I just read an interesting article about tea
「The delicious qualities of tea were first discovered by an early Chinese Emperor. He and his court stopped to rest whilst visiting a remote region one summer day. As his servants began boiling water to drink, dried leaves from a nearby Camellia Sinensis plant fell into the boiling water and a brown liquid with a tempting scent began to infuse. With both his scientific curiosity and his taste buds immediately aroused, the Emperor tasted the liquid. He declared it to give “vigour of body, contentment of mind and determination of purpose.”」
Whilst there are so many kinds of tea in the world, people seem to think that Japanese tea = green tea only. However there are more varieties, actually. Ryoku-cha (green tea), Genmai-cha, Mugi-cha, Hato-mugi-cha, Houji-cha, Sen-cha, Maccha, etc etc… They all taste different and the scent is so individual.
By the way, did you know that both English tea and Japanese Green tea all come from the same plant? They taste different because of the manufacturing process! And, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Considering the numerous kinds of tea in the world, it’s not a surprising fact at all.
Among the variety of tea, I like Genmai-cha and Houji-cha. Those roasted tea give me an energy and calm my nerves down. For English teas, I love Earl Grey the most. I usually enjoy drinking it with milk, or use it for cooking (such as tea cookies, cakes and ice-cream).