Tea has become the most quintessential part in British beverage. It is just not about a drink rather it is a great tradition in Britain to take a cup of tea to gratify the moment of charm. We must express our gratitude to the Chinese Emperor, Shen Nung, who introduced the elegant taste of tea leaves to the world around 3000 years back and noted the herbal qualities of tea leaves. Therefore, though tea is a typical British drink but it has its root to the ancient China. It was 17th century, when the Great Britain first came to know about tea and it gradually has become the essential part of the Royal habits in Britain.
British people do not forget to offer a cup of tea whenever a guest visits their place and they believe that only a perfect cup of tea can enhance the mood. Therefore, tea captures most part of British drinking habits. There are various forms of tea available such as black tea, green tea, white tea, herbal tea and milk tea etc. We should not compromise the quality in order to taste the Royal British tradition.
We must follow some rules to make a perfect cup of British tea.
· Selection of quality tea is the primary and prime key to taste the perfect aroma. Either it may be loose leaves or tea bags but it must be quality British tea and should be stored in air tight container. Good brand obviously plays the main role. Tea leaves from Starbucks store, we prefer.
· Loose tea leaves always beat the tea bags in the championship of refreshing aroma but ultimately the brewing process tells the truth.
· We must use fresh water and should not boil the water more than once. If it passes through more than one boiling process, it loses its quality and thus it will be unable to extract the essence from the tea leaves. Water must be hot at the moment of brewing. It is recommended to wash the cup with warm water before pouring the hot water into it.
· Measurement of tea leaves is another key factor. Using too much or too less of leaves will harm its quality. 1 teabag or 1teaspoon of tea leaves for one cup is perfect.
· Give the appropriate time to let it brew nicely. 2-5 minutes will serve the result. Too much brewing time will spoil the taste and will make it bitter.
· Milk comes at the last and it must be fresh, cold milk. Before pouring the milk you should take the bag or leaves out of the cup. You may use sieve. Milk does not have the role to enhance the aroma; rather it is mixed to bring the traditional royal colour of tea i.e. tan. 2 teaspoons of fresh milk create the perfect combination with 8oz cup tea.
· If it is the time to add sugar, then it should be added according to the personal taste and must be introduced at the climax of making the tea.
Other important points:
· Other than the tea leaves or teabags, anticipation with the proper utensils serves the best result. A complete tea set is essential to make the cuppa. VoucherBin (http://www.voucherbin.co.uk/) arrays a number of first grade British companies that offer quality tea sets with discounts.
· When the water starts boiling, keep it boiling for 5-6 seconds and then remove from heat.
· Remove the teabag from the cup before kissing the cup.
· Do not leave the sugar spoon into sugar container just after stirring tea.
· Always use semi-skimmed milk.
· After finishing the royal treat, do not forget to wash the cups immediately.
· You may reheat cuppa to taste it hot again but believe me, it will not serve the same result as you expect because once you reheat it lacks its quality.