#1 Milk or No Milk?
Many teas taste delicious with milk, particularly stronger teas such as Assam, where the milk tempers the strong flavour. Generally, the lighter the tea, the less likely it is that it needs milk. Green, white and yellow teas as well as aromatic and floral teas should be drunk without milk. Very light teas such as Darjeeling can easily be overwhelmed by milk. If you are not used to drinking your tea ‘black’, do try it – you will be surprised by the difference.
#2 Milk First? Milk Last?
In the early days, putting the milk in last was considered to be the ‘correct’ thing to do in refined social circles, as it was a way of showing that one had the finest china on one’s table. On the other hand, putting the milk in first means that the fat in the milk emulsifies in a different way when the tea is poured, which does change the flavour of the tea, giving it a more even, creamier flavour. So, now that the days when one’s social position was judged by this sort of thing are long gone, pour your tea as you please.