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Best (hot) tea you've ever had?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I'm on a quest for the best tea... I like strong (nearly bitter), dark, black teas and herb-y herbal teas. I don't like flowery flavors or fruity stuff.

I have an amazon gift card coming and I wanted to splurge and get myself some really yummy tea-- give me your suggestions!!!

I don't want to spend a ton of money, but more than Celestial Seasonings, kwim? I think I'm going to get some Mighty Leaf vanilla bean, but not sure what else.

I'm also in search of a really good, really authentic chai.
post #2 of 24
I love, love Teavana!! Not sure if Amazon sells it though...
post #3 of 24
Yorkshire Gold. Or Barry's Gold Label.
post #4 of 24
I love Numi Breakfast Blend or Chinese Breakfast. Both blends are smooth, strong black teas. i like the Numi teas because they're strong without the bitterness.
post #5 of 24
I've really enjoyed several republic of tea - favorites being their assam, raspberry quince (that one is mildly sweet, but very good), and blueberry (earthy & warm).
If you haven't tried lapsang souchong (twinnings has a good one), consider that.
Stash has a really good (even if you don't like green teas) black/green blend (fusion breakfast I think?) sometimes hard to find, good to order.

Herbal-wise, teavana has some great blends. I like stash's licorice-mint too, R of tea's cardamom cinnamon, and zhena gypsy tea italian chamomile.
Always wanted to try harney & son's lavender or yellow & blue tea.

(I feel like this got sorta long winded. . . and now I need a cup of tea myself. )
post #6 of 24
I like teavana's black jasmine

http://www.teavana.com/The-Teas/Blac...-Black-Tea.axd

It might seem expensive but loose tea can be used more than once
post #7 of 24
it's really more of an herbal coffee substitute, but I really, really LOVE teeccino.
Roastaroma is good, too. (obviously I have an "i miss coffee" theme here.)
post #8 of 24
I LOVE Stash green chai tea, and drink it daily. It's probably not what you are looking for, but, really, it is so dang good I have a hard time believing someone wouldn't like it.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000CQ...489336&sr=8-12

They also have a black spice chai tea - I think I'll have to try that one. And thanks for reminding me that I have a $25 Amazon GC to use.
post #9 of 24
I think its by "Stash", called "Awake". Its makes a dark, strong tea thats great for first thing in the morning, hence the name.

I also like their "Calm" tea. Its got camemille(?) with a hint of mint. Really nice for the end of the day.
post #10 of 24
I do like the Stash with the double bergamont
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Ellp View Post
I think its by "Stash", called "Awake". Its makes a dark, strong tea thats great for first thing in the morning, hence the name.

I also like their "Calm" tea. Its got camemille(?) with a hint of mint. Really nice for the end of the day.
These are both by Tazo. It's the tea brand used at Starbucks.

For everyday black tea, I like PG Tips, a British brand. It's not too expensive on Amazon. I recently got some Mighty Leaf green and white teas as a gift, it's pretty good. For general tea flavors, my favorites are Earl Grey (black, bergamot, citrus), lapsang souchong (black and really smoky - like drinking a campfire) and gen mai cha (green, roasted with rice and popcorn! roasty-toasty).

If you have a giftcard to use up, might I suggest going for looseleaf tea? Get yourself a little pot - those teaball strainers are not great. Then if you find a local tea shop you can buy small quantities to try before committing. HFSs often sell bulk tea as well.
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Addie View Post
These are both by Tazo. It's the tea brand used at Starbucks.
Right! Thats it! I don't go to Starbucks though so I wasn't aware it was one of the brands they carried.

The first time I had it was in a fancy hotel in Whistler, BC. Dh's work sent him there and I tagged along. There's nothing like sipping a cup of tea on the balcony, in the early morning mist of the beginning of summer, surrounded by evergreens, mountains and fresh air. D Maybe that's why that tea's my favourite, it brings back memories...
post #13 of 24
I second the Yorkshire Gold recommendation. That stuff is the closest I have found in the US to the British real deal. They keep all the good stuff for themselves y'know .

Other stuff already mentioned: Republic of Tea's Black Breakfast Tea and Numi Breakfast Blend are both good. I find Stash to be kind of Meh. Rishi makes my favorite chai blend, but its looseleaf.

I used to be a tea buyer for Whole Foods so I've tried many many kinds. It was a fun job perk.
post #14 of 24
Teavana's Almond Biscotti is an awesome black tea. I love it with milk and a little simple syrup or honey.

I'm not sure I can recommend an herbal tea for you since I love fruity and floral ones.
post #15 of 24
I like Stash teas and Gypsy teas
post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
Awesome suggestions!!! I have a little list going now on Amazon and each time I get a gift certificate (I do swagbucks and I have prime shipping, which is an awesome combination), I'll buy another type! Yorkshire Gold and Rishi's chai are top on my list though...

I love PG tips too- that's what I have now, actually. Strong and full and I can brew it almost to the point of bitterness and still have it taste amazing. Yummmm.

Its funny, I am REALLY not a fan of Stash. I don't know what it is.... Hmmmm.... Love all the stuff I've had from Numi (their Dry Desert Lime is oddly wonderful), and I like Zhena's gypsy teas as well. Rishi seems to have great quality things too.

I wish I could do some sort of thing like teechino-- I think it has gluten in it though, am I right?
post #17 of 24
I don't know if Amazon carries it, but Marco Polo tea by Mariage Freres is THE BEST black tea I've ever had.
post #18 of 24
Mighty Tea
Expensive but amazingly good
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by hippiechickinsing View Post
I love Numi Breakfast Blend...
Yep, I love this one too. And I like their Chai blend.

eta: I've also recently tried the Numi Emperor's Puerh and it's pretty good, although I had to be careful not to brew it too long.
post #20 of 24
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I do like the Stash with the double bergamont
I do ladies tea at my house once month in the rainy season. That double bergamot tea is the only tea that makes the cut for my crowd.

http://www.stashtea.com/products/Dou...Black+Tea.aspx
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