Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Tea Together Tuesday and this week’s prompt “Your Favourite Straight Tea and the different ways in which you drink it.” was suggested to us by the lovely Stephenia (@stepheniaon Instagram & Tea Leaf Project over on YouTube). As soon as I saw that this suggestion had been sent to us over on Instagram I knew we just had to make sure we used it because in a world full of flavoured blended teas I feel like straight teas are not given nearly as much love and attention as they deserve. Straight teas are actually my personal favourite so I couldn’t wait for this week to roll around to answer this prompt and even though I had a long time to plan for this post and pick a tea I couldn’t pick just one so I ended up picking two.
The two straight teas that I would say are my absolute favourites are Black Tea and Matcha. I know that I probably should have been way more specific with my answer but I couldn’t. I pretty much love everything that I have ever tried that falls under the umbrella of black tea and the same goes with matcha so to narrow it down to just one or two specific teas from a specific company would have been impossible for me to do!
As you all know from past Tea Together Tuesday posts black tea is what I have been drinking from a very young age so it was just a given that I was going to end up loving it throughout my adult life as well. I can honestly say that there has never been a straight black tea I haven’t enjoyed from the bagged black tea I had as a child to the high quality loose leaf I drink today. I love to drink it hot and iced and there are so many different black teas to choose from from different regions, farmers and cultivars and I never get tired of discovering new ones and experimenting with them in so many different ways.
There is a black tea for every different occasion, season and mood and emotion and that’s the reason I always reach for it over all of the other teas I have in my collection. It’s the one I have the most of and definitely the tea that comforts me the most. For the most part I will drink it on its own but I do often like to have Assam especially with milk and honey to start off a morning. If I have it iced I will normally have it un-sweetened but there are times where I will add in a slice or two of lemon.
When it comes to matcha as you will all know my journey started with a ceremonial non flavoured matcha and since then I have loved it. Yes, flavoured matchas have their time and place but I could take them or leave them honesty as straight matcha is by far my favourite and I will always reach for it over flavoured ones. There are so many different things that can naturally effect the flavour profile of (non added flavour) matcha and even now years after I tried my first matcha I still love trying new ones from different places all over the world and seeing just how different they can all be without the addition of any flavourings. It’s amazing how little changes in things like environment, soil type (and things that are added to the soil,) exposure to air, sunlight, moisture, and heat an can effect the overall flavour profile and quality of matcha.
Just like black tea I will drink matcha both hot or iced and I mostly drink it on its own. I also do use it to make matcha lattes and when I do have it iced I also like to stick a few lemon slices in there especially in summer. Matcha is just so amazing that adding anything to it only take things away because those additions with often overpower a lot of the subtler notes of it flavour profile which stops you from trying it at its best.
That is not be by any means shunning people who choose to drink flavoured matcha, I too enjoy it as long as it is done right without any bloody sugar added so you can actually taste the matcha. I understand that straight matcha might not be everyones cup of tea but all I ask is that you never give up on it there is definitely a matcha out there for you! Make sure if you are going to try any high quality straight matchas that you pay close attention to how much you use, the why in which you prepare it, and most importantly the water temperature. Matcha is finicky and its something that you have to spend time learning about and put your full focus into preparing. I promise you the time and effort you put into it will pay off.
So there you have it those are my two favourite straight teas. Let me know what yours are in the comments and if you have done a post or a video for Tea Together Tuesday be sure to leave your links so I can read through / watch them. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley