Guest Post: A Comprehensive Argument for the Masculinity of Tea

Finally! This tea blog get a a bit of life in the form of an absolutely awesome tea post from a TeaMan (rhymes with He-Man!), Derek. He makes a strong case for manly tea.

In some circles, tea has a bit of a bum rap, especially if you’re a man.

“Oh you drink tea? Do you like to drink it while reading Confessions of a Shopaholic or Twilight Saga?”

“Tea’s your favorite beverage? Is netball your favorite sport then?”

Prepare yourself for an onslaught of snide remarks challenging your machismo. Well, the mark of a true man is not violence but restraint; and intelligent rebuttals.

The next time your manliness is called into question because you enjoy the beverage of intellectuals and royalty down the centuries, you have a ready comeback on hand. In fact, from anyway you spin it- real men drink tea.

A Historical Perspective- Tea Drinkers Rule

From Emperor Tang Dai Zong to Emperor Qian Long to Chairman Mao- all these dudes helmed the nation of China at some point or another. Few things scream ‘manliness’ as much as power and that was something these guys didn’t lack.

Another commodity they had abundance of was tea, of course they did- the best teas were earmarked for their private consumption. Tribute tea or 贡茶 (yup, I think many of you can pick up the reference) was the generic term for the best teas reserved for those who rule, literally.

A Cultural Perspective- A Manly Grip

How many drinks differentiate between a man’s way of drinking and a lady’s?

I know mine does. A man grips firmly with his thumb, index and middle while the ring and little finger are curled into place to show he’s in control.

The stance even has a manly name- 三龙护鼎 or literally ‘3 dragons protecting the cauldron’. How much more masculine can you get than that?

For the sake of completeness, a lady’s grip has the last 2 fingers in a more relaxed posture, to signify elegance. As for a photo of that- ask the Tea Lady, I’m not going demonstrate that- it damages my credibility as I’m arguing this case!

A Scientific Perspective- Testosterone Charged (Literally)

As most of us are aware, estrogens are the primary female hormone and testosterones are the primary male hormones. Ergo the most scientific way of proving your masculinity is through your testosterone level, no?

Here’s an extract from a article on this subject:

“Large quantities (of tea) might even provide a legal performance boost by raising levels of testosterone in the blood.”

If you are so inclined, you can read the rest of the article here but here’s the skinny- gulping tea boosts you testosterone levels (and hence your masculinity). So you can shove that scientific factoid down the throats of those sissy doubters with lower testosterone levels!

*With the usual wishy-washy scientific disclaimers of course*

A Social Perspective- Slurping

Slurping your soup may seem immensely gratifying but it’s the surest way of ensuring you’ll never be invited back again.

Well, it is not only socially acceptable to slurp tea, it is encouraged. Slurping tea helps aerate the tea and spread it evenly on your tongue so you can better differentiate the subtle nuances of the tea.

For good measure, it is also perfectly acceptable to ‘chew’ your tea. How’s that for masculinity, you can slurp and move your jaw as you drink, unleash your inner Viking without alienating your entire social circle?


So any way you spin it, real men drink tea. Now if you excuse me, I am returning to my Big Red Robe (what a masculine name eh)?

When he is not busy proclaiming his masculinity, Derek owns and operates Peony Tea S.- an online tea shop based in Singapore and hopes to make tea converts out of everyone he meets.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dave
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 12:22:54

    Real Men Drink Tea – I like that! Glad to read about fellow tea lovers in Singapore.


  2. Carolyn
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 18:36:22

    My husband will be happy to read about this. How nice to find two fellow Singaporeans so passionate about tea in one blog. Looking forward to your next blog.



    • mel
      Feb 06, 2013 @ 10:03:23

      Hi Carolyn, thanks for dropping a note! So nice to hear from fellow tea-loving Singaporeans 🙂 Great blog you have there, so educational!


        Feb 08, 2013 @ 04:55:29

        Hi Mel,

        Thanks for linking us on your blog. Hope that we’ll stay in touch 🙂


        Sent from my iPad

        Feb 17, 2013 @ 18:17:23

        Hi Mel,

        ϲƣ Do you know of any tea pairing courses/workshop worth attending in Singapore?

        Regards, Carolyn

        Sent from my iPad

      • mel
        Feb 17, 2013 @ 19:16:18

        Hi Carolyn,

        My two tea “seniors” are offering customised tea workshops. You can check them out here:

        Hope this helps!

        Feb 17, 2013 @ 21:52:29

        Thanks Mel!

        I’ll def check them out and hope to find a course in oct.

        Cheers, Carolyn

        Sent from my iPad

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