Qatar is known for its rich cultural heritage and love for traditional beverages. While Qatar is famous for its coffee culture, it also offers a wide variety of teas from around the world worth exploring.
The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team brings you a list of a few teas from different countries that you must try in Qatar.
Teh Tarik originated in Malaysia, where it is considered a national drink. It is made by repeatedly pouring the tea from one cup to another, creating a frothy and smooth texture. "Teh Tarik" refers to the "pulling" technique used to make this delicious beverage.
Trà Đá, which translates to "ice tea" in English, is a staple in Vietnamese households and street stalls. It is a simple yet exquisite combination of green tea, ice, and sugar, with added flavours such as jasmine, lotus, and pandan that will please the palate.
Polish tea offers a wide array of choices. One of the most popular types is the traditional Polish black tea, known for its robust and full-bodied taste. It is often enjoyed with a touch of lemon or honey, adding a delightful twist to its flavour.
This traditional tea is known to be a natural source of antioxidants, which help protect the body against harmful free radicals. It is often enjoyed from a teapot with traditional Azerbaijan desserts, jams and dry fruits.
Packed with many health benefits Uzbekistan's Black Tea is popularly known as Kora-Choy and is generally consumed without sugar. Tea is drunk from national Uzbek cups – bowls (piala).
Ceylon tea is renowned for its distinct taste and aroma. The tea leaves are carefully handpicked from the lush green tea plantations in Sri Lanka. The tea is then processed and packaged, preserving its freshness and flavour.
With a wide variety of teas to offer, some of the popular herbs and flowers to use are dried chamomile, mint leaves, rosebay willow herb leaves, elderberries and many more. One of the most iconic Ukrainian beverages is made from a fruit and honey compote.
This refreshing tea is a blend of green tea leaves and mint leaves, often accompanied by traditional Moroccan pastries. The combination of the soothing green tea and the invigorating mint creates a delightful flavour that will transport you to the bustling streets of Marrakech. Don't miss the pouring technique of this tea!
Matcha tea is a finely ground powder from specially grown green tea leaves. In Japan, it is prepared using a traditional tea ceremony that emphasizes mindfulness and tranquillity. Matcha has a vibrant green colour and a unique, slightly bitter taste.
India is renowned for its aromatic and spiced tea known as masala chai. Made with a blend of black tea leaves, milk, and a combination of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, this tea is a true treat for the senses.
With its refreshing taste and chewy tapioca pearls, Taiwanese bubble tea has become a staple in Qatar's beverage scene. The tapioca pearls, which have a chewy texture, add a playful element to the beverage, making it a fun drink to consume.
What sets Turkish tea apart is the way it is prepared and served. Traditionally, Turkish tea is brewed using a small, double-chambered teapot called a 'çaydanlık'. In Turkish culture, tea is much more than a beverage; it is a symbol of hospitality and social bonding.
This list is incomplete without the local favourite- Karak! In Qatar, Karak tea holds a special place in the hearts of its residents. It is a popular choice for social gatherings and meetings. The tea is often enjoyed with snacks like samosas or biscuits, enhancing the overall experience.
Made from the root of the ginseng plant, this tea carries numerous health benefits such as boosting immunity and energy levels. It has a unique taste with earthy tones, and many prefer having this tea with honey, lemon or ginger to add a bit of sweetness or flavour!
Oolong tea, originating from China, is a semi-oxidized tea with a wide range of flavours and aromas. It lies between green and black tea, offering the best of both worlds.
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Whether hot or cold, this tea offers a delightful blend of floral and citrus notes that appeal to a wide range of palates. Infused with bergamot, it is popularly embraced as a symbol of sophistication and elegance.
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