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Thursday, 20 May 2004


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2007 - Maybe the Brits aren't quite as silly as I'd thought.

I'd always thought the British were silly for putting...shudder...dairy products in their hot tea. I mean, really. Tea gets lemon, and sugar, but milk? cream? eww.

When I made my first order of stuff for the Flavia machine, I ordered a case of their latte creamer (a heavier non-dairy creamer than the usual stuff) and a rail (20 packages) of English Breakfast tea. You know what that means: at some point, I had to try them together.

Know what? It's not bad at all. The creamer (and, I assume, real milk/cream) takes the bitter edge off of the tea, and doesn't change the rest of the taste much. It's actually quite drinkable.

I've been hee-hawing Brits I know about this for years. Guess they're not as silly as I thought they were, huh? Now if they'd just lose those extra Us they keep adding to perfectly good words like "color", and drive on the right side of the road...

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From:sethm
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Everyone knows the proper way to have tea is to put milk (real, whole milk, nothing else will do!) into the cup, and then to pour in only the finest freshly brewed tea. I find that a teaspoon or two of sugar is also essential.

Nothing is quite so relaxing as a cup of hot, sweet Darjeeling and a plate of biscuits!

;)
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From:mutant_buster
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Milk + Sugar + Tea = Awesome.

You should Try more things that people your racist against enjoy! they may be Stupid Knot heads but they have to have some good points!
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From:chipuni
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Maybe, some day, I can convince you to get a pearl milk tea?

(Tea, milk, sweetener, and little bits of tapioca.)
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From:outintospace
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That's also known as bubble tea.
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From:jmaynard
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Oh, is that what bubble tea is? I've heard of it, but never had any - or even seen any on the menu anywhere I've been.
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From:thatguychuck
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The creamer (and, I assume, real milk/cream) takes the bitter edge off of the tea, and doesn't change the rest of the taste much.

I've found that depending on the brand of tea, even slightly oversteeping the tea can cause a strong bitter flavor. I've been drinking Earl Grey for many years now and I've found that the Twinings brand is much more forgiving in steep time, and I believe it has the best flavor.

So if you're having bitter tea, I'd suggest lowering the steep time some. One popular brand (that I can't think of at the moment) has a good brew at 1 minute. 1 minute and 30 seconds is too long, it gets bitter at that point.

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From:boringramblings
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i put milk in tea in hot tea.

i just found your livejournal and i realized you were on the jimmy kimmel show the other day. i just saw tron this evening.

thought you'd like to know.

shawn
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From:fragilememory
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i do love milk in my tea!

also, i read somewhere that i countries where people drink a lot of tea, the incidents of throat cancer is lower in countries where that tea is consumed with milk in in. i guess the milk neutralizes the tannins in the tea.
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From:_dakko
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I usually drink tea as it comes from the pot, or with a little extra hot water; it's *coffee* that's so bitter I have to have cream and sugar to tolerate it!

By-the-way, I understand the milk goes in first to help prevent the fine bone china cracking from thermal shock - or so I'm told - I prefer a stonking great mug o'tea.
From:icecoldnimrod
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Colour, Neighbour, Valour... It's ENGLISH! If you can't accept the language in its pure form, then perhaps you should take on Russian instead...
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From:pharwarner
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Milk in tea. I've always taken it with milk, and I have to agree that it's the fact that it does take that bitter edge off of it. I've been getting to like very strong tea lately. In the last couple of years, anyway. And I thought for a while that black tea was the way to go. But strong shouldn't mean bitter, as black tea is. And yet I was finding the creamy taste of milk to be inhibiting the tea's strength. To make it not bitter, the amount of milk required was making the tea too creamy. The solution? Skim Milk. It seems to still contain the element that removes the bitterness and yet dosen't have the creaminess, naturally. And that's the only use I've ever found for skim milk.

As for colour, I hear they even spell that one properly in Canada. Now we just have to make them drive on the left hand side of the road. I was miffed to find out that they didn't! :0)
From:icecoldnimrod
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Phase One

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Maybe, to make it easier for the Americans to cross over to driving on the correct side of the road, they could introduce it in three phases..? First, they could have trucks driving on the left, then public vehicles and taxis, and finally all other traffic.

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