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    Interesting statistic

    Not sure if this is for cooking or scuttlebutt, but will try it here!

    One of the major differences between Canadians and Americans is that 97% of tea in Canada is consumed hot; in the United States, 85% of tea is served iced.

    Can't imagine what the proportion is in the UK - proababy 99.99999765% hot.

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    Now there's an interesting insight.
    In Canada tea is consumed, whereas in the United States it is served.
    Here in Blighty we just drink the stuff.

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    That could explain it. The efficient Canucks getting it to the consumer hot and on time, while things just might be a little more laid back in the excited states ............ puet etre?

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    I'm not sure about the laid back excited states, but have you ever tried their Iced Tea?

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    I grew up in the Southeast US - the heart of the Sweet Iced Tea movement. I hate the stuff! Most Southerners consider me a traitor (perhaps that's because I moved to the Midwest). But I must agree with Bryan - the stuff is aweful (that is, unless the Sugar to tea ratio is like 100:1)!

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    Ahhhh, but unsweetened Sun tea... now that's the stuff!
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    Re: Interesting statistic

    I grew up in the north (US) but spent most of my life in the south (US).
    The only time we were given hot tea is when we were sick <img src=/S/sick.gif border=0 alt=sick width=15 height=15> or eating oriental. Coffee & beer <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> are #1 followed by ice tea.

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    Oh, dear, here I am, forced to stand up for my homeland once again. As a good southern (US) girl, I love sweetened iced tea. But it has to be made right. Steep 1 ounce of good quality loose black tea in 1 quart boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes. No teabags allowed - they're for tea heathens and are the mark of a savage. Strain out the tea leaves. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature. Mix in 1 quart room temperature water. Sweeten with a simple sugar made by combining 5 cups of sugar with 3 cups of water and boiling until the sugar is dissolved. If you like, you can add a sprig of mint, crushed, to the glass of tea.

    Whatever you do, do not add cold water to hot tea. Add room temperature water to room temperature tea. If you cool the tea too fast, the tea will get cloudy and bitter, which is IMO the problem with most iced teas. Made correctly, it a drink for the gods.

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    Teabags are for heathens whether you drink your tea hot or cold.

    I personally prefer to drink mine hot, but I'll drink iced tea if it's hot outside and the tea is made well. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen very often up here - but then, I won't even drink Lipton's hot, so....

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    just out of curiosity what temperature (in F or C) is 'room termperature'?

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    room temperature
    n. Abbr. RT
    An indoor temperature of from 20 to 25
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    Re: Interesting statistic

    <hr>the American dictionary of the English language<hr>
    something doesn't seem right with that phrase.

    My question was related to my experience where Room Temperature is often much higher in North America than in Europe. 18-20C is what I normally set our thermostats to, while in Canada it was usually around 22 or so.

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    Yeah, I must admit I was being lazy and did a Google and that what sprung up for your delectation <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23> .

    You could broaden this out to when you serve wine at room temperature. As we are aware, room temperature varies from continent to continent so I would say that room temperature is the ambient temperature at that time.

    I therefore suggest you don't drink red wine with an eskimo <img src=/S/puke.gif border=0 alt=puke width=60 height=15>
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    Re: Interesting statistic

    When wine books and back labels of wine bottles mention room temperature, they usually mean the temperature it used to be in drawing rooms in late 19th century/early 20th century Western Europe - about 18

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    Re: Interesting statistic

    Interesting Hans, especially as Bowlie was earlier remarking on the The American English Dictionary. I have looked it up in my Oxford English dictionary and they are just as vague which says Acomfortable ambient temperature, generally taken as 20 centigrade

    In You Only Live Twice, James Bond appears to be an expert on Saki and apparently it has to be served at a particular temperature for full enjoyment...This maybe for the Puzzle corner, What was the temperature?
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