This morning I had the good fortune of being invited to the Wes Butters Show for BBC Radio Leeds here is the iplayer recording,listen in from 75 mins. The original story line was about a lady who has opened up a Russian Tea Room in Skipton Listen to her telephone conversation with Wes from the same link above from 60 mins in.
This got me thinking about how we all drink our tea. Personally I prefer using a tea pot even when I use tea bags. I never dunk a tea bag in a cup and I always serve leaf tea in tea pots for my guests at The Secret Tea Room
When brewed correctly, using Leaf Tea, about 3 – 4mins, tea can and will taste sublime, but as I mentioned on the program, it is all a matter of personal taste. Plenty of people love builders tea, that I assume is in reference to what my dear father would describe as tea you could stand a spoon in. For me I like the delicate flavour that only a few minutes brewing will produce.
Then there is the question, do you add milk first or not. This goes back to a time when china was very delicate and milk was poured first into a cup to prevent it shattering. I always add the milk first, because for me it gives an indication of how strong the tea is and if you pour too much tea into a cup there is no room left for milk. Many times I’ve seen my grandfather pour his hot tea into the saucer to cool down, I wonder if anyone still does this.
There are plenty of teas that I like, China Oolongs being some of them, have the most delicate flavour and are worthy of no milk at all. Earl Grey is another, if served with a slice of Lemon is divine and refreshing. These are all my personal preferences. What are yours
- Milk first or last
- No milk at all
- Builders tea
- Are you a coffee drinker
- Or do you not drink tea at all
Do tell me I’d like to know. We don’t really have a decent (Leaf) tea room in Leeds, something which I wrote about this time last year.