Green Tea

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  • manuel_garcia 15 Sep 2006 11:21:46 4,079 posts
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    Does anyone drink it?
    What does it taste like?
    Does it make you feel good?
  • Dexter 15 Sep 2006 11:24:54 1,060 posts
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    Green tea itself isn't so nice but the Jacksons of Piccadilly stuff with lemon is quite tasty.
  • The_Aardvark 15 Sep 2006 11:25:41 3,063 posts
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    I do since I gave up drinking caffeine in the evenings.

    I quite like it - it's a bit, well tea-ish but not as strong. It does go very bitter if you brew it for too long though.

    I can't say that I've noticed any real health benefits though.
  • GrandTheftApu 15 Sep 2006 11:25:53 6,119 posts
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    Yes
    Delicate, clean
    Yep, it has a surprising amount of caffeine
  • Shrimp 15 Sep 2006 11:31:05 1,081 posts
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    Apparently it improves cardiovascular health but doesn't do anything for cancer, according to a recent medical study.

    It's pretty nice anyway - I'd avoid brewing it for too long as strong green tea seems to be much more acrid and nasty than strong black tea.
  • manuel_garcia 15 Sep 2006 11:35:17 4,079 posts
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    Sold. Thats the afternoon mission. Find and drink some green tea.

    Oh the exciting life i lead.
  • djchump 15 Sep 2006 11:36:47 4,463 posts
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    I think I had whittard green tea & ginseng teabags - perks me up no end :-)
    It goes very bitter if you leave it though - so whack the teabag in, pour in the hot water then take the bag out pretty much straight away. If you leave your tea standing it gets bitter as well, so drink it fairly sharphish.

    Definitely found it preferable to coffee in the afternoons, and milky normal tea sometimes makes me snoozy if I'm bored at work, so green tea is nice and refreshing ;-)
  • DaisyD 15 Sep 2006 11:37:23 11,818 posts
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    The Tetley Green tea and green tea with lemon are very nice. I only ever let it steep for a 1 minute though as it can get too strong and overpowering.
  • The_Aardvark 15 Sep 2006 11:38:20 3,063 posts
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    Allegedly you should make it with water at no more than 80 degrees centigrade. That should make it less bitter.

    EDIT: A little googling tells me that Green tea has about half as much caffeine as regular tea and a quarter as much as coffee.

    Edited by The_Aardvark at 11:38:56 15-09-2006
  • X201 15 Sep 2006 11:40:45 14,711 posts
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    It's a bit of a weird taste to start with, and it actually tastes better if you let it cool down quite a lot. Don't over brew it ( 2 minutes max) Have a couple of cups, don't say ugh after your first cup.
  • manuel_garcia 15 Sep 2006 11:42:42 4,079 posts
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    Any particular varieties to look out for?

    A beginners tea brand perhaps? Break me in gently?
  • DaisyD 15 Sep 2006 11:46:17 11,818 posts
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    Twinings
    Tetley
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 15 Sep 2006 11:48:00 36,334 posts
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    I recommend just going for some oolong tea. Nice stuff.

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  • Goban 15 Sep 2006 11:48:55 8,997 posts
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    Green tea is fantastic stuff and Japanese Sencha is vastly superior to the Chinese equivalent. Avoid all the new European stuff as it is no where near as tasty as the real thing, it's usually made from fairly low grade tea. Hence the fairly non descript earthy taste.

    Try this company if you want the tastiest stuff going, well worth the expense Mountfuji.co.uk
    PS Most chinese Green tea is in fact not green tea, but the fermented Black tea variety, don't know why.


    Edited by Goban at 15:03:57 15-09-2006
  • GrandTheftApu 15 Sep 2006 11:51:01 6,119 posts
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    manuel_garcia wrote:
    Any particular varieties to look out for?

    A beginners tea brand perhaps? Break me in gently?

    Go to a chinese supermarket and get a box of jasmine tea (loose leafs not teabags).
  • Carrybagma 15 Sep 2006 12:08:41 3,904 posts
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    Jasmine is nice, but all the 'authentic' stuff can be bitter if you leave it. And yeah, never use boiling water 'cos you scald the leaves.

    I like 'clipper' teas. Green tea with Lemon, and Lemon and Lime. They come in tea-bags, so no fuss.

    Mmmmm.

    /feels a bit silly posting about tea
  • Carrybagma 15 Sep 2006 12:09:08 3,904 posts
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  • GrandTheftApu 15 Sep 2006 12:14:47 6,119 posts
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    Goban wrote:
    Green tea is fantastic stuff and Japanese Sencha is vastly superior to the Chinese equivalent.

    All subjective really, I don't like sencha it tastes very 'vegetably' to me, if I wanted that I could just drink the water the sprouts were cooked in ;)
  • quedex 15 Sep 2006 12:16:34 3,135 posts
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    Dragonfly Tea do a very nice range of Green Teas, but it's a bit hard to find in the shops.

    Lots of places sell their Rooibos Teas though, which are equally good. I'm currently hooked on their Earl Grey Rooibos.
  • Tiger_Walts 15 Sep 2006 12:20:49 16,530 posts
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    I find it very nice to have alongside a chinese meal. Very refreshing.

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  • Deleted user 15 September 2006 14:24:46
    huge fan of twinnings green flavoured teas.. driink about 5 cups a day .
  • Errol 15 Sep 2006 14:39:27 12,379 posts
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    Anyone who really likes green tea should be drinking the real stuff.

    Japanesetea.co.uk sell green tea fresh from the slopes of Mount Fuji in Japan.

    As a regular purchaser I can assure you that this real japanese green tea tastes completely different from anything you will find in a UK supermarket. The taste is far more refined and probably more unusual. And you can get it in tea-bags as well !

    Edited by Errol at 14:39:27 15-09-2006
  • The_Aardvark 15 Sep 2006 15:31:23 3,063 posts
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    Errol wrote:
    Anyone who really likes green tea should be drinking the real stuff.

    Japanesetea.co.uk sell green tea fresh from the slopes of Mount Fuji in Japan.

    As a regular purchaser I can assure you that this real japanese green tea tastes completely different from anything you will find in a UK supermarket. The taste is far more refined and probably more unusual. And you can get it in tea-bags as well !

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  • Murbal 15 Sep 2006 15:34:31 21,576 posts
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    Anyone sweeten their green tea with a drop of honey?
  • adinus 15 Sep 2006 16:11:19 302 posts
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    I swear by Gunpowder tea.

    You get it in Chinatown and it comes in a little green cube of a box which lasts the good part of a year.

    Go get it!!
  • X201 15 Sep 2006 16:42:07 14,711 posts
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    Murbal wrote:
    Anyone sweeten their green tea with a drop of honey?
    I don't, but try Acacia honey it's a single blend of honey from bees kept in Acacia plantations. It's very light and has a smooth flavour.

    Edited by X201 at 16:41:49 15-09-2006
  • Carrybagma 15 Sep 2006 17:06:57 3,904 posts
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    Shouldn't this thread have been taken downhill by now?

    E.g.

    Green tea r 4 kidyzzlol herbal infusions r teh hardcor
  • GrandTheftApu 15 Sep 2006 17:11:52 6,119 posts
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    You've spoilt it now, if we'd kept that up we could have got a mention in the Observer food monthly.
  • manuel_garcia 15 Sep 2006 17:19:07 4,079 posts
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    Right, tea has been purchased.

    After all the discussions, my local shop didnt have very many varieties, so i ended up with:

    Jacksons of Piccadilly : "Chinese Sencha Green Tea with natural Lemon"

    I'm gonna go run a bath and give it a try. I shall post first impressions in a bit.

    I like Lemon.

    I am intrigued.
  • GrandTheftApu 15 Sep 2006 17:22:56 6,119 posts
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    Try a cup full first, you won't sleep for weeks if you have a bath full ;)
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