A Taste for Tea
こう ちゃ … Black Tea (or, Red Tea, if referring to the infusion)
Black Tea is all of these things to me.
It has mingled with my tears,
lifted me from exhaustion,
and made happy moments memorable.
Appreciated throughout the day,
it is the one thing in life of which
I would not want to imagine being without.
BLACK TEA is the most oxidized tea.
Having the most intense (or, strongest) flavour
of all the teas, it alone goes well with milk.
To prepare Black tea, use one spoonful
of quality tea for each person
and another half ‘for the pot’,
Pour in – to about three-quarters’ full –
PROPERLY boiling water
( that is to say, on a ‘rolling boil’ – and NOT
the appalling North American practice
of hot bilge water stewing in an electric urn !!! )
Allow a 3 minute brew time,
add a splash of skim milk,
and cherish the perfect cup of tea.
For me, Black Tea is a principle of daily life:
to temporarily lessen the affliction of sad memories
and duplicitous humanity,
Black Tea is a genuine medicine
and the only true … Cup of Tea.
Look for names like Assam, Ceylon, Yunnan,
… and Keemun, which is the traditional ‘British’
cup of tea.
A Tea SAMPLE …
1. Orange Pekoe
Slightly stronger than commercial
offerings) this is a ‘straight’ blend of Assam
and Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea,
whose taste is smoothed wonderfully
with the addition of skim milk.
This is a blend that provides a “real” cup
of “British” tea …
2. Strawberry Tea
Ceylon and Keemun black teas
care combined with dried Strawberry pieces
to provide a medium-strength tea that requires
an extra minute in the teapot to deliver
an incredibly refreshing cup of tea.
3. Blackcurrant Tea
Blended and mixed with dried blackcurrants
and garnished with blue cornflower (centaurea cyanus),
this offering provides a medium-strength
cup of tea with a hint of blackcurrant taste.
4. Raspberry Tea
The addition of red cornflower petals
only adds to the charm of this wonderful blend
of black tea and raspberry leaf.
An extra minute of brewing time is required
to draw out the raspberry flavour
for an extraordinary cup of tea.
5. Orange Spice
Special occasions only … this exotic blend
of tea combines Ceylon and Keemun teas
with cloves and dried orange peel.
6. Rose-scented Tea
Congou tea from China is not flavoured
at all by the addition of dried rose petals,
which provide a mild cup of tea with the
blissfully sedative aroma of garden roses.
I hope that the photographs and thoughts here
may encourage one or two visitors to this site
to develop an interest in the refinement of tea
… and, in taking time to savour and share its taste,
become everything that the 21st century