Most of these variations on the classic cup of tea have found their way all around the world, but some of them aren’t nearly as popular as they are in their countries of origin. Let’s take a quick trip around the world in the form of a few cups of tea, shall we?
1. Cha Yen (Thai iced tea) from Thailand
Iced tea from Thailand is a lot different than what you may be used to. It’s a lot richer. The tea is brewed a lot more strongly, and it’s served with a hearty serving of sugar, syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. This sweet treat is a drink you’ll want to avoid if you’re trying to cut down on your sugar intake – but when it’s time for a tea treat, it doesn’t get much more decadent and delicious than Thai iced tea.
2. Russian Tea from Russia
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Russian Tea originates from Russia. It also shouldn’t be surprised that it’s a boozy version of tea, typically tea served with rum and lemon juice. Obviously, not all tea in Russia is served with booze, and they have a rich tea history just like many other nations around the world.
3. Chai from India
Indians will make fun of you for saying “chai tea” because in India, chai is the word for tea so it’s like you’re saying “tea tea”. Tea is an incredibly popular drink in India, good luck talking 5 steps without passing by 10 tea stands. Traditionally, chai is made with a variety of spices including star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon.
4. Maple Tea from Canada
The province of Quebec in Canada is the world leader when it comes to maple syrup, producing incredible volumes of some of the best syrups on earth. The forests are filled with maple trees, which produce the sweet and distinctly flavoured syrup in abundance, so it’s no wonder that it often ends up in a cup of tea. Maple syrup is a great way to sweeten tea, just ask any Canadian.
5. Matcha green tea from Japan
You’ve probably heard of matcha tea already. Matcha is made from finely ground green tea leaves, and this fragrant powder is mixed with hot water. It’s different from bagged or loose leaf tea in the sense that you don’t remove the tea from the water after it has steeped, you mix the powder right into the water and drink it as such.