Thursday, 14 September 2017

Tea...

How do you drink your tea?

We use loose leaf tea as we find in our hard water, tea bags leave a scum on the top! We use Yorkshire tea leaves as they are the strongest we can find. Builders tea is stronger but not generally on sale to the public.

We have a metal tea pot that pours without dripping all over the place. Two scoops of tea leaves go in, following by still boiling water. Lid down, tea cozy on and the alarm set for 11 minutes. I am sure this is far too long for most people but we were both brought up, up north, and in our lives, that meant very strong tea.

We both have milk and I have a sweetner. Yes, it does alter the taste slightly but not as much as sugar. I used to have 2 sugars in it when growing up, changed to 2 sweetners, now just 1. I have tried to give up the sweetner several times, but after a week of not enjoying a single mug of tea, usually give up!

DS when two, was given milky tea in his mug but to my shame, and for whatever reason, didn't keep it up:( Now, like many of his generation, he is not a tea drinker as such. Ah well, can't win them all!

Although Yorkshire Tea do a blend specifically for hard water, we find it too tame. Oddly enough, on holiday in Yorkshire this year, we could not find their loose leaf. We resorted tp P G Tips and Typhoo, again, too weak for us. Plus, the house was in a soft water area so the tea tasted odd to us.

Easch to their own I guess. Needless to say, my hygienist isn't too impressed with the staining on the back of a few of my teeth but she gets them clean. If I go to the stand in dentist when mine is on holiday, they usually ask how many cigarettes I smoke.






8 comments:

  1. Loose leaf tea for us too, and a metal pot that doesn't drip!

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    1. Non-dripping pots seem very rare nowadays, particularly in cafes!

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  2. I was brought up in England and I remember my dad always had a pint pot of tea with 5 sugars!! They used loose leaf tea and the tea pot sat on the stove all day, stewing away. When we came to Canada in the late 60's you could only get tea bags, much to my parents horror. Many years later they would make a pot of tea with 3 tea bags, it would still sit on the stove all day, and my dad would have one sweetener in it. I remember having a taste of my dad's tea when I was a kid and thought it was absolutely gross. As kids we were only allowed to drink milk or orange juice. When I started work I had my first cup of coffee and nobody drank tea. It's only in the last 10 years or so I have developed a taste for Earl Grey tea and fruit flavoured teas-I'm sure you're shuddering at the thought. On the other hand my sister is a real tea granny and the stronger the better. In my early 20's I lived in N. Ireland for a couple of years and I used to carry a little tin of Nescafe instant coffee in my bag for when we visited anyone because nobody drank coffee. lol

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    1. Not shudding here! I have tried fruit teas but don't enjoy them.

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  3. I've always been a tea drinker born and bred in stoke-on-Trent and the only coffee I remember as a girl was camp or Bon I like my tea strong but now I only ever buy organic tea due to the amount of spraying tea ( and coffee) get. Apparently tea is one of the heaviest sprayed crops and I don't want all that crap inside me lol

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    1. Spraying seems to happen more and more these days. I like to think I balance the tea out with our homegrown organic fruit and vegetables.

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  4. I never touch the stuff, even one mouthful makes me nauseous for the rest of the day. I'm a coffee drinker through and through, unfortunately I drink it black so that's not good for the colour of my teeth either.

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    1. I only like milky coffee plus one sugar.

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