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Honey Chitkara Apr 22 2015

Famous tea traditions around the world.

Etti Bali Apr 22 2015
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In a nation that notoriously runs on three Cs--Cricket, Celebrities and Chai, we bring you a list of tea traditions around the world! Read on to find out more about this versatile drink!


Taiwan Bubble Tea

Originating in Taiwan and colloquially known as pearl milk tea, Bubble Tea is a flavourful blend using black tea, fruit flavours and chewy tapioca pearls. Today, it has found widespread fame as a favourite drink in America, Australia, London and Canada among other countries!



Bubble Tea (by Larry Jacobsen)


England High Tea

Tea time is a fashionable affair in England, after it was made popular by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford. Popularly known as High Tea or Afternoon Tea, the tea is served in delicate china and is accompanied by cakes, sandwiches and biscuits. Don’t forget to indulge in this tradition at one of the many famous restaurants in London!



Afternoon Tea (from the official London Tea Club Facebook page)

Japan Matcha Tea

Japan has a long tradition of tea drinking and this particular blend of Matcha is known as the “master’s konomi” or “favoured blend”. The brew is made using finely ground green tea leaves and is an important Japanese Tea Ceremony.



Matcha Latte Tea and Cupcakes with Matcha Frosting (by Kirinohana)

India Masala Chai

There are not enough words to do justice to India’s fixation with tea. Be it masala chai, gur chai, butter chai or cutting chai--there’s a chai drink for every occasion. The interesting part is that most tea haunts are not cafes, but tapris and stand-alone vendors. Check this awesome list of chai-bars in Delhi to satiate your craving!



Aromatic Masala Chai (by insatiablemunch)

American Iced Tea

The Great Southern American lifeline, iced tea was born out of necessity. The abundant produce of the lush tea fields came as a respite for the scorching summer heat when locals combined ice, lemon and of course tea!



Flavoured Iced Tea (by insatiablemunch)

Turkey Cay Tea

Made with black tea leaves and brewed in a two chambered pot, Turkish Tea can be enjoyed at any given time of the day. The hot crimson tea, which is locally called “çay”, is served in a tulip-shaped glass! A vacation in Istanbul would be incomplete without savouring this drink.



Cay Tea (by captain.orange)

Argentina Mate Tea

The two most important elements of preparing Argentinian Mate are a calabash gourd--or container, and a metal straw. The hollowed-out gourd is filled with yerba mate leaves and filled with hot water. The straw also acts as a sieve, filtering out the leaves as you sip!



Yerbs Mate (by Marcos Cousseau)

South African Rooibos Tea

Literally translating to “red bush”, Rooibos tea from South Africa is a more flavourful version of the green tea. It is usually consumed without milk, adding just a dash of lemon or honey.



Rooibos (by Lyle Nel)

Malaysia Teh Tarik Tea

Indian immigrants to Malaysia also took with them the tradition of drinking tea. This frothy version of the milk tea, called Teh Tarik, is made using black tea and condensed or even evaporated milk. Book a package to Malaysia and add this flavourful sojourn to your list of must-dos!


Teh Tarik

Russia Samovar Tea

A samovar or “self-boiler” is a complex vessel consisting of a bowl and chimney which is used to brew tea. The Russian Samovar Tea is made using black tea leaves and many variations can be made by adding milk, strawberry jam and cinnamon. It is very similar, both in preparation and flavour, to the Kashmiri Kahwa.


Samovar

These interesting and unique tea traditions around the world give a delectable twist to the way we drink tea! It is now time to try some of the drinks and leave us your feedback.

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