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I adore the tea in most Chinese-American restaurants. I am a big tea drinker and go though cups of earl grey, green jasmine and English breakfast tea. Black teas are of course served with a bit of milk (coconut non-dairy) and the green plain.


I have been in search of this tea....the closet I have found is the jasmine oolong tea from Teavana. I love it but it isn't perfect.

Any other tea lovers that have suggestions?

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All I know is that it's some kind of Oolong tea. It's one of my favorites as well. There is an Asian food store near where I live. If you have any ethnic grocery stores near you, I would suggest looking there for authenticity and affordability.
 

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I hope that I'm not being obtuse here, but couldn't you simply ask at any of these reataurants where they are getting their tea from?

I was always under the impression that it is just weak green tea.
 

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Digger - I did laugh at that. Yes, I have asked at the couple of places I go and I got the answer Jasmine tea. So I have tried Jasmine Oolong and Green Teas. The oolong seems closest, but I have only had the kind of Teavana. Maybe I need to find some other tea places to order from.

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Ditto on the Gunpowder. Though I always find the leaves taste better/closer than using bags. Then again, I prefer leaf tea anyway so maybe it is just me.
 

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Ditto on the Gunpowder. Though I always find the leaves taste better/closer than using bags. Then again, I prefer leaf tea anyway so maybe it is just me.
I've never had gunpowder tea in bags.
Except, possibly, in Chinese restaurants!
Seems a little wrong, since it is named after its shape, and you can't see it's shape in a teabag...

I'm glad someone agreed with me, I thought was crazy, what with everyone saying jasmine and oolong. Maybe at least some restaurants use gunpowder.
 

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I've never had gunpowder tea in bags.
Except, possibly, in Chinese restaurants!
Seems a little wrong, since it is named after its shape, and you can't see it's shape in a teabag...
I brought a box of gunpowder once from a really tiny Asian shop that I just so happened to stumble upon and it came in teabags! Was a little disheartened, not gonna lie.

ETA: All this talk of tea made me look at the Whittards website, and look what I found! I've never seen the teabags in Whittards before but they at least sell them on the website:

http://www.whittard.co.uk/tea/green/gunpowder
 

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I think it does depend on both the restaurant and the menu. The place I drink jasmine tea also has green and oolong teas on the menu, but I have only ever gotten jasmine there.


I've also had a really nice oolong tea at another restaurant, and that place has something like ten different teas on their menu.

I've never ordered green tea at a restaurant.
Sometimes, when I'm in a happy mood, I ordered Jasmine flower tea. Its so pretty!
 

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I think it does depend on both the restaurant and the menu. The place I drink jasmine tea also has green and oolong teas on the menu, but I have only ever gotten jasmine there.


I've also had a really nice oolong tea at another restaurant, and that place has something like ten different teas on their menu.

I've never ordered green tea at a restaurant.
I lead a very sheltered life with few Chinese restaurants. The one I remember most just kept bringing the tea to the table, it wasn't ordered, and there was only one tea option.
 

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Yeah, most of the places I go just has "hot tea" on the menu. I only order Teavana online, I have never been to an actual store. I have heard from others that they are pushy so I probably won't go to the store. I might have to find an Asian store - good idea.
 

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Yeah, most of the places I go just has "hot tea" on the menu. I only order Teavana online, I have never been to an actual store. I have heard from others that they are pushy so I probably won't go to the store. I might have to find an Asian store - good idea.
I technically live in a city - its a tiny one, but there's a fairly big Asian community around the Winchester/Southampton area. There is one veeeeeeeeeery small Asian shop in Winch, and even they sell 9 or 10 different varieties of tea. I think seeing as tea is such an intrinsic part of Asian culture, you'd be hard push to find an Asian grocer which doesn't stock at least a few teas.
 

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I've never had gunpowder tea in bags.
Except, possibly, in Chinese restaurants!
Seems a little wrong, since it is named after its shape, and you can't see it's shape in a teabag...

I'm glad someone agreed with me, I thought was crazy, what with everyone saying jasmine and oolong. Maybe at least some restaurants use gunpowder.
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I brought a box of gunpowder once from a really tiny Asian shop that I just so happened to stumble upon and it came in teabags! Was a little disheartened, not gonna lie.

ETA: All this talk of tea made me look at the Whittards website, and look what I found! I've never seen the teabags in Whittards before but they at least sell them on the website:

http://www.whittard.co.uk/tea/green/gunpowder
Yep, I've seen it in teabags as well, by Numi.
 
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