Tea traditions of the world
One Russian artist of the XIX century said that it is impossible to feel and understand the world, if not to drink strong fragrant tea. Today this drink is one of the most popular in the world. The history of its origin has tens and hundreds of centuries.
Even 4000 years ago, Chinese healers learned that the drink given to people by the Gods, saves from all troubles, heal illnesses and adds energy for the whole day. But how many people, so many tastes, so each people in own way enjoys tea. Some are making the leaves of the miracle of the Bush to a strong concentration, others do not even give him the infusion, still others mix the tea with lemon, milk and other ingredients. Unites all honor and respect to the divine treat.
Real foodies and fans of the drink know that arriving in a particular country, people may be faced with a highly sophisticated tea drinking ritual, which includes lots of subtleties and nuances. We offer you to familiarize yourself with the major tea traditions of the world, to avoid embarrassing situations and not be trapped.
Four main traditions
Today there are four main traditions: English, Japanese, Chinese and Russian . Of course, besides them there are also others, such as Indian, friska, Moroccan, American, French. But unfortunately, now they are only on the rise of its development, so while they are known not so much information.
To start, perhaps, is with Britain — the Kingdom’s conservatism, love for the classics and all kinds of rituals. Probably, many tea associated with this country, because all I’ve heard about the British addiction to this drink. But it is worth noting that our knowledge is somewhat distorted. English tea — it’s a long ceremony in the center of which is not the drink itself, and not even human, but rather a house in which to enjoy a hot treat. And in the meaning of the word “house” includes the concepts of interior design, tableware and customs. The second role for the owners — they need to properly lay the table and brew the tea.
In today’s world there are a lot of variations of the ritual, but if you stick to the classic (Victorian) tradition, everything must be done perfectly. Because it affects the reputation as “cooks” and the same house. The tea party is impossible without an audience and “admirers”, so they can enjoy a drink alone just doesn’t make sense. Finally, says one of the taboo — not to shed a single drop of tea! This is absolutely unacceptable, if you stick to all rules. Ritual is notorious for its artificiality and pathos, and at the same time, the incredible beauty. But don’t worry, today in Britain, almost nobody observes these limits, with the exception of the Royal family and noble verst population.
If you don’t want to turn tea-drinking into a long and stiff process, you can resort to the culture of the country of the Rising Sun. Tea tradition in Japan is a little holiday. All that is required is a genuine Eastern beverage, boiling water and, of course, exquisite Japanese ceramics. It is the last element turns in a routine performance. This ritual is not considered difficult or artificial. On the contrary, he is deprived of any “show-off”, and is therefore ideal for person who want to enjoy tea itself, or in the close company of true friends. And it is not necessary to maintain small talk, plenty to keep the kettle or the spoon to put in a specific place, as do the British.
With Japan, you can move to another Eastern land, where love tea more than any other beverage. This, of course, China. The process of tea drinking in the country has hundreds of centuries and transmitted from generation to generation. The main “guest” at the table is only a drink — fragrant, delicious, rich, incomparable tea. The tradition is perfect for food lovers, and at the same time contraindicated for those whose goal will be samparas and pathos. The drink will not tolerate any decorations and will not succumb to this cook. If truly to experience the ritual, it is possible to get pleasure not only from tea, but from nature, interior, company, and conversation.
Finally, Russian tea differs from its Western or Eastern counterparts. Despite the fact that on the table from ancient times stood a samovar, pancakes, saucers and spoons — all of these elements is not absolutely important. The main thing in the Russian tradition — soul communication, the laughter of the native people and a lively atmosphere. And everything else is secondary. Welcoming hosts often serve tea to desserts, marmalades, biscuits, pies. In General, everything what your heart desires. And despite all those sweets, the drink itself is not uncommon to add sugar and lemon.