Answers to the most common questions on Tea

When it comes to tea, we all have our own style of taking it. Some of us enjoy it with milk while some like it black. But how should tea be actually taken? Should herbal tea be had with sugar? How hot should a cup of tea be to be able to enjoy it? What’s the best way to brew tea? There a many questions we ask ourselves about making the perfect cup of tea. In the 21st century tea drinking habits have changed – people need quick solutions to all their tea making and drinking woes.

We at Sublime understand those problems and are here to help answer your most common queries of taking tea:

What’s the right way to brew Tea?

To tea like a pro, you must heat water in a kettle and wait for it to boil. Now take your tea pot and add a small amount of boiling water to it. Empty out the hot water from the tea pot – a technique known as ‘warming the pot’ and then add a tea bag(s) in the warmed pot. Pour the hot water from the kettle into a teapot where a teabag is waiting. Let the teapot stand for a few minutes ideally for 3-5 minutes depending on the type of tea. Now you can bring your favourite tea cup and saucer and pour a little milk into it and then fill with the clear amber liquid you just brewed. Add some sugar if you’d like and there you go – You’re perfect brewed cup of tea is ready!

Should I add milk to my tea?

Adding milk to your tea is a personal choice and a matter of taste. Some people like their tea black and some like a spot of milk in their cup. Experts in tea feel that milk negates the benefits of tea. However, we believe that when you’re taking herbal or flavoured tea it is best had without milk. For e.g., Sumblime tea’s – Cranberry Mango Mania, Rose in Bloom, chamomile and Green tea should ideally be taken without milk to get the best flavor out of your tea.

Is tea better hot or cold?

In the present market Cold teas also known as Ice teas and are readily available, hence tea in that form can be had Cold. However, Bottled Iced tea may not have been brewed long enough to release its benefits before being bottled. On the other hand, a hot cup of black tea retains more antioxidants and other beneficial properties. If you prefer your tea with milk then we would recommend that you take your cuppa Hot!

When is the best time to drink tea?

Tea is known to help support your digestive system and it also contains caffeine to help increase energy levels in the body. Given this, it would make sense to take tea when such benefits come in handy. Therefore, it’s the best to consume tea after breakfast or lunch. Avoid having green tea on an empty stomach or first thing in the morning. As for the evenings, we would recommend herbal teas such as chamomile tea which has soothing properties to help you calm and relax your nerves. Try the chamomile tea by sublime house of tea.

What is best paired with a cup of tea?

There can be lots of delicious foods that go fabulously alongside a cup of tea. If you’re hosting a fancy tea party, we would recommend that you serve sandwiches, scones and tea cakes which lite and still delicious and a perfect combination with tea. Biscuits are an all-time favourite and can be paired with almost all types of tea.

How much is too much when it comes to cup of tea?

Tea is not just a soothing and relaxing beverage, it can come with a number of potential health benefits. Many experts in the industry say that it’s ok to drink 6-8 cups of tea daily, however we would recommend that you avoid more than 5 cups a day and reduce the amount of added sugar to keep the calorie content low. One of the concerns about drinking more than 5 cups a day is the quantity of caffeine in tea. Too much of caffeine can lead to an increased heart rate and trouble sleeping, hence it would be best advised to reduce the amount of tea you take especially if you drink more than 5 cups a day.

How do I store tea?

To help keep your tea fresh and retain its natural flavor and aroma, it’s important that you store tea in an air-tight container. Ensure that your tea container is kept in a dark, cool and dry place. One must also note that tea leaves absorb scent from its surroundings and this tea trait allows for creation of amazing scented teas such as jasmine tea. Considering this tea trait, storing your tea near a spice cabinet, trashcan or any other source of odor is an absolute No-No!

Can I refrigerate my tea?

We do not recommend keeping your tea or tea bags in the refrigerator, this because you kitchen refrigerator is home to a host of food scents and like we mentioned earlier tea leaves absorbs surrounding scents and storing it alongside fruits, vegetable or cooked refrigerated food will ruin the taste of your tea. However, teas that are vaccum packed can be refrigerated but if used regularly we would encourage you to store the same in a cool and dry place.

Hope you’ve found the right answers to all your tea queries. If you have more questions, feel free to write to us and we at the Sublime house of tea will do our best to give you the right answers. Until then, Be sure to enjoy your daily Cuppa !