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Los Angeles Tea Message Board › Cold weather teas--which do you prefer?

Cold weather teas--which do you prefer?

Margaret S.
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Long Beach, CA
Post #: 3
Really, if you think about it, any tea can be a cold weather tea. I mostly prefer unflavored teas that have not been blended with anything else. Occasionally, however, I enjoy a tea that has had spices added.

People have come to call this type of drink chai, or even chai tea. The word comes from the term masala chai. People have come to think that chai means spiced tea. But it doesn't. Chai is the Hindi word for tea. Masala is the word for the spice blend. Masala is a blend of warm spices that include cardamom, ginger, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and other spices. Not all of the spice blends used to spice tea are masala.

So I prefer to call it spiced tea. Calling it chai tea is like saying tea tea.

Another type of tea I sometimes prefer in winter is smoked teas. These include Lapsang Souchong and Bohea. They both have a warm smokey flavor, though the Bohea is the more subtle of the two.

Lapsang Souchong is more strongly smokey. I brew it triple strength sometimes and use it to marinate chicken or turkey. Meat marinated in smokey tea is a good substitute for meats heavy in salt, fat, and chemical additives.

Either of these smoked teas is good with pears or apples and sharp cheddar or blue cheese.

What do you prefer?

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