How do you make the perfect cup of tea?

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Is it personal preference or is there a correct way to make the perfect cup of tea?

Whether you put milk in your cup before or after the hot water is a constant argument among British people. Science may say milk first, but many would strongly disagree.

Do you make it in a teapot, or a mug, do you use leaves or a bag, what do you add first … the tea or the milk?  Do you prefer fine bone china in a cup and saucer or do you drink it from a mug?

Do you put the milk in first?

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30th Dec 2014
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Here goes then. Two bone china teapots the same size. Warm the pots (both) with hot water (not from the kettle you are using to make the tea), leave the hot water in the teapots. Fill a kettle with fresh cold water and boil it once only. Just before it comes to the boil empty one teapot and add loose tea leaves at the rate of one generous teaspoonful per person and add one more (so called, 'for the pot').
As soon as the water boils pour boiling water on the tealeaves to fill the pot. Stir the tealeaves once then replace the pot lid and cover with a cosy for just three minutes. Meanwhile empty the hot water all from the second pot. At the three minute mark pour the tea from the first pot through a strainer into the second.
This tea will now keep (under a cosy) for some time without going 'tanny'. Add milk to the cup, the fine particles of milk enables nucleation of the tannin in the tea so it doesn't stain the cup (which should also be bone china, naturally), and then the tea. If taken, add sugar last. If taken instead, add artificial sweetener last, but don't blame the flavour you get on the tea! Sooper!
30th Dec 2014
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Sounds so good I am going to make myself a cup of tea right now!
7th Nov 2014
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I only put milk in first if the tea is brewed in a pot
7th Nov 2014
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7th Nov 2014
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*milk in the cup first
6th Nov 2014
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You should always brew the teabag in boiling water and then when its taken out add milk-perfect cup of tea!. Been doing this for 40 years 10x a day so practice makes perfect!

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