You put WHAT in your tea???
Salt/sodium can help make things taste sweeter, I remember being surprised at how much sodium was in a bottle of soda, think there was more sodium that sugar.
But I think the salt and butter in the tea might have more to do with dietary requirements, unlike most westerners who usually get too much fat and salt in their diet they’re not getting enough and use the tea as a supplement.
I really want to try this though now (Even though I certainly don’t need the fat or sodium). Yak butter probably won’t be in my supermarket so I’d have to make due with Land of Lakes… if I use salted butter I wouldn’t have to add salt. I don’t think any of my teas are the type that would go well so maybe if I got ahold of some puerh…
Butter doesn’t sound all that far off from adding cream, I guess? And I currently add salt to tea.
Well, I’ve heard of this a few times and just saw this thread, so I decided to try it!
I brewed some pu’erh a bit stronger than usual and stirred in a little Land o’ Lakes salted butter (all out of yak butter unfortunately) and the result was something that looked like coffee with cream, but redder in color. What did it taste like? Kind of like some kind of odd soup! It wasn’t bad, but I think I like my tea better without the butter and salt :P It definitely seemed more like something I should be eating with a spoon than drinking from a cup, but not at all offensive.
P.S. Does anyone know where I can get a pet yak? hehe…
Yak butter tea is actually on my bucket list, but I’m not sure if I’m ever going to be able to make it to any country that serves it!
I think it’d be fun to try different things to spice up your teas. salt may actually be really good with a strong black tea! Our maybe even an oolong! I dunno. But you never know what taste good until you try it!
I might actually put some salt in my tea right now with some pepper!
It’s actually pretty good. There is a popular Taiwanese bakery called 85 Degrees (they have a few locations in southern CA and are all over Taiwan and China). They are known for their sea salt coffee and sea salt green tea, in which they usually add a bit of creamy foam and a sprinkle of sea salt. It brings out the flavors really well.
What type of tea would you add butter or salt to? That sounds interesting.
I’ve tried butter and Himalayan salt in a wild- crafted Yunnan black. I made it very strong and used fresh butter from an Amish community here. It was very different but good once I got used to it.
There is more to tea than just the taste quality, although this important, there is also the actual physiological effects of the tea resulting from what is made of. Given that those areas are very cold much of the time it logically follows to have a very yang tea, such as black tea, with substances in it(fatty acids) that result in greater warmth of the body. This is only logical. Harvard studies show that black tea specifically boosts T lymphocyte function to prevent illness. And given that black tea is very yang this results in warmth to the stomach which helps to ward off illness. There are studies saying that black tea in prevention of coronary disease is negated by adding milk, butter. Given that the tea in the locations mentioned functions more as a meal, it is only natural that butter is added.