When I drink tea I often get sensations of places, colors, vibes. Every tea tells a story.
How is tea like a guitar? I did a blind tea tasting for my Light Shadows bandmate Philip, who is a vintage guitar collector/seller. I was jazzed when he told me how these three classic British bagged teas remind him of three classic guitar brands.
(NOTE for the guitar geeks: Philip wanted to make sure I mention that he is specifically speaking about the vintage original pickups of these guitars. Let the debate begin!)
The teas we tasted are some of the top sellers in the UK: PG Tips, Typhoo and Yorkshire Tea. All three are the bagged black blend, strong morning cuppa kind rather than single origin loose leaf stuff. Now I don’t generally prefer bagged tea, but when it comes to a classic milk and sugar kind of British tea though, I love these.
Nostalgia? Familiarity? I just like them.
Matching the Tea to the Classic Guitar:
PG Tips Tea and Gretsch
Philip said PG Tips tea reminded him of Gretsch, like the beautiful Gretsch White Falcon above, circa 1970.
By itself: He thought it was brighter, sharper and more original than the others.
With milk and sugar: The original taste comes through: round with a little sharpness at the end.
How it reminded him of Gretsch:
Gretsch has a bouncy tone with a quick attack and pull back. Though less versatile than some, when a classic Gretsch is put through effects it's original flavor comes through.
Typhoo Tea and Gibson
Philip said Typhoo reminded him of Gibson, like the juicy red Gibson 355 from 1965 above.
By itself: He said at first it tastes murky, maybe even bland, but strong. (I like to say ‘ballsy’!)
With milk and sugar: Typhoo tea is so strong it handles them well and together they make something better.
How it reminded him of Gibson:
Gibson has a sustained tone and is very versatile. The sound is darker and when put through effects you hear the full measure of the effect and it is awesome!
Yorkshire Tea and Fender
Philip said Yorkshire Tea reminded him of Fender, like this cool combination or 'parts-caster' above.
By itself: He said Yorkshire tea has a nuanced taste that he thinks is the brightest of the three. (I thought PG Tips was, but that’s individual palate for you :)
With milk and sugar: The tea handles them well but original flavor still shines through.
How it reminded him of Fender:
Fender has a shorter, twangy tone. The crunchy sound with more high end rings through when put through effects.
So what do you think? Does tea make you think of something musical?
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Let the music play!
This is not a sponsored post. Just the musings of a tea and music fiend.
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