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How do you take your tea?

Inspired by Katie1980's post about the eternal "milk in first / milk in last" debate, I'd like to tell you how nice_cup_of_tea takes her nice cup of tea....

If it's quick cup of tea for me, then I boil kettle, stick a PG Tips Pyramid tea bag in my favourite stripy mug, add boiling water, slosh it around for a bit, then add milk at the top. My worst failing is to leave the teabag steeping, only to get distracted and come back 10 minutes later to find a lukewarm cup of tea. Doubly annoying since my PG tip teabags are a rationed quantity. The last carrier pidgeon was my Mum at Christmas, but I'm running dangerously low!

Since getting my nice new teapot, I often make myself a pot of darjeeling or English breakfast tea - with proper tea leaves! In which case, the pot needs to be pre-warmed, and then I spoon 2 teaspoons of tea leaves into the handy sock-sieve-thing which sits in the teapot. Set kitchen timer for 4 minutes, wander off, then come back and remove tea leaves. In which case, the milk goes into the stripy mug first, followed by the tea!

I am a devotee of milky tea which is not too strong. At home, my Mum used to call it "baby tea" in disgust! She drinks tea so strong you can stand a spoon in it! My University housemates used to call my tea "ghosty tea"!!

Finally, tea for me is NEVER sugared (unless it's an emergency / shock etc!) and it has to be HOT, HOT, HOT....

How do you take your tea?


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Feb. 1st, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
You know how I take mine ;o) Except I can't drink it when it's too hot... and if I have to drink it quickly and it's too hot, I add *more* milk *lol*

"ghosty tea" - what a great name! I'm gonna have to tell G that when I get home :o) Phrases like that go down *very* well in our house - a bit like a nice cuppa!

D'ya want me to send you some PG Tips as a pressie? I'll do it, if you're in need :o) (Serious offer - I don't mind. You're such a great friend, I'd love to make you smile. And they *might* even help you to get through to the uncon when you can stock up!)

Great post :o)
{{hugs}} Kt xxx
Feb. 1st, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Another shopping source - bargain! I'll definitely let you know!
Feb. 2nd, 2006 09:11 am (UTC)
Re: Ah-ha!
please do - I'd be happy to send 'em over :o)
(I have your addres....! *evil laughter!!!*)
Feb. 1st, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
I always add milk last because I can't stand over-milky tea. When I have tea with milk, I like it strong, so that the final effect with the milk in is a nice orange-brown colour. On the other hand, if I have some decent Darjeeling, or Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong, I tend to prefer it significantly weaker, but just on its own so I can get the full flavour without the milk getting in the way.
Feb. 1st, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
Ooops forgot - the only time I have fairly milky tea is when I drinked spiced chai.

Tea (or coffee) with sugar is anathema and would only make whatever clinical condition it was trying to treat deteriorate further!!!
Feb. 1st, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
As I posted in Katie's entry, I like my tea strong and with just a splash of milk. No sugar or sweetener (ick). I prefer it fairly hot and I don't think I'm particularly brand-fussy. I usually use Tesco own brand at home.

If I'm making a pot of tea then milk goes into the cup first. If it's just a teabag-dunked-in-a-mug jobby (which is what it is 95% of the time), then the milk can go in before or after the teabag has been taken out (but not before it's been put in! Because then you just get milk and boiling water which is worse even than ghost tea!)

Finally, I don't "brew" or "steep" tea. I "mash" it. I assume it's a regional thing but maybe it's just a dodo family thing to mash tea.
Feb. 1st, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
I 'mash' tea as well! Not sure where the word originates. Maybe a northern word as I started using it when I had a Scottish boyfriend.
Feb. 1st, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
I now make tea in a mug - one pyramid bag, quickly stirred around the mug and taken out. Then milk and sugar - can't stand either tea or coffee without sugar! The reason I do this is because I can't stand strong tea so the bag has to come out very quickly! I like my tea weak but not milky weak - and hot!

Teapots seem to have gone out of fashion a great deal. I think maybe because people are using mugs rather than cups and saucers. Also most people have friends 'in for coffee' nowadays instead of a cuppa. Having said that - it could be a regional thing.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
a dozen questions rise to mind!!! :-)
Feb. 1st, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Tea - for ordinary drinking is Yorkshire tea - leaves or bag, dependent on quantity to be consumed( teapot for leaves/mug for bag).

Milk must always go in last - you don't know the strength of the tea until you pour it, and with bags you get milky hot water with a teabag swimming vainly around in it!

My tea in the pot is left to mass( NE East England), but I know they mash it in Yorkshire.

I like a builders' brew - and ask for "orange" tea to get the concept across. A colleague used to always make the most weak, anaemic-looking tea, which was odd for a strapping South Londoner.

Without milk I love Redbush tea, in its various disguises, Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Liquorice tea (great for a sore throat), peppermint and Lemon&ginger.

I do like my beverages.
Feb. 1st, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
It has to be tetley, usually a tea bag in a mug. I take both milk and sugar and like it to be a normal strength, not maiden's water. My SIL drinks 'ghosty'. DH didn't drink tea until I was pregnant with dd, they say that strange things happen to expectant dads, I went off tea completely and he drank it to excess.

I am fussy about how the tea is made, the kettle has to have just boiled and not allowed to cool before pouring into the cup, my MIL always uses (IMHO) 'lukewarm' water and it you can tell. I never drink it while piping hot though, a short cooling period is necessary, I don't have an asbestos mouth lol, not like dh.

We all like tea, whenever we go anywhere the kids will ask for a cuppa, to looks of surprise from some of their friends parents. I am a nasty mum as I don't let them drink pop, one parent rang me when ds went for tea to check that she had heard him correctly.

Feb. 2nd, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
Depends on the tea. But mostly I like mine strong with a fair amount of milk. We have a wonderful tea store that sells blends like chocolate mint (black tea with... yep, chocolate and mint) and Japanese lime (green tea with lemon & lime peel and daisies) so lately it's all been leaf tea and no bags for me!
Feb. 2nd, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
Re "mashing"
It must be a north midlands/north thing then. I'm from Notts originally.
Feb. 2nd, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
How do you take your tea?
I take mine, hot and strong with no sugar!
Feb. 3rd, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
i'm so glad i ran across this post. maybe i can get harranne to explain the pyramid tea thing and the PG tips to me!

i like my tea with splenda, and occasionally a drop of half and half, but mostly just plain. i'm not crazy about lemon in tea, not even when it's iced in the summer time.

i like white teas, but not green. hottest water to brew, but i can't drink it until it's begun to cool.
Feb. 3rd, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
P.G Tips is a brand name of tea. You can get tea bags and leaf tea made by P.G. Tips probably mean the tips from the tea plant. As you can guess I have not really thought about this before! The tea bags are pyramid shaped - apparently, according to the advertisers, the best shape for fuller flavour!! Other companies make round teabags, square tea bags, but only P.G. make pyramid bags! Any more quesions? *rushes off to look at a packet of P.G. Pyramid bags incase of further questions!*
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