milk in first or last?

There is only one truly great question that all tea lovers debate. Teaspoons at the ready for duelling at dawn, and prepare to spout about it - because we want to know!

when brewing your tea in a teapot, on pouring into your cup do you add your milk first or last?

quotes - start I've always put the milk in first, but physics would say last, thermal gradients and all! quotes -end Rob

quotes - start Milk first if the tea is coming out of a teapot.   Milk last if it's being brewed in the cup. No idea why! quotes -end Angela

quotes - start If you put the milk in first there is the possibility of weak tea.  "Ooh, I've made yours a bit weak" - surely one of the most depressing things you can ever hear? quotes -end   Zoe

quotes - start I always put my milk in last - I find it easier to get the right colour first and then add the white stuff.quotes -end  Sarah

quotes - start The tea will not mash properly if it is not pipping hot. Coffee has to have milk in first to stop it burning. quotes -endTom

quotes - start You can keep your cow juice out of my lovely tea! quotes -end

quotes - start Milk last. Brewed in a cup, the milk would cool the tea too much to brew properly. From a teapot, you usually end up with too much milk if you put it in first.quotes -end  Carole

quotes - start Soy milk? But it doesn't work properly in nice, strong tea. *sob* quotes -end Mel

quotes - start Without a doubt, milk in first, otherwise you get that tea scum floating on the top of your brew.quotes -end  Pinny

quotes - start Milk always goes in last - if you don't get the right colour for your brew the first time you can always add more milk. But if you put milk in first - then the tea - and its still wrong the colour, you have to add milk in again effectively doubling your workload, going to the fridge twice is simply unneccesary! quotes -end  Gavin

quotes - start Milk first, if the tea is made in a teapot.  The amount of milk doesn't affect the strength of tea it just makes it more milky! quotes -end  Janet

quotes - start Tough question... if it is out of a pot I like a little splash of milk in the bottom of a china tea cup, if it is made with a teabag in a mug then after. Am I sad for being so pernickety?...quotes -end  Leanne

quotes - start Milk first without a doubt, it makes a HUGE difference to the taste! And by the way you should never leave the tea-bag in for longer than about 30 seconds, there is nothing worse than stewed tea, it's such a disappointment!! quotes -end Sophie

quotes - start Always put the milk in last. If you put it in first, you risk making your tea too milky and milky tea is just wrong (except in chai and other such varieties). Tea should taste like tea, not milk. Tea scum? is due to hard water, but the ions in the water just add to that lovely tea taste. quotes -end Liam

quotes - start Always last, my nan used to say "you wouldn't put the milk in the teapot", and we all know your nan knows best :) quotes -end Jo

quotes - start I drink China tea, without milk or sugar. But on those rare occasions when I do put a spoonful of milk into something which tastes a bit too astringent, I put the milk in last. That way one avoids putting in too much. quotes -end Alyosha

quotes - start I agree with Angela, milk first if tea out of the teapot and milk last if making a brew in the cup.quotes -end Ruthie Babe

quotes - start Oh, milk first. But that's because I love a good, strong brew made properly, in a teapot. Always a teapot, please - we have to maintain standards. quotes -end  Kirstin

quotes - start Milk in the cup first, if I'm having milk which is not often. When making tea it is always in a pot never directly brewed in a mug. quotes -end  Alice

quotes - start Definitely last! How else can you tell if you've made a nice brew or not? quotes -end Ray

Milk in last: quotes - start This is the rules, if you do not do it this way you are quite simply never making me a cuppa! quotes -end  Tara

quotes - start You can't beat tea brewed in a pot; in which case it doesn't bother me if the milk goes in first or last, as long as there is only a little! On the other hand, when brewing in a cup I put the milk in last. quotes -end Jennifer

quotes - start If you put milk in first it stops the tea from getting nice and strong! quotes -end BL

is a jaffa cake a biscuit or a cake?

open quotes See to me Jaffa cakes are clearly a cake as I base my decision on the following simple to follow formula. If it is hard fresh and softens when it goes stale, it's a biscuit.
If it is soft fresh and hardens when it goes stale, it is cake.close quote

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