As a nation we love a cup of tea, in fact it is estimated that the number of cups of tea drunk every day in Britain is 165 million, and, apparently, there are 24 million ways to make a cup of tea!
We know that the debate on how to make the perfect cup of tea will never be over, but with it being National Tea Day on Sunday 21st April, we wondered whether we are making the most out of our cups of tea, however you take it.
Choose a tea to suit your mood
Whether you're happy or sad, angry or tired, you can guarantee that there is a type of tea to help you and your mood. We recommend the refreshing taste and comforting aroma of Forever’s Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea, with its warming notes of spice including cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, fennel, allspice and clove, mixed with fruity tones. This caffeine-free and unique blend of tea is a wonderfully uplifting drink to calm you down after a busy day at work.
Brew and stir your tea the right way
Everyone makes traditional tea differently and how a tea is brewed can make all the difference. Most traditional teas should only be brewed once, although some stronger teas can be brewed twice so always check the packaging. The longer a tea is steeped for, the more caffeine is released and equally a tea that is only left to brew for 2 minutes will result in a less caffeinated cup.
Brewed tea is 99 percent water, so the water you start with has a lot to do with the final taste of the brewed tea. Once you have the freshest water, tea generally requires a brewing temperature of anywhere from 160 to 212 degrees, depending on the type of tea.
The best way to brew tea is with patience and attention. Scientists at the University of Northumbria's School of Life Sciences discovered that the key to the best tasting brew is to let it sit for six minutes before drinking.
Also, according to former royal butler Grant Harrold, we’ve been stirring tea all wrong. He says that there's a particular method for stirring a cup of tea: never use a circular motion and never touch the sides; stir back and forth.
Drink your tea out of your favourite cup
Once you've decided on your preferred flavour of tea, you now need to choose the perfect cup to drink it out of. According to research, 65 percent of Brits have a favourite cup or mug they use for their morning cup of tea. If you love the cup you're drinking out of, your tea will automatically taste a whole lot better.
Tea has lots of skin benefits
Herbal teas could be a wonderful addition to your daily skincare routine. For example, sprinkle some tea leaves into a bowl with hot water, hover your face over the top and cover your head with a towel. Slowly breathe in the steam. Alternatively, for tired eyes, place tea bags in just-boiled water for about two minutes, remove your bags and allow them to cool. Once cool, place one tea bag on each of your closed eyelids. Leave to soak for about 15 minutes.
Consider honey in your tea rather than sugar
When you brew a cup of hot tea, do you reach for honey or sugar? Honey is one of mankind’s oldest food sources, providing natural energy and goodness to bees and humans alike. If you regularly find yourself reaching for refined sugar, you should definitely consider replacing it with a bottle of Forever Bee Honey. It is 100% pure and superior in taste with a floral aroma that leaves behind a subtle fruity finish. Honey is also sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it, but is does have slightly more calories as it’s a lot denser.
Whatever your reasons for brewing your cuppa, it’s clear that tea deserves to be celebrated. What’s your favourite cup of tea? Let us know in the comments.