I grew up in a household where my parents and grandparents were coffee drinkers. We had tea in the home but it usually made it's appearance when someone was ill. Many years later, I have acquired a taste for tea; but not just any tea. My absolute favorite is from Fortnum and Mason and it's called Fortmason. It is black tea perfumed with orange blossom. Above is my new can of Fortmason which I haven't yet opened.
My husband's favorite tea is Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Tea. He and I both prefer loose tea vs teabags. This tea gives a wonderful aftertaste (if that's what is called). I originally brought this tea back from a trip to England. Now, I order it via Amazon. Please, do not give me Lipton teabags. Sorry, but to me they have no taste whatsoever.
I've always been a fan of Darjeeling tea. Here's some from Fortnum and Mason but I'll tell you a secret. . . My dear son was home for the holidays and drank most of this can. Although I had another can hid away, I bought some inexpensive loose Turkish tea and put it in this tea canister. He didn't know the difference!
If you would have told me that one day I would be drinking herbal tea, I probably would have laughed as I wasn't a fan of herbal tea. That was until I went to Turkey and drank pure unadulterated herbal tea. The taste was heavenly. Now, I buy my herbal tea from the Persian markets. Above is Teekanne brand (which means teapot in German). They offer a lovely variety of different herbal teas.
The box on the left has sage tea from Turkey and the one on the right is thyme tea that I bought at an international market. Again, both of these teas are not mixed with anything else. And, they taste lovely. From watching the tv show, At Home With Venetia in Kyoto, I discovered making my own herbal teas from herbs in the garden.
I bought this tea chest years ago at World Market. It comes in very handy to hold my favorite herbal teas along with some miscellaneous teas.
Have you ever tried the tea samples at Teavana? It's fun to try all the different teas they offer. During the Christmas holidays, we stepped into a Teavana shop and my husband bought this can of tea for $36.00. And, that was the sale price; a bit ridiculous! The family enjoyed it very much. For me, how can you call this tea with all the ingredients they add including little bits of chocolate? It leaves a residue on the teapot too. But, it's delightful to drink.
Before I sign off, I had to share with you another way to drink black, loose tea. This is very popular in Egypt and it's called shai koushari. Basically, you take a spoon of loose tea, put it in the glass and pour over the hot water. Let it sit a bit before adding sugar and mint if you wish. I made this glass to drink today and since I don't like my tea strong, it's very light. And, I don't use any sugar.
Lipton Yellow Label Tea is a very popular tea in Egypt. The majority of the people like to drink a very dark, strong brew. This tea gives that kind of taste.
The tea leaves are cut and curled into tiny beads. Quite different than the British style tea I drink.
So tell me, do you have likes and dislikes in tea or coffee? I have a couple of pet peeves; one is when I order tea in a restaurant and get that little stainless pot with tepid water, oh how I dislike this. Or when I'm on an airplane and served hot tea that has been put in a coffee flask. It tastes like coffee, not tea.
On a bright note, yesterday my husband took me to dinner (it wasn't fancy), at our favorite Persian market. And, guess what? They offer FREE TEA! Yes, boiling hot water, Persian style Earl Gray tea and proper sugar cubes. I was in heaven.
I wish you my dear readers all the best. And, I'd love to hear from you if you wish to add to this discussion.
With my best wishes,