The subject of tea always makes me nervous. Tea fans, like wine buffs, tend to have firm views on their subject and like to use terms such as FOP (Flowery Orange Pekoe) and SFTGFOP (Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe) when discussing the niceties of different leaf grades. In recent months, increasing numbers of different teas have been appearing on the smartest menus - and not just as a drink, but often used to flavour food too. Not any old teas, but rare and unusual blends such as the dark 35-year-old Lu TieBing (Puer) from Yunnan, China, or the finest green Gyokuro from Japan. Clearly, if we wish to retain our foodie savoir faire, we're going to have to educate our palates in such matters ...
So, what exotic tea blends have you tried lately? anything rare and unusual?
Pleased beyond expectations?
Disappointed in not finding the tea more exotic?
Have you broadened your tea drinking tastes lately? or does a cuppa Lipton work just fine for you?