The new issue of the Upton Tea Quarterly has arrived. This time, I am quite intrigued by a quote from tea lover George Orwell on the cover:
"First of all, one should use Indian or Ceylonese tea. China tea has virtues which are not to be despised nowadays — it is economical, and one can drink it without milk — but there is not much stimulation in it. One does not feel wiser, braver or more optimistic after drinking it. Anyone who has used that comforting phrase 'a nice cup of tea' invariably means Indian tea."
Now I have certainly enjoyed plenty of Indian tea over the years, but I can't quite imagine limiting myself to only Indian tea. Can you? For some reason, this quote has taken root in my head, and I've been pondering which country of origin I would choose for my tea if I were limited to one. India would give me those great Darjeeling teas, but think of all the great Chinese and Japanese teas I'd miss out on! I'm trying to remind myself that I am certainly able to drink tea from anywhere I choose, but still … if we had to pick one tea-producing region … could you? Would you?