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Three cheers for black tea! I’d give more cheers but I’m too busy enjoying a tall glass of the beautiful drink right now. Pure, old school tea. That’s right, it is your momma’s tea: Black tea.
It isn’t like it’s something I’ve never done before. To tell you the truth, I drink black tea every single day and have for as long as I can remember. Let’s put it this way, when I started drinking black tea:
- calories were things other people worried about
- Justin Bieber wasn’t even born.. heck, his parents might not have even met
- none of my 3 daughters (which, of course, includes the Crazy Tea Chick, Emily, herself) were born – in fact, I was younger than my youngest daughter
Wow. Do I feel old.
Changing the subject with speed a gazelle would envy. The reason for this ode to black tea is because:
- It’s long overdue.
- I was served iced tea so weak at lunch today that I ran home crying to my own pitcher.
We all spend so much time concentrating on green tea, white tea, herbal teas, fruity teas, Chai Tea, and so on (for crying out loud, not that there’s anything wrong with these beautiful reasons to live). We talk about their antioxidants, how they’re conducive to a healthy lifestyle, how they’re versatile and delicious. The whole while, black tea’s standing nearby thinking, “I’ve been doing that for years.” And years, and year, and years…
Did you know that you should never, ever, ever squeeze your tea bag into your tea? Doing so releases bitter tannins which, in turn, negatively affect the tea’s flavor.
Yes, green tea is so good for you that it should be required drinking. But let’s not forget that good old black tea is also great for us – and it’s as delicious as any drink you can name. If you don’t believe me, grab a glass of impossibly weak tea – you know, the kind that causes your taste buds to debate whether it’s water or tea that just splashed by – then grab a glass of delectable black tea and leave no room for debate.
I guess we tend to take some great things for granted, like black tea. Doing so is downright criminal and I’m going to have a talk with God about making it sinful.
If you’ll forgive me, I have another pot to brew. I may be at this all night.