25 September 2013

Top 10 Tips for Tea Time

Our time in London was limited, so I totally missed out on the Afternoon Tea experience, but I was still able to get some tips from the Tea Sommelier at our hotel, the Lanesborough! They're super cool and good to know, so I thought I'd share with you all, in case you wanted to host your own tea party (like I plan on doing). 

1. Use only pure, fresh water
2. Never reboil water for tea
3. Keep tea leaves crisp and fresh at room temperature
4. For black tea, use water that has just boiled, 95 C
5. For  green or white teas, use water that isa 83-85 C
6. Loose tea provides a better tasting drink 
7. Tea tastes better brewed in a tea pot than in a mug
8. Be patient and let the tea brew as long as it needs
9. Do not over brew tea, more time means more tannin
10. For tea brewed in a teapot, add milk to the cup first; add milk last if using a tea bag

So there you have it, all the things you need to know about properly brewing and preparing tea!

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