There are so many variables to juggle with a new tea: how much tea; what temperature water; how long to brew…?
For all of our teas, we'll guide you - if you disagree, do tell us!
A trick of the trade to get consistency in the cup, is to use an accurate Tea Timer. Our Triple Tea Timer can measure 3, 4 or 5 minutes.
With a tea that's new to you, if unsure we suggest brewing for 3 minutes and then to try it. You can always continue the brew, but you can’t reverse it. White, green and light oolongs are usually best brewed for 3 minutes. Black teas and darker oolongs tend to benefit from a little longer, 4 to 5 minutes.
Over-brewing tea delivers too much of the bitter, astringent tannins into the cup. They are important little particles - just like with wine, they give structure to the liquor - but can be too much of a good thing. Using a timer reduces that risk.