If you're among the many millions who prefer a chilled glass of juice to
a hot cup of tea on a scorching summer's day, take heed: scientists say
a hot drink will cool you down more than an ice-cold beverage. So how does it work?
Grey day, with very little sunlight to work with, so pardon the picture quality. Yet, the perfect time to warm up with some good roasted coffee-like tea!
From previous sessions, I remembered this tea to be powerful, complex and very pineapple-like that mellows with age. One can also register acidic notes on the insides of his cheeks. The red Bromelia plant - the pineapple's 'cousin' seems like a reasonable choice for this cha xi, made in honour of the man who first introduced me to the Fujian culture of tea drinking and the ubiquitous
love for finely roasted Tie Guan Yin (TGY).
Certain foods and drinks stir my memories of people who entered my life and to whom I am grateful. As I type, I draw this parallel between the characteristics of Fujian TGY and people getting on years. How appropriate - ageing like fine teas!
Arab dates and a Taiwanese Oriental Beauty tea pairing
What I look forward to during the fasting month is pairing dates with red (aka black in Middle Eastern countries) tea. The sweetness in these dates is balanced with red tea that intensifies subtle scents and aromas in dates at the same time. Try this at home!
And to my Muslim friends and readers, may the spirit of this holy month enlighten you.