Tea – the proper (British) way

So here it is…possibly the most British (and silly rainy day) post around right now…

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As California’s biggest storm of the season rages outside I am holed in my office at home drinking copious amounts of hot, delicious tea.  The English way.  There are many things I love about America, that is why I live here, however, one thing they consistently screw up on is tea.  No, I do not want a slice of lemon or some honey with my tea, I do not have the flu, I want milk…and sugar (a dirty word in the OC).  Most British people will drink tea all day and well into the evening, and the tea we most enjoy drinking is English Breakfast Tea.

So here it is -a post dedicated to my 4 favorite English British Teas.  These are on the higher end of the tea spectrum because who cares about a box of PG Tips that you can find in the English section of a local grocery store.

Fortnum and Mason: The Royal Family’s favorite grocery store, I do believe the Queen herself drinks this.  Enough said.

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Twinings: A classic, they even do an Extra Strong version of this which is perfect if you like your tea ‘Builder’s Tea’** style like me (All non Brits see definition below).

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Newby – my personal favorite, and not just because it is the most expensive.  I get this from Waitrose but Im sure some scouting online could find some other sources.  It is pricey – about $10 for a pack of 15 – but in my opinion totally worth is.  Such lovely strong flavors, really easy on the tastebuds and just how a cutoff tea ought to taste.

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**’Builder’s tea’  Super strong with sugar…Wikipedia definition is a little extreme…you don’t have to keep the bag in the mug, but here is the term’s origin….

 Builder’s tea is a British English colloquial term for a strong cup of tea. It takes its name from the inexpensive tea commonly drunk by labourers taking a break. A builder’s tea is typically brewed in a mug with a teabag (as opposed to loose tealeaves in a teapot), with full-fat milk and two teaspoons of sugar.

 

 

 

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