Found this tea on offer at my local TFC (Turkish Food Centre) so had to pick it up. I have never really thought about the Turks as being big tea drinkers but I then realised I don’t really know that much about Turkey.
Anyway to the tea. Its a very light and pale tea that would seem to better suit the warm climate of Turkey more so than the sporadic sunshine here in the UK. However I do really like this tea its a nice refreshing alternative to my usual black or green teas.
The first time I tried it (and the times till about half way down the bag) I just made it as if it were regular black tea. Although I stumbled upon this gem as I was trying to research this seemingly elusive tea, instructions on how to do it the ‘right’ way.
‘How to make Turkish Tea?
Measure a dessert spoon of Turkish Tea per person per tea cup
Add enough water to the large kettle based on how many cups you plan to serve
1) To make the Turkish black tea like the Turks do you will need a teamaker with two kettles of different sizes. Fill the large kettle with water and place it on the stove.
2) Add the black Turkish tea on the small kettle and place in over the large one. Please note that there is no water in the small kettle at this time.
3) Bring the water to a boil. Add a portion of the boiling water (1/3rd) to the small kettle at this time.
4) Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes for the tea to cook to the right consistency
5) Using Turkish Tea cups, serve the tea by pouring about 1/3rd from the top kettle and filling the rest with hot water. This ratio totally depends on your taste and can be adjusted. Use sugar to taste.’
Both ways tasted fine and there wasn’t a whole lot of difference between them.
Will be stocking up on this in the future.