TinaD said

new here!

I have been reading alot of your discussions and find them all very helpful!
I am a coffee drinker mostly but being from the south I do love my sweet tea!
I know somewhere on here there are recommendations for buying teas and preferred flavors,but for my ease of finding what you would recommend for me could you please put links and flavors here. I will check often.I would so appreciate it. :)
I like black teas of course but thinking I would like Rooibos,Honeybush,Chai.
I like sweet flavors! (think dessert)! :)
What are your personal fav.’s?
I will be making it by the cup for myself.Thoughts on infusers? I have the spoon one, but I have read that holes that are too big are a problem for some. I prefer clear teas.
Any ideas or tips for a newbie are very welcome! Thank you so much!
Tina

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Cofftea said

You can always use the search box to find topics you’re looking for. Welcome!

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Welcome! If you are looking to looking to explore more flavors and different teas may I suggest the sample tea packages I offer on Tea Trade. My complete listing of teas can be found on www.iHeartTeas.com. I am always happy to answer any questions you have and best of luck on your new adventure into tea.

Cofftea said

Just leaving the suggestion at samplers would have been better. This is self solicitation.

I appreciate your words of wisdom and will take them under advisement. :-)

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Welcome to the tea community, Tina! Warning – once you start hanging out here, you’ll be addicted to tea in no time flat! :) This online tea community is a wonderful place – glad you’re joining us! :)

Some tips – I don’t use an infuser at work; I use those tea filter bags. Adagio.com has the cheapest for $3 a pop (100 bags per box). These do allow for multiple infusions and are a cinch for travel too.
Please check out my cupboard here at Steepster. I have so much tea and am always glad to share. I love dessert teas as well! The only ones I can’t do are red rooibos-based because they give me migraines. (I talk about this in my blog, so I won’t repeat that here!)
What I’m learning is that lots of tea companies do actually want your business – and will send you free samples. My blog also has a list of coupons and deals.
So even though Cofftea is warning against it, I will self-solicit myself (that doesn’t sound right) – my blog is a great resource. And I’m always looking for suggestions to improve it, articles to write, etc. (Sorry for doing so, Cofftea…)
http://keenteathyme.blogspot.com
PM me if you have any questions. And once again, welcome! :)

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Sites like www.teatra.de are great because many people sell sample sizes of a variety of teas (for very little $ compared to having to buy larger sizes directly from the company) from a variety of companies. Also, many companies offer samplers, or sample sizes of their teas. Joy’s Teaspoon has a cinco sampler or an ocho sampler if you pick out 5 or 8 teas respectively. American Tea Room has sample sizes of all of their teas. Harney’s has sample sizes of most of theirs, too. DavidsTea includes three samples with each order. Many, many more companies have samplers with specially chosen popular teas already packaged.

Mostly, though, if you watch the reviews that people post, you’ll notice trends in what people are drinking.

There is a lot of swapping, too. There’s a thread where you can post what you have that you want to swap, and people will tell you what they’re looking to try.

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More self-solicitation: the SororiTea Sisters blog is also a great resource: http://sororiteasisters.com

I also have a couple of nice sampler selections on TeaTra.de (and I’d be happy to throw in a bunch of T-Sacs too, if you want them!): http://tinypay.me/se5tdveu

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TinaD said

Thanks everyone for posting tips and info. Keentea-I looked at your blog and read about the rooibos, I am hoping that is not the case for me. I suffer alot with headaches also and the occasional migraines! ugh! The rooibos really have some yummy sounding teas! I have heard the green teas cause problems for some. I guess I will just have to test the waters with them. LOL!
Again, thanks to you all for your help! I think this is a great place! :)
Tina

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TinaD said

Oh and Cofftea, since I’m new here and looking for any info. that will help me in my new adventures with teas, I really don’t mind the self-solicitation. Unless it’s against the rules here, it is ok for me. I did ask for links here also. I hope it’s not a problem.
Thanks again everyone!
Tina

TinaD you are fine. Nothing you did or we did we was wrong considering we just answered your questions you were asking. No worries! I hope you enjoy your journey with tea, you will find it is the one journey you never want to end. :-)

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Ricky admin said

Hello TinaD, welcome to Steepster! I started off my journey into tea by ordering Adagio’s IngenuiTea gift set. It’s a 16oz reverse coffee press teapot sort of thing. It filters rooibos really well and gives large leafy teas enough room to steep and float around. From there I went on and ordered Golden Moon’s Tea Sampler, the price has gone up, but it’s still fairly cheap. It offers 31 different kinds of teas. You should also check out Den Tea’s free Japanese green tea sampler ($3 shipping). Participate in tea swaps, read/post tasting notes and ask questions :D

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TinaD said

Thanks Ricky! Can someone tell me the difference in Rooibos and Honeybush?

While rooibos and honeybush are both native to South Africa, they are harvested from different plants. Rooibos comes from the Aspalathus Linearis, while Honeybush comes from the Cyclopia. They are both in the same plant family and are therefore often considered “cousins.”

Taste wise, both are nutty/woody in flavor. I find the flavor of honeybush to be a milder flavor with a honey-like sweetness (hence the name). Rooibos has a stronger flavor but still a bit thinner than most teas. Rooibos also has a sweetness to it, but I do not find it as palatable as the sweetness from honeybush.

Health benefits wise, both have very similar benefits. Both are lower in tannins than tea and are naturally caffeine-free.

I hope this helps?

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TinaD said

Thanks LiberTEAS! That was very helpful! :)

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