Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tea With Milk?

tea in British teacup

Add the milk first because hot tea homogenizes the milk fats.  In the earliest days of tea drinking in France, milk was added first to  protect the fine porcelain from cracking on contact with the hot liquid.

Some say that adding milk to tea had more to do with economics.  At one time tea was very expensive, but milk was cheap, so the lower classes drank milk with a little tea and the wealthy drank undiluted tea.

Tea connoisseurs will insist that good tea doesn’t need anything added.  As for myself, I do enjoy a good strong Assam or other robust black tea with a splash of low fat milk.  Perhaps it has something to do with my British heritage.

 

9 comments:

Natasha Burns said...

LOL i just like the way it tastes with milk!
I like to add the milk after, because I then get a whole lot of tea flavour out of the teabag when there's no milk cooling it down. Weird, i know...

the lovely pumpkin patch said...

I've come to discover that lots of people have very strong opinions about whether milk belongs in tea or not and under what circumstances. Personally, I think it depends on the type of tea. I'm definitely of the opinion that if it's good tea, it doesn't particularly need milk, but as I can seldom afford good tea, I generally prefer to put some in mine.

Marilyn Miller said...

Thanks for the information on milk. When I flew on the British Airlines they added them at the same time, milk in one hand and tea in the other. I tend not to drink milk in my tea, but like you I might add it to a strong Assam.

Lisa Leggett said...

I love tea with milk & sugar. I can't help it. I know some teas are "good enough" on their own but... everything's better with milk & sugar :)
Lisa

Southern Touch Catering said...

I on occassion will add milk as well. But like Lisa said, a cup of tea with milk and sugar certainly is good. But my favorite is to have a cup of black tea in the evening with milk and honey. My husband makes it for me and it always tastes so much better when he makes it, I guess it's all the love that goes in too. LOL!

Angela McRae said...

What a beautiful teacup! Love the shape, the coloring, the design -- everything. And is that one of those tasty McVittie's biscuits I see???

Lisa Leggett said...

Oopsies! Aw well, the finished product looks tasty! My smoke detectors are so touchy, that would have set my whole house screaming! Thanks for sharing the good... AND the bad!
oxo
~Lisa

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello darling,
I am back and have missed you terribly!! I have a post on my blog that explains my lengthy absence but enough of that, I just wanted to stop by personally to thank you for the sweet birthday wish you left Cristina and to let you know that your kindness meant the world to us both. I am now off to read the posts that I have missed and to look around your gorgeous blog.
Love & Hugs
Duchess ♥♥♥

Bellamere Cottage said...

Yep....with milk....I love tea every which way, but with milk is my fav. Both of my Mum's parents immigrated through Ellis Island from England....and my Dad's dad was a Brit too...lots of British blood here! Tea is my very favorite Bevvie!

Hugs,
Spencer

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