Enjoying a nice cup of tea with friends is a tradition found in countries all over the world. In many cultures, guests are offered a cup of tea upon their arrival, which is a way to welcome them and extend an offer of friendship. In some places, drinking tea is almost a way of life and is done every day or even several times a day. Tea has a long and interesting history that dates back centuries, which has created some very interesting tea traditions and types that you probably will not find at your local café.
Mate tea represents a way of life in Argentina and considered the symbolic traditional drink of the country. Technically speaking it is not an actual “tea”, because it is made with the Yerba Mate leaves which are taken from a bush. However, in spirit it has all the traditional qualities of tea and is enjoyed with friends, guests or even alone. The strong aftertaste is the signature of this drink and will make an impression you will not soon forget
Morocco has a vibrant culture with a deep and interesting history that includes mint tea, also referred to as Touareg tea. If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Morocco you will no doubt be familiar with mint tea, as you can’t go anywhere without being offered a cup sooner or later.
Touareg tea is used to show friends or guests hospitality and make them feel welcome, and to refuse the tea when offered is considered very rude. Mint tea has a sweet flavor, as it made with healthy dose of sugar mixed in with green tea and of course mint leaves.
Perhaps the most interesting name for a tea on the planet comes out of Hong Kong. Pantyhose tea, also referred to as pantyhose milk tea or simply milk tea, is made with condensed milk and a base of traditional black tea. It got its name, pantyhose tea, because the bag that is used to filter the tea looks very similar to a stocking.
Black tea is a staple and symbol of the Thai culture and can be found everywhere from restaurants to vendors selling it on the street corner. This wonderful tea concoction is a mixture condensed milk, sugar and a little spice that gives it a unique flair. This Thai version of traditional black tea does have a unique flavour. However, what really makes it special is having the full experience by seeing it prepared at the street markets, with street vendors pouring the tea into cups from far above.
There are many interesting traditions and cultures around the world and we hope you do not forget to put The Hill of Tara on your list of places to experience. The Hill of Tara offers an experience like no other, and maybe just as important, Maguires Café (the official Hill of Tara café) offers delicious green tea and some of the best food in Ireland. When you are ready for a break from your trek around our historical site, you can recharge at Maguires with a fresh cup of tea and a gorgeous homemade rhubarb pie with ice cream.