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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Afternoon Tea and High Tea, What's the Difference and Why Should You Care

Though the terms have become interchangeable, Afternoon Tea and High Tea are very different things. So, for those of us who do not hail from the UK, here's some clarification.

Afternoon tea, also known as Low Tea, is the occasion that most of us are familiar with. Generally held between two and four in the afternoon, this tea is the dainty, snacking affair that boasts elegance in every aspect.

Historically, Afternoon Tea utilized delicate china tea cups and saucers. One would find spreads of sweet cakes, tea sandwiches, and scones. Clotted cream and fruit spreads were customary as well. Also known as Low Tea because it was typically enjoyed at low tables in parlors.

High Tea is pretty much the opposite of Afternoon Tea. Aptly named because it was originally enjoyed at high dinner tables, it cannot be described as particularly elegant or dainty.

Enjoyed sometime between five and seven in the evening, a stronger tea was enjoyed out of heavy mugs. The fare was traditionally hearty foods, such as ham, pickled salmon, and pot pies. Ale was regularly enjoyed during this divine, pre-dinner engagement.

High Tea was a neccessity for the working class that would come home famished from a hard day's work. Everyone could enjoy their fill and then a small sandwich would suffice for dinner around eight or even nine at night.

Whether you have afternoon teas, high teas, or a combination of the two; these occasions are a wonderful way to socialize with friends and loved ones. Do you have teas? Do you prefer them more in the summer or winter?

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