International Tea Day: Celebrate with unique teas from around the world

International Tea Day: Celebrate with unique teas from around the world

Savor the diverse flavours of tea from different cultures on International Tea Day.

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International Tea Day, observed on May 21, celebrates tea’s cultural heritage, health benefits, and economic significance, says the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Tea lovers worldwide can take this day to explore and enjoy various tea varieties.

Here are five teas to try:

  1. Matcha (Japan): Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder. Though it started in China, Japan perfected its vibrant green colour and produced most of the world’s Matcha. It has a mellow, earthy taste with a bitter start and smooth finish. Matcha’s popularity has spread globally, now enjoyed in iced teas, ice creams, and desserts.
  2. Teh Tarik (Malaysia): Teh Tarik, meaning “pulled tea,” is a favourite hot milk tea in Malaysia. It is made by pulling the tea between two cups to create a frothy top. This sweet tea combines strong black tea, evaporated creamer, and condensed milk. Ginger and cardamom can be added for extra flavour. The tarik is known for its strong and creamy taste with a hint of astringency.
  3. Cha Yen (Thailand): Cha Yen, a popular Thai iced tea, offers a refreshing mix of black tea, rooibos tea, star anise, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and condensed milk. It is sweet, creamy, and aromatic, often served over ice. Coconut milk can be used for a different twist.
  4. Masala Chai (India): Masala Chai is a staple in many Indian households, enjoyed hot in the morning or evening. It’s made by boiling water with spices like green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, and fennel seeds. Tea leaves are added, followed by milk, and sweetened with sugar or jaggery. It pairs well with biscuits, bread, or Indian snacks like pakoras.
  5. Ceylon Black Tea (Sri Lanka): Ceylon Black Tea, named after Sri Lanka’s former name, is known for its strong and bold taste, floral aroma, and rich colour. It can be enjoyed as iced or warm black tea and also pairs well with milk. Besides black tea, Sri Lanka produces Ceylon oolong, green, and white tea varieties.

Enjoy these diverse teas and celebrate the rich global tradition of tea on International Tea Day!