I bet you have heard so many “do’s and don’t’s on the right way to make tea throughout the years that you may wonder if you are doing it the proper way? There are so many tea myths from ancient times, cultures, and misinformation. Let’s see just how much or little you know about tea.
Myth #1: Are Black Tea and Orange Pekoe the same?
Absolutely not! That is such a misconception, in all actuality, black tea is oxidized by using a heat process. This process removes excess moisture. Orange Pekoe is the name for the grading of the tea leaves. It is an acronym for the quality of tea. Flowery Orange Pekoe is (FOP), Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe is (FGOP) and Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe (FTGFOP), each acronym decides how superior the tea is.
Myth #2: All Tea is Steeped in Boiling Water?
YIKES, that would be real damage to such lovely and delicate tea leaves. Due to the fact that tea is grown in different regions and produces a wide range of tea, green tea is best to boil the water and then let cool down for 2 -4 minutes. That procedure won’t “shock” the tea leaves and offer a pungent taste.
Myth #3: Are Herbal and Tisane Tea?
The world TEA was derived from Emperor Shen Nung in 2732 B.C. when leaves from a wild tree blew into his pot of boiling water. He was immediately interested in the pleasant scent of the resulting brew and drank some. The word “tea” was officially used for this marvelous drink, and today, we have a wide selection of different teas. Tisane or herbal tea is much different. The truth on tea myths is that herbal or tisane tea contains caffeine, they do not. Tisane or herbal tea is caffeine-free and it is great for women who are pregnant, have sleeping issues, on medication, are anti-inflammatory, and reduces anxiety.
Myth #4 Tea Never Expires
Tea is a plant that needs to be consumed before it has expired. Tea cannot be kept in the cupboard for years, it becomes bland in flavor and loses its character. Tea also absorbs other aromas that are in the cupboard like garlic, spices, and strong fragrant items. Tea leaves are very delicate and in order to have the freshest taste possible, it needs to be consumed within 6 months of purchase.
Myth #5 The Best Way To Drink Tea Is With Milk and Sugar?
A great-tasting cup of tea should be done “neet“. Condiments will alter the true taste of tea, and what tea should actually taste like. Sugar, milk, cream, and lemon will over-power the natural, earthy notes and disguise the regular flavor. To truly enjoy the ‘Umami”, a Japanese term which means “delicious flavor” tea should be made by proper steeping method and drinking it hot, not cool.
Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world. Many people make their tea from “hand me downs”, which are mostly tea myths. We hope that you will truly enjoy a perfect cup of tea now since you know the right way to make a hot cuppa.