Tea experts have confirmed the exact measurement of a splash of milk

Researchers who polled 2,000 UK adults found a splash of milk is exactly five milllilitres– that’s precisely four fifths of a teaspoon.

However, a splash shouldn’t be confused with a dash, which is closer to six millilitres.

But although these particular terms aren’t interchangeable, a splash of milk is pretty much the same as a drop according to the study.

It also emerged almost half of us feel under pressure to make the perfect brew when making a tea round – because we’re afraid we'll make a disappointing cuppa.

In fact, almost four in 10 have even received complaints about the quality of their tea making.

The research was commissioned for of National Tea Day, which was on Saturday, by the Department of Dairy-Related Scrumptious Affairs (DDRSA), a joint venture between the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and Dairy UK.

A spokesperson for DDRSA said:  “Milk is often at the centre of the debate – how much is required to achieve that perfect caramel shade and how on earth do you distinguish between what a ‘splash’ and a ‘drop’ means.”

“When it comes to tea making for others, we often bottle it, and are divided by what the ‘perfect cuppa’ looks like.

“However the department is wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that everyone gets the most out of their udderly brilliant dairy products because we truly believe that we should be united through our love of dairy, not driven apart by it.”


The research also found nearly half of the population believe Brits have become more particular about tea during the last decade.

Amid this, more than one third admitted they find it difficult to keep up with everyone’s particular tea preferences.

In fact, one in five said it takes longer to complete a tea round at work now than it did five years ago.

Many blame a lack of clarity over various tea-terminology for this – one fifth admitted they specifically dread being asked to make a ‘builder’s tea’ due to its ambiguous meaning.

Amazingly, 21  per cent of those polled have even taken the step of deliberately making bad tea for others so they wouldn’t be asked to do a round ever again.

And one in 10 revealed they simply don't drink tea or coffee at work just to avoid becoming part of a tea round.

Last week, we revealed exactly how you should make the perfect cup of tea.


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