Apologies for adding to the deluge, but regarding milk and sugar and things in tea: my preferences tend to have something to do with where I am living at the time. At home in Philadelphia, or when I'm in the Netherlands, I'll drink my tea unsweetened almost all of the time. If it needs something, I'll usually use a bit of raw honey. In Britain or Ireland, I'll drink it as my local friends usually prepare it, with a bit of sugar and milk. Tea with milk at home tastes awful, unless it's chai. But in Ireland and the UK, it's perfect.
that’s a neat perspective! i’d love to travel that much =)
How do you feel about something like Sweet Tea? I'm talking the real Southern sweet tea... usually i don't add anything to my tea except honey occasionally, BUT I LOVE sweet tea. Especially when my grandma makes it. And real sweet tea is only made with real sugar. I'd like to think it's an exception to the tea rule but just wondering your opinion.
southern sweet tea is just iced black tea [or black + green] with sugar, right? i sometimes ice himalayan majestic black tea and even sometimes add 1-2 tsp of sugar or honey to it. its tasty. i dont think mcdonalds sweet tea is real tea. my friend michelle thinks she is addicted to it and she works with tea all day so she should know better. hahaha. i love her anyway. hi michelle if you are reading which youd better be!
let me just say that the first rule of tea club is there are no rules.
you can drink your tea or your coffee or your vodka tonic however you want =)
when my brother was a kid, he drank his milk via his napkin, because he felt the need to dunk it as soon as we sat down to dinner. it was gross, but hey, at least he was drinking milk. [vegans/vegetarians, please dont start with the hate mail. im already dodging many bullets over here about sugar!]
sweet tea, like sun tea, are just a thing of their own. they are traditionally made a certain way, much like a previous person mentioned how chinese teas are traditionally made. but its not really a rule, perse.
I am looking to make a good cup of chai tea. What is the best brand of chai tea bag that I can get from the store (Tazo, Celestial Seasonings, Yogi?) And what would you recommend adding to the tea (milk? sugar? etc.)
i like zhena’s gypsy black coconut chai tea. it’s fair trade and organic, certified gluten and allergen free, comes in eco friendly sachets. their website is http://gypsytea.com and as far as adding anything to it? i like it with a splash of vanilla coconut milk. yum.
i work at teavana and we get a lot of customers asking us for 'regular' tea. most of them, i've figured out, like something like our golden jade or golden monkey mixed with pi lo chun. it's a bit more expensive than what they're used to, most of the time, but i do notice many of them coming back for refills. :D
that’s probably waaaaaaay more expensive than they’re used to i’m sure. i’m not personally a fan of the golden jade, but i think golden monkey is ok if you do 2 tsp gm + 2 tsp bangkok lemongrass. tastes like campfire marshmallows [thanks alex!] but other than that? i prefer himalayan majestic or black dragon pearls as “regular” tea. not bitter, lovely iced or hot.
Are you one of those people who thinks milk doesn't belong in tea either?
if i’m drinking thai iced tea, then sure. otherwise, i don’t really use it.
i don’t really like milk in tea most of the time. there are exceptions but i can’t think of any others right now. plus, i’m a bit lactose intolerant, so id use rice, almond, coconut, or hemp milk instead.
In response to your rant on people putting sugar in their tea:
I'm not going to lie, you, as long as some of the other people replying, were being extremely rude. I drink my tea sweetened, no matter if I sweeten it with honey or actual sugar (although I do always use real sugar and so I know where you're coming from with using harmful sweeteners), but I really just thought you could have had more tact in the way you replied to your followers. The title of your blog is "fuck yeah I love tea," not "fuck yeah I only drink unsweetened tea," therefore I don't think you should judge people for how they enjoy their drinks, even if it's not healthy. That's their right to start pouring sugar if they want to.
I don't know, I just was very surprised by your reaction because I figured, of all blogs, your blog and others about tea would stay out of the petty tumblr drama.
to be clear - it was not my rant. it was another bloggers.
i said ”i wouldnt go THAT far, but i agree that people really overdo it on the sugar.” how is that extremely rude?
i use a little honey or sugar sometimes, with some teas. i have posted tea beverage recipes that include honey or sugar from time to time and i said that people can drink their tea, or whatever else for that matter, however theyd like. its your body, your choice.
i personally avoid artificial sweeteners because there is science out there showing data that proves it is harmful for various reasons, and plus, to me it tastes gross. there is also scientific data about sugar, especially in large quantities, having harmful effects on the body, and things like diabetes and obesity are now huge issues for many people. this is, many times, due to lifestyle choices, including what people eat and drink. i didnt say always - i said many times.
i dont think that suggesting people try it without sugar first is being rude. i feel the same way about salt and food. when dining out at a restaurant, i dont immediately dump a bunch of salt on my meal. i trust that the chef has prepared my meal the way it is intended to be eaten. if i taste it and its bland, maybe ill add a bit of salt, pepper, hot sauce, whatever. i dont just assume its wrong first. to me, that is extremely rude.
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Ugh "regular" tea! When my mom visited me a few weeks ago we went to Teavana, and she was kind of shocked at some of the prices and so suggested to me, "You should go to Sam's Club and get a bunch of 'regular' tea in bulk!" I facepalmed so hard. That night I thoroughly enjoyed my lavender dreams brew.
haha! i mean a tea bag would be better than powdered tea mix, but not much. i hope you got her to sample some of their teas since they let you do that. a lot of people have a hard time paying for loose leaf at first, but if you do the math of how much tea you actually get in a box of tea bags compared to how much tea [+ full health benefits + better flavor] you are getting when you buy real tea leaves, you are getting much more value from the tea leaves.