Tea Expert Taste Test

A few weeks ago, we brought a video from Epicurious of a coffee expert tasting and talking about coffee. This week the Victor crew found another video from Epicurious with a tea expert talking about the different teas as he tastes it.

He opens up tea bags and talks about the types of tea he sees, smells, and feels. He makes the tea and then slurps it in a particular way to aerate it and taste it better. He talks about the packaging – bag vs sachet, for instance.

He tries several different teas that come in different ways. He was even caught wrong in one of the tastings.

Making Tea

The Victor Crew found a video that shows “How You’ve Been Making Tea Wrong Your Entire Life” from the BBC.

The takeaways are:

Don’t use styrofoam cups – they hold onto the flavor
Don’t use hard water – it can cause scum on top of the tea; flavors react with the minerals
Steep the teabag for five minutes – it gives time for the caffeine and antioxidants to come out

Don’t Throw Away Those Used Tea Bags

There are some things you can do with those used tea bags. We have some suggestions for recycling them:

Use some wet tea bags to when you have minor burns or sunburns.
Place them over tired eyes to soothe them.
Soothe razor burns.
Sprinkle around rosebushes – the roses like tannins.
Put some used tea bags in the water with rice or pasta for a different flavor.
Save them up and dye some clothes for that vintage look.
Renew wood surfaces by wiping with some re-brewed tea bags.
Use re-brewed tea bags and rinse your hair and scalp.
Compost them.
Rub them on chapped lips.
Rub them on sore or bleeding gums.
Use to clean grease.
Mix the used leaves in your kitty’s litter box.
Saturate with peppermint essential oil and place in cabinets to deter pests and rodents.
Use to scrub your hands especially after handling garlic, onions, fish.
Soak your feet
Soak the rest of you and throw them in the tub.
Use to help with skin infections or warts.