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1Alles
Sep 27, 2008, 12:53pm Top

Hey! I'm new so sorry if there is already a topic about this!

For traditional English tea or similar, do you like it with milk or without milk?

I was brought up to have milk in my tea but since moving to continental europe I drink an ever increasing amount of tea without milk. I prefer with milk but I'm not too fussy!

Also, have any of you guys seen this?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5281046.stm

I always felt a bit guilty for not drinking enough water so I was very happy to find out its actually good to drink tea!!

2jlelliott
Sep 27, 2008, 1:04pm Top

Yea gods, no milk! But I drink mostly green and cardamom teas, so it isn't quite the same. I would worry about that study being funded by the Tea Council, but getting water in any form is fine.

3staffordcastle
Sep 27, 2008, 1:19pm Top

Almost always take mine without milk.

4kabrahamson
Sep 27, 2008, 1:50pm Top

I drink far more black teas than herbal teas (if any) and I usually include milk. Though if I'm somewhere where milk isn't provided I'm not too fussed about it.

5MyopicBookworm
Sep 27, 2008, 2:00pm Top

I have always found black Indian-type teas like Assam to be better with milk. But I wouldn't put milk in jasmine tea, and I'll take Earl Grey either way.

6Snodgrass99
Sep 27, 2008, 3:16pm Top

I find that if the tea is too strong then drinking it without millk causes serious problems inside my tummy. Two to 5 drops of full cream milk does the trick, or maybe its just my brain that thinks if the color turns creamy instead of dark black then it will be alright.

Good grieff...

7caitemaire
Sep 27, 2008, 5:45pm Top

black teas...with milk...not cream! always seems to make the tea oily in my mind.

...but if no milk is available I will drink it without. but then I would prefer it weaker.

8Alles
Sep 29, 2008, 7:31am Top

Ah so you call that black tea! I didn't really know what it was called. Do you think putting milk into tea is a British thing? I was on a course with people from 30 different countries and when I put milk in my tea I was asked if I was British, because only the British and Americans on the course put milk in their tea.

9relinquishedworm
Sep 29, 2008, 10:42am Top

I rarelly put milk in my tea. I was never raised around those who did it, and it just seems really weird to me.
I've tried it a few times, but I prefer it without.

Plus my family gives me weird looks when I do... >_>

10LA12Hernandez
Sep 29, 2008, 10:52am Top

When you put milk in your tea here (Central Texas) they call it Tea Latte, and it is served either hot or iced. When I have it iced I put sugar in it. When I drink it hot I usually don't.

11PensiveCat
Sep 29, 2008, 10:58am Top

I grew up putting milk in my black tea, but rarely do now. It is really nice in the strong English and Irish blend teas, though, very comforting. Since I've recently gone off dairy, I guess it's not really an option. I'm not crazy about soy/rice/almond milk in tea unless it's a Chai.

12chapeauchin
Sep 29, 2008, 5:32pm Top

I too grew up drinking black tea with milk and in fact still do. This seems to be the way most people drink tea in places that have some connection with Britain! But the real question is: do you put the milk in first or last? And is the milk cold or hot?

13ccaro25
Sep 29, 2008, 5:44pm Top

No milk in my tea. Growing up the only time anyone out milk in their tea was if they were in a hurry and the tea was to hot.
They then used milk to cool it down. This was often done at harvest time when tea was served at the noon meal.

14staffordcastle
Sep 29, 2008, 5:55pm Top

Having heard somewhere that it was considered declassé to put the milk in before the tea, I googled the phrase "milk in first" just to see what I got. Boy, was I surprised - some of the webpages (on both sides of the issue) were amazingly vituperative. I had no idea it was such a controversy!

A while later, I talked to Michele Rivers, author of Time for tea : tea and conversation with thirteen English women, who was doing a reading at my local Borders. I asked her about this, and she, though British, had never heard of it.

So I'm puzzled. I'll be very interested to see what input we get here, though I hope without vituperation!

15Alles
Sep 29, 2008, 6:00pm Top

I always put cold milk in my tea, if I include milk (which I would usually if it's on offer). My mother would always put the milk in first and then pour the tea and when I was young this is how I was taught to make tea. But now when I make tea I always put the milk in last. I think I find it easier to judge how much milk my tea needs after its in the cup, I can add milk slowly until there is the right amount, whereas if I add the milk first I might have added too much.

16Alles
Edited: Sep 29, 2008, 6:11pm Top

Staffordcastle: I have heard that too. My sister told my mother that she made her tea in the declasse way! She joked that maybe she should put her milk in last! My mother had never heard this before and I expect most Brits haven't either (my mother is British also). Most British people I know put their milk in first, it's just normal in Britain I think!

17caitemaire
Sep 30, 2008, 1:29pm Top

who knew there was such a controversy! you are right staffordcastle...I googled it and there is a lot of discussion about it out there.

For me, milk first or last depends on if I brewed the tea in a pot...or made a cup with a tea bag in my cup. If made in the cup..then milk last so as to not lower the brewing temp. If in a pot, then milk first. But I have never noticed an issue with adding the milk last.
Now my father was Irish...and so of course I learned from him about the proper ways of tea...and off hand I can't remember EVER seeing anyone in Ireland drink tea without milk.
Never anything other than milk, never cream.

I found this interesting article that discusses the whole milk issue from a scientific point of view.... http://www.stashtea.com/tt111298.htm ...and find I agree. I think the tannins in black tea, which is what I usually drink, are enhanced by milk, but it must be milk with the right amount of fat. too much is 'oily', too little is gray and nasty looking.

And to think I figured that out by just drinking a lot of tea..lol

18chapeauchin
Sep 30, 2008, 2:56pm Top

on the milk first or last: I was also told that this was a "class" thing - working class = milk first, upper class = milk last.

19adulau
Sep 30, 2008, 3:59pm Top

For me, (black) Tea is always without milk. But it's a matter of taste...

20lahochstetler
Sep 30, 2008, 4:08pm Top

I always drink my black tea with milk (not cream- that makes the tea too thick.) Whether I put milk in first or last depends on how I'm making the tea. I do the same as #17 above- milk first if I'm making a pot, milk last if I'm making a cup.

I never put milk in white or green tea, though I do put it in Rooibos, on the rare occasion I drink it.

And that reminds me, I'm desperately in need of a cup of tea...

21tiegster
Sep 30, 2008, 6:32pm Top

Perhaps this seems a class thing because those who put milk in last are working class and don't have time to brew tea in a pot...they've got to keep getting things done. And the upper class put milk in first because they have the leisure time to brew in a pot. Just something I was thinking about.

22staffordcastle
Sep 30, 2008, 6:56pm Top

Actually, the slur works the other way. "Milk in first" is the declassé way (allegedly) - the original story I was told was that on being told that so-and-so was getting engaged to someone, the hearer replied something on the order of "Oh, well, she's rather milk-in-first, isn't she?"

And remember that up until the relatively recent invention of the tea-bag, everyone brewed tea in a teapot. Tea-bags are an American invention, and took a while to catch on in England.

When I was in London some years ago, I asked the staff at the Bramah Tea Museum about this question, and they said that originally, when tea and porcelain were new things in England, there was a good reason to put the milk in first; the valuable porcelain was likely to shatter on exposure to boiling hot tea. Having the milk in the cup first cushioned the porcelain from the shock. However, it was at that time only the upper classes who had either tea or porcelain, so it is not clear how it came to reverse itself. And it has been a very long time since porcelain was that tender; I don't think this was a problem at all during the 19th or 20th centuries.

23tiegster
Oct 1, 2008, 12:56pm Top

I stand corrected...sometimes I don't entirely think through all the technicalities of what I say. (I even knew about the porcelain thing, but I forgot.) Here we are ranting about really bizarre issues. It cracks me up...but it gives me something to think about all day.

24pollysmith
Oct 1, 2008, 12:59pm Top

no milk for me! just a little sugar

25staffordcastle
Oct 1, 2008, 1:11pm Top

I'm not ranting - really it's just "inquiring minds want to know." I don't put milk in my tea at all, so it's all academic; I'm just curious about this social custom!

26PensiveCat
Oct 1, 2008, 3:55pm Top

I prefer after trying both ways to put the milk in last, because I like the way the milk swirls in the tea. I don't consider myself upper class, though, it's really the way my mother taught me.

27RitaFaye
Oct 1, 2008, 9:17pm Top

I occasionally put milk in tea, either a nice rich black tea or CS Nutcracker Sweet. I always put it in last, since my mom did it that way and it seems a better way to judge how much milk to use.

Mom never had a teapot at all until she inherited one a few years ago, we were strictly Lipton tea bags in a cup so milk last was the only option. (Sacrilege, I know, but Lipton was the only option available.)

28Buck42
Oct 3, 2008, 6:46am Top

> Do you think putting milk into tea is a British thing?

Not exclusively. In the northernmost parts of Germany tea (usually strong black tea) is consumed with milk and sugar, unstirred. Indian Chai is also consumed with milk.

29reading_fox
Oct 3, 2008, 9:47am Top

Depends on the tea. For Assam, kenya and blends of those or teabags I would normally add milk, and if not available brew it much much weaker.

For more delicate teas and infusions I'll drink it black - even for green and white teas.

I'd also heard the shattered china theory, I don't know if it has any basis in fact - there's nothing in snopes on it either way. Note that the tea flavours are extracted from the leaves at best efficancy with fully boiling water - so if you are brewing in the vessel you are drinking out of you should add the milk last.

30sskwire
Oct 3, 2008, 9:59am Top

I drink mine black, unless I'm drinking it after dinner and trying to pretend it's dessert, in which case I'll add a little milk to make it richer.

31DanoWins
Oct 12, 2008, 3:57pm Top

I'm having English Breakfast tea right now without milk. Often (mostly in the mornings), I'll have milk and sugar in my Breakfast Tea (Either English or Irish). I always add the milk last...more of a "adding the right amount" thing than a "working/upper class" thing :)

However, I can't really say that I'm a milk and/or sugar type of guy by routine. It all depends on the tea (type and strength), the time of day, and perhaps even my general mood at the time! I like my tea just about any way :)

I saw in post 5 that MyopicBookworm mentioned Earl Grey with milk? Is this common? I had always heard that this is considered taboo to most tea drinkers. Of course anyone's personal taste is fine by me. I won't knock it until I try it and I'm not knocking it now. I'm just wondering how common this is.

32hannahj26
Oct 12, 2008, 4:38pm Top

I drink it both ways. I pretty much only drink black tea though so it all just depends on my mood and what I'm having with the tea.

I usually put milk in my English Breakfast or in some strong ones (like the Twinings Irish Breakfast). Earl Grey I usually have alone but occassionaly will put some in. Twining's Lady Grey I always drink alone - but that is because I love the flavor of the tea all on it's lonesome. :)

If I'm having buttery cookies I like the tea plain, no milk or sugar. but if I'm having ginger cookies or other spicy cookies I like a little milk (or half and half) and sugar. :)

33staffordcastle
Oct 12, 2008, 10:53pm Top

DanoStone, I have never heard of a taboo on putting milk in Earl Grey; I know lots of people who do drink it with milk. Can you tell us more about this?

I really would object to putting milk in a green tea, but I believe some people do it. On the whole, the only tea which really won't take milk is one that has something in it which will cause the milk to curdle, like citrus. (Earl Grey is flavored with bergamot, not citrus.) Republic of Tea's Ginger Peach is one of the ones that does it, though otherwise a very nice tea.

34DanoWins
Edited: Oct 13, 2008, 8:24am Top

>33 staffordcastle: staffordcastle,

I'll try to find the sites where I saw the Earl Grey thing mentioned. It has been some time ago...while I was making a switch from being a strict coffee drinker to a coffee/tea drinker, and researching the best teas to start with. The sites were some tea etiquette site (possibly just an opinionated tea-snob) and a tea-seller that claimed bergamot was too closely related to citrus and therefore shouldn't be used with milk.

When (if) I find the sites, I'll post the info.

However, it's good to know that many folks do use milk in Earl Grey. I plan to try it out today. I trust you folks over some impersonal website any day :)

35andyl
Oct 13, 2008, 8:53am Top

Bergamot is part of the citrus family however many people have a splash of milk in Earl Grey tea. Personally I can't stand bergamot so don't drink Earl Grey.

36safarihunter
Oct 14, 2008, 11:13am Top

I drink mine with teaspoon of sugar and a dollop of milk. So far it hasn't mattered what kind of tea it is, it gets the same formula added to it and I drink it. Haven't experienced curdling as yet.

37lahochstetler
Oct 14, 2008, 6:25pm Top

I drink all of my black teas with milk, and that definitely includes Earl Grey!

38kaffles
Oct 15, 2008, 2:18am Top

I used to take milk in tea (and I'd feel cross if the maker stirred it and ruined the pretty patterns, esp when they stirred with a sugary spoon!) but just in the last couple of months I've stopped.

I've always used low fat milk, but I kept putting in less and less because it tasted too creamy. Suddenly black tea tasted really nice on its own!

39MedievalMuse
Oct 23, 2008, 2:02pm Top

I take mine with milk unless I have fresh lemon :) I'll drink Earl Grey either way.

>38 kaffles: Kaffles...a kindred spirit! I thought that I was alone in my annoyance at milk stirrers!

40sarams
Oct 23, 2008, 2:20pm Top

No milk, no sugar. I use lemon if it suits the tea.

41lanaing
Nov 1, 2008, 3:40pm Top

No milk, no sugar, and if it needs any sweetening, I just add a little honey.

42MyopicBookworm
Edited: Nov 21, 2008, 7:49am Top

I thought it worth pointing out that "black tea", at least in the UK, means two quite different things:
(1) tea of the kind which comes as fully dried tea leaves (as distinct from "green tea" or herbal tea);
(2) tea without milk.
Most ordinary British tea-drinkers have little experience of green tea, and wouldn't touch "herbal muck", so for them, "black tea" means black tea with no milk (like "black coffee"), and "white tea" means black tea with milk.

As for the prelactarian/postlactarian dispute: the apocryphal explanation that I have heard is that the middle class put the milk in first, to prevent the tea from staining the china. The upper class don't bother, since they can always buy new china, and the working class don't bother, since their china is too cheap to worry about staining.

43staffordcastle
Nov 21, 2008, 1:34pm Top

Woo-hoo, another myth to add to the collection! Thanks, 'Bookworm!

44beachgirl66
Nov 23, 2008, 8:32pm Top

Well I have to agree with some that it depends on my mood as to whether or not I add milk. Only to black tea though, never in green or fruit teas. It is my understanding that proper etiquette for tea would be milk afterward. Makes sense I suppose if you think of being served the tea, or when you order a cup of tea at a rest. they ask you cream or lemon, which to me I put it in order; pour, then add whichever you would like. As for me, sometimes I get lazy and add it first, but only in private (wink)!

45MyopicBookworm
Nov 24, 2008, 9:48am Top

My favourite trick used to be to pour cold milk very carefully into my tea, so that it sank to the bottom, and then add a saccharine tablet which would explode like depth charge at the bottom, pushing up a mushroom cloud of milk which billowed into the transparent tea. But I stopped taking the tablets.

46beachgirl66
Nov 24, 2008, 1:04pm Top

Ah, the saccharine...I remember that stuff and stopped using that as well. What do you think about Splenda? I typically like regular sugar these days but do enjoy the splenda in green or flavored teas.

47MyopicBookworm
Nov 25, 2008, 5:00pm Top

I gave up saccharine when I left home to go to college. I no longer had access to my mother's supply of saccharine, and she was too far away to make dark comments about rotting teeth if I reached for the sugar. Then I gave up sugar in my tea for Lent one year, and never took it up again. Nowadays, I only put sugar in tea if I feel in serious need of a sugar hit and don't have any chocolate to hand. I'd only use sweetener of any kind in coffee, and then only if I couldn't get sugar.

48beachgirl66
Nov 25, 2008, 9:09pm Top

probably just as well, the artificial stuff is supposed to be terrible for you. I should probably give up the sugar myself but it just tastes soooo good some strong tea and milk!

49gmathis
Dec 10, 2008, 4:56pm Top


Anybody ever use milk with China Keemun? (I'm too stingy to experiment for fear of ruining a cup!)

50swankyankee
Jan 7, 2009, 9:07pm Top

For strong, hot, morning tea, Irish Breakfast (Assam, black),must have non-dairy creamer and a touch of sugar (Splenda). Unfortunately, I can not use milk. If I run out of creamer, I drink it "black" with a tad of sugar. For green tea or herb teas, later in the day, no creamer, just a drop of honey. Lemon? Never ever!

51sorchah
Jan 8, 2009, 1:46am Top

I like soymilk in strong black tea (flavors are good) only, with plenty of sugar.

52fyoder
Edited: Jan 8, 2009, 2:05am Top

Very, very strong tea with loads of cream, and 7 packets of artificial sweetener (equivalent of 14 teaspoons sugar). Or if that's not on offer, creme caramel will do instead.

53reading_fox
Jan 8, 2009, 6:46am Top

#42 ") tea of the kind which comes as fully dried tea leaves (as distinct from "green tea" or herbal tea);"

Just to clarify, black tea is not just fully dried (which is what green tea is) but it is additionally fermented technically oxidised according to wiki before the drying process.

54alcottacre
Jan 8, 2009, 6:47am Top

Green and white teas, no milk. Black teas, occasionally, but not with any degree of regularity.

55inkberry
Jan 11, 2009, 6:46pm Top

I have been drinking blueberry tea lately without milk.

When I drink black tea, I need milk and honey in it. :)

56Eurydice
Jan 11, 2009, 8:03pm Top

gmathis: I've had it, with great enjoyment, in strong Keemun-Assam or Yunnan-Assam breakfast blends, as well as breakfast blends specifically made of lower-grade Keemun. But I wouldn't waste a really nice Keemun, unless you want to add a pinch to some other base.

I usually leave light-bodied black, green, white, or scented teas as they are (Chai excepted), and add milk to strong, unflavored black teas. (Which are my standbys, anyway!) Sometimes, in need of comfort, I now add it to Earl Grey - privately. ;)

I've also come to enjoy the taste of plain soymilk in very strong cheap tea. No sugar, except in the case of chai, or coddling when I'm ill. Adding milk after making or pouring tea has always seemed reasonable to me.

Comments above on clearer, lighter teas - and their cleanly taste or astringeny - being better with buttery cookies, and milky teas with spicy ones, find me in total sympathy. In fact, I'm looking forward to green, sans milk, with a bit of shortbread, later this evening.

57cpizotti
Jan 11, 2009, 8:05pm Top

Black teas with milk and honey! Can be helpful for sore throats and nagging coughs.

58Eurydice
Jan 11, 2009, 8:28pm Top

True enough. And comforting, just when you need it.

59chana56
Jan 12, 2009, 6:41am Top

I put milk in most of my tea, unless it's citrus, or has a fresh sprig of spearmint in it (which is very common). Also in fruity infusions - milk goes just fine with them, after all, we have cheesecake with all kinds of fruit, no? Milk in last if it's a tea bag in a cup, milk in first if it's from a pot - does that make me lower or upper class??? lol

When I'm out at a cafe or restaurant, I order tea with hot milk on the side. At home or work, though, I usually just splash the milk in right from the fridge and don't bother to heat it.

60swankyankee
Jan 12, 2009, 7:56pm Top

Can't wait for morning to try the soymilk in strong black tea rather than the non-dairy creamer that I have been using due to lactose intolerance. I have great hopes for this new combination. Thank you to those who wrote about it above.

61staffordcastle
Jan 12, 2009, 7:58pm Top

Best of luck!

62sorchah
Jan 12, 2009, 8:39pm Top

@60

Some non-dairy milks work in tea and some don't (to put it lightly); you must simply try different types to find one you like.

I find that one with a high fat content and very little flavor of its own works best.

Good luck!

63sewsandquilts
Sep 22, 2010, 12:04am Top

To me, milk makes the tea taste faintly "dirty" and coffee-like. So, sugar only, in my tea.

64fuckshitcunt
Sep 22, 2010, 12:07am Top

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65alaudacorax
Edited: Nov 4, 2010, 6:48am Top

I stopped adding milk some years ago after a lifetime of doing so (the usual thing - lost the ability to digest dairy products comfortably).

I've had it on odd occasions since then, and I've been quite surprised at how it alters the flavour of tea. In my opinion it spoils it. I've recently started exploring good quality loose teas bought online and now I shudder to think of adding milk to them! Just a personal thing, of course.

On the milk first or last thing: I read somewhere online that it stems from a time when the cheaper cups on the market were liable to crack if you poured hot stuff into them while the more expensive, better quality cups wouldn't. So you put the milk in first as a 'cushion', as it were. So the 'posh' thing was to pour in the tea first because it showed you could afford the expensive crockery.

Incidentally, I imagine it's probably wrong to speak of it as an upper class/working class thing. It was more likely a lower middle class/working class thing. The lower middle classes would have been the ones who were that insecure about their status in society and, thus, obsessed with doing the 'correct' things to emphasise that they were distinct from the working classes. Imagine, in, say, Edwardian times, a whole class of Hyacinth Buckets.

66audreyl1969
Nov 5, 2010, 6:41pm Top

I love to put milk in English Breakfast tea sometimes, but mostly without to save on sugar and calories.

67CliffordDorset
Nov 11, 2010, 1:20pm Top

> #65

I think the idea of milk to 'cushion' against breaking cups is one of those urban myths. It's actually all in the chemistry. The lactic acid in milk prevents the tannic acid in the tea from getting bitter. The same effect as the citric acid has when adding a lemon slice.

It's easier to appreciate in the case of lemon than with milk. If you dunk the slice in carefully, watching all the while, you'll see the colour change, becoming much lighter as the citric acid gets to work. If you take out the lemon at that stage, quickly, you'll find you can hardly taste it, but the tea taste is very different. You really do need very little lemon. It amazes me to watch people squeezing every last drop of juice into the cup, as though they were trying to make lemonade! I suspect the same probably holds for adding milk, but the cloudiness of the dispersed fat in milk makes it impossible to gauge the change using colour.

I went off adding milk to anything as soon as I realise even this little fragment of the chemistry of what I was doing.

68Gord.Barker
Nov 11, 2010, 1:24pm Top

I once attended a weding in east cost Canada (near Sydney NS actually).
At the reception after dinner was what I though was the coffee service.
Ahhh good I thought, coffee would go just great now.
What I got was a premix of something and milk.
Ok I though, a little like Tim Hortons but I can cope.

But it wan't coffee, it was TEA with CONDENSED MILK.
Can you imagine the shock when you are expecting coffee and tea with condensed milk.

It was horrible. I still have nightmares

69vancouverdeb
Nov 15, 2010, 3:17am Top

I've never put milk or sugar in my tea. It just does not appeal to me.

70Librarychild
Nov 15, 2010, 4:50am Top

Depends on my mood, really....

71soniaandree
Nov 15, 2010, 12:12pm Top

it depends - you're not supposed to have milk with Earl Grey or green/white tea. If the tea is black, then some milk should be used.

72OphaeliaAutomne
Nov 20, 2010, 10:29am Top

I sometimes put some soymilk (I'm vegan) in chai, but never in anything else, especially black.

73marcejewels
Nov 20, 2010, 2:12pm Top

I love to add milk and I drink Earl Grey 90% of the time. I enjoy my tea strong so I keep the tea bag in or let it brew for a long time and always add milk after, before would make it weak.

Interesting post.

I'm from a British colony and don't think it is about being 'British', I think it is about taste.

74LA12Hernandez
Dec 5, 2010, 1:06am Top

>73 marcejewels: marcejewels
I agree I think it's about taste. Many people taste their tea and/or coffee first then add milk and/or sugar according to the strength of the brew. But there are those who take milk and/or sugar regardless of the strength of the brew and add it before the coffee or tea is poured. Those who add it first usually stir from the bottom up making little noise. Those who add it later mostly stir it from the top down making a clattering noise.

75jcsoblonde
Dec 10, 2010, 8:26am Top

Any herbal/fruity teas I drink without cream. (I never use milk in coffee or tea.)
Earl Grey and Green are my favorite morning teas, so I usually use a teeny bit of cream then, but not too much. I'm picky.

76jwillis
Dec 12, 2010, 11:04pm Top

I like black teas - Earl Grey tea, I take mine with milk, usually milk in first.

77halo_star
Jul 23, 2012, 1:51pm Top

I usually drink herbal teas so I don't put milk in that. But if I'm having a black tea that's strong I sometimes will. That's if I have milk in the house, which I often don't...

78tardis
Jul 23, 2012, 2:47pm Top

I like milk in black tea, but not in green or herbal tea. Mind you, I'm not a big fan of green or herbal tea anyway, so hardly ever drink them. When I was a teenager I put both milk and sugar in, but in university I gave up the sugar. Not sure why - I couldn't store milk in my residence room (no refrigeration) but sugar never goes off, and yet I gave up the one that was easy.

79johnsimpson
Jul 23, 2012, 2:52pm Top

Milk, no sugar and i drink Yorkshire tea by Taylor's of Harrogate and i also like Earl Grey tea. Been trying Rwandan tea and it's rather good.

80pollysmith
Jul 23, 2012, 5:50pm Top

I grew up on tea with milk. My grandma made us tea every morning despite my mother's objection. Gramma said the milk made the tea healthy and having something warm in the tummy started the day right. Since I've grown I found I do not like milk in my tea so I drink it without. Its much more refreshing

81rabbitprincess
Jul 23, 2012, 6:13pm Top

I tend to add milk and sugar to my tea more often when I'm visiting my parents, and the rest of the time I usually take it black (except for Earl Grey and variants thereof). Having a nice cup of black tea right now actually :)

82Rozax
Jul 29, 2012, 10:29pm Top

Many black teas just need milk to make them palatable.  Not all, but many.  And, of course, that's just my opinion. <3

83GumBlossom
Aug 3, 2012, 9:24pm Top

I grew up surrounded by adults who added milk to their tea, and as I did not like the taste of tea with milk, I foolishly thought I didn't like tea. It was when I discovered the tastes and aromas to be enjoyed from tea served with neither milk nor sugar, that I became hooked. Admittedly, I do now drink a lot of green tea, but also enjoy a variety of black teas, from gloriously aged pu'er, through to deliciously scented Earl Grey. As well as the taste difference between tea with milk or without, there is a vaste difference in appearance. Gazing into the depths and hues of a cup of black tea can give the tea break an almost zen quality ...

84jaqdhawkins
Sep 14, 2012, 2:09am Top

Unless it's herbal, I use milk and usually honey. I even use honey in coffee now.

85greenjeans1
Dec 2, 2012, 10:20pm Top

My first post anywhere. I heat milk (about 1/4 of mug) in microwave with honey. Heat water separately. Usually black tea though sometimes I add a second bag for flavor, e.g., Rooibos, jasmine green. Also put honey in coffee. Can't stand Earl Grey.

86bobobxxx
Apr 4, 2013, 9:20pm Top

No milk or sugar with my Earl Gray, but will add a few sprigs of mint.

87luna_lovegood
Apr 4, 2013, 10:16pm Top

Milk does not go with tea but sugar or honey is necessary, in my opinion.

88MyopicBookworm
Apr 8, 2013, 4:30am Top

I find honey gives a rather odd taste, though I do sometimes put it in rooibos tea, especially if I have a cold.

89DanMat
Edited: Apr 8, 2013, 11:52am Top

It's always something!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7965380.stm

*I like it black and scalding...I guess I should let it sit for a bit.

90staffordcastle
Apr 8, 2013, 3:39pm Top

I take mine straight up, neither milk nor sweetener, unless I have a cold, when honey and lemon are helpful. I very occasionally will accept milk and sugar (usually when it's a terrible brand of black tea and there's no other choice), but putting either in green tea is an abomination.

91MyopicBookworm
Apr 8, 2013, 5:18pm Top

#89: Blimey: maybe I should keep a thermometer in the kitchen.

(I mean, another thermometer: I've already got one for making jam.)

92bjohnson09
Apr 15, 2013, 10:46pm Top

no milk for me. depending on what kind of tea i am drinking I usually use some sugar or honey.

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