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    I couldn't find a way of making an image of the pdf file of Orwell's essay - but then you are not interested with reading anyway.
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    Lol - it's an interesting piece, Barry, but before I read what you'd written properly and clicked on the link, I was expecting 11 'bullet points', outlining 'How to make the perfect cup of tea', which I could then cross-reference against your replies, but when I was faced with those reams of text [said 'essay'], to have to plough through first and find what you were referring to, the lazy-ass in me said 'No'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    I just got in some tea from whittard of Chelsea just now.
    Lovely packaging I have to say, including the carriage box, and all is recyclable too.

    Came fairly quickly. Not sure if it's great value but we will see what quality is like over weekend hopefully.
    Roobios, puerh and jade oolong.

    Hmmm - "the good the bad and the ugly" IMO.

    The Good: Formosa Jade Oolong. A lovely cup, but must be drunk without milk (as should all fine teas)

    The Bad: Pu'Erh. Well I am being a bit critical here, but I don't like fermented teas and also Pu'Erh is high in caffeine.

    The Ugly: Blueberry Rooibos. Fruit-flavoured teas are the spawn of Devil as far as I'm concerned; pity as Rooibos is one of my favourite teas, and is virtually caffeine free.


    Addendum - Whittard are good, established coffee and tea importers, so I would have any doubts over the quality of their products.
    Barry

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    In my yoof, we never had coffee in the house, only loose tea.
    I had it with 3 heaped teaspoons of sugar and at the end drank the tea leaves with the sugar....slurp.

    Now - only either drink rooibos or herbal tea - can drink 'normal' tea but need sugar to take away the bitterness.
    Never touch coffee (never liked it) - find the taste just yuck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Hmmm - "the good the bad and the ugly" IMO.

    The Good: Formosa Jade Oolong. A lovely cup, but must be drunk without milk (as should all fine teas)

    The Bad: Pu'Erh. Well I am being a bit critical here, but I don't like fermented teas and also Pu'Erh is high in caffeine.

    The Ugly: Blueberry Rooibos. Fruit-flavoured teas are the spawn of Devil as far as I'm concerned; pity as Rooibos is one of my favourite teas, and is virtually caffeine free.


    Addendum - Whittard are good, established coffee and tea importers, so I would have any doubts over the quality of their products.
    Got the blueberry to try a fruit tea tbh Barry as never had one.
    I'm new to tea drinking so trying as many as I can.
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    Do you like warming, spicy wintery flavours, such as a cinnamon and ginger? If so, this will hit the spot, as it's absolutely gorgeous: https://www.teadrop.co.uk/products/malabar-chai

    It's our default 'winter tea', especially near Christmas, as it has that 'Christmas cake' flavour appeal. Very warming and comforting, rich and aromatic!

    I'd also recommend anything else from that company, Grant. It's all top-notch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Do you like warming, spicy wintery flavours, such as a cinnamon and ginger? If so, this will hit the spot, as it's absolutely gorgeous: https://www.teadrop.co.uk/products/malabar-chai

    It's our default 'winter tea', especially near Christmas, as it has that 'Christmas cake' flavour appeal. Very warming and comforting, rich and aromatic!

    I'd also recommend anything else from that company, Grant. It's all top-notch

    Marco.
    ive got some chai bags.. that loose leaf stuff looks nice tho
    Regards,
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    **Ive studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    "An old man sleeps with his conscience at night, while young kids sleep with their dreams"

    "Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea, And it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the free"

    It was the weakest practical joke since Cardinal Wolsey got his nob out at Hampton Court and stood at the end of the passage pretending to be a door!

    I like my whisky old and my women young. Errol Flynn

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Trust me, it's tremendous!

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    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

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    Ginger green tea.
    Nice and warming this
    Regards,
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - IFI PURIFIER 2/PATHOS CLASSIC REMIX & HIDAC AMPLIFIER - LEAF HD BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S - DIGIONE RPI3 - EDINGDALE MK1 SPEAKERS - CABLE INC SUPRA, FISUAL, MOGAMI,

    **Ive studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    "An old man sleeps with his conscience at night, while young kids sleep with their dreams"

    "Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea, And it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the free"

    It was the weakest practical joke since Cardinal Wolsey got his nob out at Hampton Court and stood at the end of the passage pretending to be a door!

    I like my whisky old and my women young. Errol Flynn

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Jade Oolong. 4mins

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    Grant .... ؠ

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - IFI PURIFIER 2/PATHOS CLASSIC REMIX & HIDAC AMPLIFIER - LEAF HD BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S - DIGIONE RPI3 - EDINGDALE MK1 SPEAKERS - CABLE INC SUPRA, FISUAL, MOGAMI,

    **Ive studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    "An old man sleeps with his conscience at night, while young kids sleep with their dreams"

    "Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea, And it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the free"

    It was the weakest practical joke since Cardinal Wolsey got his nob out at Hampton Court and stood at the end of the passage pretending to be a door!

    I like my whisky old and my women young. Errol Flynn

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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