Can you imagine life without tea?
Well one of our reporters over at My London has spent much of his life without it, having only tried it for the first time recently.
He’s now shared his experience drinking tea for the very first time and has given his verdict.
Here’s what he had to say…
It may come as a shock to many that some people in Britain just don’t drink tea.
I’m one of those people.
My parents are both avid tea drinkers, as is most of my family.
They have it in the morning and when they come home after doing some shopping or work and can’t seem to function without it.
Whenever we go round or invite guests over tea is shared amongst the room and here I am with a glass of juice wondering…why is this one drink such a craved tradition?
As a note, I was never used to drinking tea from a young age and as with many dietary habits, they take time to build up and habituate yourself to.
The people I know who do drink tea have had it for years and didn’t just pick up a bag of PG Tips when they were 18.
Then there are some who drank it much later in life and got used to it.
I’ve had a few reluctant sips here and there but often the cup is left sadly in a corner of the room where no one can see it, the tea inside having long gone cold.
I’ve had bubble teas, green teas, jasmine teas and the like but never a cup of the proper stuff.
So here I am, in my late 20s, drinking my first full cup of real tea.
As must be pointed out, I’ve rarely made tea before, only for guests and even then my mum – who is the expert tea maker in the house – takes over the kettle.
I spent a while Googling how to make the perfect cup of tea and saw there was a huge debate about this drink.
After scouring forums and videos I found a recipe that didn’t look like it was made by Heston Blumenthal.
Freshly boiled water – check, tea bags – check, milk LAST – check and sugar – check.
Anyway, I was making a cup of tea for myself that I was probably going to tip down the drain moments after, not for the Sultan of Brunei.
I whipped out the finest China cup I found.
Then I made the tea, added some semi-skimmed milk and two spoonful’s of sugar to the mix and was set to go.
I mustered a small sip into the hot beverage.
The first sensation I felt was warmth.
Naturally – it’s a hot drink and this happens with any hot drink.
I kept drinking a few more sips and it was ok, nothing special though.
I’m not sure how to even describe the taste.
Yes it was warming, yes there was a slight comforting nature in there – but it wasn’t a drink I could see myself desperate for after a long day out or at any time of the day.
The nicest thing about it all was the smell of the tea without any milk or sugar added.
The teabag itself actually.
Surprisingly though, I found myself drinking the full cup!
Maybe the caffeine kick was needed.
It was decent, and if I went to a a gathering of some sort where tea would be involved then sure I’d drink it.
Though as an overall experience, it was a tad underwhelming and gets a 6.5/10.
I can see why people drink it, although I’d have to always make it myself as too much sugar or milk would’ve killed the taste to bleak score of 0.
Also I left the tea for a while as I wrote this article and it became cold.
Cold tea is disgusting.