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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:35 PM
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How can this green tea smell so good but taste so bad?
Nasty, nasty bigelow peach green tea. x(

Do you drink green tea? Any recommendations?

I liked my orange passionfruit and jasmine green tea from lipton well enough. At first I thought it tasted mediciney but I got used to it. Compared to this stuff it was downright tasty.
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:36 PM
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1. I don't like any tea
but green tea does smell good.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:37 PM
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4. Hmmm... maybe it's this cold.
I can hardly breathe at all through my nose.
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:53 PM
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27. Take some dayquil
Good Stuff!

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Mnemosyne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:56 PM
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28. It's highly recommended by Lewis Black. n/t
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 05:22 PM
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39. I do not like green eggs and ham.
I will not eat green eggs and ham.
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chickenscratching Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:36 PM
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2. i'd recommend
just using tea bags in cold water.
or something like that.
hrm...
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:39 PM
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7. Um
Not sure that would work... but thanks anyway! :hi:
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:37 PM
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3. I like green tea ice cream.
In fact I Looooove green tea ice cream, now that I think about it. But I can take green tea itself or leave it.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:38 PM
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oops
Edited on Tue Apr-19-05 03:39 PM by redqueen
stupid double post
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:39 PM
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8. I know what you mean.
Probably not. :evilfrown: But it's so damn good!
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:38 PM
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5. Does green tea ice cream have all that good stuff in it?
Whatever it is... flavinoids or antioxidants or ... oh heck I can't remember but I hope you know what I mean.
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:40 PM
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11. See #8
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 04:20 PM
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33. yeah the ice cream is good
How can that work? Maybe green tea just needs a heck of a lot of sugar and milk dumped in it. I thought I already dumped a lot into it, but maybe more than that even.

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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:38 PM
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6. I've been drinking green tea for awhile.
Yeah, it's not the best tasting stuff. But it is calming...and there are health benefits associated with green tea. Overall, it's worth it. :-)

:hi:
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:40 PM
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10. hehehehe
Yeah, that's what I've heard... good for the mood, skin, brain... unfortunately it's not strong enough to counter the effects of my PMS, though. Found that out for sure! Maybe if I drank a lot more...

:hi:
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:47 PM
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17. You can get flavored green tea, redqueen.
For instance, I'm drinking some Arizona Mandarin Orange green tea (with ginseng and honey jasmine). It's quite good.

I can't speak for the possible curative benefits of green tea and PMS, though. :-)
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:52 PM
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26. That's the stuff my bro likes.
The pre-made Arizona stuff... it's good... I've tried it... but there's something soothing about the ritual of brewing the tea... and sipping it hot. I think I prefer it that way. :)

I'm going to try lemon next, I think.
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:39 PM
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9. Bigelow is not the best
I generally don't like Bigelow teas. As for green tea, Trader Joe's has its own jasmine green tea. It really is good and costs less than Stash or similar brands.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:41 PM
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12. Thanks!
My husband insisted because they come in foil packets - preserves better, supposedly?

Anyway, yuck. I'll take the non-preserved kind.

I'll look for Trader Joe's... I don't think my local cheap store stocks that brand, though. :(
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Sanity Claws Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 05:09 PM
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36. Trader Joe is a store on the west coast
It sounds like you're not familiar with the store and I didn't check where you are. Other brands that are good: Tazo, Stash (better than Bigelow but not as good as the others I mentioned.)
I love all tea, black, green, and herbal. I just love hot drinks, somehow they make me feel nurtured.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:42 PM
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13. I only drink black tea.
I know, I know, green tea is supposed to be good for you. But if I don't like it, I won't drink it.

I like plain old black tea, unsweetened.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:49 PM
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20. Yeah, no... if I drink black tea,
I'm too tempted to pour it over ice and put about 1/2 c sugar in it.

Official drink of the south. :)
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BigMcLargehuge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:42 PM
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14. I like it actually, but not mixed with peach or mint...
I tend toward "Dynasty" brand. Just plain, no sugar or honey, no lemon. Served VERY hot.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:48 PM
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19. I'll look for that kind...
thanks! :hi:
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Goathead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:43 PM
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15. Try Vitasoy brand Green tea and soy
It is sooooooooo good. It is like a green tea milkshake that that is good for you.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:49 PM
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22. Hmmmm I might try that.
Soy is good for you, huh? I tried soy milk once and ... no.
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Goathead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 04:13 PM
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30. You will like this, trust me.
I don't like "regular" soy milk either. But I do like Rich Cocalate Soy and Green Tea Soy by Vitasoy.It's gotta be Vitasoy. Kikkoman makes one that is not bad, but it has the tea pulp in the bottom that kinda puts me off.
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ffm172 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:43 PM
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16. Jasmin tea
its green tea with Jasmin leaves .... YUMMY!!!!
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:50 PM
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23. Mmm yes
the orange passionfruit jasmine was pretty good after I got used to it. :)
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freebird1 Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:47 PM
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18. Yogi Tea
The Green Tea Cat's Claw and Kombucha variety can be found in most health food stores and is pleasant tasting either hot or cold.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:51 PM
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24. Aww
I can't afford to set foot in those fancy schmancy health food stores. I'll keep it in mind for future use, though... thanks. :)
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freebird1 Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 04:19 PM
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32. add honey
most green teas will have a better flavor with just a drop or two of honey

good luck
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BigMcLargehuge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:49 PM
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21. my proceedure is to let it steep extra long
so it tastes almost like bitter grass clippings (sounds weird I know).
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:51 PM
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25. Seriously?
I forgot about the tea a few times and let it steep extra long, but it didn't seem to taste that bitter to me. :shrug:
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SnowGoose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 03:58 PM
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29. Try the "asian store"
Got any of those stores where the signs are in Chinese and there's a cooler with sea creatures you had to memorize for zoology class, but have never seen in real life?

They usually have loose-leaf green tea, and that is the best stuff.

Another recommendation: red tea (Rooibos) from South Africa. Great stuff, but not related to the plant that produces conventional tea. No caffeine, but lots of antioxidants. But I drink it for the taste ~ it's slightly sweet on its own, so you don't have to add sweetener, and it doesn't get bitter if you let it sit for a moment while you're reading. Getting kinda popular in Japan, I'm told.

'Goose
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n2mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 04:23 PM
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34. My preference is
loose green tea but unable to get to the stores that sell it. After trying several brands, I've decided the best is Salada Green with antioxidants, makes excellent ice tea too? A treat for me is to go to Einstein's and have their green ice tea special drink.

Have you tried white tea? That is excellent also.
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SnowGoose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 05:13 PM
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38. I've been meaning to try that too
the white tea that is. Anything you can say about white tea by way of a description?

I enjoy seeing all the different varieties of "dried leaves in boiling water". Yerba mate is another plesant variation on that theme.
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n2mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 06:12 PM
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44. My daughter gave me white tea for Christmas
it is called Triple Leaf Tea, white peony tea, excellent tea, taste before adding sugar since it has a wee bit of sweet taste already.
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Merope215 Donating Member (574 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 07:20 PM
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49. White tea's very delicate
at least, the kinds I've tried are...regular, something fancy and expensive (I forget the variety) and a peony flavor. The peony kind of tasted like dirt or spinach, but it grows on you after a while. Generally, IMO, they have a nice flavor, with a gentler sting than most green teas.

I'm lucky enough to have lots of shops near me that sell loose-leaf teas - you might want to try an independent coffee shop or something, if you've got one near you. As far as green teas go, gunpowder is really excellent (although on the expensive side) - the leaves are all rolled up to preserve the flavor, and it's got a very nice, really delicate flavor. I also like lapsang souchong, even though it's a black tea; it's really dark and rich, smells like beef jerky and tastes leathery and smoky, like good cigars. Definitely a weird experience.

I love yerba mate, and I like to chop fresh mint and brew them together. It makes a great combination - you should try it sometime, if you get around to it. On ice, it's really refreshing in the summer. :hi:
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 06:21 PM
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46. And if you read The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency books
rooibos tea is the "bush tea" that Mma Ramotswe is always drinking.
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 04:18 PM
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31. green tea not my favorite
And that Bigelow peach green tea...yeah, that's definitely one I won't do again.

The conservation movement is a breeding ground of communists
and other subversives. We intend to clean them out,
even if it means rounding up every birdwatcher in the country.
--John Mitchell, US Attorney General 1969-72


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qnr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 04:25 PM
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35. I hate when my green tea smells like fish. {random thought} n/t
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valis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 05:11 PM
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37. Green tea tastes delicious. It depends on the brand. Also...
Edited on Tue Apr-19-05 05:12 PM by valis
Make sure you wait about 5 minutes, after you pour the boling water into your cup, BEFORE putting the tea in. Then, time it precisely at 4 minutes or 5 minutes max. Then take it out, WITHOUT squeezing the bag. It should taste good. If you get it wrong it can get awfully bitter....
I use Tiazo, or some high-quality brands for treats...
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 05:23 PM
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40. Was it made from Oobleck?
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 05:24 PM
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41. It's better than "Calm" tea
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 05:26 PM
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42. hahahahahaha
When I first saw that... I thought it said "clam" tea.

:wtf:
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 05:26 PM
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43. mmm clam tea
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 06:18 PM
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45. Lose the fruit flavorings
Edited on Tue Apr-19-05 06:23 PM by Lydia Leftcoast
I drink green tea with a dab of honey and a splash of vanilla soy milk.

I drink it plain, too, but only with Japanese breakfasts. :-)

The Republic of Tea makes a good green tea. I get the decaffeinated kind, since I'm sensitive to caffeine in the evening, which is when I most like to drink teas of all kinds.

My other favorite is Stash Decaffeinated Chai Spice with hot milk and honey.
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 06:25 PM
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47. my favorite is Yogi green tea ...
they add something called "kombucha" ... it seems to take the bitterness away ...
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-05 02:24 AM
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50. I second that.
I always recommend it to customers that want green tea, but don't like the taste of it.
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Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-19-05 06:50 PM
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48. Insh'Allah... nt
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-20-05 03:35 AM
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51. It's the alkaloids.
You can't smell 'em, but your tongue sure as hell can taste 'em.
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