Encyclopedia of Tea

Section “tea” will tell You in detail about where, how and when people drank tea and, of course, much more. Section “Types and varieties of tea” will help You to understand all the tea variety and choose the flavor that will give You pleasure. In the section “tea” for You are chosen of different methods and recipes of your favourite drink.

Section “Tea etiquette” will teach You the tradition of tea drinking. But if You dream of competing in a real tea ceremony, here You’ll teach it. “Dessert with tea” — the most delicious section of our website. It offers recipes of the most popular desserts for tea.

The spread of tea.

Active tea trade began in China since the fifth century. Tea from China along the silk road got abroad: through Central and Western Asia, Afghanistan and Persia to Rome. In a 729 year tea was introduced to Japan, where he was unusually roads and was considered as a miracle drink. It took about a hundred years, and it has spread to Korea, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India.

The Indians were convinced in the powerful influence of drink on the body and has long been considered a tea drug. Europe tried tealeaves only in the XVI century. The pioneers among the Europeans were the Portuguese. In Holland and France tea appeared in the first half of XVII century. Foggy and rainy climate of England forced the people of this country once and forever to love a warming, invigorating drink.

Rules of conduct during the tea party.

Although the setting is during the tea party, usually informal, you should still follow a few simple rules. A classical invitation to tea implies a roughly two-hour visit. Not worth it to stay away longer, so as not to embarrass the hosts and not to disrupt their plans. When attending the reception hostess puts his linen napkin and puts it on the table — this is a sign to guests that the feast is over.

To pour out the tea should the owner, however, if the guests a lot, she can ask one of them to help her. At the request of the hostess is not customary to refuse. A Cup of drink to keep in the right hand. Tea should be drunk slowly, in small SIPS. It is unacceptable to drink puffing, loudly dragging it with the air to suck. Better not blow on the tea, and gently and softly stir with a spoon to cool down.

The choice of welding.

When choosing welding need to pay attention to the expiration date. Long forgotten tea loses its fragrance, its taste deteriorates. A very important characteristic is the uniformity of raw materials. Tea leaves high quality tea approximately the same size, their value must match the shown on the packaging. Low-grade tea allows for the presence of “flakes”, that is, particles of leaves, dust. Poor quality tea can have debris: fragments of branches, pieces of wood, foil, and so on. Russian people call this kind of welding “tea with the wood”.

The quality of tea also depends on the organoleptic characteristics — degree of dryness, smell. Humidity quality tea is 3-6%. The higher the humidity, the lower the quality of the tea. In cases where the humidity level is about 20%, the tea can be poisonous, on the welding mold appears. To determine accurately the percentage of moisture it is possible only in the laboratory, but some simple tests are easy to conduct at home.