Your tea will only be as good as your water. It is best to use filtered or spring water only. If you must use tap water, take water during the day time from a tap and leave it out overnight. Once the water as come to the boil, take off the lid of the pot, turn fire down to low and continue to heat for 5 minutes; This gets rid of any unpleasant smells the water may have.

Wait until the water is near boiling, then pour a little into the teapot and swirl it around. This warms the pot so that it is at an optimum temperature for holding the tea. Empty the pot.

To the warmed teapot add one slightly rounded teaspoon of a tea per cup plus one teaspoon for the pot. Or use one tea bag in the pot for each cup.

When the water in the kettle has reached a rolling boil, pour it in the pot and allow the tea to steep for three to five minutes.



Your tea will only be as good as your water. It is best to use filtered or spring water only. Many places have water that has too much chlorine and other minerals. If you must use tap water, take water during the day time from a tap and leave it out overnight. Bring enough water to fill your teapot twice to a full, rolling boil in a kettle. Once the water as come to the boil, take off the lid of the pot, turn fire down to low and continue to heat for 5 minutes; This gets rid of any unpleasant smells the water may have.

When the water is near the boiling point, pour a little into the teapot. Let the teapot sit with the hot water in it for a moment or two to warm it up. Then swirl around, and tip away to empty the pot. This leaves a hot, clean teapot that is the perfect temperature for holding the tea. If you skip this step, the water temperature will drop on contact with the cold pot, and the tea will not brew properly.

To the warmed teapot add one slightly rounded teaspoon of a tea per cup plus one teaspoon for the pot. Or use one tea bag in the pot for each cup. Many people prefer to use a tea ball to keep the leaves from spreading throughout the teapot. Bring to a rolling boil. Do not allow it to boil too long, as it will boil away some of the flavor-releasing oxygen and result in a flat cup of tea.

When the water in the kettle has reached a rolling boil (make sure it is at a full boil), pour it in the pot and allow the tea to steep for three to five minutes. (Use a ceramic teapot in preference to metal as metal can adversely affect the taste of the tea.) You have to boil the water - don't just heat it. And pour the water onto the leaves or tea bags. This saturates the tea allowing the flavor to release naturally. Do not pour the water and then add the tea. This will only result in a poor cup of tea.

Put the lid on and cover the teapot with a tea cozy. Allow the tea to infuse for the required number of minutes:

Black Tea - 5 minutes
Darjeeling Tea - 3 minutes
Flavored Black Tea - 4-5 minutes
Oolong Tea - 3-4 minutes
Green Tea - 2-3 minutes
White Tea - 2-3 minutes
Herbal Tea - 5 minutes

Green and white tea should be made with water that has boiled and allowed to cool for just under a minute.

If you prefer your tea stronger or weaker, never vary the brewing time; simply increase or decrease the amount of tea. If allowed to sit in the teapot, the tea can over-brew and turn bitter. Remove the leaves/bags to prevent further steeping. Stir and serve immediately. Cover any remaining tea to keep it hot.

Never use a pot you have used for coffee. The flavors do not mix. And never, ever "dunk" the teabag. Just leave the bag alone until the drink is ready.

Choosing the best tea is not always easy. Grocery stores generally only carry tea bags filled with low quality tea leaves. Although they might seem like a bargain, these "name brands" are not worthy of being consider tea. Health food stores are more likely to carry teas marketed as gourmet but typically have a limited selection of average tea. These teas are an improvement to that of your local grocery store, however they are lacking true quality. When it comes to buying quality tea, visiting a tea house is a great place to start, sampling different teas.

Most British tea drinkers take it with a little milk, but never with cream. And to be authentic, only use white sugar (I prefer sugar cubes), never brown sugar and certainly not honey! Have lemon slices on hand, but do not add lemon if milk has been added.

Enjoy your perfect cup of tea!

     

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