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Do you sweeten your tea?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Quintillus, Feb 9, 2014.

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Do you sweeten your tea?

  1. Of course, with pride!

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  2. Never! Blasmphemy!

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  3. When the mood strikes me

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  1. Quintillus

    Quintillus Archiving Civ3 Content Supporter

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    The thread on reusing tea bags reminded me of one of the great philosophical questions of life - whether to sweeten tea or not. Some people consider it mandatory, others consider it heresy, and I'm sure there are a few who go back and forth and are considered blasphemers by both sides.

    Myself, I toyed with the concept of sweet tea while living in the U.S. south, but ultimately concluded that the focus should be on the tea, not the sugar, and have since recanted for my former ways and no longer sweeten my tea.
     
  2. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

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    I used to when I was younger, but since my digestive problems I have had tea without sugar and milk for a few years now. When I first started it seemed weird, but now the idea of milk and sugar in my tea is strange.
     
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  4. Zelig

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    No, I buy quality tea.
     
  5. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Growing up largely in the South, I didn't know iced tea came any other way until I moved to NYC. Now I can't stand it except for the occasional Sun tea.
     
  6. Perfection

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    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    I have never understood why people feel so strongly about this :crazyeye:

    I do sweeten my tea because I like it. Period. If somebody else likes it without sugar, I don't pester him either.

    Oh, sometimes I add lemon as well.
     
  8. Perfection

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    Because if you add sugar you're doing it wrong.
     
  9. Catharsis

    Catharsis catch u on the flip scythe

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    Tea with milk and sugar is delicious

    Tea without milk but with sugar is delicious

    Tea without milk or sugar is delicious

    Tea with milk but without sugar is disgusting...
     
  10. Snorrius

    Snorrius Le libre-penseur

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    When I was in UK locals constantly tried to poison my tea with milk. I had to be very vigilant so these horrific efforts could not be fulfilled.
     
  11. bhsup

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    Iced tea, yes. Is there any other way??? Hot tea, not usually, but for some reason I do it on rare occasions.
     
  12. Catharsis

    Catharsis catch u on the flip scythe

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    Yes I imagine you would have got a few funny looks. I'm not sure I know anyone here in the UK who consistently takes tea without milk (myself included, 99% of the tea I drink includes milk).
     
  13. GenMarshall

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    For unsweetened ice tea and hot tea, I add sugar. If its sweet tea, then I don't use sugar.
     
  14. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    This is how I prefer my tea:

    - I boil a bunch of water and put it in a mug or glass
    - I put a orange pekoe or orange pekoe-like teabag in the water
    - I let it sit for a while
    - I take out the teabag and add some cold water (so that the tea remains very warm, but is no longer scolding hot)
    - I add some sugar (2 teaspoons for medium sized glass, 3 for large glass)
    - I squirt in some lemon juice or freshly squeezed lemon
    - I drink the goddamn tea

    Admittedly and perhaps obviously my tea drinking preferences have not changed in over 30 years. I don't care. Everyone else who drinks tea seems to have moved on to more "refined" tea creation procedures, such as a complete removal from the process of anything related to the lemon as well as a limiting of the sugar.

    That's fine, but I prefer my tea the way I take it! The first time I had tea I thought to myself: "Mmmm that's some good %&*!!".. You don't mess with a good thing. I'll drink other types of tea, but when you bring me a glass of my favourite.. it's a comfort thing. I can sit back and immediately feel better and/or ready for bed or the day or the bullride or whatever. Other teas have less of an impact to my day. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that the way I take my tea rocks my world.

    So yes, I sweeten my tea.
     
  15. dido

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    Generally no.

    Quality tea with nothing added is a blessing:smug:
    Red tea with sugar and milk or lemon is fine by me
    Cheap tea with nothing added is...meh
    Tea with sugar only is disgusting, hot or cold:mad:
     
  16. Quintillus

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    I don't know of a logical explanation for it.

    I may have to try this lemon thing. I have a bunch of lemons, so I might as well make some lemon-spiked tea. But without sugar.
     
  17. Silurian

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    Honey is good in tea as well.
     
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    2 sugars an full milk.
     
  19. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    Never. I like both tea and coffee plain. I feel like milk, sugar, and honey destroy its natural flavor instead of enhance it, as an additive should.
     
  20. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    I have been drinking my coffee black for a while now because Tim's cream gives me diarrhea.

    TMI? Perhaps, but either way I like my coffee black these days. There is definitely a lot more taste there. Tim's double doubles (2 cream, 2 sugar) masks most of it.

    With tea though, I'm just so used to the taste, drinking it without sugar gets rid of the taste that I'm going for.
     

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