Back in 1946, George Orwell, the British novelist, journalist, essayist, and critic best known for Animal Farm and 1984, turned his pen to the subject of tea. As a Brit, he most certainly had some passionate thoughts on how to make and take your tea -- and on how you should do it, too. His piece “A Nice Cup of Tea” outlines his 11 rules for making the perfect cup of tea, “every one of which I regard as golden” he wrote. (He actually has 10 rules for how to prepare tea; the 11th rule is his opinion on adding sugar, which is quite adamant.)
As a third-generation tea company, we Harneys have some thoughts on the topic of the proper way to make the perfect cuppa every time. Here are our 10 Rules for Making Tea. We think Mr. Orwell would agree with most if not all of them, although there were no microwaves in 1946 and he would advise against adding sweeteners no matter what. Stiff upper lip and all that.
White Teas: 175° F for 3 minutes
Chinese Green Teas: 175° F for 1-3 minutes
Japanese Green teas: 160° F for 1-3 minutes
Oolong Teas: 180° to 212° F for 1-5 minutes
Black Teas: 212° F for 5 minutes
Herbals: 212° F for 5 minutesFirst Flush Darjeelings: 175° F for 3 minutes
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