February 12th, 2007
|11:52 pm - An evening of Scottish aerobics|
Went to Scottish dancing this evening. I hadn't been for a while, since I hadn't been available on evenings when the group I like to dance with meets, but one of my New Year's resolutions has been to do more Scottish dancing, or as I like to call it, "Scottish aerobics".
So off I trot to do the lowland dances (not sure my knees are up for much of the Highland stuff anymore) for the first time this year, after having missed the Burns Night celebration the group held because it was too darn cold and windy that evening. Had a lovely time as always, made more fun by there being more men than usual in kilts, so when we did dances like Mairi's Wedding and the fellows whooped and twirled about, I and all the ladies present got a bit of a show. ;)
And in case anyone was wondering, yes there was Scottish Breakfast tea available during teabreak and yes I did indulge. (But then you expected that, no?)
Current Mood: chipper
Current Music: "Mairi's Wedding"
Sounds like fun!
btw, how is Scottish Breakfast different than English Breakfast? Or Irish Breakfast, for that matter? ... is confused by all the tea ... :)
The different breakfast teas are distinguished by the origins of the tea leaves used in them. All breakfast teas are strong and are generally best with milk, since strong teas tend towards bitterness from the tannins in the tea and adding milk alleviates that.
Irish Breakfast is generally blended from teas from Assam and Kenya while English Breakfast is usually a blend of Assam, Kenya and Ceylon teas. Because Scotland's water supply tends to be soft and that can have an effect on the flavour of tea brewed using it, Scottish Breakfast tea is mostly Assam tea. Different companies have proprietary blend proportions, so the flavour can vary somewhat from brand to brand, but as a general rule, you get a very Kenyan tea if you have Irish Breakfast, a very Ceylon tea if you drink English Breakfast and a rather Assam tea if you partake of Scottish Breakfast. Which tea you like depends on which flavour notes you prefer to predominate in your tea.
Another way to think of it is that the different teas used in the blends are like citrus fruit juices. The basic flavour may be orange juice, but it can have lemon, lime, tangerine or grapefruit notes, depending on whether those fruits are added and how much of them is added. An orange-grapefruit juice tastes significantly different from an orange-tangerine blend -- what one likes is a matter of personal preference, but both juices are equally citrus-y.
Hmm, still a bit confusing ... Well, I mean, I'm always confused ... but I like the citrus analogy. Which one is grapefruit? I probably won't like that one ... wait, but I like tea ... hmm ... :)