365 Challenge: Day 230 – Tea

Tea: a [hot] drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water


Several weeks ago, I posted all about my love for coffee; I also noted that I’d have a future one about tea. Hence today’s 365 Daily Challenge word… but I need some help. A few people have suggested types of tea in the past, but I haven’t yet made that leap. I don’t plan to give up coffee, but I’m thinking about trying to cleansing-like teas for the winter. I’d love some recommendations and input from all of you!

To give some background, I’m a novice. I have had iced tea before. I have had green tea. I’ve had all the prepackaged kinds from the grocery store. They’re all fine and I am good with having a cup every once in a while; however, if I am going to seriously give tea a chance, shouldn’t it be something where I buy the leaves and brew it myself? I live in NYC, so I should be able to find a good tea store. I know I’ve seen one in the market at Grand Central Station. I tend to like flavors along the lines of vanilla, cinnamon, hazelnut and almond. I’m not much of a ‘berry-flavored’ beverage-guy but willing to give it a try.

Educate me on teas from all over the world. When’s the best time to drink it? Are there different teas for different moods or purposes? How do you feel about tea? Tell me all! I like trying new things. I look forward to hearing from everyone.


UPDATE: I promised to compile the responses together, which I’ve done below. I will try a few over the next couple of weeks and let you know what I thought. Thank you to everyone for such great responses. You are all awesome!


Types of Tea Suggested to Me

  • Brands: Yogi, Celestial Seasons, Lipton, Traditional Medicinals, Tazo, Harney & Sons, Grace Tea, Rishi, The Tea Spot, Teapigs, Piccadilly Circus, Jackson’s of Piccadilly


  • Orange Pekoe
  • White
  • Winter Spice
  • Super Fruit
  • Tensions Tamer
  • Vanilla Almond Rooibos
  • Cranberry
  • Licorice Spice
  • Hot Cinnamon Spice
  • Gypsy Cold Care
  • Breakfast
  • Turkish
  • Russian Caravan
  • Darjeeling
  • Turmeric
  • Cardamom (Elaichi)
  • Kashmiri
  • Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin
  • Karak Chai
  • Chai
  • Organic Ginger
  • Chamomile and Lavender
  • Throat Coat
  • Breathe Easy
  • Black
  • Green
  • Bubble-Milk
  • Lady Grey
  • Pumpkin
  • Candy Cane
  • Mango
  • Blueberry
  • Detox
  • Vanilla Spice
  • Peppermint
  • Jasmine Green
  • Earl Grey


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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  1. There are different teas to help with different things. Yogi (brand name) has ones for throats, detox and several other things. Finding loose leaf will give you better flavor, but is messy and harder to find. Pay extra for better brands- Celestial Seasons and Lipton often have an odd after taste.

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  2. I may not be the best person to ask this of seeing as how I’m a tea novice myself. Buuuuuuut I read the word and promptly screeched “TEA!” and here I am! 😃

    I found a fantastic peppermint flavor that I adore! I love it even more with a little bit of honey in it; if that’s not you’re thing, no worries, I still think it’s a lovely taste with a little bit of sugar. (Peppermint is probably the only one I feel confident I could drink without honey or sugar without making faces all the way through.) A friend for my birthday gifted me some pumpkin spice tea and I was impressed with it! Was actually very wary about it; but again with the honey and the sugar and it’s soooo lovely. Very flavorful! I haven’t done much with the tea leaves, but the peppermint is in a fancy bag you can see the leaves in. (I shelled out more money for the better quality. Figured if I’m trying something I’ve always wanted to, then it better meet all my expectations!) Another one a friend let me try was Jasmine Green tea. That was soothing and lovely. Try some of the breakfast teas just for the heck of it. I heard that Earl Grey taste better with milk or cream, but I’ve only had it with sugar. Also, in case you were curious, I think Earl Grey smells like fruit loops. Haha

    I’m still learning name brands. So no real help from me there. Ooooh! But do learn to heed steep times; and the more you drink the more you can identify if you need more time to steep or if you’ve over-steeped. My friends have told me to take the tea bag out. But one of my friends has a sister that is hardcore and leaves it in. Guess it’s all on preference, huh? Hope this helps even a little bit (and gives ya a laugh!) 😆

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  3. I have been drinking tea a lot in the past year or so. I have several that I use to help me with my weight loss efforts. Those are made by Yogi and Traditional Medicine and come in flavors like Cranberry and Blueberry. (I know you said that you are not a berry fan but the cranberry is good for flushing out the kidneys). I also use a couple from Yogi called Detox for a cleanse. I drink those mostly at night before bed. I LOVE Yogi Vanilla Spice for energy. I also love licorice flavored and all the good ones that come out during this season with cinnamon and pumpkin, candy cane, etc. I like lemon and mango as well. I tried a chocolate mint one but was not a fan. I have tried the brew your own and got one that had bits of mango in it but to me it is more trouble than it’s worth. Tazo also makes some good ones. I drink it straight, no sugar or cream. I do use some honey with lemon if I have a sore throat. I’ve been using the empty boxes to make little gift boxes to sell on Etsy. I just couldn’t throw them away! Happy Saturday, Jay.

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    • That’s a great re-use of the materials. I like the sound of licorice, thanks for the heads up on that one. I’ve had kidney stones before and drank lots of cranberry juice. I forget to now as a regular thing, Maybe I should try it this way?

      I’m hoping to not add cream or sugar to whatever teas I chose. Definitely not sure. Milk might be ok.

      I’m glad it’s helping with your weight and health focus. That’s always a good thing to hear.

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  4. Traditional Medicinals is the brand I use. “Gypsy Cold Care” is my go-to cold product; it doesn’t cure, but it does improve symptoms while other cold medicines tend to leave me with a sinus infection. “Chamomile and Lavender” is my favorite for evenings. “Throat Coat” for sore throats, and “Breathe Easy” when I’m a little stuffy, usually from mild allergies. Honey is my sweetener of choice in tea. If using milk, pour the milk in the cup first; that’s how my British aunt prepared hers.

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  5. I like to have a cup of Earl Grey or Lady Grey tea with milk in the mid-afternoon. Maybe eat with a scone? (I love this combination)
    Somedays, I’ll make a pot of Chinese/ Japanese tea (so many types of them!) with my purple clay teapot. Art of making and enjoying a good cup of tea is always associated with philosophy in Chinese and Japanese culture. Purple clay teapot did a really good job in brewing a good cup of tea, it’ll sort of balance the taste and texture (you’ll feel the tea is quite smooth when washing down from your mouth to throat). It’s really a deep topic in Chinese and Japanese culture.
    In the SEA and Hong Kong, people love to enjoy a cup of black tea with condensed milk and evaporated milk. While in Taiwan, bubble-milk tea is quite popular. Haha…..When we talk about tea, there’re really lots to learn. It really depends on which one that you enjoy the most. I just drink them depends on my mood. 😀

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  6. Like you, I’ve never been overly keen on tea. But I’ve found, of late, I need [serious] de-stressing. I’ve found a pleasant little chamomile-lavender blend (Celestial Seasonings, I believe) and it does help take the edge off. Tea here in Toronto has become quite the rage in the last couple years: David’s, dedicated solely to tea, is becoming as popular / populated as Starbuck’s (okay, maybe not quite THAT “voluminous”, but getting there).

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  7. I never started drinking tea until this year. I looooove coffee. I drink coffee all day long. Until now I thought tea was just coffee’s weak ass little brother. I discovered this year that I actually like green tea. White is pretty good too, especially if it’s also fruity. All this time that I thought I hated tea I was just hating on black tea. I still can’t get used to that one. (It just tastes like dirty water to me…which I guess it technically is.)

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  8. When I am up tight I drink Tension Tamer tea. But for pure pleasure, I like Licorice Spice tea. No sugar or milk added. They are grocery store packs, but I don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen. These teas always reward me.

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  9. Haaaa tea! I became a fan when I lived in England for some months. I read it every way. Black tea during the day some spicy tea after my lunch like Chai (with ginger, pepper and other spices). In the evening I drink green tea with or without jasmine. I drink my black tea like Brits: with some milk and sugar while I drink green tea like Japanese do: plain. I hope I could educate you as you requested James 😉

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  10. Oh…..I had my tea Society book club today! Robyn, the leader is amazing and knowledgeable about tea. I will invite you the next time we have an event! I use tea bags for convenience but love loose leaf. There’s a place in soho, I think it’s T2 and they have samples when yo7 go to the store. David’s on 6th and 22 is also wonderful. I drink different teas depending on my mood. My fave is earl grey though! Will gladly talk tea or go with you on tea excursion!!

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  11. Yay tea! Though I can’t believe you are a heathen that doesn’t drink it- jk! 😉 I usually just drink breakfast tea with milk, although technically my favourite is Earl Grey, because it’s got a very nice subtle flavour. But what actually got me into tea drinking was Turkish tea, because it’s very rich and often sugar as well- I just love the contrast of sweet and bitter (although now I don’t have any sugar in my tea, so I’m just oh so bitter all the time 😉 oh my gosh- I apologise for all these lousy jokes!) As for brewing it from scratch- I am wayyy too lazy for that, so if I do have a proper brew I go to a teashop- and I can therefore confirm it is actually better (plus you get about 3-4 cups out of a pot- so result!) I really hope you come over to the dark side (ahem get into tea, I mean 😉 ) also known as across the pond 😉

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  12. I love tea! I use bags and loose, but herbal only due to caffeine. I grow a lot of my own and would love to send you some if you’re interested in herbal teas. Some people don’t like herbal. I always have to add raw honey to every tea I drink.

    A hot drink of tea with a good book on a day like today is heaven. 🖤

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  13. I come from an Irish and English tea drinking family and started drinking tea at the age of 3. I’m talking about black tea not herbal tea. I drink English breakfast in the morning. This is a blend of India teas and is stronger. In the afternoon I drink a black China tea, or a blend like Russian Caravan which is also China and other teas. But the best……the best…absolutely the best in my opinion for an afternoon tea is Darjeeling. This tea is grown in the tea gardens of Darjeeling, and it picked by hand, then rolled by hand and very carefully fermented and roasted. The name Darjeeling is protected so it has to be the real thing, not just any old pretender tea. I do not want to drink the flavored teas. If I want a fruit drink I will get one I’m not a fan of fruity flavored teas. I will drink chamomile tea and basil tea with a bit of honey if I need to sleep or have a sore throat. And for the black teas I always use leaf tea, never, never , ever bags of tea. The ritual is to warm the pot with a splash of water from a boiling kettle , then put the tea into the bottom of the pot and then pour over boiling water. You will need a tea strainer so the leaves do not go into your cup. For a stronger tea like the English Breakfast or an Assam they will be full bodied and for the Darjeeling they will be a milder and paler tea. Any of the teas can get bitter it left in the pot to stew. You can pour in some extra hot water to lessen the bitterness if you want to have another cup from a pot that has been sitting. And finally…it is worth it to drink tea from a china cup and not a thick pottery mug or paper cup and metal cups are dreadful. So there your have it. Confessions of a Tea Fanatic.

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  14. I agree with @Anne that Darjeeling is an excellent place to start for an all ’round good tea. I order my tea from Grace Tea in MA, https://gracetea.com/ and find their quality to be high across the spectrum. At least get a catalog. You’ll find brewing times for different kinds of tea and other interesting facts.

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  15. Ah, I love tea haha! I tend to favor ginger and turmeric teas for cleansing, although there are many blends available. I always recommend adding a bit of fresh lemon as well. Be warned though, turmeric and ginger can both be an acquired taste and I have yet to find them in a loose leaf blend that I enjoy. Yogi has a wonderful detox blend that you can find with a hint of berry I believe. I use the turmeric more to combat inflammation. The brand I am using is Rishi. I find it most palatable so far but still add honey.

    Do you have a Teavana nearby? They are a bit pricey but have knowledgeable staff normally and will be happy to walk you through loose leaf blends. They usually have plenty of samples as well 🙂 I prefer loose leaf but also like the convenience of tea bags. I have found that the teas that come in organic, cotton bags tend to offer better flavor (well in my opinion). I actually purchase the tea bags separately and keep them for some of my loose leaf teas when I do not have time to wait at home for the tea to steep 😉

    If you like nuttier flavors and vanilla, you may enjoy a vanilla almond rooibos tea. The Tea Spot has a loose leaf blend that I love! Just a thought. I find it helps to google recommended temps and times for brewing with new teas, although the good ones will include this info in packaging. I am learning it does make a difference 🙂

    Sorry. I have rambled on too long. Saw tea and was excited! Have a wonderful week my friend!

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  16. Oh I live on tea, I am English after all! 😂
    My favourites are:
    Roibos – which is a mild South African red tea, absolutely lovely.
    Peppermint Tea – Particularly good for your stomach and things like heartburn.
    Super Fruit Tea – This is a mix of Berrys and other super fruits, s you don’t like berry teas you probably wouldn’t like it, it’s quite a potent mix but I do love it.
    Winter Spice Tea – it’s almost time for me to bring this one out, it has licorice, fennel, peppermint, cinnamon and some other winter ingredients to make a very spicy tea, I always have a good stock of it in through Christmas.

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  17. Well I have to tell you that I have tried all kinds of hot tea. My favorites are English Breakfast and Earl Grey. I guess I’m supposed to drink Lady Grey, but I like Earl better! But seriously, the best tea to me is plain old Lipton black tea. I drink a lot of iced tea with lemonade and, although it’s very high maintenance, I do it a couple glasses at a time because tea that sits a while isn’t quite as good. I don’t like coffee so I will never jump to that side!

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    • I have a tea from Piccadilly Circus (square), Jackson’s of Piccadilly,whose crest on the blue enameled can it comes in is most impressive. I don’t drink it often enough because it is loose and must be strained or made in the tea infuser. I am a lazy tea bagger. My grandmother, who was British, always drank Lipton’s orange/peoke (sp?) tea. But she put lemon AND milk into it. (You would think the milk would curdle.)

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  18. I started writing a response and realized that I was getting too wordy and I’d come off as a tea snob. Which is weird because I just finished a post on being a coffee snob. Anyhow, I know a little bit about tea and I’d be happy to help you in any way I can. If you are looking for info on flavored teas then I’m useless. 😉 I know what you are thinking! 😉

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  19. Omg I’m a major tea lover! So I’m from Pakistan and we have very traditional ways of making tea. We have karak chai where we brew our own tea leaves and add milk while the tea leaves are boiling. It gives such a wonderful orange colour!! I love that. We also have spice tea, elaichi (cardamom) tea, Kashmiri tea. And each has their own different taste!

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  20. I know I’m late to this but I love tea. I like a cup of tea at almost any time of day, but I really enjoy it when reading a good book. I find the ritual relaxing. I really like black tea the most (English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Lady Grey, etc.), and take it like the Brits do, with sugar and a little milk or cream. When my acid reflux isn’t killing me I also like black tea with sugar and lemon. I like herbal tea as well.
    I enjoy Harney & Sons tea. You might like their Hot Cinnamon Spice. It’s very popular for them, and quite delicious!!

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  21. I like Yogi Organic Ginger Tea, it’s teabags but you can get it at most grocery stores. It’s really good (I like the flavor and don’t personally care whether it’s organic, an oft’ misused term 🙂 )

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