[tea] A Nice Cup of Tea — George Orwell’s guide to making a cup of tea. ‘…one should pour tea into the cup first. This is one of the most controversial points of all; indeed in every family in Britain there are probably two schools of thought on the subject. The milk-first school can bring forward some fairly strong arguments, but I maintain that my own argument is unanswerable. This is that, by putting the tea in first and stirring as one pours, one can exactly regulate the amount of milk whereas one is liable to put in too much milk if one does it the other way round.’

George Orwell’s Guide to making Tea

This entry was posted on Saturday, March 6th, 2004 at 8:57 am and is filed under Books, Drink.

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Here is what Douglas Adams had to say about the same subject:

“There is a very simple principle to the making of tea and it’s this – to get the proper flavour of tea, the water has to be boiling (not boiled) when it hits the tea leaves. If it’s merely hot then the tea will be insipid.”

Milk-in-first is irrelevant to taste. It was developed as a way to stop primitive medieval clay mugs from cracking by lowering the temperature of the tea as it was poured. Terry Jones told me that.

Now who says you can’t learn anything off the telly?

And if you try to make tea by putting the bag in the cup and not the pot, then putting the milk in first would be insanity. :)

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