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El Reg towers was plunged into internal strife today, with the production desk struggling to keep the news production line humming as senior editors were forced to launch an investigation into the question that has split the editorial team down the middle: is it acceptable to add the milk to the tea pot? The rift opened up at …

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And I bet he didn't even use Yorkshire Tea...

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are you

suggesting that there is any other kind???

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Probably used boiling water too.....

Everyone Knows that scalds the leaves.

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> And I bet he didn't even use Yorkshire Tea...

Is there a tea bush growing within 3,000 miles of Yorkshire?

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Extracts the flavor better though. Some on the tannins stay put in the leaves until it's properly hot. 86 degree half arsed efforts are ok for not-really-tea, but proper English Breakfast needs boiling water.

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"Is there a tea bush growing within 3,000 miles of Yorkshire?"

Yes.

http://www.tealaden.com/teaweb/articles/britain_grows_tea.htm

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i thought scalding the leaves only applied to white and green tea.

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"Is there a tea bush growing within 3,000 miles of Yorkshire?"

It's grown on Ilkley Moor. Didn't you know?

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And has been grown on the Channel islands. I had heard a few months ago South Wales is getting warm enough, and a development agency is looking at it

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Yes 225 miles http://weeteacompany.com/

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> http://weeteacompany.com/

Doesn't sound very appetising, does it?

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You should probably stick to coffee.

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"Is there a tea bush growing within 3,000 miles of Yorkshire?"

Actually, much closer than that: https://tregothnan.co.uk/about/

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You're taking the piss

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To the denialists...

You can grow tea in the UK quite easily...

... Yorkshire Tea though...

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They'd better not breathe too heavily or make any sudden movements, then

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Naa, Yorkshire tea is a little metallic for my taste, whereas Typhoo is the better builder's tea.

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Almost certainly

> "Is there a tea bush growing within 3,000 miles of Yorkshire?"

Kew Gardens, or perhaps at the Eden project.

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Is there a tea bush growing within 3,000 miles of Yorkshire?

Why would there need to be? Although they claim it was introduced in 1886, wasn't "Yorkshire Tea"'s current blend actually created during the rationing years by sweeping up crud and bagging it? Certainly tastes like it every time I've been forced to ingest some. Politeness can be challenging.

It seems that "Yorkshire Tea" (and several other British "blends") is to tea what tofurkey is to roasted fowl.

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Public Health Warning

Please us appropriate head-gear when visiting Ilkley Moor.

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Scalding the leaves is normally regarded as a positive thing, in fact a requirement, when making "normal" tea, but should be avoided with green and white teas.

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Everybody now....

"Where was thee since I last saw thee, last saw theeeeee, on Ilkley Moor bar taaaaa-at, where was thee since I last saw theee...." Join in you'll love it. :) PP

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Boiling tea?

You should always scald tea leaves! It's instant coffee that mustn't be scaled.

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@Pedigree-Pete

No, no, no, no, NO! It starts,

"Wheear 'as ta bin sin ah saw thee"

What are you, a S'thner?

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Absolute sacrilege - tea doesn't brew properly once the milk is added.

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What he said.

Absolute sacrilege - tea doesn't brew properly once the milk is added.

The fat in the milk clogs the pores in the Teabag if you are using them and/or otherwise coats the leaves so the water cannot act properly upon them. Either you wait for ages or end up with piss weak Tea. Putting milk in brewing Tea is....

"Well. I did almost think that it was time to pay them a visit but they seem to have being doing some terribly stupid stuff recently what with the...."

"My Lord!! We have reports of someone placing milk in brewing tea!"

"ARGGGGGH. Drop the Quarantine Buoy and get us out of here. Maximum Speed."

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...and how the hell does one pour the milk first, which everyone understands is of paramount importance, after some raging psychopath has poured it into the pot?

Oh the humanity!

That said, “it’s [still probably] better than the piss brew you get when people don’t dunk the tea bag properly.”

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but once the brewing has completed, I don't see anything wrong with putting the milk in the pot before serving.

If I'm in one of those tea shops where you get a small cup and a pot of tea, I normally put both the milk and the sugar in the pot.

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Abomination

Some, like me, don't pollute good tea with milk!

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> Absolute sacrilege - tea doesn't brew properly once the milk is added.

Or when you use the floor sweepings commonly sold as tea bags.

Proper tea uses leaves - not powdered dust!

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Black Tea...

Just sayin' PP

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Tea with milk in it is a abomination anyway, a complete act of sacrilege. If you are going to debase the almighty leaf suspension then who the hell cares when you defile it with bovine lactate.

You are going to ruin the tea, destroy it's subtle flavours and forever render it to be a shadow of it's former glory, the order and receptacle in which you desecrate it, be it mug, pot or even in the kettle matters not, you are still a monster.

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Can't discern between its possessive and it's the contraction: who's the real monster, bud?

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No milk-?

That is fine (and good) for those forrinn teas! Not for a proppa cuppa.

Apply the teats!

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Re: No milk-?

"That is fine (and good) for those forrinn teas!"

You mean "forrinn" like Earl Grey? One of the most quintessentially British teas there is?

If you'd consider putting milk in Earl Grey I'm afraid it will be absolutely necessary to have you killed.

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Considering the milk (full fat) binds the tannin (toxin) so you don't slowly poison yourself (tannin prevents the absorption of iron which can lead to or aggravate anaemia), I'd rather have the milk, thanks!

Unless it's Earl Grey, or Lady Grey, or Green tea, or Ruibos (naturally lacks tannin) or...

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"Tea with milk in it is a abomination anyway, a complete act of sacrilege."

Who on Earth was tasteless enough to downvote this simple statement of fact?

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"Considering the milk (full fat) binds the tannin (toxin)"

Don't stew it.

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Considering the milk (full fat) binds the tannin (toxin) so you don't slowly poison yourself (tannin prevents the absorption of iron which can lead to or aggravate anaemia), I'd rather have the milk, thanks!

But milk blocks antioxidant absorption, so you miss out on the most important nutrients in the tea if you take it with milk. I would suggest that that far outweighs the tannin effect, unless you are drinking the stuff 24/7 and don't have much iron in your diet. I take it with milk myself anyway, but better to go in with your eyes open.

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Ruin the Tea?

Most of the stuff that passes for tea in tea-bags warrants ruining with milk or boiling water. Talking about leaves, look at any teabag you care and you'll see more dust than leaves and the leaves are so finely chopped (cut would not do justice to the process) thereby ensuring that you get a strong brew whatever you throw at it.

Personally I believe that the Reg person must have been a junior office lackey to have committed such a heinous act: pure sacrilege.

For the record the water should be 90C for tea, other temperatures between 80-95 apply for the greens & whites or reds.

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Tea with milk just tastes greasy

Been having tea (brown, green, white, Darjeeling, et.) without milk for ages and yes, it makes one hell of a better cup of tea without it. Going back to milk in just makes the tea taste greasy.

On the other hand, I also fell in love with proper Indian tea on a trip to India, made with an appropriate assortment of spices etc., brewed the Indian way with milk and sugar in the pan and reduced to within an inch of its life to a thick syrupy concoction - wonderful stuff.

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Ruibos

tastes like tea already drunk by someone.

At least twice.

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Re: No milk-?

"Earl Grey"

- Victorian con trick

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Couldn't agree more. It should be black, brewed for 15 seconds max with a little squeeze when extracting. If you're feeling naughty, (I always am:)) add a little sugar.

These brutes, brewing tea for hours and adding milk (which i bet is not even full fat) should be shot.

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Re: Ruibos

Rooibos, on the other hand, is lekker!

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I did once, after finding only Earl Grey at a German Hotel I then went ahead and added milk. Won't be doing that again!

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If you'd consider putting milk in Earl Grey I'm afraid it will be absolutely necessary to have you killed.

Then resurrected and killed again. Just to make sure you damn well learn your lesson.

*slurps from mug of Earl Grey, complete with slice of lemon*

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@ Fink-Nottle

No it sodding isn't, unless you get a kick from drinking piss

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Ruibos

That would be "Rooibos", i.e. Red Bush. Rooibos is actually not tea.

When I was in preschool we had to have tea with lunch every day and the teachers would not hear of you not drinking your tea. (How can you have pudding if you won't drink your tea?!!, Etc.) The tea came with milk already added, which I dispised. Even today I cannot stand milk in my tea. Yucc!

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