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http://www.nationalteaday.co.uk/ April 21st, 2017

National Tea Day is celebrated in April in the UK. While tea is the most popular beverage in the UK, this is its official day. This day is entirely different from National Hot Tea Day in the US, which is celebrated each January. This day celebrates all aspects of tea, including Afternoon Tea, one of the most popular times to enjoy tea.

Whether you have a full on English Afternoon Tea with some friends or just a cup while curling up on the couch, take the time to treat yourself to a fine brew. It’s always completely up to you if you want to go to with a familiar favorite like PG Tips or Typhoo or go with something new and different like Taylor’s of Harrogate. Have some English Breakfast, Green Tea, or how about something unfamiliar? Try a few of these teas that are becoming popular all over the world:

Darjeeling: Known as the “Champagne of Teas”, this reigns one of the best in its class. Darjeeling is grown in India, in the Darjeeling district, which is where it gets its name. Brands to try: English Tea Store, Twinings, Harney and Sons, and Taylors of Harrogate.

Oolong: A popular Chinese tea, this distinctive tea is just a bit fermented and oxidized for a perfect balance of green and black tea. Brands to try: English Tea Store Orange Blossom Oolong, Twinings China Oolong.

Assam: Assam tea was named after the region in which it was grown in India. It is a black tea with a strong malty flavor and deep bronze color. It is perfect for breakfast or any other time of day with a little sugar and milk. Brands to try: English Tea Store and Taylors of Harrogate.

What kind of tea would you celebrate National Tea Day with and who would you share your cup with? If you are a tea lover, then National Tea Day is every day!

 

-CD

 

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Keemun Panda

I’m in a quandry.

Asking me about my favorite black tea is like asking me about my favorite wine. While I enjoy both black tea and wine on their own, I really enjoy both paired with food. Trouble is that some pairings are better than others. While I can say without a doubt that my favorite type of black tea is Yunnan Gold and that my favorite wine varietal is tempranillo, I can also say that I prefer other wines and other black teas when consuming different foods. This makes it difficult to write about my favorite black tea.

I am very fond of Yunnan Gold. I love the sweet spiciness of these teas and find that they make both a wonderful hot drink as well as iced tea. I love the way each Yunnan tea has its own characteristics: Earthy, spicy, sometimes even floral. It’s the tea I am most likely to pack when I am going on vacation, and nothing beats a hot cup of Yunnan Gold with eggs scrambled with chorizo.

Yet. . .

When I have a breakfast of bacon and eggs, I’d just as soon give Yunnan a pass. Nothing matches with bacon quite like Keemun, though a nice Assam often hits the spot. I sometimes even crave CTC African teas when enjoying a traditional breakfast, though I seldom drink them on their own.

I’m also not crazy about Yunnan teas when paired with sweets or sandwiches. The delicacy and subtlety of the tea gets lost when paired with these foods and the Yunnan tea simply isn’t strong enough to clear the palate of all that starch. Again, give me a decent Keemun, Assam, or autumn flush Darjeeling with my afternoon tea, and I am happy as a clam.

Food aside, though, Yunnan Gold remains my favorite black tea. In fact, if you are a black tea novice, or want to start drinking tea “straight”, with no milk or sugar, try a Yunnan Gold: It got me hooked on unflavored, Chinese teas, and I’ve never looked back.

See what else Lainie is sipping on her blog!

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