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Your Guide to the Perfect Cup of Tea
You will be hard-pressed to find a culture that doesn’t drink tea in some shape or form. It is certainly one of the more popular beverages around the world. However, how much do you really know about enjoying the perfect cup of tea?
If you are like most people, you brew your tea based on trial and error. But, what if you could have all the secrets you needed to know to choose and make the perfect cup? Well, hold that thought – here is your ultimate guide:
Find the Right Blend for You
First things first, you need to find a blend of tea that appeals to your tastes. Most people don’t realize how many types of tea there actually are. You can choose from true teas – white, green, oolong, black – or decide to opt for herbal teas.
Even true teas can be broken down into several categories. For instance, do you like the taste of black tea but wish it had a little bit of a zing to it? Then, consider giving Earl Grey tea a try. It is flavored with bergamot oil, giving it a delicious citrus taste.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg; there are many more options to try.
Spring for Quality
Were you aware that there is a tea grading system in place? Many people aren’t. The reason that this system exists is to tell the high quality tea apart from the poor quality tea. So, why is this important? Well, as you can imagine, good quality tea tastes a lot better.
As a result, you will be better off buying tea that has longer leaves and that has been processed carefully. While these teas may come at a slightly higher cost, they will certainly be worth it. Just one sip and you can appreciate the difference.
Appreciate the Complexities of the Blend
Most people are in a hurry to add milk, sugar, honey, or lemon to their teas as they believe it enhances the taste of tea. However, if you have ever felt the need to make these additions, it probably means that you are drinking poor quality tea.
Once you have made the switch, you will realize that these teas have deep and complex flavors to them. Now, you will only be able to enjoy these flavors if you actually take the trouble to taste them. So, brew your tea without any additions and give yourself a moment to savor the various flavor profiles.
Follow the Rules
Yes, believe it or not, there are rules to brewing tea. These include good quality water, appropriate water temperature, steeping time, and more. The actual guidelines will change depending on the kind of tea that you are trying to make. Thus, you should always follow the instructions of the manufacturer to the letter.
These are the top guidelines to the perfect cup of tea. Follow them and you will revolutionize your tea
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15 thoughts on “Your Guide to the Perfect Cup of Tea”
I’m a summer cold Lipton yellow label tea drinker and in the winter a green tea drinker. But,I never have a cup in the morning as that’s reserved for my only coffee of the day. Here in Sweden drinking tea comes in right behind coffee, but adding sugar and milk is very common. Me, I like mine without milk or sugar always. For my ice tea, I’ll take a squeeze of lemon. For my green tea I always first rinse it with boiling water, then steep it with filtered water that was boiled. On a rare occasion, I have a mid-morning cup of Earl Grey with a bit of honey.
I drink green tea every day but that was a habit I only started during lockdown 🙂 I also have to have coffee first thing every day – it makes the world a better place imo. I shall try Earl Grey with honey next time I make some.
Earl Grey and Darjeeling are my favorites. I also enjoy matcha, particularly when it’s prepared in the sado Japanese tea certemony way. Nice guide! Thank you for sharing.
I need to try Matcha tea someday 🙂
I try to avoid caffeine, so I am a fan of herbal teas…
Which is your favorite?
I am enjoying my first cup of tea for the day right now. Just a little milk, however trying to wean myself off the milk. Interesting post. Thanks Tandy.
Why are you weaning yourself off the milk? I have to have milk in my Earl Grey and Ceylon tea 🙂
I never knew there was a tea grading system. Though I do know that some tea just tastes like cardboard. I’ll have to look into that more!
I tend to spend more on tea to make sure I get good quality as I drink such a little of it 🙂
An interesting post, Tandy. I drink Five Roses tea with milk. I don’t like other teas.
I also drink Five Roses if I have Ceylon tea.