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December 10, 2005

A nice cup of tea


George Orwell demonstrates how subtilized the whole business of making tea has become by contributing eleven points on the subject. He is quite wrong about sugar, of course, but even very clever chaps make mistakes.

Some people would answer that they don't like tea in itself, that they only drink it in order to be warmed and stimulated, and they need sugar to take the taste away. To those misguided people I would say: Try drinking tea without sugar for, say, a fortnight and it is very unlikely that you will ever want to ruin your tea by sweetening it again.

In so far as the man has a point, it might equally be made about ruining a cup of tea by adulterating it with milk; something I never do. I may take him on his challenge for the satisfaction of proving him wrong.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 10, 2005 08:57 AM

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Mmmm... I just had a wonderful mug of Oolong. The problem I have with most tea drinkers is they only grab the closest bag of Lipton.

I read something one time that in the US before WWI or WWII, plain black tea was a rarity, that everyone drank lots of various varieties such as Oolong, real greens, or gunpowder tea, which is another favorite of mine.

Posted by: Chad [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 10, 2005 08:34 PM

Earl Grey with a dollop of honey is my afternoon drink.

Posted by: Airdale [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 12, 2005 10:36 PM