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    Can't wait for Podshock #34!! Views: 5296
     Thursday, April 13 2006 @ 10:13 PM EDT
    Today I received my Podshock store merchandise. When Podshock # 34 is out I'll be listening to it in my Galliferyean Embassy T-shirt, while on my iMac using my Podshock mouse pad, and sipping some tea from my Podshock mug. Eek! Big Grin Cool Wink

    What are the most popular brand teas over in London anyway?

    Cheers to another brilliant podcast!
    Podshock rules!
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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 12:01 AM EDT
    The best standard tea in the US is Red Rose. Give it a try.

    That is to say, other than the various herbal and flavored teas.

    PG Tips is also good, but not as good as Red Rose.

    Not sure if you get Tetley in the US (we did in Newfoundland) but it's not as good as Red Rose.


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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 04:05 AM EDT
    The best tea in my experience that can be bought in the US is called Tetley's British blend.

    My favourite tea here in England has to be Yorkshire Tea. It's from my home county and is also delightful. If you have got the money, try to buy the Gold version. It's worth it.

    Most planets have a North!
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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 04:41 AM EDT
    And don't forget, you only get an OO with Typhoo.

    But make sure you get the proper bags - not those little drawstring b**tards they try to palm you off with over there. And make it in a pot with freshly boiled water, otherwise it makes the tea taste stewed.

    Can you believe that, when I was in the US someone swine tried to give me tea they'd made using their coffee machine? I won't go into details, suffice to say that they won't be making that mistake again any time soon.


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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 05:17 AM EDT
    Yes - tea in America is a very strange phenomenon. The worst cup of tea I have ever had I think was in Newark Liberty International airport. Yes - the bag did have draw strings!!! Evil

    Do try and get the leaves as opposed to the bags, but you will obviously need a tea strainer as well. Although tea bags are more convienient, but you can really taste the difference when you use free leaves.

    James' tips for making tea:
    (feel free to add to this list!)
    1. Where ever possible try to use a tea pot.

    2. Warm the pot before you add the tea or the water. This can be achieved simply by adding hot water to the tea pot and giving it a swirl out into a sink before adding your tea and boiling water. This is important because the water needs to be boiling not boiled when it hits the tea leaves.

    3. Stir the tea in the pot throughly and leave the tea to brew for a few minutes. Don't leave it too long though - otherwise you will end up with nasty stewed tea!

    4. Pour the milk into your cup before you add your tea. Otherwise you will scald the milk and your tea will taste sour.

    5. Add sugar if you really must and sit back, relax and enjoy the finest drink known to man (next to beer)!

    Most planets have a North!
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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 07:58 AM EDT
    that's what's great about this board. I come here to chat, and end up learning how to make a great English cup of tea. Could it get better than this? I submit that it can not!

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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 09:16 AM EDT

    Most planets have a North!
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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 09:22 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  James] 1. Where ever possible try to use a tea pot.

    Preferably a Dalek tea pot! Smile

    "I like those tiny little tea leaves in Tetley Tea."

    Daleks don't accept apologies! YOU WILL BE EXTERMINATED!
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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 09:53 AM EDT
    As a tea drinker in the US, I am with all the Brits in their condemnation of US tea. That being said, I think James forgot what I consider the most important part of tea making:

    ALWAYS use fresh, cold water to fill up the kettle. Don't use alredy hot water, and don't use water you've previously brought to a boil.

    Also (and this is for my friend Chris who didn't know better), after you put the boiling water from your kettle into your tea pot, make sure you've left some water in the kettle or you are going to have some serious home safety issues if you put an empty kettle back down on the stove -- even if you put it on a different burner. Just add a bit of water back into the kettle so the heat has somewhere to go.

    As for where to get tea: find a local co-op/ natural foods store (and I DON'T mean Whole Foods, guys). They'll sell good quality loose teas. Stick with the variety of black teas available. Don't go for small, broken, leaves, but try to find some that look like nice sized leaves that have sort of rolled up on themselves (when you put them in the boiling water, they'll unfurl).

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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 10:05 AM EDT
    And if we delve into other teas, Earl Grey is my second fave.


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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    All good tips there mad4plaid.

    I do enjoy a nice cup of Earl Grey occasionally. For heavens sake though add milk! Tea without milk is like the TARDIS without a hat stand.

    Most planets have a North!
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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 11:54 AM EDT

    My mom is originally from England so my Gran is very much British and tea has been a part of my life since I was very young. Your directions for making tea are spot on James to how my 95 year old Gran has always made/prepared tea. Good to see that the method still exists in England today. BTW James, I am SO enbious that you will see series 2 without having ot download it tomorrow.


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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 09:54 PM EDT
    As an Englishman exiled to the United States I can offer some hope in the tea making stakes.

    The local Kroger (signature) will usually sell a small variety of English food including Tetley tea. Sometimes you will also find P.G. Tips. Albertsons are also experimenting with "foreign" foods as well.

    If you live in a large U.S. city you can usually find an "English shop" or two who will sell a wider stock of teas.

    I am often endebted to U.K. goods who keep me sane over Christmas and Easter who import seasonal traditional items such as Christmas puddings and Easter eggs.

    If these tips do not procure you some tea drop me a line and I can send you some Tetley or Typhoo (my favourite) from my secret tardis stash.

    Forget the shooty dog thing!
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     Friday, April 14 2006 @ 10:58 PM EDT
    That's it Exclaimation That settle's it! After all this tasty talk, I have to invest in the proper items to make a real cup of English tea. Smile

    I've had enough common sense to buy tea that isn't on a string..but now after all this I must get a tea pot, a tea strainer, and proper tea leaves!

    Idea I will have a look at the big chain grocery store by me and if that fails, there is always the internet...always companies that will offer these things. Wink

    Dare I say this is a start of something obsessive, yet beautiful? Thanks all for the great information! Cheers! Big Grin


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     Saturday, April 15 2006 @ 02:58 AM EDT

    Get your tea on... because Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 34 is now available on both feeds as well as via direct downloads from our site.


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