Hello everyone in the UK,
i hear that the English are quite a bit slower to jump onto the health
bandwagon than tea drinkers here in Uncle Sam's Land. However, that's
not the question.
The question is:
Do you think Brits prefer a weaker green tea or a stronger one?
What about for you, and are you typical (...in your tea drinking at
old west tea
P.S. Do Brits generally mind being called Brits?
It's not quite the same as Yanks (over here) but Yanks don't seem to
well I like tea and have been aware of the health benefits of a lot of
what I drink be it tea, green, black or herbal since childhood.
Probably down to being of central european extraction. I am a
European, even though born in England. . I tend to drink Georgian tea
and some chinese teas (mainly phoenix Dancong, and a lightly scented
Jasmine Mao Jian) Also drink a variety of organic herbals, some of
which I grow and those that I cannot grow I buy.
I do not dring the dark english breakfast types, or what I used to call
"English" tea when I was young, far too harsh on the palate.
It sounds like you have a neat curiosity about tea.
Have you lived much in the UK? I'm trying to get a sense of tea
drinking habits in the UK for a project .....what do you think Brits
like their teas flavored with when they go for a flavored tea:
berries maybe? lemon? spearmint or peppermint?
I have always lived in England.
Not sure that I am able to say what the English drink mainly. But
maybe you could approach some of the web shops that sell tea in the UK
and ask them what their best sellers are. I personally buy from
If you google speciality teas UK you should get other UK web shops.
To answer your last question first, there's really no such thing as
being a "Brit" here. We think of ourselves as "English", "Scottish",
"Welsh", "Irish". Never British, though our passports say "British".
The only time we ever hear the word is from Americans. ;)
Regarding green tea strength, the overwhelming majority of Brits (sic)
just drink whatever the supermarkets sell, as you'd expect. That's,
almost without exclusion, low-grade tea in bags. The flavour and aroma
of these things is beyond mundane, and the concept of "strength" isn't
really applicable to the way the average person here drinks green. Not
that very many people drink even that "green", of course. The vast
majority drink assam/ceylon blends. The rare few might take whatever
mediocre offerings are available from Twinings or Whittards.
In the last few years, a horrific trend towards drinking "herbal teas"
has come about. These are mostly flavoured bags of rosehips, lemon,
ginger, &c., often made by Twinings or their ilk, and are called
inspiring names such as "Strawberry Soother".
I visited an undergrad friend of mine recently. She said, "Ooh yes,
I'm MAD about tea! I collect it, in fact!" She proudly showed me box
after box of Twinings herbal teabags. I sniffed back the tears.
Scramble, I checked the nbtea website and I am not seeing Georgian tea on
it. There are a few people on this list that have been looking for some
authentic Georgian tea for quite some time. Could you be more specific as to
how you got it or when or where? Thanks.
Hobbes and scramble,
Thanks for your suggestions and opinions. I think I'm getting a better
picture of tea drinking habits in the UK.
I wonder... do you think straight Assams are drunk much (I notice
Assam is usually mixed with Ceylon or something else)?
Is Darjeeling the only straight black tea people tend to drink over
Straight Assam is probably more popular than straight Darjeeling. I
don't have a reference for you, but Assams usually find their way into
bog-standard teabags, whereas Darjeeling (whilst still usually
bog-standard in quality) is perhaps one step up the ladder. I wouldn't
expect the level of refinement for "the average person" to be too high
in any endeavour in most countries (excepting those with fabulous
culinary traditions - France springs to mind).
In the USA, "Irish Breakfast" is usually straight Assam, although from
mixed plantations, and "English Breakfast" is usually a mixture of
Assam, Ceylon, and other mainly Indian blacks. "Scottish Breakfast" is
mixed to go in soft waters, I believe. I don't know whether this is
something made up in the US, or actually reflects the British
We have a very popular blend called "Yorkshire Tea Hard Water" along
those lines, which is actually rather delicious. As its name suggests,
it's great for the large number of British (sic!) cities built on
Very Interesting, Hobbes and toci...
I think you both agree that straight Assam is widely drunk in the UK.
What I ponder is:
* Will Brits generally buy a tea knowing it is a straight Assam like
they will buy a tea knowing it is a straight Darjeeling?
(I understand 'everyday' British black tea is often largely Assam but
not marketed emphasizing its origins, correct?)
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And now for the technical question you've all been waiting for....
(drum roll please)
How do you suppose a black tea is blended when the aim is to have a
delicious tea brewed with hard water?
There is a tea stoe is Austin called tea embassy that has a website
They have a new arrival of georgian tea. I have found very few places
that have it and this is one. Are you in the US? the shipping is
usually very fast (but I live in Texas far from Austin) They ae one of
my first tea vendors I have bought online from some years back. I was