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Douglas Adams on Making Tea (Article Inside)

 
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Douglas Adams on Making Tea (Article Inside)
One or two Americans have asked me why it is that the English like tea so much, which never seems to them to be a very good drink. To understand, you have to know how to make it properly.

There is a very simple principle to the making of tea and it's this - to get the proper flavour of tea, the water has to be boiling (not boiled) when it hits the tea leaves. If it's merely hot then the tea will be insipid. That's why we English have these odd rituals, such as warming the teapot first (so as not to cause the boiling water to cool down too fast as it hits the pot). And that's why the American habit of bringing a teacup, a tea bag and a pot of hot water to the table is merely the perfect way of making a thin, pale, watery cup of tea that nobody in their right mind would want to drink.

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Re: Douglas Adams on Making Tea (Article Inside)
One or two Americans have asked me why it is that the English like tea so much, which never seems to them to be a very good drink. To understand, you have to know how to make it properly.

There is a very simple principle to the making of tea and it's this - to get the proper flavour of tea, the water has to be boiling (not boiled) when it hits the tea leaves. If it's merely hot then the tea will be insipid. That's why we English have these odd rituals, such as warming the teapot first (so as not to cause the boiling water to cool down too fast as it hits the pot). And that's why the American habit of bringing a teacup, a tea bag and a pot of hot water to the table is merely the perfect way of making a thin, pale, watery cup of tea that nobody in their right mind would want to drink.

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Yes, To understand, you have to know how to make it properly :-)
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Re: Douglas Adams on Making Tea (Article Inside)
Your scalding hot British rituals would do little to do justice to a delicate Bai Mu Dan.

Water above about 80 degrees Celcius will also scald any nice green tea you might wish to try.

There's more than just black tea, you know.

Great post though. Most hate tea because it's never prepared properly. It is a combination of time and too much heat that causes tannins to form and that's what most people dislike, I find.
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Re: Douglas Adams on Making Tea (Article Inside)
Your scalding hot British rituals would do little to do justice to a delicate Bai Mu Dan.

Water above about 80 degrees Celcius will also scald any nice green tea you might wish to try.

There's more than just black tea, you know.

Great post though. Most hate tea because it's never prepared properly. It is a combination of time and too much heat that causes tannins to form and that's what most people dislike, I find.
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Yeah, green tea is a different matter entirely.

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