Is Earl Grey tea? For those who don't want it to be.

Discussion in 'Humor - Jokes - Games and Diversions' started by chelloveck, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Tea Drinkers Who Hate Earl Grey.

    This is for those who like their tea,
    But who would prefer not to be,
    Drinkers of that refreshment called Earl Grey.
    They hate the stuff!
    And little of it for them is more than enough,
    But just sometimes, they like a tea with flavour,
    And what do you suppose, that they might favour?
    Oh......Orange Pekoe!

    Chelloveck 10 Feb MMXII

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  2. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Earl Grey always tasted kind of "greasy" to me. I don't know any other way to describe it. I certainly couldn't handle it for breakfast. Luckily for me, I have always had an unsophisticated palate - it's much cheaper to satisfy.
  3. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I am not much of a tea drinker, preferring coffee. But once in awhile, I do like a glass of good old-fashioned Southern Sweet Tea. [beer]

    My palate is incorrigibly primitive. I like it that way.
  4. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Always remember... cream first then tea and finally sugar...
  5. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    I drink a lot of tea...the loose-leaf kind, not the packet stuff. I can hang out in Teavana for a while and be pretty happy.

    I like the way Earl Grey smells. Lady Grey is pretty good.

    There are so many teas out there to try. I've got a favorite that tastes like butter cookies. I've never put cream in my tea or sugar...although, I might try a honey-stick one day. I like the way straight-up tea is sort of a palate cleanser...slightly bitter with sort of an antiseptic quality.
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    "I don't always drink tea, but when I do, I prefer orange pekoe."
  7. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    It may be the bergamot

    The flavouring of Earl Grey tea is derived from oil of bergamot, which may possibly be the reason for the apparently oily characteristic that you speak of.

    When I was out in the sticks with the army, I used to like drinking rose hip tea. I could drink it hot (preferred) or cold if necessary (which was often when I running a platoon), and it didn't require milk or sugar. Chamomile tea was good too, as well as fruit teas for a bit of variety.

    Earl Grey tea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  8. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    I prefer Yorkshire, PG Tips etc to Earl Grey. However, as the Tetley tea sold here is different that what is sold in England, who knows..

    Hate is much too deep an emotion for tea.. lol
  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    As a poetic device, hate, as an intensifier works much better than "dislike" or "are ambivalent about" Hate is not too strong a word for those who are passionate about their tea likes and dislikes. But it probably wouldn't justify kneecapping someone for being served Earl Grey instead of their preferred tea beverage. (Mind you...some criminal defence lawyers would give a damned good shot at using it as grounds for dismissal, or failing that, as mitigating circumstances for a much reduced sentence).
  10. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I once tried "Chai" at a local Indian restaurant - the GOOD one where the Indians themselves go. That's one thing I learned for sampling ethnic foods - go where the people themselves go, not the 'Americanized' eateries.
    Anyhoo, I have always derided puttng cream in tea, English fashion.
    It weren't bad..... actually, I kinda liked it. Still, me being a barbaric 'colonial', I haven't had it since - I am just not a tea drinker normally.
    ThoughI do detect the difference in taste between Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe and even a 'blackberry' blend, it isn't enough for me to develop any preference - to my uneducated palate, "Tea is tea".
  11. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Hate makes kneecapping personal. ;) Earl Gray is a very good tea; once a tea is ranked as very good it is all personal preference.. :D

    Criminal defense lawyers are a special breed..
  12. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I find EG just a little cloying for my taste...I'll drink it for want of anything better, but I don't gravitate towards it as a preference.
  13. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    Ya'll can have your Earl Grey and your orange pekoe..I'll take a big hot mug of Lapsang Souchong..lip-smackin' good,though not for everybody.
  14. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Lapsang Souchong........Eee...ew!!!

    No thankyou sir!!! I respect someone else's individual freedom to drink what they a point, but that doesn't mean that I willl enjoy the same poisons that they might. I drank Lapsang Souchong once, and it tasted like what I would imagine drinking hot water flavoured with the burnt remains of the crotch of an unwashed street person's underpants would taste like. It drove me into the arms of coffee drinking for quite a while...and I have never quite forgiven myself for inflicting that foolhardy experiment upon myself. I have similarly tried the Chai tea experiment and it too was an unfortunate taste bud disaster...It tasted like the water had been strained through one of those peculiar clove smelling Indonesian aromatic cigarettes....little wonder that my experiences have deterred me from trying the cannabis tea experiment too!!! : O
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  15. oth47

    oth47 Monkey+

    Very colorful descriptive terms,Chello..methinks you may have had it a wee bit too strong.I use it sparingly so the smoky taste comes thru.It can be overpowering,and as I said,not for everybody.
  16. weegrannymush

    weegrannymush Monkey+

    I used to grow Bergamot (Monarda didyma "Bee balm") and when I wanted Earl Grey I just used ordinary tea and popped a leaf from one of the plants into the cup. Couldn't have told the difference from the commercial stuff! In fact, I think it was better.

    I luvs my cuppa....oh dearie me, yes. I prefer good old Tetley Orange Pekoe (although I find the quality is not always consistent for some reason) for my ordinary everyday use but my real favourite is English Breakfast. I am obviously a real traitor to my "race" considering I am a Scot, lol.

    So - first place in my preps, whatever else I can afford or not afford, the makin's for my cuppa are there no matter what. I will not go into that uncharted and unexplored territory of TEOTWAWKI without the cup that cheers!! Of course, made in a heated Teapot - no self-respecting Brit would make tea in a cup, lol!
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  17. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Caledonian Breakfast Tea and Lemongrass Tea

    I suppose that you could follow the example of more secular, and less orthodox Jews, who rationalise, and re-label pork, at least in their own highly compartmentalised imagination as lamb. You could re-label English Breakfast Tea as Caledonian Breakfast Tea.

    This talk of tea fancies and preferences has been so inspiring to the creative has encouraged me to write another piece of shaggy doggerel.

    Ode To lemongrass Tea

    Oh all this talk of tea,
    Of Earl Grey, and Orange Pekoe,
    Oh, and Lapsang Souchong and its near oriental cousin Oolong,
    English Breakfast and Irish Breakfast (well of course the Irish have to be different),
    And Oh my! Chai!
    And dozens of other kinds of tea,
    But to me,
    My favourite of all these healthfull decoctions,
    Is one of those lemon grass tea concoctions,
    Made with a dash of honey.
    But, for my money (a penny urgently needed to spend),
    The lemongrass leaf to me,
    (said nervously, looking for a nearby lavatory),
    Is lief to make me pee! *

    Chelloveck Feb 12 MMXII

    * lemongrass tea is a highly efficient diuretic...and "lief" is not a spelling error! ; )
  18. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Turd, in the Tea Triptych (In an oirish accent begorrah!)

    Senna pod Tea...A Colonic Tonic!

    Ye shouldnae sip of Senna Tea,
    Unless nearer to a lavatory!

    Chelloveck Feb 12 MMXII
  19. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    As I keep a variety of teas, herbal teas and coffee beans on hand; I handle tea the same way I do coffee.

    My biggest surprise was when I learned British Tetley and this applies others sold in both nations aren't the same tea. Appealing to the national taste?
  20. weegrannymush

    weegrannymush Monkey+

    The food producers do this with quite a few items besides teas, Tikka....some that come to mind are Heinz Beans, Heinz Tomato Soup, Ketchup, Canned Peas, Chocolate Bars, Blood Pudding) - different recipes are indeed used for the different national "tastes". A bit of a disappointment, let me tell you, when you first see a familiar wrapper or can and take it home with great joy and then find out it tastes very different from your "home" country recipe! When I go to Scotland, my sister knows to have all my favourite things in the house so that I can Eat Right for a while! I think the product I notice most is the Blood Pudding....over here it is disgusting stuff (to me) with weird lumps and very little flavour. Over There, it is the most delectable treat imaginable (again, to me) - smooth and very savoury and with no lumpy bits of unknown origin!

    Hey Chello! Have I done it again - trolled, I mean? Hope not! I will let you be my judge, lol!
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