A warm welcome to the first Swiss, Finnish and Jersey readers of Singing Bird Tea
Gold label tea was light and subtle for breakfast. Most of the tea we drank came from India. The jewel in our colonial crown. Britain colonised Dorje-Ling (Darjeeling) way back in 1828.
One of the Darjeeling Tea estates
Tea can be used to generate acts of kindness.
See the London art installation below:
When an event of even the mildest magnitude arises it is customary to have a cup of tea to soften its impact.
Although we drink almost exclusively black teas with milk ...
England does offer some nice other teas and they need to be good to stand up to the milk we drop into them. A favourite is Earl Grey tea. Earl Grey has a distinctive flavour and aroma derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit that grows in the winter in southern Italy. There is also a drink called 'The London Fog' which is Earl Grey tea with steamed milk and vanilla syrup. That's very rich and moreish. Great before and after exercise I think.
Earl Grey Blue Lady with cornflowers and vanilla
There are also a few new English Teas to try.
Cornish Manuka Tea
Tregothnan Earl Grey
Olive Leaf Tea
Important English Phrases related to tea
Builders - basic black tea (for builders)
Char - one of several a names for tea in England
Cuppa - one cup of tea
An English Builder
An English Tea Rooms
Some would say such tea rooms give tea a bad name.
Rock n roll rebels are not usually found in such rooms.
See the following film extract to understand the point of view some hold in England. Set in an English Tea Room
From the film Withnail and I
This is not meant to represent all old people.
Let England Shake! by PJ Harvey