One still needs to use loose leaves for a truly decent cup of tea.
The following instructions are based on George Orwell's method for preparing tea as described in "A Nice Cup of Tea." Read it.
I disagree, for the same reason he disagrees with people who like sugar in their tea.
It tarnishes the drink, and I can’t imagine feeling “wiser, braver, or more optimistic” after drinking a milky tea.
Lift the kettle and, holding it over the flame, pour the water into the teapot.
This ensures that the water is boiling at the moment it hits the leaves.Bags and other devices that contain tea leaves inhibit the leaves' ability to expand properly in the water and release their full flavor.According to Orwell, six teaspoons of tea should be used for every quart of water. Legends of its discovery range from a tea leaf blowing into Chinese Emperor Shen Nung's boiling water to divine creation by the Buddha.Traditionally, tea is brewed from whole leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant.He recommends that those who drink tea only with sugar drink it without sweetener for a fortnight (two weeks) and that afterwards they will never want to sweeten their tea again. Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by adding cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant to hot water. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world.If you are using an electric kettle or have an electric range, try to pour quickly, before the water stops boiling.Put the lid on the teapot and wait three to five minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea. If you are are making green or any of the other more delicate teas, the water should be below boiling and brewing times will vary.What struck me, in particular, was how much he enjoyed writing it. This is something Zinsser talks about often, and I’m noticing it often in the writers I enjoy reading, speakers I enjoy listening to, and teachers I enjoy learning from.Orwell seems to think milk is a necessary ingredient in a nice cup of tea.