Even though this risks a criticism of http://www.aestheticons.com straying into a lifestyle genre – never the intention – but I am keen to evangelise about the most amazing tea known to man!
For me coffee is drunk in the morning or after dinner but tea is an excellent way to refresh the weary soul after 4.00 pm.
Fortnum & Mason’s Assam Superb is simply the best cup of tea you will ever possibly enjoy but there are a couple of caveats:
1. You must enjoy your tea strong – delete as appropriate – described as “builders”/”miners”/”plumbers” etc.
2. Although I understand that adding sugar is ok you do need to add a splash of milk, for my taste, to enjoy this tea at its best.
Here’s the science….Assam Tea – a very old variety of tea – is indigenous to India’s Brahmaputra Valley. Assam Superb has the rich, smooth and malty flavour; its ideal at any time of the day.
Available as a leaf tea – in a loose sleeve or caddy – or in tea bags – packed in 25s. So you can have one cup or many.
Whichever method you use I suggest that you allow the tea to brew in boiling water (in a warmed pot) for three to four minutes before drinking or if a bag in a single cup is preferred – again over boiling water – brewing for a couple of minutes is fine. The secret – I am told by the very helpful staff at Fortnum & Mason – is that the water needs to be freshly brewed. In hard water areas, I always think adding the milk after the tea has been steeped is the best idea.
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