Golden Rules of Tea Preparation

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Here’s a tip from Jörg Sakulowski, Senior Tea Taster at Teekanne:

"To prepare your perfect cup of black tea, true tea lovers should always follow the Golden Rules of Tea Preparation":

  1. Only use well-known branded teas. You can be sure they are made from high quality teas.
  2. Whenever possible make tea with your local tap water, because you are familiar with its taste and perceive it as "neutral". Otherwise use non-carbonated water with as little taste as possible. Always use vigorously boiling water to make black tea.
  3. Let water with a high chlorine content boil for at least 2 - 3 minutes so that the lime is deposited and the chlorine released. However, don’t “overboil” the water.
  4. Rinse out the teapot with hot water to warm it.
  5. Tea tastes better when it’s brewed strong, so if in doubt put an extra tea bag or spoonful of tea in the pot. Sweeten the tea with sugar, candied sugar, honey or sweetener to taste and serve with milk or cream (not tinned milk) and lemon.
  6. Tea needs to steep. How long depends on how you like it – as a rule about 4 minutes is right. If you want your cuppa to be reviving and stimulating, use more tea and let it steep for just 2 - 3 minutes. To make a more relaxing, calming brew, let it steep longer, although not more than 5 minutes.
  7. Tea is a very sensitive natural product. It must be kept cool and dry. Make sure you keep tea in a tightly closed metal caddy or opaque glass container after you open the pack, so that the fine aroma doesn’t escape. Keep tea always separate from flavoured tea, herbal and fruit infusions and spices to avoid unwanted aromas affecting the tea.