Thursday, 8 March 2007
A bit on the side.
Well, firstly I can report that it has a distinct chocolatey aroma and a taste that is oddly fruity.
But is it tea?
I am generally not a mixer when it comes to drinks. I upset some aunt once by telling her that her Earl Grey tea tasted of soap. It was only afterwards that I learnt that it was meant to taste that way.
I have tried various things in tea. Well, milk I accept. But the shops are full of blackberry, lemon, ginger, rhubarb, anchovy, clove and watermelon teas. Really.
The current craze for adding various syrups to coffee is no doubt good for those readily bored with the traditional but really I can't be bothered. I have, I admit, had a few Irish coffees in my time but the number would certainly be nowhere near double figures and none of them are within the last twenty years.
I prefer my 'extras' on the side. Brandy, chocolate, liqueurs, fruit, flowers, women. That way you get to enjoy the subtilties of both. Why put spirits in coffee when you can have them separately? Why put chocolate in tea when you can enjoy the pleasures of both?
Why can't people leave things alone?