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Different Teas With The Same Ingredients

Different Teas With The Same Ingredients

You light the gas, heat water, put in 2 tablespoons of black tea leaves, add sugar, one or two spices and finally pour in the milk. The soft brown hue of milk tea sinks in, slowly taking over brew-tea-fully.

Just another day of having just another cup of tea, but wait… it tastes different?!

Sometimes your regular tea will taste slightly different, even if you use the same black tea or green tea leaves and the same recipe. So what changes?

We solve this mystery of getting different teas with the same ingredients here.

Quantity Matters

The first factor determining the taste of your tea is the quantity of ingredients you put in. For instance, more black tea leaves will brim up a cupful of Kadak Chai, with rich and active tea flavours. While more milk will give a softened taste and more filling feel, altering the viscosity of the tea, and making it heavier.

Time Your Brew

Steep time is a vital consideration to make to nail that balanced cup of premium tea. Brewing tea for too long will infuse in a bitter and strong taste. Secondly, it will also concentrate its caffeine content. On the other end, a very quick steep may leave you with a tasteless conversation over a weak tea, and who wants that?

Champion the art of making the perfect cup of tea with these details:

 

Type of Tea 

Steep time for light flavours

Steep time for strong tea

Temperature 

Black Tea

2-3 minutes

3-5 minutes

90-95°C

Green Tea

Under 1 minute

1-2 minutes

75-80°C

Herbal Tea

5 minutes

7-10 minutes

85-90°C

Masala Chai

3-4 minutes

5-7 minutes

90-95°C

Lemon Grass Tea

5 minutes

7-10 minutes

95°C

 

Water, Tea & Milk 

These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little cup of tea, but what are the X-factor elements that make tea taste different? Well, they are precisely water, tea, and milk. Stay with us.

First water.

The quality and temperature of the water used for brewing tea will determine its taste. The mineral variation affects the flavour, while the temperature affects the extraction of flavours.

Second tea.

Each variety of tea has distinct properties. black tea, for instance, is fully oxidised and can be boiled at high temperatures, but green tea cannot. Likewise, younger tea has a delicate flavour, while properly aged premium tea will give a robust taste.

Lastly milk.

Boiling tea leaves with milk, as done in Indian tea culture, creates a more integrated flavour and homogeneous blend, as compared to adding milk separately. Adding cold milk to a hot cup of black tea modulates the temperature, making it more suitable for immediate consumption.

Note: Another ingredient close to Indian tea lovers is spices. A good brew of Masala chai with cinnamon, clove, ginger and more gives a spicy twist to your tea.

And that is it! With the right brewing technique, time and ingredient measurement, you too can different types of tea with the same ingredients. What you must consider is the quality of tea and the conditions it grows.

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