Is Milk in Tea a Flavoring?

Milk and tea seem to be a topic that is popping up on this blog quite a bit lately. From exploring the correct way to add milk to A Tea Drinker's Experiment with Milk to my own toe-dipping into the whole issue of whether milk should be put in the cup first or not, the …

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Adding Milk to Tea

There is a long-running, healthy debate about milk and tea (when do you add milk? Should you or shouldn’t you? How much?) and several articles on this blog have contributed their opinions on these questions. As one recent article quite rightly concludes, the bottom line is that it is really about personal preference. However, I …

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A Tea Drinker’s Experiment with Milk

If you've read my ramblings at this fine tea site or at my own tea site then you'll know that I don't make any secret of my dislike for the practice of adding stuff to tea. Stuff like milk, cream, sugar, honey, laundry soap (just seeing if you're paying attention) and so on. By the …

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Milk First, Last, or Never in Your Tea?

Awhile back I wrote adamantly that, if one uses milk in one’s tea, it should go in first, since it not only keeps those eggshell thin bone china teacups from cracking when the hot tea is poured in but it also assures a more even mixing of tea and milk. Others say it should go …

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Got Milk? Should You?

Should you add milk to your tea? Are you committing a mortal sin against tea culture by doing so? As a member of the non-milk camp, I used to have strong opinions about this issue. But I've come to realize that everyone likes what they like and that's just fine (I'm still having trouble with …

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Does Milk Fat Effect the Taste of Your Tea?

Milk is a surprisingly complex subject and controversial when it comes to tea. Healthy? Not healthy? Hides the flavor of tea? Enhances the flavor of tea? The first two only science can answer. The last two are up to you and your tastebuds. Personally, I find that the percentage of fat in my milk makes …

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Bad Milk = Bad Tea

Many tea drinkers throughout the world consider milk an essential part of their tea enjoyment. Others wouldn’t let that white liquid near their teacups. To each his own. One thing is for sure: bad milk in your tea is a total bummer. If you don’t use milk in your tea, you can stop here and …

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In Tea, Milk Comes First

In tea, there is often a proper order to things (like the Byrds song “Turn Turn Turn”). Grow the tea, then harvest it. Process the tea, then package it. Stock the tea, then sell it. Buy the tea, then enjoy it. The enjoyment can also have a certain order. Heat the water, then steep the …

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Topping Your Tea with Whipped Cream

Whipped cream on your tea — don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! They say that necessity is the mother of invention. One day the necessity was a total lack of milk in the house and a potful of Assam freshly steeped and waiting for that milk. (I know, you’re asking, “Why didn’t you look …

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Tea with Milk vs. Non-Dairy Creamer

Some teas are meant to be enjoyed with milk. But what if no milk is available? Recently, I was working in an office where this dilemma presented itself. My options were to either bring milk in with me (not very practical) or settle for the non-dairy creamer the employer generously provided. Non-dairy creamer won. For …

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