Adding Flavors to Tea

It's always good to try a tea without anything else in it first. That way you can see if you appreciate its natural flavors, and pick out the hints of flavor that you like the most. If you add in a ton of milk right away, you might never realize that it would have tasted really nice with a hint of honey and nothing else.

Here are some classic items that people tend to add to their tea for flavor.

Probably the most common - the milk adds a bit of creaminess as well as helps to cool the tea down to a drinkable temperature. Note that tea is very light in flavor, so cream would be rather heavy and make the whole drink just taste like "warm milk". In the ancient days of true porcelain, milk *had* to be added first, so that the hot tea didn't directly strike the cup and shatter it. We don't worry about that in modern times. It is important to realize that milk does scald under extreme heat, but you're going to have that problem with coffee, tea, you name it. Most people who like milk in their hot drinks don't mind the slight scalded flavor.

The nectar of the bees was the sugar of the ancient world. Everybody had bees, few people had sugar cane. This was the way to get a sweet-tooth pleasure from a sip of tea. As an added benefit, eating local honey helps you develop resistance to local allergens.

For those seeking a citrus zing rather than a sweet honey flavor, lemon does the trick. Be warned that lemon's acid will naturally curdle milk.

In modern times we all have easy access to sugar. Perhaps our access is now TOO easy :) In any case, you can certainly use sugar rather than honey for your sweet tooth fix. Just remember to brush!

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