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The perfect colour for a cup of tea – according to the nation

Mirror logo Mirror 6 days ago Joshua Barrie

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty Make yourself a cup of tea.

And then, when you see the image below, either slurp and lean back in agreement, or splutter your brew everywhere in disgust.

Tea drinkers across the country have been asked to reveal their desired colour - the first indicator of strength. And one particular hue has won comprehensively.

What do you think of this?

(Photo: Premier Inn) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc (Photo: Premier Inn) Hotel chain Premier Inn is behind the survey. The company polled 1,000 Brits from around the UK to put the graph together.

Tea colour prompts debate. I know one northerner who recently posted a photo of a weak cuppa next to a strong one. She claimed the light, milky option was the favoured choice of southerners. Do northerners like a stronger mug?

And then there are biscuits. What's the perfect accompaniment? A Rich Tea comes out top when dunked.

But what about Digestives? Hobnobs?? It's all a bit of a mess, frankly. McVitie's even told us recently that Chocolate Digestives are actually upside-down. Really?

Oh. Yes. And then there's the long-running and ridiculous argument about whether milk should be poured in first.

To settle the trivial milk disagreement, Fortnum & Mason has a handy explainer ...

"Putting the milk in last was considered to be the ‘correct’ thing to do in refined social circles. In the early days of tea-drinking, poor-quality cups were inclined to crack when hot tea was poured into them, and putting the milk in first helped to prevent this.

"When finer and stronger materials came into use, this was no longer necessary – so putting the milk in last became a way of showing that one had the finest china on one’s table. It became a 'social-divider', and not about taste.

Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty "Having said that, there is a good reason for adding the milk last – it's easier to judge the correct amount of milk to add once you have seen the strength and colour of the tea.

"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.

"It also cools the tea slightly to a more acceptable drinking temperature."

Ultimately, Fortnum & Mason says drink tea however you like.

Right. Here are some other exciting facts for National Tea Day

(Photo: Premier Inn) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc (Photo: Premier Inn) • Collectively, as a nation, we consume 205 million cups of tea every day

• The amount of tea Brits drink in a year would fill 50,000 swimming pools

• On average, people in Glasgow drink the most tea each day – 3.62 cups to be precise, and over a third (35 per cent) drink at least five cups a day

• Edinburgh’s the city that’s most likely to opt for the strongest tea – one in seven said cup number 1 would be the perfect strength

• A quarter of people in the UK drink at least five cups of tea every day

Related: Tea customs around the world

Tea is what unites many cultures and, at the same time sets them apart. Different countries have their own customs and ways of preparing a tea. Following slides talk about ten tea customs of the world. Tea customs around the world

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