On the subject of tea…
Being from the USA, Lipton tea bags was my only exposure to tea for a long time. Hot tea, just wasn’t interesting. It was ok once in a while, but it just didn’t have anything going for it. I think I even had a box of tea bags that sat in my pantry for onward of 10+ years. And as far as I could tell, still tasted the same, yeah, pretty much the same meh, it always had.
THEN I went to England. I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath for over 4 years. Not only was I introduced to some really great tasting tea (PG Tips, the Lipton of the UK in my opinion, but delicious) but I was also shown how to properly make it. Yep, we dont make tea correctly in the US.
I got a tea pot to put the hot water into. Got a cozy to put over it. Started adding milk to it, which the thought of really put me off. Milk in tea? That cant be right. But is was great. I pretty much switched from coffee to British tea while I was there. After getting back to the US getting BRITISH PG tips was almost impossible (this was early 1990’s). I could find it in some import stores in the Phoenix area, but it was just way too expensive. Nearly $100 a box, I think that was about 50 tea bags. Just way too much. So I went back to coffee.
But thanks to Jean Luc Picard, Captain, yeah, the bald guy, I decided to give Earl Grey a try. I found several brands, and tried them all. The best one came in a balsa wood box, with a burnt on engraving of a ship on it. The lid of the box slid off the top. The packaging was simply amazing. The tea itself was outstanding. It was the only drink of its type that I never had to add anything to, like the others. No cream or sugar needed. It was that good. That became my staple for many years. I moved to Clearwater Florida in 2004. Never saw that brand again. I really miss it.
So now I drink instant coffee. I know what your thinking, the same thing I thought. O.o ack!
But to be honest, it turned out pretty good. The wife only drinks her brand, and nothing else. And every other brand really does taste terrible in comparison. Without becoming an add for them, I’ll just call it what she does… Tasters coffee. Yes, with that you can guess the rest of the name. Thats the only coffee I’ve been drinking now for about 10 years. And it works especially well when making it keto. There is no waste. We make one cup at a time.
There goes Mr Verbose again.