Black Teas Similar To Darjeeling Tea – Other Himalayan Tea Growing Regions

Darjeeling tea, which usually refers to black tea produced in the Darjeeling district of northeast India, is one of the most well-known and highly-regarded types of tea in the world. However, the Darjeeling district itself is quite tiny, and there is a much larger band of regions at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range with a similar climate. Many of these regions also produce tea, and the tea is in many respects similar to Darjeeling black tea.

This article explores some of the black teas produced in other Himalayan regions outside of the Darjeeling district. These regions include other districts and states of India, such as Sikkim and Jalpaiguri, as well as nearby regions in other countries, including Nepal and Bangladesh.

Other regions of India:

After Darjeeling, the next-best known tea growing region of India is Assam. Although Assam is geographically very close to Darjeeling, it is located at a lower altitude and has a markedly warmer climate with higher humidity but lower rainfall. These conditions, paired with the fact that the tea grown in Assam is produced from a different, large-leaf cultivar of the tea plant, results in tea with a vastly different character from Darjeeling tea.

The other high-altitude regions nearby, however, produce teas very similar to Darjeeling. Sikkim is the best-known of these regions, although it is probably still quite esoteric to anyone other than tea enthusiasts. Jalpaiguri, the district directly east of Darjeeling, is perhaps even more esoteric.

Neighboring regions of other countries:

The teas most similar to Darjeeling tea that are grown out of India are those grown in Nepal. Darjeeling actually shares a substantial border with Nepal, and the regions in which tea is grown in Nepal not only have essentially the same climate as in Darjeeling, but the traditions and culture of tea cultivation there are also very closely related. Although they are similar to Darjeeling teas, and are classified by the same system of flushes (first flush, second flush, autumnal flush, etc.) Nepalese black teas definitely have their own distinctive character to them and can be identified as such to the trained palate.

Bangladesh is also relatively near the Darjeeling district, and there are regions. Teas from Bangladesh, however, are not as widely available on the Western market, and many of them are also slightly less close in character and quality to those produced in Darjeeling. Nevertheless, this country does warrant mention.

In summary:

Black teas produced in Darjeeling, India are among the most well-known of high-quality, loose-leaf black teas. However, there are other nearby regions, including Sikkim and Jalpaiguri in India, and outside of India, neighboring regions in Nepal, which produce similar teas. These teas have Darjeeling-like qualities, but also have their own unique characteristics and offer an interesting change of pace for curious enthusiasts of loose-leaf black tea.



Source by Alex Zorach

10 Top Tips For Charming People With Your Charisma

Charisma is essentially intangible. In spite of this, you will always know when you are in the presence of a charismatic person, because they have the ability to engage your attention in a way that someone without that personality trait would struggle to do. Charisma, like charm, is indefinable but you know when you’ve experienced it in action: you come away from an encounter knowing you’ve been with someone extraordinary and special. In essence, they make you feel that you’re the most important person in the room. Compare and contrast that with so many people you meet who seem to be looking over your shoulder to see if they’re missing something on the other side of the room or if there’s someone more important to talk to.

I want to quote from an article in respect of the actor Will Smith which I came across while on a recent trip to the USA:

“Spend seven seconds sitting across from Will Smith, and you’ll discover why he is a superstar. He’s charming and attentive, observant and clever – without ever seeming to try. When he talks, he makes eye contact; when he laughs, it takes over his entire body. Though he seems happy-go-lucky, he didn’t end up where he is by accident – Smith is consistently in charge, on point and thinking ahead.”

Not everyone is fortunate enough to be born charismatic, but with a bit of effort, you can develop it to a significant degree. Here are 10 tips to help you do so.

1 The overwhelmingly large part of communication is non-verbal. Often your body language says more than your words. Research has shown that only 7% of understanding comes from the listening part of a conversation. It is therefore absolutely essential to show positive body language. Your posture is so important – individuals who slouch or hunch their shoulders convey negative messages. Smile and look people in the eye when communicating. Nod frequently to show that you are listening and try to allow them time to finish their sentences before jumping in with what you want to say.

2 Develop your communication skills – speak and write with flair. Speaking confidently is not a gift possessed by all but can be developed by all. Tone, cadence, use of pauses, speed of speech; emphasizing certain words – sometimes repeating key words; lack of ‘uhs’ and ‘ums’ and ‘you know’ and avoidance of jargon; varying the number of words in successive sentences; and, not least, vocabulary – all these contribute to your style of speech, and many to your particular style of writing. Think about Barack Obama compared to John McCain. A neat handwriting can be achieved by practice and says so much about you as a person. Challenge yourself to download dictionary.com and learn a new word every day and try to use it.

3 Develop an individual style of ‘being’ – in what you wear, how you conduct yourself etc. This helps to establish your ‘presence factor, the impact you make on people you meet, the first impression you create. It requires being particular about everything you do, whether its ordering a particular type of tea (say Assam or Earl Grey) or coffee (double espresso macchiato rather than instant with milk), your favourite tipple (Balvenie double wood single malt rather than ‘whisky’.) It means you dress with flair and style, not necessarily flash but always neat, shoes polished, hair styled, nails cleaned. For women wearing striking costume jewellery, for men an eye-catching tie, will have people remembering you.

4 Charismatic people convey the message that they are ‘authentic’ – authentic people are more likely to be trusted. Authentic people have the courage of their convictions. To be authentic, always follow through on your promises/actions – walk the talk, don’t just talk the talk. Follow-up contacts, if promised, the very next day and think of who you know who might be a useful contact for people you’ve just met. Always deliver more than you promise – never disappoint. Believe in your cause – believe in yourself.

5 Make everyone you meet feel important. Be generous with praise without being sycophantic. Be warm but be genuine. Engage with people, find a point of rapport with each and every person – make people feel good about themselves and good about you. Pick up on an accent or notice a piece of jewellery and ask a question about it – it will break the ice when you’re both a little inhibited or nervous.

6 Sense of humour is key – but never at anyone else’s expense. Convey an image of loving life, of being fun to be with, of being playful. Above all don’t take yourself or life too seriously – life may be depressing, but it doesn’t mean you have to be depressed! Don’t tell jokes unless you feel very confident about your delivery and remember the punchline!

7 Be master of your domain: prepare your subject thoroughly – develop your expertise, skills and knowledge. Work to eliminate areas of weakness. Leave nothing to chance. If possible, before a meeting or event, try to find out the guestlist, see if there’s anyone you know or would like to know. Find out a little about them and impress the hell out of them when you meet them and ask about one of their favourite interests or recent achievements.

8 Passion: being passionate requires that you be enthusiastic, spontaneous, challenging and energetic. It is what excites you and gets your adrenalin flowing. One thing that draws a crowd and makes someone the centre of attention is a person who exhibits that kind of passion.

9 Persistence: charismatic people do not take no for an answer. Like the legendary Pacman, if they cannot get round an obstacle, they go over, under or even through it. Giving up is not an option. Finding the ‘tipping point’ is: looking for the often small ‘tweak’ that will take you across the threshold. Being persistent will impress the person who is being difficult or evasive.

10 Most of all, have the courage of your convictions: be prepared to take intelligent and considered risks (within reason) to get where you want to be. Be prepared sometimes to step into the unknown – feel the fear about finding the extended you, but do it anyway. Changing your life can be so much fun, and can be so exhilarating and worthwhile!

Challenge yourself to significantly raise your charisma chart!



Source by Adrianne Morris

Become a Tea Gardener – Grow, Harvest and Brew Your Own Choice Organic Tea Plant

Become a tea gardner and grow your own loose leaf tea! It does not require much space, a container on a porch or balcony will do just fine for a tea plant. Of course, Camellia sinensis is the tea plant that produces those delicious teas we have grown to love. This one little plant is responsible for providing us with white tea, organic green tea, as well as black and oolong tea. The difference in them is the oxidation process they go through after harvesting and drying. The various processes are responsible for giving each tea a different flavor, scent and appearance.

Growing Camellia sinensis is not difficult, but does take patience. It takes about three to four years for a plant to start producing those precious tiny buds that we use to brew tea. A typical tea plant will result in over one pound of dried tea after processing. The tea plant is a beautiful and ornamental bush that is pruned to constantly encourage new growth. This pruning helps to maintain the spreading shrub between two to five feet high.

There are 2 times each year that tea is harvested. Early spring yields the fattest and tender buds that are best for white tea. Summer is the time for the second harvest. Each harvest is considered a “plucking” or “flush”. The tea plant has beautiful white and deliciously fragrant flowers that bloom in the late fall and winter months. This is truly a plant that can give each of your senses pleasure year round.

So what is oxidation and how does it affect your newly harvested tea? Oxidation is the process that changes our fruit we cut brown when it is exposed to the air. The oxygen molecules in the tea react to the air and a “burning” process occurs.

More On Grow, harvest and brew your own choice organic tea plant

Black tea is picked and then allowed to wither for a few days. The green tea leaves turn to a copper color. The leaves are then exposed to hot air to take the remaining moisture out and the leaves change to a dark color. Black tea is the most common of teas; the most popular black teas are “Earl Grey” and “English breakfast tea”. English Breakfast is known for its strong bitter taste and is usually enjoyed with milk and sugar!

It is hard to image that loose leaf green tea is grown from the same plant as black tea. Black tea when brewed has such a pretty copper color to it when you drink it. Organic green tea has a yellow to a green color to it. Green tea tastes and smells of natural grass. Green tea is allowed to wither just as black tea. The next step is very important. The leaves are steamed or pan fried to stop the oxidation process. This allows the leaves to stay green. The leaves are then dried with hot air and prepared for storage.

Oolong tea is the tea that goes through the oxidation process that is somewhere between green and black tea. Oolong tea is only allowed to be partially oxided. It is allowed to wither for just a short period of time in the sun, before it is brought indoors an allowed to return to room temperature. It is then air dried under high heat before preparing it for storage.

White tea is the rarest and most special of the teas. This tea is picked when the buds have not opened yet. Harvesting for white tea is done only 2 days a year. This was considered only for Chinese royalty and is just now becoming more available in the past few years. The buds of the plant are placed out in the sun for 3 days then air dried before stored. White tea is pale in color and has a smoother flavor than green tea.

Becoming a tea gardner takes time, patience, an adventuresome and creative spirit. You can learn to make your own choice organic tea. Using these plants and herbs you can infuse your tea with you favorite flavors for a one of a kind tea experience.



Source by Connie Bednar

The Truth About Tea

Some facts are fundamentally universal: when it is cold and damp outside, the human body craves something warm. Now, whether that warmness be in the form of steaming soup, hot tea or fresh-brewed coffee is up to the chilly consumer. But while the United States has become a seemingly Starbucks-infested coffee culture, a growing number of Americans are choosing tea for more reasons than simply warmth.

In 2005, the tea industry had its fourteenth consecutive year of sales increases, while retail supermarket sales alone surpassed $1.9 billion. This number is expected to continue to grow over the next five years. No longer just for the British, tea is fighting back as the beverage that is hard to ignore. In fact, 1.42 million pounds of tea is consumed every day in the U.S. and 519 million pounds are imported into the country each year.

But similar to choosing the perfect coffee bean or a complimentary bottle of wine, picking out the tea for your taste can be a dizzying task. Amazingly, all tea comes from the same plant called the Camellia sinensis, which is an evergreen native to China. It can grow up to 90 feet tall and in the past, some cultures taught monkeys to pick the tea leaves that they couldn’t reach. However, modern times and technology have allowed farmers to grow the trees to just three feet for easier cultivation. The plant’s leaves range from smooth and shiny to fuzzy and white-haired – each making up a specific type of tea. In total, the plant yields up to 3,000 varieties of tea, which can easily be broken up into three main categories: green, black, and oolong teas. Flavored and herbal teas also deserve to be mentioned, though they are not officially “tea.”

Green Tea

What it is: Making up about 10 percent of the world’s tea consumption, green tea has gotten a lot of recent media coverage for its health benefits.

Where it grows: Far East: China and Japan

What is tastes like: Green tea is greenish-yellow in color with a delicate taste that is slightly astringent and grassy.

What you should know: It is high in antioxidants and may protect against certain types of cancer (lung, ovarian, breast, prostate and stomach) as well as the precancerous condition of stomach cancer, gastritis.

White tea

What it is: The rarest of all teas, the leaves are the same as green tea leaves, but they are plucked from the plant when they are still very young, giving them their extremely light color.

Where it grows: a Fujian province on China’s east coast

What is tastes like: As one would expect, the tea is nearly colorless and is delicate in flavor with a slighty sweet and nutty quality.

What you should know: You may recognize white tea from recent Snapple commercials launching their new line of “Good For You” white and green tea bottled drinks.

Black tea

What it is: This is the most common type of tea, which accounts for about 87 percent of America’s tea consumption.

Where it grows: Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia

What is tastes like: Black tea can come in a range of flavors, but is usually found to have a heartier taste than green or oolong teas.

What you should know: The main difference between black tea and green tea is the oxidation process. Black tea leaves are fully oxidized whereas green tea leaves are lightly steamed before they are dried. This process contributes to the tea’s taste as well as caffeine content. Like green tea, black tea has also been shown to have health benefits. Research has suggested that the antioxidants found in black tea may play a preventive role in conditions like heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

Pu-erh tea

What it is: Also speller Puer, this tea technically falls in the black tea family, but is fermented twice (instead of once), which elevates it to its own category. The double oxidation process followed by a period of maturation allows the leaves to develop a thin layer of mold.

Where it grows: Southwest China, Burma, Vietnam and Laos

What is tastes like: Due to the layer of mold, pu-erh tea takes on a soil-like flavor with a strong, earthy quality.

What you should know: Although the tea is distinctly dirt-tasting, pu-erh is often used for medicinal purposes as a digestive aid.

Oolong tea

What it is: Considered to be among the finest (and most expensive) teas in the world, oolong

Tea is semi-fermented, which means that it goes through a short oxidation period that turns the leaves from green to a red-brown color.

Where it grows: Taiwan

What it tastes like: Pale yellow in color, the tea has a floral, fruity flavor reminiscent of peaches with a hint of smoke.

What you should know: Tea connoisseurs consider the oolong flavor to be the most delicate and frown on drinking it with milk, sugar or lemon as to preserve the natural taste.

Flavored tea, Blends, Herbal Infusions and Tisanes

Because tea naturally absorbs other flavors quite easily, cultures have been adding herbs, spices, oils and flowers to their tea for centuries. In China, adding flowers such as jasmine, orchard, rose and magnolia to teas is quite popular. In many Arabic nations, they add fresh mint leaves and heaping spoonfuls of sugar to their tea. And in India, they make spicy masala tea by adding spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and peppers.

If black and green teas are considered “purebreds,” then blended teas are considered “mutts.” Tea producers use different strains of tea to create flavors like English Breakfast and Earl Grey.

Unlike flavored tea and other blends, herbal infusions and tisanes are not technically tea as they are not made with leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. Instead, tisane (tee-ZAHN) is an herbal tea made from herbs, spices and flowers and added to boiling water. Herbal drinks are typically recognized for their caffeine-free quality and also for soothing and rejuvenating effects. Commonly found herbal teas include chamomile, peppermint, fennel, rose hip and lemon verbena.

Caffeine Conundrum

People find all sorts of reasons not to drink tea, but two of the most common center around the avoidance or obsession with caffeine. Consider these facts about tea and caffeine from the UK tea council:

– 4 cups of tea per day offer good health benefits without the contraindications of other caffeinated drinks.

– Four cups of tea contain only moderate amounts of caffeine, which has been shown to increase concentration, thereby improving performance.

– When drinking a normal cup of tea, you consume significantly less caffeine than a cup of instant coffee or one you would buy at a coffee shop.

– Tea contains at least half the level of caffeine than coffee.

Tea Traditions

Though not nearly as common in America as in other parts of the world like Ireland and Britain, the custom of tea still penetrates many households in this country. Afternoon tea is said to have originated in the early 1800s by Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford who wanted some sort of mid-afternoon snack to ward off hunger pains until dinner. The tradition continues today, and while every British family does not sit down for a formal tea each day, many of the most elegant hotels in London (and in America) still serve a lavish spread for tea each afternoon. International chains like the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons often offer a tea time treat, but check with your local hotels for times and pricing.

Plan Your Own

Nothing is more elegant and lady-like than a tea party. A creative idea for a shower, birthday party or just a girl’s luncheon, here’s everything you’ll need make tea fit for the queen.

Tea: buy your favorite black or herbal tea at the store or make your own:

Spicy Green Tea

Relaxing Tea Blend

Chamomile Herb Tea

Lemongrass and Mint Tea

Spicy Ginger Tea

Tea Accessories: milk (provide 2 percent and skim), sugar (may be cubed or loose, brown or white), lemon

Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Shrimp Butter Tea Sandwiches

Finger Sandwiches

Mini Ham and Cheese Rolls

Scones

White Chocolate and Dried Cherry Scones

Apricot Scones

Orange Poppy Seed Scones

Orange Pecan Scones

Strawberry Scones

Maple Scones

Breads and Cakes

Mini Lemon Tea Bread

Buttermilk Scones with Raisins

Thyme-Rosemary Tea Bread

Chocolate Tea Bread

Lemon Verbena Tea Bread

Lemon Blueberry Tea Muffins

Mrs. Perry’s Crockpot Pumpkin Tea Bread

Cherry Almond Tea Ring

References:

United Kingdom Tea Council – An expansive database of information on tea. Everything from health benefits to types of tea – even a printable form to help you remember how your colleagues take their tea.

Tea Association of the USA, Inc. – Facts and figures about tea in the US.

StarChefs – An easy reference guide for all things tea-related.

Copyright © 2006 Ampere Media LLC



Source by Maxine Glass

All About Bergamot Oil!

Bergamot oil is a pale emerald green oil, cold pressed, from the fruit peel of the Citrus Bergamia tree. This tree blooms colorful flowers of red, pink, purple or white. It grows a fragrant fruit called the Bergamot Orange. This fruit is the size of an orange, with a green-yellowish color. More than eighty percent of Citrus Bergamia trees are grown in southern Italy. It’s grown in France and the Ivory Coast, mostly, for its essential oil.

Bergamot juice has a sour fruit taste. It tastes less sour than a lemon but more bitter than grapefruit. It’s distinctive aroma is used in Earl Grey tea. Bergamot is not grown for consumption, but instead for its essential oil. One hundred bergamot oranges will yield about three ounces of oil. Bergamot oil has a thin consistency.

BENEFITS: Antiseptic, Antibiotic, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Deodorizing, Therapeutic

USES: Flavoring, Fragrance, Aromatherapy, Skin Care, Medicinal

FLAVORING

The essence of bergamot is used a flavoring in foods: Earl Grey Tea, Lady GreyTea and Marmalade. It’s used as a preserve in sugary syrup.

FRAGRANCE

Bergamot has a sweet, spicy, floral, citrus scent. Bergamot essential oil is found in many colognes, for men and women. It’s the main ingredient in the, long standing, 4711 Eau-de-cologne.

AROMATHERAPY

It’s used for aromatherapy benefits since it is known to treat anxiety and depression. It has an uplifting, inspiring, confidence-building effect. Do not ingest this oil without the supervision of a professional therapist. If you’re pregnant, nursing, taking any medication or have any medical condition, be sure to consult your physician first before using aromatherapy. Bergamot essential oil can be used as a room deodorizer to create a positive, mood enhancing, environment. Mixing it with lemon oil and lime juice, used in a burner, can eliminate bad odors.

SKIN CARE

Bergamot oil has a cooling, refreshing nature. It’s ideal for calming inflamed skin such as psoriasis, eczema, seborrhea, acne, insect bites or other minor skin wounds. It has antiseptic properties to ward off infections and speed recovery. Soaking in a warm tub with a few drops of bergamot oil can provide relief to the shoulders or the back, relieve muscle tension, anxiety and stress. Add a few drops of bergamot oil to warm boiling water and use as a facial steam, for acne relief and more. 

Bergamot essential oil is used in commercial and homemade skin care products. Use it for making homemade soap, homemade lotion, creams or other toiletries. It combines well with: basil, lime, clary sage, jasmine, nutmeg, sweet orange, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood, violet, vetiver, jojoba and yang yiang. Bergamot oil can add a nice touch to homemade soap or homemade lotion when mixed with complimentary scents. Just remember, it only takes a drop or two in your homemade soap recipes or homemade lotion recipes for maximum benefits. Never apply bergamot oil or any essential oil, directly to the skin. Know the cautions of using essential oils.

ESSENTIAL OIL CAUTIONS

CAUTION! Essential oils contain bioactive ingredients. This means they contain natural chemicals that interact with biological systems. They’re potent chemicals and should be used with care! Never use large amounts of essential oils externally, or internally. Never use them straight. They must always be diluted in carrier oil, or soap, lotion, or other buffering agent. Finally, never use without knowing what their bioactive compounds are known to do.

CAUTION! Skin treated with bergamot oil should be kept out of the sun, due to possible photosensitivity. Bergamot contains a constituent called bergaptene, that increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Most of the sensitizing bergatene has been distilled out of bergamot essential oil, but some traces may remain. Bergamot BF means “bergatene free”. Bergamot essential oil is safe to use but use simple precautions. For example, if you apply lotion to your skin, with bergamot oil, avoid excessive sunlight. If you take a bath, with bergamot oil, take it at night instead of the morning to avoid daytime sunlight to skin.

OTHER MEDICINAL USES

Bergamot can be made into a tea by boiling five or six fresh leaves, ( or one teaspoon of dried leaves), into eight ounces of boiling water. This tea can help sore throats, nausea, coughs, colds, diarrhea and menstrual cramps. Add a dash of honey to it for sweetening. If you’d like, you can just inhale the steam for similar medicinal effects.



Source by Susan Katchur

Assam Tea – A Refreshing And Healthy Beverage To Start The Day

Assam, being one of the largest tea producing regions, is known across the globe for producing premium blends. Its black tea is quite popular in the beverage market for its bright color and strong malty flavor. Unlike the Himalayan regions, here tea is cultivated in lowlands. Bold Assam brew serves perfect as Irish and English breakfast teas. To have a hearty and refreshing drink right at the starting of the day buy Assam tea from a bulk online company.

TWO VARIETIES OF ASSAM BLENDS

It’s not like Darjeeling, Assam teas are harvested twice in a year and therefore, there are two kinds of flushes of this blend. Blends of both the flushes have malty and honey note with distinct texture and flavor. Tippy leaves of second harvest are more esteemed than those of first harvest.

Spring FlushThis is the first harvest that occurs between March and middle of May. These tea leaves have more fragrance, smoothness and mellow than the other flush.

Summer FlushThis second harvest starts from middle of May and continues throughout the summer months. Blends of this flush produce sweet, dark and full-bodied liquor. Summer flush are considered as ‘superior harvest’ and so, Assam tea wholesalers demand high price for them.

HOW TO ENJOY ASSAM

Assam black blends taste great with spices and milk because its flavor gets an extra touch with additives. If a drinker wishes to have masala chai, then Assam is the best choice as it has the bold rich taste ideal for making masala chai. A cup of Assam brew with sugar and milk is also perfect as breakfast tea. It’s full-bodied flavor gives a good start to the day. Whole leaves with golden tips are the best to have a tasty cup of Assam.

Serve Assam brew in a white cup because its bright copper color liquor is very attractive. One can smell the sultry aroma of this blend and enjoy the robust malty taste. Assam brews are best enjoyed right in the morning. Remember spring flush will have sweeter flavor than the summer flush.

WHAT IS THE CAFFEINE CONTENT OF ASSAM

Like all other varieties of black blends, Assam teas also have high caffeine level. This is what makes it a wonderful breakfast tea. One cup of Assam black brew contains 80 mg of caffeine. In fact, Assam surpasses Ceylon and Earl Grey blends in this context.

However, Assam tea has high demand in wholesale beverage market of India. Taste it!



Source by Sneha Birla

Barry’s Tea is Authentically Irish

Tea drinkers looking for quality and a full-bodied taste, should start in Ireland. With the highest per capita consumption in the world, the Irish know how to make a good cup of tea.

Today, Irish tea comes in two forms. The first category is Irish tea made by tea companies in Ireland and blended specifically for Ireland’s water. The second category is Irish teas made by tea companies around the world. This second version is a black tea with a malty flavor best served with sugar and milk.

With a full-bodied taste, Irish teas are increasingly popular with tea drinkers. Barry’s Tea is an authentic Irish tea, blended and produced in Ireland. Barry’s blends tea leaves from Africa and India, specifically Kenya, Rwanda and the Assam Valley. Most tea used is African, since it works particularly well with the Irish water. Blending different types and amounts of tea produces varying tastes. The difference between brands of Irish tea is how they are blended.

Barry’s Tea has a long-established reputation as Ireland’s leading tea company. The company was founded in 1901 by James J. Barry. Since its inception, Barry’s Tea was known for providing high quality tea. In 1934, Barry’s Tea was awarded the Empire Cup for tea blending. Until the 1960’s, Barry’s Tea was sold mainly from a shop on Prince’s Street in Cork, Ireland

Barry’s occupies the high end of the tea market. According to Barry’s, the company has 34% of the tea market in Ireland and is second behind leader Lyons Tea.

The company flagship product, Barry’s Gold is the most popular tea. Brewing an amber color with a smooth, clean taste, Barry’s Gold is available in tea bags and loose tea.

A premium tea, Barry’s Classic is the second most popular tea. Full-bodied and with a stronger flavor than Barry’s Gold, Barry’s Classic comes in tea bags and loose tea.

Formerly called Green Label, Barry’s Irish Breakfast is a traditional Irish tea. Brewing a light amber color, Barry’s Irish Breakfast is a subtle blend with a soft flavor and available in tea bags.

While many caffeine-free teas taste weak and lack flavor, Barry’s offers a full-flavored decaffeinated. Barry’s Decaffeinated is available in tea bags.

For a flavored tea, try Barry’s Earl Grey, a black tea blended with bergamot oil. Barry’s also offers a green tea.



Source by Paul Gerst

The Different Teas

Ok let’s talk about Tea today. In Malaysia we called it “the tarik” which mean “pull tea” which is our Indian’s milk tea. Well the reason it was called like that is it because the way they make the tea.

They will use a larger metal container and mix the tea and milk together and hold it with one hand and another hand with a glass tea cup and both hands went the opposite vertical direction and pour it out like waterfall. And it creates a foamy or bubbles effect surface. It gives it a smooth feeling in the tea texture when you drink it, you will feel the tea is smoother than the normal one. Try order two and see, one with the pulling and one without you will definitely feel the different.

This morning I ordered one and asked for less sweet. Too bad it didn’t taste as good as usual. Today the tea content is a bit too much, too strong. That makes it kind of bitter and feels like it is biting your tongue. The color is slightly dark and dull compare to a real good nice “the tarik”. Chinese restaurant and Malay restaurant both their tea are different from Indian restaurant. Chinese milk tea is slightly different from Indian in term of texture and taste. Both have their unique taste. I like both.

Why I didn’t mention Malay’s tea basically is the same with Indian. But I have yet to come across any nice Malay restaurant that make nice tea they are either too sweet or hardly got any taste of tea in it. We Malaysian have lots of 24 hours Mamak (which is our Indian Restaurant). We like to hang around and have a nice cup of tea which is about a $1 each. The price is ten times cheaper than Star Buck or Coffee Beans. Hope they wouldn’t sue me by doing such bad advertisement for them. 😉

So if you are in Malaysia please have a cup of nice “the tarik” sure you will fall in love with it. Hmmm… going for my second cup, this time I will have my “Teh O Ice Limau” which is more or less like “Ice Lemon Tea”. But instead of lemon now we use lime instead. You should try this too. If they give enough lime in it, it taste heavenly. Especially drinking it under a long hot sunny day, is really refreshing, it refresh your throat and all the way down your internal organs and your soul. I notice almost every table has a cup of “the tarik” on it! O wow! This is so refreshing my “Teh O Ice Limau” that just came. It is so tasty! With the right portion of tea, sugar and lime blended nicely together it gives the perfect tastes that linger in your mouth. Ahh……… nice!

O I forget how about English tea than. I will try to use music term to describe them. As a singer myself.

I like English tea [http://www.faithfoo.com/Tea!.html] too. English tea like Earl Grey it gives a beautiful fragrance that stay in your mouth and tongue. You can breaths in the fragrance as the air flow through your mouth. To me English tea is like a Coloratura singer, it gives a, high, light, elegant, sweet, smooth, flooding and nothing rough about it feeling. As compare to Indian tea is like a Spinto or a Heavy Mezzo soprano, it gives a full body, a powerful kick, a strong boast kind of feeling. English tea has lingering effect where else Indian tea have a satisfying feeling it makes you feel full.

OK so much about tea. I am actually trying to write something around me so I choose the cup of tea that is next to me.

So do you enjoy my tea sharing?



Source by Foo Siew Yuen

The Different Flavors Of Bubble Teas & Coffees

As may or may not know tea houses prepare and serve their beverages for their customers with the finest variety of different flavoured teas, Bubble Teas, coffees and much more! They have a menu, which consists of the most delicious beverages that you’ll ever have in shops.

Gong Cha shops are known for the premium ingredients that are utilized when preparing their tasty beverages, which are flavor filled, but also, good for your health. For this reason, They are so highly regarded by customers and other people in the Bubble Tea and coffee industry / business.

Their shops offer a variety of really delicious and healthy teas to their loyal customers. Gong Cha shops are also, very popular for the different series of drinks that they offer, which include the following, which are listed below:

  • Yogurt Series
  • Tea Latte Series
  • Slushes
  • Panda Series
  • Oreo Series
  • Mustache Series
  • Milk Series
  • Creative Mix Series
  • Coffee Series
  • Brewed Series
  • and more!

However, Bubble Tea has become a sensation of sorts, as this is a fun beverage that’s also, very healthy for you if you get one from the top shops, which are all Gong Cha houses. Gong Cha shops are dedicated and committed in serving their customers beverages only utilizing the best and the most fresh ingredients.

Some of the different flavors in Bubble Tea include the following:

  • Milk
  • Milk with Pudding
  • Milk with Herbal Jelly
  • Earl Grey Milk with 3Js
  • Pearl Milk
  • Brown Sugar Ginger Milk
  • Brown Sugar Milk
  • Oats Milk with Pearl
  • Oats Milk
  • Oats Fresh Milk
  • Panda Milk
  • Panda Milk Foam Green
  • Panda Milk Foam Green with Oreo
  • Earl Grey Latte
  • Herbal Jelly with Fresh Milk
  • Winter Melon Latte
  • Pearl Fresh Milk
  • Chai Tea Latte
  • Brown Sugar Ginger Latte
  • Fresh Milk with Pudding & Red Bean
  • and a ton more flavors!

Furthermore, shops are also, known for their delicious flavors in coffee. Their shops serve a variety of coffee flavors that customers enjoy just as much as the many different flavors of teas at their shops. People who have tried the different drinks at tea shops, are known for becoming regular customers, who drink Bubble Tea and coffee on a regular basis.

Below you will find some of the most popular coffee flavors at tea shops, which customers enjoy on a daily basis:

  • Coffee Milk
  • Milk Coffee
  • Milk Foam Black Coffee
  • and many more delicious coffee flavors!

As you can see, whether you are in the mood for some Bubble Tea or Coffee, Gong Cha shops is where you want to go to have the best Bubble Tea or Coffee beverage in the city!

As mentioned before the team at Gong Cha shops are utterly committed to providing customers with tasty beverages, which consist of fresh and healthy ingredients, that will make your Bubble Tea simply delicious and also, a healthy alternative to other teas shops that offer Bubble Tea using ingredients that utilize ingredients come inside of a can or that use syrups and other flavors that are fructose based, which as you may know are quite bad for your overall well being and not recommended.

However, when you have a Bubble Tea at Gong Cha shops – no matter what combination of tea flavor and other ingredients that you decide on, you will not have to worry about unhealthy or unfresh ingredients.



Source by Rosario Berry