I took this meme from penguin unearthed.
When it comes to tea, I mentally divide it into two types: green tea (of which I buy loose leaf Japanese organic) and black tea. (And of course there's herbal tea too, so that's three types.) On an average day, I drink all three, but I have a clear preference for which comes when...
- Your first cup, when do you drink it? My first and usually second and third cups are of green tea, made in an infuser. I usually have my first cup at about 9.30 in the morning - either after I've arrived at work or university or arrived home from taking the boy to school. I don't drink tea first thing. I have a fresh juice first thing and some time later, something to eat and some time later again, I feel ready for my green tea.
- How many cups a day do you drink? Between two and six (of green and black - I don't drink herbal tea every single day.) It depends where I am and what I'm doing. On a busy, outdoors kind of day, I might only have one cup of green in the morning and one cup of black in the late afternoon. On a sitting-at-the-computer kind of day, I'd drink three cups of green and 1-2 cups of black at my desk and possibly another black or herbal in the evening.
- Teabag or leaf? A mixture, but at home I drink nearly all leaf. I've drunk leaf green tea for years now (I can't remember when I started drinking it - it feels like forever, but must be some time in the past 12-14 years). Until a year or so ago, I nearly always used teabags for 'ordinary' tea, though I did have some loose leaves I'd bought in department stores in London, which I mostly only drank on guest occasions. Then someone gave me some T2 loose leaf and I was hooked. Since then I've been exploring black teas and have a selection which I make in a small teapot.
- Milk or sugar? Neither. Until two years ago, when I more or less gave up dairy, I used to have one cup a day of strong tea with milk and one sugar. I found that if I drank more than two cups of that, it could interfere with my sleep at night! When I stopped taking milk and sugar, I discovered I could have black tea at night and it made no difference to my sleep. I don't understand it, but it's true.
- Your favourite way of brewing? In an infuser or in my teapot which is one of those which has a built-in infuser.
- With whom do you prefer to enjoy your tea? With the friends
who I prefer to spend time with whether we're drinking tea or not! I
don't have any special tea-drinking friends, though one very longtime
friend does come to mind - she's a very-weak-tea drinker and a great
conversationalist and in our younger days we'd spend literally hours on
end sitting about drinking tea and talking.
- Your favourite tea? Green tea (but only the real Japanese thing) and currently a looseleaf black tea I was given for Christmas - can't remember the name of it (I threw out the packaging and put it into a lovely tea cannister I was given at the same time.)
- Where do you prefer to drink your tea? I love having afternoon tea in hotels. Haven't done enough of that lately.
- What does your favourite cup look like? I don't have one in particular but what I do have a preference for is very thin china, fine-bone china as opposed to chunky mugs. And I don't like drinking from cups which are a colour, especially a dark colour, inside. I much prefer white so I can see what the tea is like. (The green tea has to be a pale lime green, best assessed in a white cup.)
- English Breakfast or Earl Grey? I don't like Earl Grey but I do like T2's Girlie Grey, which is a version of Lady Grey, which I believe is a mixture of Earl Grey and something else. I like English Breakfast but prefer Irish Breakfast.
- Favourite occupation while drinking tea? I'm most often online when I drink tea these days but my favourite occupation would be talking with friends.
- Formative tea experience? I'm surprised that my answers to
this make me sound rather rigidly obsessed with certain tea rituals.
Until a couple of years ago, I'd have said I wasn't much of a tea
person at all. (I don't drink coffee, never have.) I didn't start
drinking tea until I was about 22 and for most of my adult life I
haven't been particularly interested in tea - I could easily go a day
or more without thinking of it, in contrast to most of my friends who
were dependent on it. I suppose my formative tea experience was having
a job which had scheduled tea breaks - I needed something to drink on
the tea break so I started drinking tea!