February 24, 2005
tea break with costs and efforts
I am a big tea drinker. While I like to have a nice cup of coffee now and then, I find myself brewing a cup of tea a lot more often. I drink almost any kind of tea - from English to Japanese to Chinese, from black to green to white, and from flavored to herbal -, although I typically treat myself with a nice strong cup of brown tea (black tea with milk). My first and foremost favorite would have to be Taylors of Harrogate good and strong Pure Assam tea from Yorkshire, I am also partial to Mariage Frères black tea called Grand Bois Chéri (served with milk).
I got this mellow vanilla-flavored Mauritius tea leaves came in a beautirul dark blue tin this time. It is supposed to be desirable to keep the delicate leaves airtight in it, but - or maybe because of this - it is really hard to open once it's closed. Bad news for a lazy tea drinker.
Speaking of laziness, I am by nature a tea lover but not a tea connoisseur, and am pretty casual about making my cuppa; namely, I'd almost always go to tea bags rather than a traditional "leaves in a pot" method. So what I'd do when I got tea leaves like this instead of readily-bagged teas is to put a teaspoonful of leaves in an indivisual-sized cotton-woven tea bag and throw it in a cup, then pour fresh-boiled water.
This may not be an authentic or admirable way of brewing nice artisan tea leaves, but it at least doesn't put me off and thus keep me away from having nice teas. (And this, by the way, comes at a cost double of what it is in France, which is another factor that can keep me away from having this nice tea too often.)
posted by chika at: 2/24/2005 01:34:00 PM