Why do the English always drink milk with their tea? People from around the world often wonder why the English always add milk to their tea. Here are the answers:
In the 17th and 18th centuries the china cups which tea was served in were so delicate they would crack from the heat of the tea. Milk was added to cool the liquid and stop the cups from cracking. This is why, even today, many English people add milk to their cups before adding the tea.
Milk in tea, apart from reducing the bitterness, reduced the staining in china cups.
The famous English tea is Earl Grey tea. It is a tea blend with a distinctive flavor and aroma derived from bergamot oil.
The term of Earl Grey tea was originated from the tea that was specially blended by a Chinese Mandarin for Lord Grey. Lady Grey used it to entertain in London as a political hostess, and it proved so popular that she was asked if it could be sold to others.
In Britain, biscuit and tea with milk have a strong cultural identity as the traditional accompaniment to a cup of tea. Many tea drinkers dunk their biscuits in tea, allowing them to absorb liquid and soften slightly before eating.
As for me, tea is not my cup of tea, coffee is. 🙂