Any tea connoisseur will sing the praises of loose leaf tea, but do you know how to properly brew it? It’s easy as a wink. Use 1 tsp. of tea leaves per 8oz water. Have your water just barely under the boiling point for black and herbal teas – if it’s boiling, it may scald the leaves and make the flavor bitter. For delicate white and green teas, the water needs to be a touch cooler. Set your timer! Four minutes is my black tea perfection. Green: 3; White: 2; Herbal infusion: 5+. Yours may be a little more, or a little less…it’s all according to strength preference.
*Tip: I suggest using a bamboo or (as seen above) a recycled plastic strainer. Metal can react to the tea and alter the flavor.
My favorite tea at the moment? Lapsang Souchong. A delicious smoked black tea. There is simply nothing cozier for chilly winter days!
What’s your favorite?