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Thursday, June 14, 2007

How Do Tea-Drinking Customs Differ Throughout The World?

The manner in which people prepare and drink their tea differs all over the world. Some people drink tea plain. Others like to add milk and sugar or lemon juice. A few people like to add liquor, such as rum, scotch, or cognac, to their tea. In Tibet a cup of tea is served with a lump of yak butter floating on its surface. The Tibetans are so fond of this that they drink a great many cups every day. The Tibetans drink at least 10 or 20 and sometimes many more.

Another old custom, once typical in Russia, was the use of samovar in making tea. The samovar is a large, graceful urn made of copper, brass, or silver. It holds about 40 cups of boiling water. The water is heated by charcoal. The top of the urn is saucer-shaped to hold the teapot, in which a strong essence of tea is kept steaming hot. Tea is served in a glass or a cup. About one quarter of a cup of the tea essence is used, and the rest of the cup is filled with boiling water from samovar.

The Russians usually take lump sugar with their tea. In olden days the peasants rarely placed the sugar lump in their tea but held in between their teeth as they drank. Sometimes a spoonful of jam, instead of a slice of lemon, was put into the tea for flavoring.

Nowadays, people drink the beverage tea through bottles. The tea is packages in a plastic bottle.

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9 comments:

carmy said...

You have a great story here!

Suray said...

Thanks Carmy for your comment! You should try to drink a cup of tea in the morning, cause is really fascinating. I have followed the suggestion of my buddies and I never regret it.

BillyWarhol said...

i love Tea*

i find it nice + soothing + relaxing*

Nice after Dinner*

but i have to have my Jolt of Java Coffee in da morning!!

;))

Suray said...

Yeah Billywarhol, tea is definitely good for our healthy. A cup of tea in the morning and a cup of coffee at night, so wonderful :D

Tim said...

Hi Suray,

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment about my work. You have an interesting blog~ interesting information. I wrote an article on green tea once~ good stuff! Tim

zenpilgrim said...

Not sure how a lump of yak butter would taste...but would be willing to try it once.

Tea has never been a drink I got excited about (probably a result of growing up in the southern US where they serve it as iced tea). When I get hot tea it never seems strong enough.

Suray said...

Hi Zenpilgrim, I never try it (yak) too. But, I think it would be very tasty.

Deek Deekster said...

Suray, what poetry! Or rather, WHAT POETRY?

You're having a laugh aren't you?

Tea: http://funk.co.uk/2006/08/tea-drug-of-choice.html - enjoy!

Suray said...

Very funny.... :D Deek Deekster... Anyway, thx for your comment.

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