I drink supermarket tea bag black with milk everyday! In normal society it feels like loose leaf tea is my guilty pleasure, yet in the tea community tea bags and milk seems like a guilty pleasure!
I find that funny!
debunix wrote:No one guilty pleasure, but many....chocolate, cookies, other desserts....and especially with puerh or dark oolongs, savory snacks too.
If I'm pouring for myself then tea alone is my "guiltless pleasure" but if I am pouring for others I drive to the Ranch 99 Asian market to buy various, fresh moon cakes (taro, red bean, lotus, green tea filling, etc.) and other subtly sweet East Asian treats from the bakery there. My wife and I particularly like the way the Chinese moon cakes are not overly sweet yet they are filling and subtle and don't ruin the ability to taste tea. I've read before that tea inhibits the amylase enzyme and thus allows some sugars to pass through the digestive system undigested because they remain in an unbroken form. I have the studies of this for green tea but am not sure if it is true for all tea. Either way, having a subtle sweet to accompany tea seems fitting when pouring for others and to ward off any stomach discomfort as the tea engages the belly...also to extend the ability to keep on drinking tea
. As well, the Chinese moon cakes are very attractive and artistic in and of themselves; I cut them into quarters and prepare them on a small plate.
The guiltiest pleasure of tea for me is the serene silence/stillness of a solitary pour, whether in the tea room or on the tea deck in the garden.