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Straight Teas 0

What is straight tea? Is it like flat parsley? Or is it tangled?  Straight tea is tea that is just tea.  It is the tea preferred by tea purists, who drink tea for the flavor of the tea, not for fruit flavors or other sweeteners.

There are about 300 varieties of Tea.  So which one is ideal one?  The fact that there are so many is a blessing and curse.  Because there are so many varieties of tea there is one out there for almost everyone, but narrowing it down can take time.

Assuming tasting 300 cups of tea is not going to fit easily in your schedule there are some ways that the pool of tea can be narrowed a bit.  If a drinker is looking for a lighter flavor, without sacrificing tea strength consider a White Tea or a Green Tea.  These teas undergo the least amount of processing and have a lighter delicate flavor when compared with more mainstream teas.  If a White Tea or a Green Tea is selected, remember that the preparation is slightly different than regular - or Black Tea.  The water temperature should be hot, but not boiling, and read the instructions regarding brewing time.  If the tea is not brewed properly the flavor is often adversely impacted.

  • Alex Nikitin

Fruity Teas 0

Someone I know once told me that Tea tastes like wet leaves.  Touche, essentially tea is the water that wet leaves are soaked in.  This does not mean that Tea is destined to taste like the leaves from the tree in front of your house are tossed in a cup of hot water.  Flavored teas are teas that are usually made with a base of Black Tea, with some flavor added to them. 

Fruity Teas are among the most common teas to find.  They can be found in hot and iced varieties.  Peach Tea is one of the most common flavored iced teas on the market.   If you are health conscious and a label reader- beware though- many of the flavored teas out there contain additives and artificial sweeteners that are not natural or healthy.  Finding a naturally flavored and sweetened Iced Tea with fruit flavor can be a pretty big challenge.  

  • Alex Nikitin

Spice Up Your Tea 0

Chai is actually the generic word for tea in many Asian languages.  To people in the west, Chai most often means a milky, sweet, spicy, tea based drink of wonderfulness.  It is very common in India where it is known as Chai Masala.

If you have never had a cup of Chai Masala you have no idea what you are missing.  It is a wonderful beverage that is soothing and warming and just all around delightful. 

Making your own Chai can be somewhat time consuming and labor intensive but, very worth it. Many families have their own recipes for Masala Chai that have been passed down for generations.  But most have some things in common.  Most contain milk that has a significant fat content; the creamy taste of the fat helps the spices to blend nicely.   Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, and Ginger are some spices that are typically featured.  Also, there is some sort of sweetener.  This can be white sugar, raw sugar, honey, or condensed milk- this part largely depends on the preference of the person preparing the Chai.

  • Alex Nikitin

Spice Up Your Tea 0

Chai is actually the generic word for tea in many Asian languages.  To people in the west, Chai most often means a milky, sweet, spicy, tea based drink of wonderfulness.  It is very common in India where it is known as Chai Masala.

If you have never had a cup of Chai Masala you have no idea what you are missing.  It is a wonderful beverage that is soothing and warming and just all around delightful. 

Making your own Chai can be somewhat time consuming and labor intensive but, very worth it. Many families have their own recipes for Masala Chai that have been passed down for generations.  But most have some things in common.  Most contain milk that has a significant fat content; the creamy taste of the fat helps the spices to blend nicely.   Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, and Ginger are some spices that are typically featured.  Also, there is some sort of sweetener.  This can be white sugar, raw sugar, honey, or condensed milk- this part largely depends on the preference of the person preparing the Chai.

  • Alex Nikitin