Friday, 20 April 2007

On the subject of Teaparties......

Today’s musing (well, I did warn you that this was going to be about the crap that goes on in my head) is continuing on the Madhatter’s Teaparty train of thought. I’ve been drinking a LOT of tea recently (being a SAHM will do that to you) and today I got to wondering the million dollar tea question.

Does tea really taste better when it’s made in a pot rather than in a mug?

I have a friend who swears it does and always makes tea in a pot. I do own a teapot, a nice round yellow one (see photo*) purchased for me by my aforementioned teapot-loving friend during our drink addled spell at Keele Uni. I’m certain there was a perfectly reasonable explanation as to why she bought me a big yellow teapot but, for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was! Anyhow, I personally can’t tell the difference between teapot tea and made-in-the-mug tea. Maybe it made a difference when you used actual tea leaves and not teabags (useless piece of information, the teabag was invented by an American, Thomas Sullivan, in 1908 but wasn’t introduced commercially in the UK until Tetley launched theirs in 1953 – thanks Wikipedia). Can anyone really be bothered with tea leaves these days? Back in the day if you were loaded and had someone to empty the teapot for you maybe but urgghhhhh at the thought of cleaning tea leaves out of the tea pot. Maybe it’s time for some DIY tea making research. I’ll have to try the teapot out this week. Teabags only though!

On that note, I’m off to put the kettle on.


*Okay, confession time. You can tell just how long it is since I used the big yellow tea pot by the fact that it had practically welded itself to the top of the kitchen cabinet and it took me ten minutes and 4 big squirts of fairy liquid (pink grapefruit and mint, in case you’re interested) to get all the grease off the outside of it so I could take a photo. I am such a slob!


Rhian said...

Marie, This is Harvey & Theos mam (you know, from the BW). lol
Right, introductions over....thought I would let you know that my brother in-law can always tell when someone has made a cuppa without the pot. You can lie all you like, but its a speciality of his and says there is a definate difference and the pot is best. Maybe that is why he doesn't come to my house, because I haven't got a teapot....I will never buy one now.

I do not like tea and I cannot stand the smell either.

Rach said...

LOL Marie - I lurve tea! But couldn't give 2 hoots if it was made in teapot or just a teabag in a mug! Do have a fave mug though!