Males on Steepster?
Definitely a guy as well. I happen to be gay and certainly don’t think it’s not masculine to drink tea (I hear lapsang is like drinking a cigar, lol), but then again I don’t know any straight guys who regularly drink tea.
Lapsang is not something that is easy to drink. It’s not so much like a cigar, more like drinking a really smokey charcoal-y piece of wood. If that makes any sense. It probably doesn’t.
Hah, you probably got that description of drinking lapsang from a WOMAN.
It’s much better than a cigar, by the way. Plus you don’t feel gross afterward.
I am a straight guy who drinks tea. But our tea bar seems to have become known as “that gay tea bar”. I had a guy working for me a few months back. One of his buddies asked him where he worked and he told him, and his friend said, “but you’re not gay.” One of those things you just have to think: “How did THAT happen?”
@Fred. YES IT DOES! I think lapsang souchong smells EXACTLY like a campfire. I love the smell, but don’t care to drink it.
I’m definitely a man. I don’t think there is anything wrong with a man loving a good quality tea.
I’ve been informed by one of my friends in North England that tea is very masculine. He claims that tea in Newcastle is strong enough to bend spoons and powerful enough for very manly men (coal miners, “builders”, and so forth). I assumed that this attitude must carry through to the rest of the Commonwealth and that it is only us Americans that find tea to be feminine. (We are apparently too wimpy for good British tea.) However, there is Jillian saying that tea is traditionally feminine and the rest of the men here musing about this issue. Color me culturally confused. Do we have a British male or two hanging around here that can clarify?
Between pouring the boiling water from the kettle to the tea pot, pouring the tea from the tea pot to the cup, and then holding a near-boiling cup of tea over our laps when we drink it, there’s a least three opportunities for guys to scald themselves every time they make tea. And with that element of danger, what’s not masculine about drinking tea? Of course, I’m assuming you’re not drinking Lady Grey or some lavender-scented brew. It helps if you drink something that sounds risky, say, like Golden Needles. And if you say you’re into Chi-Men (Keemun), people assume you do martial arts.
In all honesty, I have never heard of tea being classified as a feminine drink until reading this thread. As a motorcycle enthusiast, former machinist, outdoors-ist, and man I don’t believe tea has anything to do with being strictly for women.
Though I have had Lady Grey… Its no Earl Grey, but it was the only source of burgamont in the house and I had a fever for more Grey.
Don’t know that I have anything to add here, but I have chuckled through all of these posts! I think the gender stereotype must be highly regional—-it’s very unusual in U.S. Midwest to find tea-drinking males, although I do have a couple of male co-workers who do, and can speak knowledgeably about it.
In the US it’s pretty fem, I think.
I had some friends over for tea, and when they couldn’t drink the tea because it was “too hot”, I called them pussies. And then they looked at me funny.
Last time I looked I was a guy…I am in the army I drink tea…the loose stuff too?! You have anything to say ’bout that?
I think any guy who takes an interest in the interests of the person their w/ is sexy and manly. So I think drinking tea is sexy and manly.:)
Guys – It might be comforting to know that you are not alone. Two unscientific observations I have made lately: the number of young men attending the last World Tea Expo was phenomenal. In past years the typical attendee was an older woman, but this year the aisles were lousy with guys (starting tea businesses). Also, check out this facebook page, about tea, run by a young man:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/TeaKevin?ref=ts Over 100,000 friends of which 1/3 appear to be men (unscientific just counted a few random pages). Men getting into tea is huge!