Friday, September 26, 2008

Going Green

I'm biased towards black teas. It become more apparent after trying Green tea for the first time a few years ago. I was helping a friend of my mom's with typing up her essays for college. She offered me a drink and offered green tea. I was opened to trying it, feeling that I needed to expand my tastes. She prepared it for me and had put creamer in it. In all honesty, I thought it was awful. Of course, being of good and polite manners, I drink it as best as I can. But it tasted like.....flavorless wheat? It just was not very tasty.

So, the other day, I decided on giving the tea another chance. I'd making it without creamer. And you know what? I liked it! Of course, it didn't taste as it did when it did have creamer. But I suppose I expected it to be very earthy almost dirty in taste. But I was very surprised. It was sweet....and I don't think it was because of the sugar I put in it. I'm from the South, I have to have sugar in my tea. It's like going through a withdrawal without it. Anyway, I think I can say that I did enjoy it and I can add it to my list of favorite teas. By the way, the brand of tea was Twinings.

The story doesn't end there though. This expansion of taste was stretched farther. I decided to try Lipton's bottled green tea which is available in the cafeteria where I work. It's not just green tea, it's citrus green tea. It's sweet. And yes, there's 21 grams of sugar in it. But this....this sweetness seems natural. Like it was already a part of the drink before the sugar was added. It goes the same for when I tried the tea here at home. The sweetness seemed more natural as opposed to it be added. Yes, I'd have to go back to what I earlier said: I can enjoy it and will be added to my list of favorites. It will be a nice alternative to drinking cokes and juice during the work day.

*Photo by Joseph Richardson


Joseph T. Richardson said...

I know I'm strange, but I'm from the South and I've grown accustomed to not taking sugar in my tea. And I like green tea just fine, even without sugar. I'm still partial to black, but green tea is relaxing, and also very healthy for you.

I think I mentioned to you that I have an usual tea that really tastes earthy. It's Pu Ehr Dante from Adagio Teas. I just read the Wikipedia article on pu-ehr teas, and they are a really strange bird.

Lorea said...

Yeah, you are strange for a Southerner. But you think I'm strange for not wanting to To Kill a Mockingbird. Yeah, I know is healthy. That's why I decided to give it another chance.