It’s pancake day! An annual occurrence where British people knock up a thin batter and delight in flipping their cooking dessert all over their kitchens. Oh, and it also has some religious significance too.
Whilst partaking in making my traditional treat it only seemed right to put the kettle on so I could enjoy a cup of tea with my pancakes, it wouldn’t be much of a tea blog if I didn’t now would it? Given the temperamental nature of the dessert though, combined with my amateurish cooking skills, meant that I didn’t really have much chance to get a loose leaf brew on the go. That would require multitasking way beyond my level to get the timing right and all that. Instead I reached for my standard Assam teabags and busied myself at the cooker.
It got me thinking though, so far on my blog I’ve only written about loose leaf teas. This is a tea adventure after all and I’ve been going about my posts by exploring teas that are new to me. Because I want to explore the real, original teas in the finest state, I have been reaching for the loose leaf varieties, and as enjoyable and eye-opening as this has been, it doesn’t really reflect my true tea drinking routine.
On a regular day I probably get through five cups of tea. Only one of these is likely to be a loose leaf tea however. This is mainly due to time and ease and the one loose leaf tea I do have to continue my explorative journey is after work or dinner when I have time to enjoy them properly.
For the majority of my tea making though, time is not on my side. At 6:30am the thought of faffing around with an infuser and waiting for my tea to steep is not one that appeals to me. I need black tea in my body ASAP.
Likewise during work, we all know (and are extremely grateful) that tea breaks are totally acceptable during the working day. If I was to start dragging out my break by waiting for the water to cool to the correct temperature however, words would certainly be exchanged!
I’m fully aware that the flavour in a cup of loose leaf tea is a joy for the taste buds and has way more freshness than its bagged counterpart. My regular tea, the aforementioned Assam from Tesco, has a great taste to it though. While it may not encapsulate the complexities that a loose leaf tea has (most likely due to it being sat as a pile of dust for weeks/months, it certainly has enough about it for me to enjoy it time after time.
Basically what this post is trying to say, is that although I’ve expressed my desire for the fresher, high calibre loose leaf teas, I don’t want you all to think that I’m baggin’ on the bag (so to speak). It’s very rare that in our busy lives we get time to sit and enjoy a cup of tea properly. Sometimes its role is to wake you up for work or to get you away from your desk, if only momentarily. Sometimes you’re literally gulping a cup down when you’re heading out the door. It’s for these times that bagged tea is perfect, and where no type of loose leaf tea will do!
I hope I’ve managed to give a bit more insight into my tea drinking habits, and that I’ve managed to show that tea isn’t just about the taste.
I’m hoping to explore this topic a bit more soon, I’d love to know your thoughts on it. Please leave your comments below!