Nowadays every morning I drink a bottle of good quality green tea (16.9 ounces of Itoen Oi Ocha) at room temperature and get cranky without it. I had been drinking their canned tea. Costco ran out, so I bought the more expensive stuff. I went back to the canned for one case and have been with the bottled ever since.
The frothy tea in your photograph looks to me like the tea an old girlfriend served me as she involved me in her practice of the tea ceremony. I rotated the bowl and all in accordance with directions and finally sipped the tea; it was something I didn't want to do again.
I wish the local tea rooms were more gender neutral. I'm a big enough guy that I can convert frills to masculine eccentricity, but the atmosphere makes me feel like an outsider.
The tea was at the tranquil tea room inside the Hamariku Garden (Hama Rikyu Onshi Teien) near Shidome/Tsukiji. Its not a formal tea ceremony place but very relaxing with a nice view over looking the garden and bodies of water. I actually prefer the Japanese roasted tea over this type of green tea.
Have you tried tea from Taiwan? It's very good too.
[name spelling edits only - MTF)
This message has been edited by MelvynTeillolFoo on Aug 5, 2009 7:31 PM
Always, I think, with meals, not as a special event. I was a callow youth back then and had no serious discrimination in teas -- a sort of I-know-what-I-like phase without really knowing.
My only serious attempts at tea were back a few decades ago when I decided Sunday mornings should be given to the newspapers and a pot of good tea. I brewed it carefully and drank it with moderately good attention. A jumbled work schedule in the decades after kept me from having Sunday mornings. Now I go to church and have two liters of Diet Pepsi on the way (after my bottle of tea at home).
I cannot drink bad coffee any more, and I think I can say the same for tea. I am not expert, but I have standards.
My favorite drink is an ice cold Coca Cola, but recently have been trying to cut down on sodas. So I've been ordering iced teas without any sugar. Every once in a while I get a flavored iced tea.
I found this one in the hotel mini-bar and it tastes pretty good (but very similar to Snapple with more of a tea flavor than peach juice):
I drink good old fashion Lipton tea. I was taught by an elderly friend decades ago never make your tea in a metal pot or container; her preference was a glass pot. Next she instructed me never to boil the tea bag - bring the water in the glass pot to a rolling boil then put your tea bag or bags in, turn the stove off and let the bags steep for two minutes. Remove the bags promptly and never let them sit in the tea; you get the best flavor within those two minutes. Then do with it what ever you please - add sugar, mint, lemon, Long Island Ice Tea mix, etc.
My youngest daughter drinks something called Chi green tea. Anyone familiar with that?