Location: Lake Toya, Japan. At our WWOOF host’s festival-party-cultural-event-thing
Date/Time: 11th July 2009 (ages ago, I know!)
Variety of Tea: Wild Tea. Made from a local wild herb. It’s an ancient remedy to everything, but then a cup of Tea always makes you feel better doesn’t it!
Cost: Free, if you know where to look.
Service: Made over an open fire by the Chief of the local Ainu tribe. He was the kind of guy who looks like he knows the all the secrets of the world.
Taste: Subtle herb taste and a hint of smoke from the fire. Like nothing else but right tasty.
Ambiance: Beautiful sunny day, calm lake on one side and mountains on the other. Very nice indeed.
Shadam rating: 8/10. A once in a lifetime cup of tea. A tasty brew in a beautiful setting, made by the chief of an ancient tribe. Sometimes, the best things really are free.
Tea in Dugavpils
Location: Daugavpils, Latvia. In a random cafe
Date/Time: 8th May 2009, Lunch time
Variety of Tea: Black, loose leaf. Looked nice in the jar
Cost: 3 Lats (About £4) for 2
Service: Only one member of staff spoke English, so she got all her colleagues out to listen to me order. Amusing but a little odd
Taste: Cracking cuppa, even got milk which is a rare thing on this trip!
Ambiance: Shopping centre chic, not great. And they stopped us playing cards because it’s illegal in Latvia to play cards in public – strange but true
Shadam rating: 5/10
Tea in Warsaw
Location: Centre of Warsaw, posh restaurant (real table cloth, posh indeed!)
Date/Time: 6th May 2009, approx 12:30
Variety of Tea: Earl Grey
Cost: 12 Zlote (about 3 pounds)
Service: The man wore cufflinks, nuff said
Taste: Pretty good, it came in one of those massive cups. Not sure why that’s worth mentioning, but it is
Ambiance: We were outside, it started raining, we were under an umbrella thing. Cue the old “we’re not getting wet” warm glow inside
Shadam rating: 4/10 – Bit pricy for the area but altogether not bad