Chinese tea with milk and sugar.
If you tell any Chinese that in Russia they drink tea with sugar and add milk or lemon to it, then he will be very surprised. If this Chinese is from the south-eastern part of the country, then he will not believe you at all. Our ideas about tea are very different from the Chinese ones. And this is understandable.
The fact is that Chinese tea is exactly “Chinese tea”. This is not even a direction in the culture of tea consumption, but something completely “independent-separate”. Something that in no case can be equated or compared with the usual “black” tea, to which Russia has been so long and so firmly accustomed.
Have you ever wondered what kind of tea most people buy in supermarkets? If you ask the average customer, they’ll probably say something like, ” How’s that? Normal! ” And will be right.
russia, europe, the united states-they drink ordinary black tea, which is not called in any way. He’s alone. The only one. Yes, the cans are different, yes, the packaging is different in color, yes, the tastes are also different (depending on the flavors). But the essence remains the essence – it is the same “ordinary black tea”. Averaged, available, popular.
And I really understand the desire of many tea lovers to somehow “ennoble” this daily drink. Lemon, milk, sugar, honey, cherry jam – everything is used! And it turns out really tasty. Unusual and delicious! After all, it’s really quite depressing to drink the same thing every day.
if we look at chinese tea, we will see the opposite. chinese tea culture offers such an incredible variety of varieties that not everyone can understand them. this will take years. and if we are talking about chinese tea, then every day you can try something different, discovering more and more new varieties. Chinese tea will never get bored. after all, this is not one variety – it is a kaleidoscope of types, names, tastes! this is an inexhaustible topic.
But the mentality can’t win. We are so used to adding different additives to “ordinary tea” that we transfer this habit to Chinese tea. whether this is good or bad is not for me to decide. One of the great ones said that ” the criteria of taste are unprovable.” and he was absolutely right about that. everyone drinks what they like.
But I want to convey only one thing. the taste of chinese tea, no matter what variety we talk about, is self-sufficient! This taste has been honed for centuries. this taste was passed down from generation to generation. and he came to us as he should be. this is the standard! no need to smother it with lemon or rose petals. save them for ” regular tea.”
I say, “Chinese tea,” and put a stop to it. All. We don’t need anything else.
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