Orwell on Tea

“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 tea-lover if you destroy the flavor of your tea by putting sugar in it?  It would be equally reasonable to put 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, “A Nice Cup of Tea” appearing in Evening Standard, January 12th 1946

Beautiful!  I fully agree, unless of couse the tea is Iced in which case I prefer the Southern standard with a whole hell of a lot of sugar.

~ by Nathaniel on August 26, 2008.

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