What tea do you like to have with a breakfast that includes bacon? Had me a bacon-egg-cheese-tomato sandwich yesterday morning, and was stumped as I stood over my tea collection, trying to find a good match. I settled on Two Leaves and a Bud organic Assam (teabags). I love the scent of this tea when brewing, and it’s delicious with milk. But it was a bit overshadowed by the bacon flavor. Should I have mixed in a little Lapsang or Russian Caravan? Have you ever tried a premixed blend of Assam and a smoky tea that you particularly like? Or have you found another way to match tea and bacon? Since bacon is still enjoying its 15 minutes of fame in the world of fine food – bacon chocolate, bacon popcorn, bacon this that and the other — it’s an issue that might need addressing! (However, if you suggest bacon-flavored tea, I might just puke.)
Handmade Tea’s Wolf peach island I found went great with anything savory. It is a tomato sage tea, so it’s on the weird side.
I could see a savory green working well, like a gunpowder green.
Just visited Handmade Tea’s website for the first time. Wow. Wish I could try the Wolf Peach without committing to three full ounces of it, but that’s the only size left! I’d offer to swap for a sample size, but there’s nothing in my tea drawer that is nearly as exotic, besides a nearly two-year-old sample of a special Master’s tea from Postcard.
Irish breakfast blends are supposed to go well with a fry-up, which is similar to what’s in your sandwich.
Yes, I thought about perhaps my Scottish Breakfast, which is similar of course, but it has flavors that go best with a nice stodgy starchy something (shortbread, Scotch Pancakes, etc.) rather than a full fry-up, which is definitely the inspiration for my braw brekkywich. (“Tomato?” the guys ask when I put in my order at the deli near Union Square. “Sure you don’t want ketchup instead?” I shudder and think of a pan full of just-roasted tomatoes to overcome the imagined taste of ketchup on my sandwich. )
How about shou puerh? Just an idea. Strong, earthy, umami flavours might work well with somehing like bacon. But it is just a guess.
I don’t know if I can help you much with that. I am quite new to tea and because of that I am still trying generic brands that I can get in my local tea shop. And I have never ordered shou puerh online.
But still, not so long ago I ordered some samples from Daoli (http://teaspotting.com). Great quality and costumer service for reasonable price. I would be comfortable ordering from them.
Hope that helps in any way.
I like republic tea coconut pu-erh. Its so ggood with meat of any. kind
You know I have a friend who says Bacon is the gateway meat. maybe you can influence. your friends to drink tea by introducing it with Bacon.