Tea: truly a man’s drink
What is a man’s drink? You probably think that they can only be called cognac, whiskey, coffee or wine. But one of the oldest beverages of mankind for some reason you forget. Tea for you is a packet with powdered grass that you make when ending your beloved and invigorating coffee. But these bags, which are created by soulless machines of industrialization, have little to do with this product, which traditions are infinitely large.
Tea and tea is a kind of culture, which depends on the specific country and specific time. Take, for example, France. This country at the time was considered «coffee». Tea was available only to nobles and aristocrats. But when the prices become more democratic, then there was a certain ritual of consumption. The French mixed a strong black tea with orange juice and lemon zest, add the brandy, nutmeg and sugar. The proportions were often different, and the name is the same – the Paris tea. The snack of croissants and various cakes were the hallmark of many of the Paris tea.
Britain, on the contrary, became tea country since adjusted the first delivery. When the British Empire controlled the whole world, since then it took not much time, but all sorts of curiosities from distant lands have become commonplace in a relatively short period of time. For making tea, these guys care more about other Europeans. Tea, according to Orwell, have to be «definitely of Indian or Ceylon». It is brewed as a rule, very durable. Somewhere in a teaspoon for every Cup of tea. It is also believed that water should be non-rigid and with a minimum amount of salt. Best water from mountain springs, but not from rivers or wells. English tea is brewed based on the fact that it will not be diluted with boiling water, as is customary in Russia. When the tea is ready (we have to wait about 5 minutes) pour into cups, pre-pouring the required amount of milk or cream.
In our country also there was a rich tea culture, which, alas, ceased to exist since the fall of the Empire. The tea itself came in the first half of the XVII century, when Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich came a gift from the Chinese ambassadors in the form of several boxes of tea. The tea gained popularity as a medicinal drink and then became fun to drink. By the middle of XVII century in Moscow you could buy a dozen varieties of Chinese tea, and in 1679 was signed the first Treaty on regular tea supplies from China. With the growing popularity of tea drinking increased the percentage of creepy fake local production, but to buy a high quality still can be had. For example, some asshole took «spicey» already used tea leaves, time from cesspools and sold in Moscow restaurants. So it was, naturally, much cheaper, and buyers are not so well versed in tea, something to notice.
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Traditions of Russian tea party was formed by the nobility and the merchant. In fact, it was a carbon copy of the British. Often added to milk and sometimes rum. The latter was the product of import, expensive that was available to very rich nobles. Ordinary merchants prefer to drink tea from a samovar, sometimes drank from the saucer. On the table was full of food, as the merchant class has always sought to put their worth on the show. Brewed tea once, but very firmly. Then just diluted with water. However, now we do. Russian tea room was a place not just leisure, but these business meetings. Usually tearooms were built in such a way that accommodates two rooms: the «tea» and «business». The second hall was waiting in the wings of low mentality, lawyers, those who are not lucky to get a prestigious place. These lawyers were various documents and gave legal advice.
The nobles and merchants could afford to drink tea the way they wanted. But a growing class of burghers also wanted to feel some sort of prestige from the process. In a cookbook of Elena molokhovets (XIX century) are encouraged to brew one teaspoon of tea for four people, infuse a quarter of an hour, and then diluted with boiling water. So did the majority of the citizens of the Empire.
Finally we approached the countries which more than others to understand what real tea and how to drink. This is especially true of China, because this country was the first to use the tea Bush for a drink.
China is an ancient country with an ancient tea culture. And that
However, all this has no special relation to reality. The pace of life Chinese has become so fast that no time to follow the whole tea ritual, once to find the «right» tea for a particular case. Many of the Chinese moving to coffee, and the majority of the population (it is still difficult to call rich) drink regular soda, mediocre tea, juices, different chemistry. However, if you take apart the Fujian province, is considered «tea», there the tea is widespread among broad layers of the population. Much love enjoy Oolongs (foshou, baxian) and all black (cinctura). Locals even try to keep centuries-old traditions. But if to speak about the country as a whole, the Chinese refer to the culture of drinking tea is so careless, how deep tea tradition. Drink and pielak and cans, and even jars of mayonnaise. Therefore, not every city you will meet a tea «by all the canons of the genre.»
But this country is unique in the tea world. There are some Japanese varieties, but the Japanese can drink and a bunch of others. We should also highlight the Japanese tea ceremony. We all heard about it, but we know about it a little. In fact it is a ritualized form of joint tea. It appeared in the middle ages, and is supported by the land of the rising sun so far. By the way, there was a ceremony in the circle of Buddhist monks.
Japanese tea ceremony
Unlike the Europeans with their fanciful, richly decorated with tableware, in Japan it is customary to drink tea from simple mugs. Typically, the kits include a box for storing tea, kettle, cups for sharing drinks, cups, spoons and bamboo stirrers for tea.
When guests enter the room where the ceremony is held, they look to the side of the scroll with the dictum, which is located opposite the entrance. The scroll sets the theme nearby hot incense and flowers. The host should greet guests at the entrance, and go last. After he sits down in front of the hotel. At the same time, serves light meals, hot water. Food should be pleasant to look at. After the guests have eaten, they go outside. The head of the house, meanwhile, varies colors and preparing for the tea.
When guests return, the host starts revealing to prepare thick tea. There is always a certain way of cooking: first, cleaned all the appliances, and then the cooking starts. The movement should be confident, fulfilled. Tea is poured into the ceramic bowl where you poured a small amount of water. All this stir until smooth. And then poured the required amount of boiling water.
Takes a SIP from the Cup first the guest of honor, and so by seniority. Tea drink from the common Cup symbolizes unity. Tea in the Cup must be durable. A light tea is served after, then comes the moment of unhurried conversation, where there is a very important rule: do not talk about everyday matters and everyday life.
And now to the more practical part of our story. Here you saw how to use tea in different countries and certainly began to understand that tea, like wine, has a lot distinct from other varieties. Taste of tea is really diverse, and to pick up something nice for yourself – it’s not easy. But manygoodtips.com you will help with that.
Varieties are really a lot. And they all depend on the country of origin, technologies of collection, collection time and type of fermentation. We’ve learned that there are only green and black tea. But this is only group that can hold a lot of interesting instances. There are many cool teas from Japan, India, Thailand and of course China. Let’s not paint all types and all instances, and say a few kind words about the representatives that we liked.
Lovely green tea with a poetic name «Dragon Well». Has a rich taste and aroma, which played into the hands of this kind, because, as you know, green teas are often scented with fragrant flowers that can be said about the Moons of the I Ching. In your Cup of it gets the way it was created by nature. Not severely this tea is hard – that’s our advice.
Da Hong PAO
«Big red robe» from the kind, dam of Oolongs. Is going to spring in Fujian province. Has a rich aroma and complex taste. Da Hong PAO is known that it is often chosen for Chinese tea ceremonies. It is well relieves emotional stress, which will undoubtedly be useful after any hard day’s work. The taste has a light fruity shades, but is also characterized by some astringency.
Tie Guan Yin
Another interesting Oolong that is made from high quality raw materials in the city of Anxi, which is located in Fujian province. Manual heat treatment characteristic tie Guan Yin, the tea leaves gives a wonderful fermentation. By the way, works well when cold.
We love PU-erhs. This tea, as a rule, they age naturally or artificially. First encounter with this drink always unusual, but after a taste mosaic formed in one beautiful picture, and you can’t comfortable with the Puer. In General, tea-Puer is always in our collections, and try a different pleasure. So I can’t recommend you something specific. Just try different varieties of Sheng and Shu Puer.