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Tea is a very personal experience

 

vermont liberty tea gardenJust as every culture has a different way of enjoying tea, so does each individual. We all have different tastes. So recommendations on making and drinking tea should be seen as a starting point. Get the "best for you" from your tea by experimenting when making your tea.

Here are some basics to keep in mind:

The amount of tea per cup will determine the strength of the tea.

Bitterness comes from the length of time the tea is steeped for Black Teas but from the water temperature for White, green or oolong teas.

Some black teas hold up well to milk, some don't

Recommendations for making tea:

Green Tea and Oolongs that tend Green

  • Bring water to less than a boil(when your kettle makes that first noise, long before it whistles-175 dgrees)
  • Use one level teaspoon of loose tea per cup(8oz ) of water
  • Pour hot water over leaves and steep most green teas 2- 3 minutes
  • Most green teas can be used over 2 or 3 times

Black Tea

  • Bring water to a rolling boil.
  • Use one level teaspoon of loose tea per cup(8oz ) of water- if you want stronger tea, use more tea per cup, more tea gives you stronger tea, steeping longer gives you bitter tea.
  • Steep most black teas 4 minutes

(Darjeelings steep 3 minutes)

Rooibos and other Herbals

  • Bring water to a rolling boil.
  • Use one level teaspoon of loose tea per cup(8oz ) of water
  • Steep 6-10 minutes or to taste.

Rooibos can actually be reheated without changing the taste.

White Tea

  • Bring water to less than a boil(when your kettle makes that first noise, long before it whistles-180degrees)
  • Use heaping teaspoon per cup
  • Steep 2 – 3 minutes

 

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