When most folks think of the tea-drinking habits in China, they probably think of the traditional way: slowly sipping their “cha” with small clay teacups, never with any sugar or (even more blasphemous) milk.

want a sip?Lately, more and more of my Chinese friends have been telling me about a new tea-drinking culture that includes a rather unexpected accompaniment comes from all the way around the world: Scotch Whiskey.

In fact, according to a recent article, because of this phenomenon, China has become one of the top ten whiskey-drinking countries in the world!

To prepare it, they simply spike their (usually iced) green tea with some scotch to create a cocktail not as bad as you might think.

If you are going to make it, I’d recommend going pretty light on the scotch, as the stronger flavor can drown out the tea pretty easily.

While the drying tannins of the tea are offset fairly well by the sweet, smoky flavor of the scotch, I don’t see it becoming part of the Tavalon tea cocktail line anytime soon!