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Turkish Tea Glasses For Serving A Delicious Cup Of Tea
Traditional Tulip Shaped Glasses And The Art Of Making Turkish Tea
One of the fun things you will find in Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, is the traditional way of serving tea in Turkish tea glasses. These have a very interesting tulip shape form whereby you hold the glass from the rim to avoid your fingers from being burned by the hot tea while sipping the soothing drink.
Drinking this Ã§ay (in English spelled "chai", translated "tea") is a unique experience, one that you simply have to enjoy if you ever visit Turkey. I've been there on business a couple of years ago and the fond memories of visiting that intriguing mish-mash of Eastern-Western culture are still with me.
If you visit Turkey you will be amazed by how welcome the people there are with tourists and visitors. You will find this tea served in tea houses, coffee shops, tea gardens, even in carpet shops and bazaars.
If you want to introduce drinking Turkish tea at home, then you need to get a couple of traditional Ottoman tea glasses called ince belli (thin waisted glasses) for best enjoyment!
Turkish Tea Glass Set
If you want to start serving Turkish tea right away without spending a lot in the process, here is a that perfectly fit the bill. They are rather simple in design and just the right type of this kind of tea. The tulip shaped glasses are made especially for enjoying the traditional art of serving chai in the Turkish style. set of 6 Turkish tea glasses
Based on what I remember from my trip to Turkey the size of these glasses is the same with what I had my tea from. The glasses don't have to be elaborate, extremely stylish and awfully expensive. You will find these kinds of glasses throughout Turkey coffeeshops, teahouses, restaurants and places to enjoy a glass of Ãay.
What Is Turkish Tea?
What kind of tea is Turkish tea and can you find it outside of Turkiey?
Turkish tea is a type of black tea that is especially popular in Turkey and other Turkish speaking countries. In fact it is the second most popular drink in Turkey after the well known Turkish coffee. When I visited Istanbul a few years ago, I was offered both coffee and tea from the people I went to. These drinks are offered as a sign of hospitality and you can drink them at any time during the day or in the evening.
I found that the Turkish tea is extremely flavored and really strong. I guess this is the reason why it is usually offered in those traditional tulip shaped Turkish tea glasses which are smaller than the regular tea mugs we are used to in the Western world. The tea is served extremely hot and in order to avoid burning your fingers you must hold the glass by the rim.
One of the best regions for producing Turkish tea in Turkey is called Rize, so if you get hold of Rize Turkish tea, you will know that you are drinking the best tea ever.
As Turkish tea has become so popular all over the world, it has been exported so people who are not able to visit Turkey or want to enjoy the taste of this wonderful tea again, can do so from the comfort of their homes.
Tea Glass Saucers with Gold Trimming
To have an authentic Turkish tea drinking from traditional glasses, here are the matching glass saucers for the 6 glasses with gold rim you get above.
Aida Tea Glass with Handle
You might not be entirely comfortable letting your guests touch the hot tea glasses and not burn their fingers during their stay at your place and that's ok. This is why you can get Turkish tea glasses with handles that take care of the finger burning problem in an elegant way without detracting from the elegance and usefulness of a tea glass from Turkey.
You get 6 glasses size 3.75" for serving Turkish chai in a traditional way.
Looking For A Special Gift?
Ottoman Tea Glasses
If you're looking to get a special person something special from Turkey, here is a great gift for a Turkish tea lover: expensive and richly designed Turkish tea glasses for collectors.
The dimensions are: W 2.10'' x H 3.3'' and the glasses are truly beautiful - albeit you do have to shell some money for it. But a collector can never have enough glasses and they will always be happy to get a few more unique ones for their collection!
How They Serve Tea In Istanbul
When you serve Turkish tea
never add sugar directly in the tea.
To serve it the traditional way rather place a bowl of sugar cubes next to the Turkish tea glasses and let the guests sweeten their tea to their liking.
Turkish Tea Glass Set Plain Optical
This is an interesting and quite cheap set of 6 Turkish tea glasses that you can use to entertain guests. They are made in Turkey so you get the real deal.
They reflect the light in fun way and your guests will enjoy drinking the tea from these glasses.
Set 6 Traditional Turkish Persian Eastern Tea Glasses
Here is another traditional set of 6 Turkish tea glasses with an elegant tulip shape. They have no handle, they are as traditional as they get. Feel like drinking a cup of Turkish tea without having to travel to far places? These glasses will help you enjoy your Turkish time of rest and relaxation in your own home.
Learn About The Turkish Tea Drinking Culture
Yes I Would Another Glass Of Tea - An American Woman's Letters to Turkey
If you are interested in the Turkish culture over time, you will enjoy this lovely book written in a letter correspondence form by Katharine Branning. This book covers the most important aspects of the modern life in Turkey with its positives and negatives, sparing nothing.
The book has plenty of photographs taken from the author's visit in the country, and of course, you will also learn about the traditional style of drinking the Turkish chai from the wonderful tulip shaped glasses in taverns, coffeeshops and restaurants. Definitely worth a read!
Turkish Tea Culture - By the author of the book Yes, I Would Love Another Glass of Tea
Tea & Bee's Milk: Our Year In A Turkish Village
here is another lovely book on the Turkish culture. If you want to learn about Turkey and have the trip of your life without leaving your home, this book will put you on a road of discovery of a wonderful place full of magic, history and flavors.
How To Make Turkish Tea
It is not difficult to make Turkish tea, but there are some steps to it that you should follow for best results. Here are some links to / and videos on making this wonderful traditional Turkish drink
- Learn All About Turkish Tea
A lovely page on Turkish tea - browse the entire site to learn more about Turkey and its culture.
- Make Great Turkish Tea
A page with instructions and tips on making the traditional Turkish tea
- Making Delicious Turkish Tea
Turkish Tea: How to Make, Serve and Drink
- How To Make Turkish Tea
Another page dedicated to the art of making Turkish tea
- Making Turkish black tea like the Turks
A great explanation on how to make Turkish tea the right way