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July 08, 2007

Sugar and Tea

sugarplate.jpgFor the true tea connoisseur, adding sugar to tea is a heresy as it alters the liquor enormously.

The habit of adding sugar to tea didn't come from China. It appeared in the late 17th century in Britain and is thought to have originated as a way to combat the astringency of some of the green teas that were being imported. By the late 18th century, British tea drinkers were consuming 10 times more sugar then their european counterparts. Everywhere the British went to build their empire, the habit traveled with them i.e. America, Africa, Arabia (hence the quantities of sugar that Arabs put in their mint tea).

It is however a habit to unlearn if you truly want to enjoy the fabulous variety of aromas and flavours that tea has to offer.