It’s been widely known that loose-leaf teas are generally better tasting than bagged teas. This is because during bagging, tea leaves are broken into pieces hence, they are widely exposed to more air. This affects the flavor, in fact it diminishes flavorful oils.
Temperature matters when serving tea. For black, oolong and herbal teas, you should wait until the water comes into a rushing boil. Whereas for green teas, after water boiled it should be allowed to cool slightly before pouring. Tea should be steeped for three to five minutes. You don’t want to taste bitter tannins that are released if teas are steeped longer than five minutes. Further, when you squeeze a teabag, this will also bring out the tannins, so you should refrain from doing it. When brewing tea leaves, it should be noted that as a general rule, 1 1/2 teaspoons of leaves yield 16 ounces of tea.
Now that you know how to make that perfect cup of tea, why not invite your lady friends for an afternoon tea where everyone wear at least one handcrafted jewelry so you can compare notes. Won’t that be a fun filled afternoon?