1. Use the proper water
Always use fresh cold water in the kettle. Oxygen helps the tea flavors develop. Water that has been sitting in your tea kettle goes flat and will have much less oxygen than fresh water. If you re-boil water that has been sitting in the kettle it will loose all of its oxygen and you tea flavor will be flat.
2. Boiling your water
Heat water on low to medium heat and turn off the kettle just when it comes to a rolling boil. Once you reach a roaring boil turn the heat off and let it sit for a few minutes to cool down. Leaving it for a few minutes will still make a very hot cup of tea. You should never pour boiling water over a tea bag or loose tea, because the boiling water will burn the tea. If your tea burns before the flavor is properly released, you won't get the most flavor from your tea.
3. Steep, but don't burn your tea
After your water has rested for about 2-3 minutes it's ready to be poured onto your tea. Pour the water over the tea infuser into your mug or teapot. This will allow the water to circulate through the leaves. Let it steep for anywhere from 1-4 minuets. The goal of steeping tea is to reawaken the leaves and to release as much flavor as possible before the delicate leaves burn and start to taste bitter.
4. Sugar or honey, lemon or cream
Remove the tea and add a sweetener or cream to taste. Whether you prefer milk in your tea or if you prefer lemon. Never add milk and lemon to the same cup of tea. Adding lemon to tea with milk causes the milk to curdle, which will leave lumpy milk floating in your nice cup of tea. Also, drinking your tea with sweaters and dairy can reduce the health effects and add calories.
Serve in your favorite mug or pour over ice for a satisfying iced tea.
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