My Tea Drinking Habits

*I am no tea expert or nutritionist, these are just my perspective and tea drinking experience*

Being brought up in a Chinese family, tea drinking has become a daily habit of mine. When I was young, every time when I visited my grandpa house he would always take out his Yixing Clay Tea set and brew Tie Guan Tin Chinese tea (it is also known as Iron Buddha Tea) for me with his lay teapot and serve it in tiny clay teacups. After brewing, the smell of honey peach and the baked flavour can be perfectly appreciated and the taste is gorgeously smooth.

Another tea which would usually be brewed is Pu-erh Tea because the older the age of this tea, the better tea quality you would get. It has a very rich and thick texture and leaves a very distinctive taste on the tongue and cheeks called gān (甘), which together induces salivation and leaves a “feeling” in the back of the throat.

This is what a Chinese Tea Cake may look like when you unwrap the paper. My dad has at least 30 of these Tea Cakes from different China provinces stored in a cupboard and they have probably been stored over 80 years before breaking them up to be drank.

Tea isn’t just a comforting and pleasant beverage, it also has remarkable healing properties. It is still used today in traditional Chinese medicine as green teas and pu-erhs are prescribed for a variety of complaints, especially as modern research has come to support many of these claims. Tea was also used by those wishing to achieve better results while meditating, and became popular with Buddhist priests who later introduced it to the aristocratic circles. I can’t live without tea!

Here are a few different types of tea I would drink on a daily basis:

Oolong Tea

Traditionally believed to help maintain a slender figure, Oolong is semi-oxidised, making it unique from green and black tea.
1) Taiwan Shan Lin Sea Tea loose leaf– It is incredible floral aroma. Light taste as first, but the aroma builds and saturates your olfactory sense in a manner that is thoroughly pleasing.

2) Luk Yu Tie Guan Yin (Iron Buddha) loose leaf – This is a unique blend created by highly skilled tea experts with centuries old hereditary techniques and methods. It is strong but it has a nice sweet aroma to it.

3) Birt & Tang Pure Oolong tea bags – this is for my lazy mornings when I still half asleep but need some of a kick to wake up before doing anything else. Compared to the other oolong teas I have, I would say the taste is fairly normal, there isn’t any distinctive aroma or after taste to it.

4)Wu Yi Shan Da Hong Pao loose leaf– Curled and baked in small batches over charcoal to create an aromatic infusion with distinctive dark cocoa notes, a toasted, fruity flavour but also some slight astringency to complement it’s pungent and vibrant nature. It is sweet and thick in the mouth.

Black Tea

Black Tea is more oxidised compared to white teas, green teas, oolong teas.
IMG_2097 Jin Junmei (Gold Steed Eyebrow) loose leef– One of the highest grade red teas in mainland China. It has has a sweet, fruity and flowery flavour with a long lasting sweet after-taste. The brew is bright reddish in colour.

Fruit & Herbal Tea
1) Gourmetti Lemon Mix loose leaf– It has a mixture of citrus fruits and flowers including hibiscus flowers, apple and pineapple pieces, rosehips, lemongrass, lemon peel and orange peel. It is warming and refreshing and aids digestion and also a good remedy for colds, flu and sore throats.

2) Slimatee tea bags– This is a detox tea to be drank at night and no more than one cupful to be taken at night and for up to 2 weeks in any two month period. This is an alternative to the Boo Tea brand but at a much cheaper, afforadable price and they do have very similar ingredients.

If you want to use this product for a Teatox Programme, my recommendation is to take this for two weeks and give yourself at least two months break before starting to drink this tea again as it may mess up your organs or bowel. During your 2 weeks Teatox, opt in for more fruits and vegs and try to get some exercise for 3 times a week. I don’t think is really helps you loose pounds as it just flushes any toxins in your body so you would feel less bloated and more energised. Exercising and eating healthy is still the way to go and this tea is just a support to help you achieve results faster. So do not rely entirely on diet teas and pills as advertised and hoping you would loose weight without changing your lifestyle or regime.

3) Dried Rose Buds Mix loose – Rose tea produces a charming aroma, it can be drank warm or cold making it a pleasing experience to drink. Furthermore, rose bud tea is said to aid circulation, ease period cramps and calm mood swings. I would sometimes mix it with some dried ginseng and dried chrysanthemum which creates a blend that helps revitalise and recover from sleepless night or when nights I have to stay up.

English Blends
 (from left to right)

PG Tips – Nations favourite classic black tea

Twining’s Earl Grey – Need I say more? This is a classic floral aroma tea with lemon and bergamot flavours.

Twining’s Lady Grey – It has a fruity zesty aroma, I prefer drinking it cold as I find it more refreshing.

My Perfect Cuppa is a blend of classic black and earl grey tea. Instead of using sugar and milk, I go for condensed milk because it creates a similar taste to HK styled milk teas! Here is what you need:

1 PG Tips Tea Bag
1 Twining’s Earl Grey tea bag
1 – 2 tbsp Condensed Milk
1 Pint Glass

All you have to do it pop your teabags into the pint glass and fill 3/4 of the glass with boiling water and let the tea bags steep for 5 minutes. Take the tea bags out and add in 1 – 2 tbsp of condensed milk (depending on how sweet you would take it, I usually just go for 1 tbsp).

Stir and enjoy!

Are you a tea drinker? What teas do you like?

 

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