1.) CHOOSE A TEA TO SUIT YOUR MOOD
The best place to start is to find the right tea you're in the mood for.
If you're tired a good cup of black tea could give you an energising boost, if you're a bit full up from that yummy meal you have just eaten, a nice cup of peppermint is said to aid digestion and if you're quite awake but wanting to go to bed, a soothing cup of camomile could help you relax into that deep peaceful sleep.
Whatever your mood, there is a tea to suit.
2.) CHOOSE YOUR FAVOURITE MUG, CUP OR TEAPOT
Once you've decided on the tea that matches your mood you now need to choose the perfect cup to drink it out of.
I'm sure you have your favourite teacup, it's your go to every time and you get that terrible feeling when it's dirty in the dishwasher!
We personally believe that the teacup is one of the most vital ingredients to a perfect cup of tea. If you love the cup you're drinking out of it automatically makes the tea taste better.
So now you have chosen your cup it's time to get that kettle boiling.
3.) ALWAYS USE FRESHLY DRAWN COLD WATER
Always use freshly drawn (filtered if possible) cold water in the kettle. Tea loves oxygen as it helps the flavour develop.
Most of us are guilty of the following... looking at the kettle seeing there is some old, used water in there and re-boiling…
We say, try your hardest not to do this. If you keep re-boiling the water in the kettle it loses all of its oxygen and then you are left with a really flat cup of tea.
If you boil the kettle with fresh water you will be left with a full cup of oxygenated tea that tastes just divine.
4.) MAKE SURE THE WATER TEMPERATURE IS RIGHT
Once your kettle is boiled with fresh water you need to leave it for a few minutes to cool down.
Some of you may read this and think 'but I love my tea piping hot?' Leaving it for a few minutes will still produce a very hot cup of tea and will give you better results.
Our top tip is that you should never pour boiling water over a tea bag or loose tea. The reason for this is because the boiling water will burn the tea, it scalds it and therefore, the tea doesn't release all of its maximum flavours.
Tea is very delicate plant and needs to be cared for in order to receive the full benefits. So once your water has rested for about 2-3 minutes it's ready to be poured onto your tea.
5.) STICK TO THE BREWING INSTRUCTIONS
Now you have poured your water onto your tea you need to let it brew for the recommended time.
Our group of professional tea tasters have travelled the world finding and tasting every tea you could possibly image and you’ll find their recommendation for the perfect time to brew any blend on the box or pouch.
Obviously if you like your tea stronger or weaker that is a personal taste. However, the optimal brewing time will produce a beautiful, smooth cup that will leave you wanting more.
6.) SEPARATE TEA FROM WATER IMMEDIATELY ONCE YOU'VE BREWED IT
Now sit back, put those feet up and enjoy a little moment with your well-deserved perfectly brewed cup of tea.