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SoccerMom said

What sweeteners do you use to sweeten your tea?

I have noticed that some of you use sweeteners in your some of your teas. I was just wondering which kinds do you like and why? I do not use sweeteners in my teas unless it’s for iced tea or if my mom and grandmother or another guest is here and having tea with me so for that I just keep some german brown rock sugar that I got at Teavana on hand for guests. I noticed Tea Honey at Adagio and was wondering if there is a honey that you prefer?

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Cofftea said

Soccermom, the only tea I sweeten is my maple sugar black and I sweeten it with, of course, just a bit of maple sugar. That being said, Lupica and The Republic of Tea both sell honeys that contain tea and I really want to try them. I also want to hunt down some Indian sugar to sweeten my chai w/. I also have some stevia leaf coming so we’ll see how that goes.:)

When you say Indain Sugar, do you mean jaggery? (Palm Sugar) If so, you can fnd it in often find it in east asion-style groceries as it is also a major ingrediant in Thai Food. A block of it lasts along time and I often grate some into chai.

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Gander said

I use La Perruche brown sugar cubes, and they work well especially with strong tea with milk. I use just regular honey with my fruit flavored blacks (ex. Republic of Tea Ginger Peach), especially when iced.

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Bethany said

Very, very rarely sweeten my tea, but if I do, I use either regular honey (I have some organic honey, as well, that’s great) or agave nectar. Agave nectar is great!

SoccerMom said

Hmmmm…. I hardly ever sweeten my tea either but I definently might have to try the agave nectar! thanks

Bethany said

I definitely recommend it! It has a sort of burnt sugar taste.

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~lauren. said

No sugar or honey or rock sugar ever in my teas. However, if one of my kids or hubby is sick with a cold or flu, I will add honey to their tea (do you think my kiddies will remember that as “comfort food” in their old age? My mother use to do that for me when I was younger.). However, I am thinking of ordering the amber sugar crystals from adagio or the rock sugar from teavana – just for my friends. Right now, I only have the white sugar cubes and the presentation may be prettier with the other sugars ….

SoccerMom said

To answer your question “yes” I do think your kiddos will remember that you did that for them. My dad use to make me a little hot tea with a little lemon and a little whisky! When I had a sore throat. Awww I just wanna pick up the phone and call him now.

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AJ said

I have a tub of creamed honey. I find I’m really not a fan of plain white sugar somehow. It’s weird. But brown sugar is nice in some teas as well. The other day, I saw a small jar of butterscotch and actually pondered picking one up to see how well it went in tea (I assume it would be too strong, but then I would just put it on my ice cream instead).

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Every tea is different, I even find different steepings need different levels of sweetening.
I tend to slightly sweeten some teas.
As I have battled obesity all of my life, most of the time that means an artifical sweetener is used. And I hate myself every time I do that to good tea.

Cofftea said

I don’t sweeten my teas but I do find different steepings have different sweetness themselves, so that totally makes sense.

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I usually use sugar (organic preferred) with my black teas, or honey with rooibos or chai, rarely but sometimes maple syrup. The last time I was at the market I searched all over for agave nectar but couldn’t find it! I will have to go to the health food store. I’d love to get some rock sugar too – and experiment with different kinds of honey. Right now I have some local honey – my husband brought it home from a coworker who knows someone with bees!! but it’s almost gone.

Bethany said

I get my Agave Nectar at Trader Joe’s.

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i try the tea without, then try adding german rock sugar or sugar in the raw or white sugar or honey depending on what i cna get my hands on.

my preference is german rock and honey though.

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tease said

Some of my teas do regularly require a little sweetener touch up… Since otherwise I would be consuming tons of sugar per day, I have regretfully converted to Sweet Leaf stevia. It’s definitely not bad, but I would always prefer some real organic honey or white sugar if I can afford the calories. I can imagine maple syrup would be delicious, too!

Cofftea said

Keep in mind that, like tea, honey is packed w/ antioxidents, so it’s not just empty calories:)

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Josiah said

I favor some of the more common herbal teas, namely chamomile or any of the mint family, with a little honey. For some black teas I may add honey if I am inclined to have something sweet, but usually I go without sweetening at all. I cannot imagine sweetening any of the greens, oolongs, or matés I have.

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