Tea Brewing Tips for Loose Teas

These are only recommendations. You might need a bit of trial and error to get the perfect cup. Use about 1-2 teaspoons of loose tea for every 8 ounces of water. Use fresh, clean, cold water; and heat the water a bit differently for each type of tea:

Black – Bring the water to a rolling boil, but don’t over-boil since it depletes the oxygen and results in a flat-tasting tea. Steep 3-5 minutes.

Oolong – Stop just short of a rolling boil. Steep 3-7 minutes.

Green & White – These delicate teas require less heat. Bring water to a pre-boil, or just when air bubbles start to form. Steep 1-3 minutes for green tea and 1-8 minutes for white, depending on the specific tea you are brewing.

Herbal (Rooibos) – With so many different herbs that can be used for herbal tea blends, there is no way to give any temperature or steeping guidelines with any accuracy. Most herbs can be brewed in boiling water for about 5-10 minutes. 

Preheat the teapot (or tea cup for a single serving), with hot water, then discard.

Pour heated water over tea leaves to steep. Tea may be placed in the pot loose, or in an infuser, such as a tea ball.

Depending on your steeping method, remove the infuser or use a strainer for the loose leaves. Finally, enjoy your delicious “cuppa”!

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Tea Brewing Tips with Loose Tea from The British Pantry Tecumseh MI

Black Tea

The most popular type of tea that is highly oxidized, but still packs a

huge punch with antioxidants and high caffeine levels.

Yorkshire Gold (House Tea) ~ quality tea blended in the Yorkshire Dales

Typhoo ~ England’s everyday tea with a stronger flavor

PG Tips ~ England’s #1 tea

English Breakfast (regular or decaf) ~ a strong body and flavor

Irish Breakfast ~ a strong tea with a distinctive amber brew and malty flavor

Assam ~ fully body with a strong, rich, malty and spicy flavor

Ceylon (Orange Pekoe) ~ long leaf black tea with a smooth & satisfying flavor

Oolong ~ “Champagne of Teas” delicate tea w/a distinctive aroma & exquisite flavor

Cream Irish Breakfast* ~ creamy Irish tea with caramel highlights

Darjeeling ~ second flush, considered the champagne of tea-sparkling, fully aromatic

Earl Grey (regular or decaf) ~ blend of four teas fused w/oil of bergamot

Earl Grey w/ Cream ~ blend of Chinese, Ceylon, Yunnan with a lightly creamy flavor

Earl Grey w/Lavender* ~ natural oil of bergamot & lavender petals

Lady Grey ~ a lightly scented tea w/oil of bergamot & other citrus flavors

 

Black Flavored Teas

Amaretto** ~ almond liqueur flavoring

Apricot (reg. or decaf) ~ apricot flavored tea with marigold petals

Black Currant ~ sweet black currant flavored

Blood Orange ~ refreshing, fruity, tangy blend with orange peel and safflower         

Bon-Bon ~ tender creamy creation with chocolate and coconut

Butter Truffle** ~ creamy tea with hints of butter cookie and pistachios

Café Latte** ~ delicious sweet chocolate and coffee beans with cream yogurt pieces

Caramel cashew** ~ sweet, creamy, nutty with brittle and caramel pieces

Christmas Tea (seasonal)* ~ black tea, orange peel, peppermint and seasonal spices

Cinnamon Plum ~ fantastic pairing plum and cinnamon flavor

Cinnamon/Orange/Spice (reg. or decaf) ~ cinnamon pieces, orange peel, cloves

Ginger Peach (reg. or decaf) ~ juicy peach with just the right amount of ginger

Licorice* ~ sweet blend with licorice essence and anise

Mandarin-Chai-Anise* ~ sweet and spicy brew with a licorice-like finish

Mango Strawberry* ~ sunny strawberry and juicy mango with marigold blossoms

Mango Vanilla ~ fruity and creamy with mango cubes and vanilla pieces

Maple Taffy ~ a wonderful delicacy with real maple syrup, cinnamon and popcorn

Monks Blend ~ flavorful combination of vanilla and grenadine

Pomegranate-Cranberry ~ fruity harmony with cranberry and pomegranate

Raspberry ~ simple and tasty with ripe, sweet red raspberries

Russian ~ a hearty tea with smoky notes & a creamy finish

Strawberry ~ fruity and delicious flavored with ripe, sweet strawberries

Green Teas

Green tea is simply less oxidized; retaining more of its nutrients. It has a very fresh taste.

Gojiberry ~ fruity and juicy with gojiberries, lemon grass, pomegranate arils

Honey Ginger ~ exotic aroma & flavor of sweet honeyed ginger

Jasmine ~ classic jasmine with a subtle yet sweet floral aroma

Jasmine Almond Orange**/* ~ first grade tea with orange peel and almond essence

Japanese Cherry Blossom ~ sencha base with sour cherry pieces and flavoring

Panfired ~ Dried in a hot metal pan ~ mild, full-bodied taste

Pinhead Gunpowder ~ large leaves rolled into pellets unfurl to medium-bodied taste

Sencha* ~ golden green-colored liquor/a pleasantly sharp taste

Sencha/Lemon ~ tangy, fresh lemon flavor with lemon grass and lemon peel

Strawberry Lychee ~ perfectly balanced sweet, fruity, soft and flowery tea blend

Sun, Moon & Stars* ~ jasmine, oolong & gunpowder green teas

Tea Garden* ~ cinnamon, chamomile, raspberry, heather flowers & cassia oil

Tea On The Beach ~ acerola cherries, sour cherries & sweet pineapple

White Teas

White tea is minimally oxidized. It has a very mild & somewhat grassy flavor.

White Peony* ~ wonderfully light w/chocolate undertones.

Snow Buds ~ two leaves and a bud with a mild, spicy, slightly fruity note

Herbal Tea

A soothing, caffeine-free infusion.

Almond Fruit ** ~ nuts & caramelized almonds mixed w/baked apples

Carrot Cake** ~ guilt -free carrot cake – pineapple, carrot, walnut, coconut, cinnamon

Chamomile* ~ excellent relaxing tea with dried blossoms

Cherry-Kiwi-Coconut ~ acid-free blend with apple, cranberry, kiwi, cherry & coconut

Christmas Herbal (seasonal)* ~ a sweet blend with rooibos and seasonal spices

Hibiscus* ~ classic Latin blend with hibiscus, orange peel, cinnamon and lemon myrtle

Lemon Ginger (Tulsi)* ~ spicy blend of tulsi, ginger and lemon myrtle

Mango Yoghurt ~ yogurt & exotic fruit flavors including mango, pineapple & papaya

Miami Ice ~ exotic fruits create a sparkling peach flavor

Old Love ~ lovingly selected fruits & berries create this unrivalled blend

Orange/Grapefruit ~ refreshing with eucalyptus leaves, tangerine bits, hibiscus

Peaceful ~ sensual aromas lift the mood & soothe the body, mind and soul

Pear Cinnamon ~ fruity, spicy and sweet with pear, cinnamon and cream

Peppermint* ~ refreshingly simple and full of flavor with peppermint leaves

Strawberry Rose ~ delicious rosy red fruit, pink rosebuds and purple pearls

Summer Solstice ~ sunny blend of seven fruits, rose petals, hibiscus, & chamomile

Rooibos Tea

South African grown caffeine-free infusion. (“Red Tea” or “Red Bush Tea”)

Rooibos ~ high-quality ruby color with a soft, sweet aromatic taste

Blueberry ~ fresh fruit character with flavorful blueberries

Bourbon St. Vanilla** ~ jazzy depth of vanilla with fruity notes

Caramel Toffee** ~ caramel flavor with a hint of almond and cream

Chocolate Cream Truffle ~ tempting creamy, soft flavor with chocolate and coconut

Ginger Pepper Orange** ~ gingerbread biscuit flavor with oranges, spices & nuts

Lemon ~ lively lemon taste with lemon grass and natural lemon flavor

Mango Strawberry ~ sun ripened mango, sweet strawberry & lemon grass*

Peanut Kisses** ~ irresistible with crunchy peanuts in a bed of chocolate and caramel

Pina Colada ~ fruity, fresh pineapple with creamy, sweet coconut

Polar Fire** ~ lively and tangy with sweet marzipan & creamy, fresh orange

Pumpkin Cream ~ pumpkin with honeydew melon, apple pieces & a hint of cream

Pumpkin Spice ~ pumpkin pie flavor with cinnamon, cardamom, coriander & cloves

Roasted Almond** ~ simple but delicious flavor with planed & crushed almonds

Spiced Chai* ~ cinnamon, cloves & natural spice oils

Sweet Sin ~ raspberries, vanilla pieces & rose petals     ~Our Top Seller~

Tiramisu/Mascarpone** ~ light Irish coffee taste with a hint of sweet, creamy caramel

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