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Today's question: tea

When I was a teenager, I drank tea with milk and sugar. I gave up sugar in tea for Lent in 1986, and realised that it actually tasted better, so never went back to it. Earlier this year, after many grumblings at Belgian, Turkish and other catering establishments which did not provide milk to put in my tea, I suddenly realised that it tastes better without milk as well. (I might put in the odd drop of lemon juice.)

But what do you think? (I should clarify that Camellia sinensis is the scientific name of the plant which produces yer standard tea leaves.)

When I drink tea, I prefer it to be:

Camellia sinensis, with milk and sugar
Camellia sinensis, with milk but no sugar
Camellia sinensis, with sugar but no milk
Camellia sinensis, with no milk or sugar
Tea made from some other plant
I don't drink tea of any variety


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Oct. 11th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
And spice, I like Indian tea with cinnamon and clove and cardamom - some brands sell a variety called Chai which is this readymade. And Starbucks do it as a latte.
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I deliberately omitted other possible additions - as I mentioned in the rubric, I like a bit of lemon in it myself; but I just wanted to find out the general line on milk and sugar!
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Oct. 11th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Between late 1972 and late 1977 I apparently drank enough Camellia sinensis to last me a lifetime. In the 31 years since I have had exactly 2.5 cups of regular tea, all with milk and sugar. I like fruit teas, but it's probably 18m since I had one. I just don't really do hot drinks. :( It would make my social life a bit easier if I did.
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'd love to be able to enjoy black tea, but I keep getting flashbacks to my, so far, one and only visit to Lough Derg and Station Island.

So it has to be milk for me.

Oct. 11th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I like my black tea with milk, and it's BETTER if the tea is added to the milk, not vice versa.
Oct. 11th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I've frequently come across people who like Earl Grey with sugar but no milk. Never for standard black, though.
Oct. 11th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the good tea club
I take mine black, black like my heart.
Oct. 11th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
If I'm going to drink tea at all, which is rare, it'd be with mint. Find a decent Arab cafe and ask for Shai Nana...
Oct. 11th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
I like green tea on its own just fine, but I do require milk in black tea. If no milk is available, then I require sugar.
Oct. 11th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Proper tea is theft.
Oct. 11th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
On the rare occasions where tea is the only option, then milk with no sugar, but coffee is the nectar of the gods, tea is the drink for lazy gits sat on verandas and revolutionaries to throw into harbours.
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I depends on the tea variety. Most "plain" black teas I take with a spot of milk. Tea blends with fruit or floral notes, such as Lady Grey, I take plain. All green teas without milk.
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, and all iced teas without milk.
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
It depends. Right now, because it's after midnight, I'm drinking redbush, no milk. In the morning, my revivification requires a large quantity of indifferent tea with milk, one or two enormous mugsful, PG made in the mug as I prop my indifferently-animated corpus against on the fridge. Later, I will make a proper pot: still PG, still with milk, but three bags in a warmed pot with a cosy. Takes longer, tastes far better. Around about lunchtime there might be some proper coffee, or espresso if I go out. At tea time it's PG again. After sunset caffeinated drinks are madness so it's back to redbush.

On mornings-after-nights-before, or on anything under five hours' sleep, the coffee moves up the agenda. But I still start with about a pint of PG-in-the-mug.
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
I once took sugar and a tea-lady in an office I worked in always gave me 1/2 a spoon less than I'd asked. I adjusted for reality, she dropped it again. I went from 2 - 0 in three weeks.

The milk thing, I just stopped, somewhat inspired by a priest friend of mine who had been on the missions where things like milk and sugar were rare indeed.

I find tea with milk almost undrinkable these days.
Oct. 12th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
My answer appli8es only to black tea. I drink my oolong plain, and my green tea either plain or with honey.
Oct. 12th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
I ticked the usual without milk or sugar, but I actually enjoy a very wide variety of teas (most of which use the same base plant), but including a wide variety of herbals as well. I just love tea, what can I say. I also enjoy chai, or occasionally will have tea with honey and lemon.
A couple of years ago I bought myself a nice handmade tea caddy for Christmas so I could keep them in some sort of order. I even asked the guy to size-up as his standard design only took 16 varieties. I got one that takes 20 (and still keep my peppermint tea in a seperate container again.)
One of my current favourites is Scottish Breakfast.
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