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Results of Previous Tea Polls
What is your favourite tea to drink on a hot summer’s day? Oolong tea (25%), full-bodied Ceylon (25%), green tea, light China or Ceylon tea, full-bodied China tea, herbal tea (each 12.5%).
Best time of day for tea: On waking up (40%), At breakfast (40%), Mid-morning (20%).
Which single-origin tea would you most want at Christmas? Keemun (7/10), Yunnan (6/10), Ceylon (5/10), Darjeeling (4/10).
All jasmine teas are based upon green teas. True 57%, False (43%). Actually false! White tea is also used as a base for jasmine tea.
The first British teabag was sold by Tetley in 1935. True 60%, False 40%. Actually false! The first teabag was marketed in 1908 in the USA.
Do you drink tea to warm you up or cool you down? Cool me down 30%, warm me up 70%.
Which of these teas flavoured with orange appeal most? Rooibos with Blood Orange (50%), Orange Blossom Oolong (40%), Black Tea with Orange and Spices (10%).
Which of these Christmas teas appeal most? Orange with Spice 46.2%, Masala Cha (30.8%), Winter Warmer Spiced Tea (15.4%), Orange Blossom Oolong (7.7%).
When making green tea you should use boiling water. True: 42%, False: 58%
Have you visited a tearoom within the past 30 days? Yes 53%. Did they serve loose leaf tea? Yes, 69%. Would you return? Yes, 92%
I am more likely to give tea as a gift to: women (62.5%), men (37.5%).
Favourite tea to give at Christmas: Darjeeling 14%, Green tea 14%, Oolong 14%, Orange Blossom Oolong 14%, Black Tea with Rose 7%, Ceylon 7%, Lapsang Souchong 7%, Masala Chai 7%, Orange with Spice 7%, Winter Warmer 7%.
Favourite tea to be taken without milk: Green tea (35%), Darjeeling First Flush tea (20%), White tea (15%).
Preference for afternoon tea: Earl Grey is it!
My preferred tea for hot summer weather is: China Green (29%), Ceylon Uva (24%), Darjeeling (24%), White (19%), China black (5%).
Organic tea – I think it is fair for tea producers to charge: 20% extra (50%), 40% extra (33%), 60% extra (17%).
The loose tea I would like best with my Christmas cake is: Keemun Mao Feng (50%), Ceylon Uva Blackwood (25%), Formosa Lapsang (25%).
I would most like to try a selection of: black teas (55%), oolong teas (18%), Blended, Green and Flavoured teas (each 9%).
The time I most enjoy a cup of tea is: Soon after waking (45%), mid afternoon (27%), at breakfast (18%), late in the evening (9%).
When making tea with loose leaf I use: tap water (44%), filtered water (38%), bottled water (19%).
My favourite teas are: Black (37%), Oolong (27%), Green (23%), White (10%), Flavoured (3%).
When drinking tea I am most commonly: Browsing the internet (35%), Reading (29%), Talking with friends (18%), Watching televison (18%).
My favourite black teas are: Indian (43%), China (36%), Ceylon (14%), Kenyan (7%).
When milk is taken with tea it should be added: First (44%), Last (56%).
What sort of tea drinker are you? Traditionalist (36%), Connoisseur (23%), Adventurous (18%), Novice (14%), Health conscious (9%).
Lapsang Souchong is one of those teas that people either love or hate – rather like Marmite. Where do you stand on these? I love lapsang Souchong and Marmite (50%), I love lapsang souchong but hate Marmite (50%).
How often do you use loose leaf when making tea? All the time (88%), some of the time (12%).
For how long do you generally infuse green tea? Three minutes (50%), Two minutes (29%), Four minutes (21%).
I prefer the following Grey’s tea in the afternoon: Good Afternoon (50%), Earl Grey (50%).
Which new tea should we have next? black (44%), oolong (33%), green (11%), flavoured (11%). Result – we brought you a new black tea – Assam Anandabagh Autumn Flush 2013!
I have: All cups of tea without milk 43%), around 2 in ten cups with milk (9%), around 5 in ten cups with milk (26%), around 8 in ten cups with milk (17%), all cups of tea with milk (4%).
On the basis of the last cup of tea I had in a café, tea-room, bar, restaurant or hotel I would: not return (57%), return (43%).
If I was receiving tea as a gift (suitably wrapped) I would prefer to receive: a tea gift voucher to enable me to choose my teas (67%), a selection of teas the giver had chosen for me (33%).
The best tea I have recently had away from home was at: a traditional tea room (67%), an hotel (33%).
When at work I prefer to use: Loose tea in a teapot (38%), an individual cup infuser (31%), tea bags (31%).
Away from home, I find tea to be most commonly: Flavourless (29%), Too weak (29%), Bitter (29%), Lacking in character (14%), Just right (0%).
For my next long-haul holiday I would like to travel to the mountains of China, India or Sri Lanka where tea is grown. Yes (100%) No (0%).
The time of day when I could least do without a cup of tea is: When I wake up (29%), Breakfast (29%), Mid morning (21%), Afternoon (14%), Evening (7%).
The Indian tea grade FTGFOP stands for: Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (92%), Flowery Topped Golden Orange Pekoe (8%). Congratulations to those who answered correctly. The majority know who they are!
My favourite speciality black tea is: Darjeeling (36%), China Keemun (36%), Assam (18%), Ceylon Uva (9%).
My favourite Green Teas are from: China (60%), Japan (30%), Darjeeling (10%).
My favourite type of Ceylon tea is: Uva (50%), Dimbula (25%), Nuwara Eliya (25%).
I absolutely love/hate Lapsang Souchong: Love it (64%), Hate it (36%).
The biggest difference between a cup of tea made with loose tea and one made with a teabag is: More distinctive flavours (37%), Better balance of flavours (32%), Bigger flavour (21%), More attractive aroma (5%), Too much hassle (5%).
The best word to describe oolong teas is: Complex (67%), Earthy (11%), Aromatic (11%), Forresty (11%).
The main reason I buy tea over the internet is because – I cannot buy the best quality speciality tea in the shops (45%). There is more information about teas when buying online (27%). It is quicker and more convenient to buy online (27%).
The best thing about green tea is: – I like the fresh taste (56%), It is good for you (22%), There are many to choose from (22%).