Originally Posted by Redcarmoose
Brooke Bond Red
It is maybe the most popular tea in India. Just super dark red/orange, folks even put milk in it as it is really strong. I drank it for effect.
As I remember I saw a lot of Tata tea in India. The most popular tea there is not leaf but granulated tea ( small round granules) which gives the strongest taste. Most of Indians drink tea with milk ( the so called masala chai) therefore the quality of tea is not important. What is important is that it is cheap and that it gives a strong taste because it will be mixed with milk.
I saw a very little number of tea shops in India with leaf teas. Usually leaf tea is for export or for a small niche of people who drink tea without milk.
Typical tea sold in India looks like this:
In my country we divide black teas as leaf teas and granulated teas ( they are sold with such indications). It seems that in English language countries it's different. I found a discussion where somebody from Poland wrote:
Edited by mutabor - 10/2/13 at 3:29pm
I know it may be funny, but actually I got a bit upset. I just opened a box of "loose leaf" tea I bought at Tesco's, only to find some dust inside - granulated tea (which is rubbish, I hate it).
And there's even a picture of leaf on the box, so it is double misleading.
There is a distinction in my first language and had the situation taken place in Poland, it would clearly be a con. Here we approach my question then: does the category of "leaf tea" really extend to granulated tea in English?? If so, then the term makes no sense to me, since every kind of tea is "leaf tea" (however processed), there is simply no other source of tea in the world, so why would one stress it. It's just like saying "tree apples", as opposed to some unexistent "bush apples". Are you after loose tree apples, or bagged tree apples sir?