My Experiments with Tea
I usually don’t require a daily cup of Tea and/or Coffee(Iced Tea and Cold Coffee being exceptions) and can carry on with my day without it but off late my mother has been pressurizing me into starting with it. Tea is good for overall health it seems. My first step towards this new experiment was to remember the recipe for making the perfect cup of tea, the one I had learned during my visit to the Makaibari Tea plantation when I was vacationing in Darjeeling.
The recipe was simple but effective. Add tea leaves to a pot. Pour boiling water into the pot, cover it and leave it for undisturbed at least 5 minutes. Longer brewing time for larger leaves. Tea bags take less time. The pot should be warmed initially by rinsing it with boiling water. For black tea use freshly boiled water and for green tea the water should be just at boil.
Prefer to drink it black but you may add a little milk and sugar to taste if you want. And only a little, we are making a sophisticated brew here unlike the one available at canteens and with road side tea stalls which is more like drinking boiled milk and sugar syrup with a hint of tea leaves and that to leaves of inferior quality. Add only crystallised white sugar if necessary and please no sugar in flavoured tea.
Now currently, I have in my house a wide range of different teas:
- Lipton: Green Label
- Lipton: Yellow Lable
- Brooke Bond: Red Label
- Tetly: Tea Bags
- Tetly: Green Tea
- Tetly: Green with Mint and Honey
- Twinings: Earl Grey
- Twinings: English Breakfast Tea
- Twinings: Classic Assam Tea
- Twinings: Origins Darjeeling Tea
- Twinings: Lemon Flavoured Tea
- Twinings: Green with Jasmine
Currently I am experimenting with different flavours of the traditional drink. Will be bringing white tea next and also the different fruit and aromatic flavours are also in my “to buy” list.