There I said it.....I thought I would tackle the subject as it is tea and it does have a place on our supermarket shelves. Some may say it's not proper tea but it is tea. Freeze dried and very instant, you don't have to wait for it to brew. Just pour boiling water onto 1 teaspoon of granules and you're done, just like that, boom! Tea. I felt like the experience was to much like making instant coffee but you get tea instead....Something just isn't right about it.
It is the kind of tea you would get from a vending machine isn't it? A bit bland, convenient but not freshly brewed like from a bag or loose leaf infusing. There is that satisfaction that when you've waited the three minutes brew time that you have reached the ultimate goal of making the best cuppa that you could possibly make and to your own liking or the liking of your 'partner in brew'.
My youngest says it isn't instant tea as you've still got to wait for the kettle to boil, smarty! He gets his common sense from me obviously but not sure what the future is as far as instant is concerned, 'pop up' tea maybe? A tea delivery service? Someone could just be going around with a mobile urn, now that is lazy and there may be a wait and that just won't do, not unless they are delivering biscuits as well.
What you should never do is store your jar of instant tea next to your jar of gravy granules. This could lead to a major disaster on a Sunday, with the best roast you have ever cooked on the table in all it's glory, in front of all the family and yep you go and pour a good slug of Tetley Tea all over your leg of lamb or nut roast. It won't be an 'arrrrrhhhh Bisto moment' but a 'tttttrrrrrrragic Tetley trip up.
It is wet, warm, resembles tea and all the major players seem to produce it such as Tetley, PG and if you go to Whittard of Chelsea, they do really nice flavours in instant teas. So maybe we should just love it a little? Maybe? I don't think I would buy it regularly. I can't actually believe I bought it once but I did and it's there in the cupboard in case I run out of tea bags (never going to happen) or I change my mind and enter into a bit of instant now and again.
For me I feel drinking instant tea maybe the equivalent to Julie Andrews adding a swear word in the middle of her 'Favourite Things' during the Sound of Music, the Family Von Trapp would look with disgust wouldn't they as if 'what did you say?' in my case 'what the heck are you drinking Sue from the Brew?'
It's back to the old bag or loose leaf for me but let me know what you think. Leave a comment, don't be shy......go on, there must be a instant fan somewhere?
I'll leave you for now but catch me tomorrow for a random topic on 'Whatever Wednesday'
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