Step 4: Brewing the Tea
At this stage, the water should be boiling, your teapot warmed, and the tea leaves in it. Now bring the teapot to the kettle (not the other way around.) If your kettle is over an open flame, leave it on. Lift the kettle and, holding it over the flame, pour the water into the teapot. This ensures that the water is boiling at the moment it hits the leaves. If you are using an electric kettle or have an electric range, try to pour quickly, before the water stops boiling.
Put the lid on the teapot and wait three to five minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea.
Again, these instructions are for black tea. If you are are making green or any of the other more delicate teas, the water should be below boiling and brewing times will vary.