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My daughter and I have been arguing about something (in a good natured way) for a while, now, and I realized I can ask my flist, since so many of you are Brits (or Brit adjacent).

SERIOUS POLL OF IMPORTANCE AND SCIENTIFIC MEASURING OMG*

*not in the slightest, and if you take this seriously to the point of believing this is an actual academic poll, I am going to laugh at you. Because I am an idiot, come on, now.

Poll #1916248 Britains of the UK (lol): How do you take your tea?

I only consider it proper tea if:

there is milk added.
42(50.0%)
there is milk nowhere near my cup.
16(19.0%)
there is horse meat added.
3(3.6%)
I am a crazy person that doesn't know what tea is.
1(1.2%)
I don't drink tea (because I'm 'Merikan and we drink FREEDOM).
12(14.3%)
(which tastes like chicken. I MEAN EAGLES.)
10(11.9%)

Even though you said this wasn't serious,

I am taking this seriously. SERIOUS. Ferserius.
37(51.4%)
I don't know how to have fun and be silly.
7(9.7%)
I am going to argue something because you - on the internet - are wrong about something.
9(12.5%)
THERE AREN'T ENOUGH AMERICAN FLAGS IN THIS POST FOR ME TO FEEL COMFORTABLE.
19(26.4%)


Also, it is said daughter's 16th birthday today, and she's awesome, and I love her a whole bunch. And she has a big surprise waiting for her when she comes home from school. MOPPING! I'm kidding. A BABY! No, that's not it, either. THE BOOT! 16 is old enough to be on her own, amirite?

I have all day to be goofy, and I'm happy about that. Also, I had to get ranty in my Tumblr this morning, something I never do, but it's important. And no one cares, I know, but I do, and I feel responsible for this topic (hoarders) and yeah.

BACK TO MY CUP OF TEA. Sans milk. (OMG, the MiL is coming over today and I'm on my "no booze" week and that might need to change.)

Comments

gingerpig
May. 29th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Like for really serious *g*

I like 'builders tea' as in leave the teabag in the cup 'til you can stand the spoon up in it and then show the side of the cup a little splash of skimmed milk. No sugar (which technically means it's not actually builder's tea as that along with 'NATO Standard' is strong with two sugars)

stoney321
May. 29th, 2013 04:03 pm (UTC)
NATO STANDARD. Omg, that is hilarious.

Really? Milk? Like, I guess I should ask if this is only for a specific type of tea, like black? Green? White?

Here in my neck of the woods, milk would be added to something like chamomile tea when you were little or sick.

I AM LEARNING SO MUCH, OMG.
gingerpig
May. 29th, 2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
Milk in black tea (Chinese or Indian tea) - they're both actually classed as black tea I think, but I prefer Indian tea, it has a lovely golden brown colour and and is much smoother and less smoky. My absolute favourite is English Breakfast, but not the kind you get there. I had some when I was in New York last month and I needed three tea bags in one cup and it still wasn't strong enough...

The amount of milk and when to add it has oft been argued and discussed *g*

Personally if I'm making my tea in a mug (bone china only) then I add the milk after. If I'm making a pot then I'll add a splash of milk while the tea's brewing (minimum of four minutes) to get to room temp and then add the tea.

Green and white tea, as well as Earl Grey, I have without milk.

I'd highly recommend Clipper Teas if you can get them, they blend teas from Africa, Assam and Sri Lanka and it's my go to cuppa in the morning. If you can't I can totally hook you up /tea dealer

stoney321
May. 29th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
WOW OKAY.
I HAD TO TAKE A PIC OF MY TEA TO SHOW YOU.



Okay, I'm mostly done with it (it's a lovely hand-made ceramic mug, so I'm already failing) and you can see a wee bit of schmortz (tea leaves) there, but it's watery in consistency. It's super flavorful, because I'm American and we put too much flavor in everything except our cheese slices (don't get me started).

If I'm brewing black tea (I like Indian, too!) then I let it steep for a good 5 minutes, but I've never added milk. Clearly my world is about to change. :D

I loooooooove green tea, but I'm on a serious white tea kick right now, because I get a brand that has flowers and dried ginger in it and it's just so freaking delicious.
gingerpig
May. 29th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW OKAY.
And here's mine!

tea

Ooh now that white tea sounds delicious. I have a thing for white tea too, it's very refreshing and less tanniny (that's so a word) than regular tea.

If you're going to try milk in your black tea, might I suggest skim to start off with? It'll be less of a creamy shock to your taste buds *g*
stoney321
May. 29th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW OKAY.
This is the white tea of which I am speaking and that is my main tea purveyor. Tanniny is TOTALLY a word! I know just what you meant, too. :D

So when you add milk, you're adding whole milk? Or cream? I could get behind that. Clearly I need to make a fresh cup.

...HOW ABOUT BUTTER I AM SOUTHERN AFTER ALL. (lol)
gingerpig
May. 29th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW OKAY.
The kind of milk is again a matter of taste. I can't stand whole milk at all so I'd never have that in tea, but I'll have semi-skimmed, I think that's 2%? at a push, but preferably I like mine 0%. But I do know people that have whole milk in their tea.

And awesome, I shall see if I can grab some of that.

(I need more tea icons...)
gillo
May. 29th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW OKAY.
Tibetans are reputed to serve their tea with yak butter. Does that count?

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