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2013-03-22 12:24:34 AM
If by tea you mean milk, then yes, yes they do.
 
2013-03-22 12:26:09 AM
Science, it's up my nose!

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2013-03-22 12:26:21 AM

kiwimoogle84: If by tea you mean milk, then yes, yes they do.


The English take their tea with milk, as shown in the pic.
 
2013-03-22 12:27:02 AM
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2013-03-22 12:29:07 AM

natmar_76: kiwimoogle84: If by tea you mean milk, then yes, yes they do.

The English take their tea with milk, as shown in the pic.


Depends on the tea.

Either way, in addition to what TFA says, I'd also postulate that the tannins, to balance some of the sweetness, and the creamy richness of the milk play a role.
 
2013-03-22 12:29:49 AM
if said tea is not made with 100 tea bags at a time, maybe so.
 
2013-03-22 12:30:07 AM
they're not dipped in tea for taste, it's to soften up the biscuit. morans.
 
2013-03-22 12:31:55 AM
Tea is gross.
 
2013-03-22 12:32:08 AM

KrispyKritter: they're not dipped in tea for taste, it's to soften up the biscuit. morans.


Because chewing is tedious.
 
2013-03-22 12:33:26 AM

KrispyKritter: they're not dipped in tea for taste, it's to soften up the biscuit. morans.


OK, grandad. Now back in your room and put your dentures back in, you're scaring the kids.
 
2013-03-22 12:34:22 AM
Next: do donuts taste better when dunked?
 
2013-03-22 12:35:19 AM

KrispyKritter: they're not dipped in tea for taste, it's to soften up the biscuit. morans.

So, you don't have any teeth left?

 
2013-03-22 12:35:50 AM

fusillade762: Tea is gross.


But I'm going to guess that you think beer is delicious.
 
2013-03-22 12:35:53 AM
Cookies in dirty water? Why would you do that?
 
2013-03-22 12:37:35 AM
So I had this Scottish girlfriend in college. She didn't like that I enjoyed her homemade scones with milk. I learned a few things: She was so passionate that scones should be had only with tea that she was willing to dump me over it, she really hated when I called them 'scōnes' with a long 'o', and I really enjoy homemade scones with milk. This csb is brought to you by the letter Beer, and by the number 2.
 
2013-03-22 12:37:47 AM

lostcat: fusillade762: Tea is gross.

But I'm going to guess that you think beer is delicious.


I like both.  And I don't muck about with my tea with all kinds of sugar and milk either.  I've never met a tea I didn't enjoy.
 
2013-03-22 12:38:20 AM
Tea? Heathens! Every last damned one of you! If you're going to dunk a cookie it's milk or coffee, none of this tea business.
 
2013-03-22 12:44:09 AM

fusillade762: Tea is gross.


You should try something better than the crap that is lipton.
 
2013-03-22 12:45:28 AM

natmar_76: kiwimoogle84: If by tea you mean milk, then yes, yes they do.

The English take their tea with milk, as shown in the...



Yes, but that's not the issue. Cookies and milk. COOKIES AND MILK!

I know the English have their high tea and all that, but I think chocolate chip cookies. And milk.
 
2013-03-22 12:45:32 AM
I assume it's a British cookie and therefore has no flavor? In that case it depends on if the tea tastes good or not.
 
2013-03-22 12:47:07 AM

lostcat: fusillade762: Tea is gross.

But I'm going to guess that you think beer is delicious.


That and beer gets me WAY drunker than tea.
 
2013-03-22 12:47:32 AM
Notabunny:she really hated when I called them 'scōnes' with a long 'o'.

How the crap do Scotsfolk pronounce it then? "Scoons"? "Scahns"??
 
2013-03-22 12:48:59 AM
Try dipping a Chips Ahoy cookie in coffee. This is good.
Charles, c/o
merjeo.com
 
2013-03-22 12:51:16 AM

LDM90: Cookies in dirty water? Why would you do that?

'Cause I love that dirty water,

Oh, London you're my home.

 
2013-03-22 12:53:56 AM

KrispyKritter: they're not dipped in tea for taste, it's to soften up the biscuit. morans.


This
 
2013-03-22 12:54:12 AM

the_colors: Notabunny:she really hated when I called them 'scōnes' with a long 'o'.

How the crap do Scotsfolk pronounce it then? "Scoons"? "Scahns"??


Short 'o'. Closer to 'scahns'. But then she had a bit of an accent and it sounded a lot like 'idiot'.
 
2013-03-22 01:00:07 AM

fusillade762: lostcat: fusillade762: Tea is gross.

But I'm going to guess that you think beer is delicious.

That and beer gets me WAY drunker than tea.


Beer IS delicious. So is tea. So is the improv cocktail I'm drinking right now with honey, ginger liqueur, brandy, and honey. So is coffee.

Why can't we all like lots of things? I drink a shiatload of tea during the day, and switch to the booze at night. It's the CIRCLE OF LIFE! AND IT MOVE US ALL
 
2013-03-22 01:04:01 AM
This reminds me of something...(enters 47 page reverie)
 
2013-03-22 01:11:02 AM
You'd better listen twice to some good advice
Never use a piece of pie for dunkin
The merengue is bad, and the custard's sad
The peach is twice as messy as the punkin
Here's a little tip, let me get you hip
When you're having coffee at the diner
Take the spoon from the cup when you're stirring it up
You're gonna get a great big shiner.
 
2013-03-22 01:31:35 AM
Come on! If you're going to do it, at least do it right.
Timtam slammer for the win!
 
2013-03-22 01:33:57 AM

cptjeff: fusillade762: Tea is gross.

You should try something better than the crap that is lipton.


Alright, a tea snob thread! Never thought I'd see one of these.
 
2013-03-22 01:40:00 AM

Biological Ali: cptjeff: fusillade762: Tea is gross.

You should try something better than the crap that is lipton.

Alright, a tea snob thread! Never thought I'd see one of these.


You don't have to be a tea snob to realize that there is much, much better stuff out there than lipton. Functioning tastebuds are pretty much all it takes...
 
2013-03-22 01:43:48 AM
I prefer my cookies with water. I do not care for milk, never did. My tea is just tea in water, no sugar or milk or honey or herbal ness to it. I don't dunk it in water I just drink it as I eat them.

/black and green tea
/Green jasmine tea too
/coffee with almond or soy milk
 
2013-03-22 01:57:24 AM

Maggie_Luna: /Green jasmine tea too


Maggie_Luna: no sugar or milk or honey or herbal ness


Yeah, you may want to check on that. You realize that jasmine tea is green tea with jasmine flowers added, right? That's an herbal element. Herbal teas are just stuff like that without the tea tea- try a few, there's an insane variety of flavors around. If you say, "I don't like herbal tea", you're a moron. The category of herbals is so broad, with so many varied flavors, that it's pretty much impossible for you to be anything but full of shiat.
 
2013-03-22 02:06:01 AM
Plain, straight English Breakfast, stirred with a Kit-Kat or a biscotti. Hell, it all ends up in the same place anyways,
 
2013-03-22 02:12:25 AM

Forsythe P. Jones: Plain, straight English Breakfast, stirred with a Kit-Kat or a biscotti. Hell, it all ends up in the same place anyways,


Detroit?
 
2013-03-22 02:12:52 AM

cptjeff: Maggie_Luna: /Green jasmine tea too

Maggie_Luna: no sugar or milk or honey or herbal ness

Yeah, you may want to check on that. You realize that jasmine tea is green tea with jasmine flowers added, right? That's an herbal element. Herbal teas are just stuff like that without the tea tea- try a few, there's an insane variety of flavors around. If you say, "I don't like herbal tea", you're a moron. The category of herbals is so broad, with so many varied flavors, that it's pretty much impossible for you to be anything but full of shiat.


By herbal and my autocorrect changed that with quotes I mean like chamomille and more flowery ones. On my friggin iPod and hasn't seen it split or unquoted. I think those are normally called white tea but I am not 100% sure. I won't buy the straight flower but with green tea in the blend.

I have actually tried a bunch of them. I don't like them. My mother likes herbal teas so they at least get used. I was hesitant to get jasmine tea. I like that and at this point won't bother with more. So yes I say I don't like herbal tea as it covers all basis on teas I do not like.
 
2013-03-22 02:15:29 AM

Maggie_Luna: cptjeff: Maggie_Luna: /Green jasmine tea too

Maggie_Luna: no sugar or milk or honey or herbal ness

Yeah, you may want to check on that. You realize that jasmine tea is green tea with jasmine flowers added, right? That's an herbal element. Herbal teas are just stuff like that without the tea tea- try a few, there's an insane variety of flavors around. If you say, "I don't like herbal tea", you're a moron. The category of herbals is so broad, with so many varied flavors, that it's pretty much impossible for you to be anything but full of shiat.

By herbal and my autocorrect changed that with quotes I mean like chamomille and more flowery ones. On my friggin iPod and hasn't seen it split or unquoted. I think those are normally called white tea but I am not 100% sure. I won't buy the straight flower but with green tea in the blend.

I have actually tried a bunch of them. I don't like them. My mother likes herbal teas so they at least get used. I was hesitant to get jasmine tea. I like that and at this point won't bother with more. So yes I say I don't like herbal tea as it covers all basis on teas I do not like.


Can you get just the flower? I may confusing that with something else too. Ugh. I am going to bed.
 
2013-03-22 02:17:59 AM
The test only measured the tea's ability to enhance the flavor inherent in the cookie.
It doesn't take into account the idea of the pairing of the flavors of the cookie and dunking liquid.
IMO, milk is and will always be the superior partner for cookies -- or virtually any other dessert, really.
 
2013-03-22 02:24:16 AM

Maggie_Luna: So yes I say I don't like herbal tea as it covers all basis on teas I do not like.


Do you like teas made from hibiscus, strawberry, orange peel, clove, raspberry, lemon, ginger, or cinnamon?  Those are not bitter and taste absolutely nothing like chamomile or those other "flowery ones", but they are considered to be herbal as well simply because they don't have any actual tea leaves in them.
 
2013-03-22 02:25:09 AM

Maggie_Luna: I think those are normally called white tea


Nope. Chamomile and other flowery ones are herbals. White tea is tea, pretty much straight off the bush- it's not aged, or only very lightly aged. Green is aged lightly to varying degrees, oolong is aged like a green than fermented, black is aged a long time, sometimes even smoked and dried (Lapsang souchong is the nectar of the gods).

An herbal just involves something other than the tea plant. Flowery stuff, which I'm not a huge fan of, like chamomile; licorice root, rooibos, yerba mate, blueberry leaves, pine needles, orange peel, hibiscus... The variety is pretty much endless. And it's all blended in various combinations to suit pretty much whatever flavor you want.
 
2013-03-22 02:52:03 AM
I blocked cookies because my internet was getting too fat
 
2013-03-22 03:00:18 AM

charrot1: Try dipping a Chips Ahoy cookie in coffee. This is good.
Charles, c/o


I have actually bought some shiatty cookies on occasion; just flat out didn't care for them.... but, I always give them the coffee test before I toss them out. Amazing how some of those cookies you flat out would not care to eat, taste perfectly fine (or even great) once dunked in some hot coffee.

/then one of the bastages breaks in half and you have a tablespoon of crap at the bottom of your cup, laying in wait....
 
2013-03-22 03:03:29 AM

cptjeff: An herbal just involves something other than the tea plant. Flowery stuff, which I'm not a huge fan of, like chamomile; licorice root, rooibos, yerba mate, blueberry leaves, pine needles, orange peel, hibiscus... The variety is pretty much endless. And it's all blended in various combinations to suit pretty much whatever flavor you want.


Don't like hibiscus and rose hips, or whatever it is in Celestial Seasonings.  Too heavy, with a cloying mouth feel.  Can't stand rooibos, have yet to try one that I liked.  Pine needle tea intrigues me.

Wonder what a yerba mate and kava tea would do?  Had kava at work once, since it was supposed to help relax you.  It knocked me out for about 45 minutes.  I don't recommend it at work or before driving.
 
2013-03-22 03:17:18 AM

Duck_of_Doom: Pine needle tea intrigues me


Very bitter- not dissimilar to gin, in many ways. I doubt you'll find it commercially, it's mainly one of those old folk remedies. Mix it with some sassafras leaves for authentic Appalachia. And a fun thing to make while backpacking.

Haven't tried kava, but yerba mate is pretty heavily caffeinated. Very woody flavor, and you get some grit while drinking it. That bit of texture turns a lot of people off, but I don't mind it.

As for Celestial seasonings, they have something like a zillion products. I think hibiscus is the basis for most of the zingers, but they put out other stuff too. Ever play around with mints? Those are pretty popular.
 
2013-03-22 03:19:04 AM
I guess this wouldn't be the best thread to come out as not liking any kind of real tea. The only 'tea' that I like is the generic (*NOT* Lipton) powdered iced tea mix most grocery stores sell. It's more like lemon kool-aid with a hint of artificial tea flavor and I LOVE it. :-)
 
2013-03-22 03:45:52 AM
TEA IS shiatE
 
2013-03-22 03:52:37 AM
"Do cookies really taste better when dipped in tea...we made some poor sap eat cookies and drink tea made from 100 tea bags a day everyday for 17 years, the result? bone disease, they taste like bone disease."
 
2013-03-22 04:15:10 AM
fark tea.

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2013-03-22 04:23:57 AM
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