without it. Steep as long as you want, until you get the strength you like.

    Some black teas are really better without milk.

    Don't steep green tea too long or it goes bitter.

    Never add sugar (that's just me though). Use a tea pot whenever possible.

    I need to put tea bags on my shopping list now.
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  • apatt4975apatt4975 Posts: 142Registered Users
    I've been trying out teavana herbal teas.

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  • steveburnssteveburns Posts: 10Registered Users
    just start with any regular tea !!! all Tea is good get in to brands once you are an expert tea drinker :P
  • alijannessalijanness Posts: 5Registered Users
    for me lipton yellow labels are best !!!
  • gardencurlsgardencurls Posts: 573Registered Users
    Head to Teavana! Their SAs are excellent at helping to choose teas. My favorite is Chai Mate - but the flavors and blends are endless. My husband was never a tea drinker, but he loves it now, and so do my kids.
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  • VTmomVTmom Posts: 2,486Registered Users
    I love chai ... am having a cup of decaf version right now. :)
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    An old spam bumped thread!

    I get back into tea this time of year. I'm having Sench Kyoto Cherry Rose.

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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,234Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I was just talking to my trainer about tea the other day. We both love tea of any kind. Cheap generic teabags, loose fancy teas, herbals, mmmm. We both agreed that hibiscus is probably the prettiest tea.

    I've watched a British soap opera for over 25 years and for decades everyone on the show heated water in a teapot on the stove. Then a few years ago electric teapots showed up on the countertops. Kind of made me sad.
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  • MojoDojoMojoDojo Posts: 702Registered Users
    If you go to a place like Teavana, they can have suggestions for ones you might like.

    I find that if I like the smell of a tea, I like the taste of a tea. So that might be somewhere to start.

    Also adding sugar and milk or cream can help if you find it too strong.

    Just don't let it sit too long, most teas (green, black, and herbal - esp. fruity ones) get 'tinny' tasting to me.

    My faves are English and Irish breakfast, roobios teas, lipton makes a citrus green tea that I really like.
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  • RusycurlyRusycurly Posts: 717Registered Users
    Since you are used to things that are sweet (as per your Pepsi comment) I would definitely try Rooibos. It's sweet, tastes great and is just as (if not more) beneficial than green tea. Another favorite of mine is Rooibos Chai...if you are looking for that spicy kick
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