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Old 01-17-2005, 08:10 PM   #21
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My apologies Ishbel, I didn't mean to suggest that!

Great Britain has been drinking tea like that for hundreds of years, and isn't apt to change anytime soon...

Its us goofy colonials that have the different tastes...no doubt stemming from pioneering days, when there wasn't necessarily a source of milk by winter (too cold for the cows!), or in the Great Depression of the '30's, when milk would be "reserved" for the youngest child or children...

Anyways, can I "accurately relate" that it was a long time ago that my grannies told "me" that?

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Old 01-30-2005, 12:24 AM   #22
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I am astounded that so many grown people cannot make a pot of tea.

Ishbel's procedure (apart from the milk) is the correct one.

You should add nothing to a green tea.

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Old 02-04-2008, 01:57 PM   #23
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I am just learning myself. For me it is taking a lot of trial and error. I just re-watched Alton Brown's show on tea and he had a lot of helpful info. I hope I am giving correct advice here so if anyone nows different then please feel free to correct me.

Alton said that for Black teas the water should be hotter than for green teas. He gave the temp ranges, but basically said that for black teas you should bring the teapot to the kettle and for green teas bring the kettle to the teapot (give the water time to cool).

He also said not to use the tea balls, but to just put the leaves right into the pot. They need room to expand. Then when you pour the tea just pour it into the cup through a strainer.

Another thing he said was about measuring tea. He said that the reason a teaspoon is called that is because it is a good measurement for one cup of tea. He was not talking about a measured teaspoon, but the actual spoon you will put in your cup to stir it if you are using milk or sugar or anything.

Again I am far from an expert on this. I am just regurgitating what I saw on TV. I have tried his methods and have had to tweak them to my liking, but at least it is a starting point.

Oh one other thing he said was to pout the water directly on the leaves. Don't put the leaves in after the water.
I like to preheat my teapot, with hot water, while the other water is boiling in a pan or kettle. Especially if it is cold in the room, I don't want the teapot to crack.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:03 AM   #24
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I'm bumping this old thread because I was looking for instructions on how to make a decent pot of tea. This is thanks to a movie I just saw, "All This in Tea," which follows an American tea importer to China and documents his efforts to buy teas directly from the farmers rather than going through a middleman. Anyway, this morning I went to Kim Orient Mart and bought two tins of tea...a small tin of Pu-Erh tea, which I think is maybe a fermented tea, and another larger tin of Oolong Tea. The posts in this thread make brewing sound simple and foolproof, qualities I look for in instructions.

I noticed that BuckyTom was a 'consultant' early in the thread. Maybe we can use this as bait and flush him out with a subject he's weighed in on in the past.

Any hints, corrections, etc. for me?
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:36 AM   #25
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As said above, Ishbel got it right. Loose leaf tea in the warmed teapot, 1 per cup & 1 for the pot, let stand for 4 minutes, stir, pour through a strainer.

If I'm just making 1 cup for myself then I'll use a single cup steeper which allows the tea leaves to expand. Again, 4 minutes, and add to the cup which ALREADY has the milk in.

My sister is visiting from the UK next week and already has my order of Lancashire Tea packed in her bags! Can't wait.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:45 PM   #26
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I have a Brown Betty teapot. It even has the little lip inside to catch those pesky leaves. But I also have a small nylon tea strainer for the pouring. I don't like the metal ones. It is not the prettiest teapot, but it sure make a great pot of tea.
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I use Yorkshire Tea teabags. Lovely stuff.
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I have this teapot from Ikea:

It works great for loose tea or tea bags.
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Did somebody say teapot??? I have 1 or 200 of those hanging around and yes, I have and do use all of them.

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