Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tea on Thursday 21 : Slow, fussy tea drinker ?

"Bohea" - art doll with tea dyed fabrics, tea bag paper and polymer clay 
 Here's another post in my series of tea thoughts on a Thursday...
I had never thought I was fussy about tea .... I prefer tea made in a pot, but will happily drink tea bag tea of all varieties.   However, here are a few discoveries I have made about my tea drinking practices
- tea does taste better when drunk slowly and even better when the preparation is not rushed. ( hence the quotation above)
-   there are some  tea bags ( I recently purchased  them for dyeing) which really are not worth drinking and I don't! So it's definitely true -  not all tea is equal  despite the labelling.
- tea taste does improve if the temperature of the water is right  and the period of steeping time is appropriate . I have included the table below for reference. Although it is suggested 175degrees F (79.5 degrees C)  for green tea , I must admit that I like about 86 degrees!

- and although I usually  drink tea without milk or sugar, on the occasion, I might have a drop of milk (lactose free) in a cup of  strong black tea, I definitely like the milk in the cup first!
On this evidence, perhaps I am a fussy tea drinker...