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Step 3: The Tea Leaves

Loose leaf tea should be used, as previously mentioned, and it should be placed directly into the teapot, not in one of those little infuser baskets.  This is because bag tea uses lower grade tea with much finer particles, which lessens the amount of flavor released.  Bags and other devices that contain tea leaves inhibit the leaves' ability to expand properly in the water and release their full flavor.

According to Orwell, six teaspoons of tea should be used for every quart of water.
There is a story where Ben Franklin stopped at a tavern and asked if he could get some tea if it was properly smuggled in to the country (this was after the "Boston tea party" ) the answer was a resounding NO! lol The tea party is why coffee is most prevalent caffeine drink.
There is a story where Ben Franklin stopped at a tavern and asked if he could get some tea if it was properly smuggled in to the country (this was after the &quot;Boston tea party&quot; ) the answer was a resounding NO! lol The tea party is why coffee is most prevalent caffeine drink in America. <br>Sorry forgot to add America...I need another cup of coffee...lol
I agree with Orwell. Sugar is sacrelidge.<br /><br />Also, I've heard arguments that milk was traditionally poured in first to avoid damaging fine china with very hot tea. I couldn't prove this attest to this being myth or not though, I personally prefer to add milk second for the same reason you quote Orwell as suggesting. This also leads to the great Cornish vs Devon debate over scones.... jam or cream first?
ISO 3103, based on the British Standard method for brewing tea for taste-testing (BS 6008:1980) clearly stipulates that the milk is added to the cup _before_ the brewed tea.<br><br>Yes, the British actually have 6-page standardisation documents for this, and yes, I know about them. Now who's a tea-snob?<br><br>Q: Why do anarchists drink herbal tea?<br>A: Because proper tea is theft!
I did a double-blind test with my father as the test subject to test whether or not milk before tea or the other way around made a difference. He preferred the tea with the milk before tea, and so did I. Also, I prefer my tea with two teaspoons of sugar. No more. Less is fine.
Remember Orwell was using a British quart which is 40 fluid ounces not the 32 of the American variety.
Good observation.
I'm quite a tea snob myself... so much so i don't even let my boyfriend make me Tea as he just can't get it right... I also bought one of these so if someone wanted to give it a go they could at least get it the right colour : <a href="http://www.firebox.com/product/1975/MyCuppa-Mugs" rel="nofollow">http://www.firebox.com/product/1975/MyCuppa-Mugs</a>
You mentioned that the water should be slightly below boiling for other, non-black teas... There is a chinese trick for determining the temperature of the water by looking at the bubbles or steam above the water... a 'pillar of steam' over the pot means it's about 170 Fahrenheit, 'fish eyes' when it's about 180. There are bubbles forming on the bottoms. 'String of Pearls' when it's about 195; these appear to be strands of bubbles that float to the surface. When it's boiling, they actually call it 'dead water'.<br> <br> You also mentioned about the water... It's noticeable, to me, if you boil it twice or multiple times. When water is boiled, oxygen is being released, and this is part of what makes tea good. Now that I think of it, that may be a reason that black teas taste more astringent: there is less oxygen in it, and more hydrogen, which is what makes things acidic (hydrogen is the root of all acids - which means water is an acid).<br> <br> This is a nice website for learning more about tea chemically and how it's prepared: http://www.teaclass.com/<br> <br> By the sounds of it... Orwell is kind of a tea-snob.
This is fantastic. I had no idea he had written a tea guide. I'll have to give it a read.<br /><br />I love the way this instructable is written, too. :D
Nice, I'll have to try this, I usually use tea bags, and if I have loose leaf tea I use an infuser. I also sweeten it, maybe I'll try Orwell's advise.

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