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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. 12th, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
I like it well enough without milk, and drink it that way at work where I can't be bothered with the business of managing cartons of fresh milk. But by preference I have a little milk.

And my overwhelming preference is for coffee anyway; most of the tea I drink is in environments where adequate coffee is unlikely to be available. The exceptions are those times where I am having tea as an afternoon meal, or am in an environment where the tea is likely to be exceptional.
Oct. 12th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
What she said!
Oct. 12th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
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.

Most people I know from Northern Ireland who gave up taking sugar in their tea, myself included, gave up in the same fashion. In my case I was nine. We were all early tea drinkers in our house.
Oct. 12th, 2008 08:20 am (UTC)
I'm a tea-with-milk-and-sugar person when I drink tea at all, which is about once a year, and I only drink coffee about once a week. I'm basically a water drinking person...
Oct. 12th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
99,6% of my tea I drink black (although sometimes also green and white). Every once in a while I get nostalgic and make myself a cup of insanely strong and equally sweet tea. But taht's not as much tea as anti-shock remedy and instant childhood reminder.
Oct. 12th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
But what do you think?

I think there are an awful lot of tea snobs in the world.

For the record, black tea for everyday drinking with milk and sugar, and green tea straight for a refreshing change.

Oct. 12th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
I gave up sugar in tea when I realised it detracted from good tea, and sugar in coffee because it made bad coffee worse. I'll drink black coffee and green tea without milk on occasion, but prefer black tea with milk. I care about the quality of the milk and will only use fresh pasteurised or filtered, not UHT.

I drink some plain herb teas (fennel, peppermint and sage) and some spice and spice-and-fruit (ginger and lemon), but generally do not care for fruit teas. Regardless of the base, I do not care for added honey.
Oct. 12th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
Left to myself, I drink Camelia (green or black, and occasionally jasmine or earl grey) without milk or sugar. But I am a Continental wimp. I can't take standard Irish tea straight. If I'm given Irish tea, I add milk, and quite a lot of it. (But still no sugar).

(I also drink my coffee black. And by coffee, I mean espresso. See "Continental wimp", var. Italian...)
Oct. 12th, 2008 09:41 am (UTC)
Standard tea with milk and no sugar, but green tea on its own.
Oct. 12th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
All of the above, really. Depends on how my mood takes me. I've just picked the most common one :)
Oct. 12th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
I prefer tea with a v. little bit of milk and no sugar. However, I found when in teh middle of teh east that tea with sugar and no milk is also nice. I've never really got into lemony tea, probably because the lemons get used up too quickly in gin and tonics.
Oct. 12th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
you don't have an option for cameillia sinensis lavishly adulterated with oil of bergamot and heretically adulterated with small quantity of milk but then I would be surprised if you had.
Oct. 12th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - sammywol - Oct. 12th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
It depends entirely on your state of health and location. Tea in india should be black. tea when you are ill should have milk and sugar in it. Tea otherwise should just have milk.
Oct. 13th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Milk, no sugar. I used to have sugar until my Mum pointed out that 1/4 of a teaspoon was ridiculous. I will drink tea black (the rest of my family do) but I don't like that harsh taste about half way through a sip.
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