november’s tea challenge

Lastly, tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tealover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water.

George Orwell from 1943-1945

I want to try no sugar in my tea but want to try it long enough that I can get past the initial taste difference and see whether it’s something I’ll enjoy long term.

So for November I am not having sugar in my black leaf tea that I drink (I don’t have sugar in any other type of tea).

I’ll report back in December and see whether it’s something I’ll be sticking with long term.

→how to make tea correctly (according to science): milk first

“having been to America and sampling the weak tea made there, it must be stressed that the teabag should either be in a pot or the mug itself; it is not sufficient just for it to be in the same room.”

An aside from an entertaining article about whether you should put the milk in first when making tea. I sit firmly in the milk last camp.