British tea etiquette you must follow this winter!

During winter, the joy of drinking a cup of tea is something else. Admit it, a cup of masala chai in the morning or an English breakfast tea or herbal green tea tastes even better when it’s cold outside. And you need not worry, tea has many health benefits. Tea can help improve blood circulation, widen arteries, slow down the onset of heart disease, help you lose weight and help you be calm. Here are some other health benefits of tea.

We all know about the British and their obsession with tea. According to UK-based Tea and Infusions Organisation, the British drink 60 billion cups of tea in a year! Having tea, especially high tea/afternoon tea is the hallmark of the British way of life. This winter, gather your family and friends around and have tea the Downton Abbey way with these tips by Typhoo.

Ideal tea setting and the right cutlery according to the British

  • A good cup of tea tastes better when served right. So, to make your afternoon tea seem as sumptuous as its flavour, a perfect table layout makes a huge difference. An ideal tea setting consists of a teapot, cups and saucers (ideally ceramic), a creamer for milk along with a bowl of sugar and a tea strainer. Another important element for the elegant British tea setting is a tea cosy which helps to keep your favourite tea warm for long.
  • The ideal way to keep the flavour and aroma of tea intact is by infusing tea in a ceramic pot. But, before infusing one must make sure that the pot is rinsed properly with hot water.
  • Once the tea is infused, the concoction can be poured in a separate cup. You can add sugar or milk if you please.

Choosing the right flavours:

  • In winter, a strong cup of tea with robust flavours is best to beat the chill and keep you warm. You can choose from a variety of flavours like Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Assam Tea, Darjeeling tea or a classic black tea. You can also try herbal flavours like chamomile or a peppermint. Chamomile tea can help you sleep better, fight cold, migraine and anxiety, ease menstrual cramps and soothe an upset stomach. Did you know having peppermint tea regularly can aid weight loss, improve your digestive health, relieve congestion. Here are some other health benefits of peppermint tea. Have you tried valerian root tea?

Tea pairing:

  • In a British high-tea setup, tea is best accompanied by both sweet and savoury snacks.  Usually, finger sandwiches like smoked salmon sandwiches or cucumber sandwiches, scones and tea cakes pair well with tea.

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