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Are you sweet or unsweet?

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Glo said

I only sweetened and add milk to black teas. On rare occasions I may sweeten another type of tea, such as a green or oolong. I can’t imagine adding milk to anything other than a black tea though, yuck.

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On occasion I will sweeten a really strong black tea. I like local honey as a sweetner. Local honey is a great way to deal with allergies and tea is good for the body an soul making it a sweet win, win!

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…unsweet iced and hot teas unless it’s masala chai with milk. Then I add just a little sugar.

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I sweeten almost everything, at least a little bit. It just tastes better to me that way. This may have something to do with the fact that I like my tea strong — I don’t overbrew it, but I sometimes use more than the recommended amount per cup. I usually use one packet of stevia, and maybe a splenda or two if the tea is strong/astringent/bitter. I often add steamed milk to black tea to make a “tea latte.” (With tea that is not black or herbal, I prefer to use Truvia, since it is the only brand of stevia I’ve found that doesn’t make tea cloudy. I like my green and oolong teas clear).

Right now I am drinking TeaGschwendner Orange Blossom Oolong sweetened with one packet of Truvia. That was all it needed to bring out the flavor.

I can tolerate unsweetened tea better if it is iced.

Cofftea said

I take mine unsweetened (unless a flavored syrup is used), but I LOVE tea lattes! I find it interesting as a sweet drinker you can tolerate iced tea unsweetened better than hot. Normally if a person drinks their tea sweetened, it’s iced. I personally LOVE unsweetened iced tea- infact if iced tea is the only tea on the menu when I go out to eat I will hardly ever order tea cuz it’s almost always sweetened. Subway is the rare place I’ve found that consistantly has unsweetened tea. Although when I order it I don’t really have an unsweetened tea- I normally add half lemonade for a much less sweetened Arnold Palmer- something I certainly would never order anywhere else due to the teeth rotting sweetness.

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brandy3392 said

I sweeten everything, normally with stevia. I occasionally use flavored stevia in cheap, unflavored black teas (vanilla and english toffee are both very good). I also add almond milk to some blacks and mates, chais, as well as teas that are bitter.

Cofftea said

Flavored stevia?! I love stevia, but also love flavored syrups… but not the fact that they have either sugar or artificial sweeteners… where do you get flavored stevia?

brandy3392 said

I use the Sweetleaf Liquid Flavored Stevia.

http://www.amazon.com/Sweetleaf-Cinnamon-Flavor-Liquid-Stevia/dp/B000S86X9G/ref=sr_1_22?ie=UTF8&qid=1293826990&sr=8-22

Of the flavors I’ve tried:
Chocolate: Okay, not much flavor, normally use in iced coffee
Vanilla Creme: Good, have only tried in tea
English Toffee: Excellent, used in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal
Lemon Drop: Okay, used in fruit flavored teas, tisanes, chamomile

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Just trying Stater Bros’ Sucralose sugar substitute in my black tea. Shame that, just like Splenda, it creates this foamy part atop my cup. While I have found these substitutes to be great on cereal and other items, sometimes it misses when I try and use it as the sweetener in my tea.

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I never put sugar in my tea, or my coffee. I don’t know why, but in coffee it tends to give me a funny aftertaste and in tea… Why bother? I take milk in black teas usually, mostly because I’m too impatient to wait for them to cool, but I like it black every once in a while. Or when I’m out of milk, which, as a student, is pretty often.

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90% of the time i go for unsweetened tea. occasionally, i’ll have a desert tea or chai and i will put a little brown crystal sugar in it. for chai tea, i also add rice milk. overall i try to limit sugar in my diet.

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I think tea is meant to be consumed straight up. I prefer to taste of just the tea without the sweeteners or dairy addition. Although i did get a matcha last week at a coffee shop that was sweetened. And it blew my mind. Aside from that i love it simple. And i’m confident it’s better for the body that way.

Cofftea said

I’m with you on “better for the body”, but “meant” can be a relative concept. To me how a tea is “meant” to be drank means how it’s served in that particular tea’s culture- everything from pu erh, to sweet tea, to English tea. That being said, I don’t always drink tea how it’s “meant” (in that context anyway" to be drank.

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Whether or not I sweeten my tea, and what I sweeten it with depends on the type of tea. For herbal, some green, and flavored black teas, I usually use honey, varying from a tiny amount to a teaspoon, depending on how strong the tea is. For unflavored black, oolong, and jasmine teas, I use sugar (usually 1/2 teaspoon per 8oz, but it can vary based on the strength of the tea).

I go through unsweetened tea periods, and there are a few varieties I prefer unsweetened, but I always come back around to sweetening most of my tea. I find that adding a touch of honey really brings out flavors and adds a soothing note to the tea for me, so I’m especially prone to adding it to an evening cup.

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