Perhaps the only thing more British than a perfectly brewed cup of tea is a perfectly brewed cup from Queen Elizabeth’s official tea merchant, Twinings.
The brand’s relationship with the Royal Family dates back to 1837, when they were “honored” by Queen Victoria and named as her tea supplier, says Stephen Twinings, director of corporate relations for the brand and the 10th generation of his family. in the tea business.
“As a company,” he says T&C, “We have had the honor of providing each successive British King and Queen from this day to the present day. “
Sadly, he’s vowed to keep a secret as to exactly which mix the British monarch prefers. “The first rule of doing business with royal households is of course confidentiality,” he says, confirming that they continue to hold multiple royal terms. (Rumor has it that in the morning, the Queen enjoys Twinings Earl Gray tea with a little milk and no sugar, according to a former royal chef.)
But Twinings is a little more open with their recipe for a perfectly brewed cup of black tea. Here’s what to do:
First, heat your kettle with hot water and discard this liquid. Then draw cold water and heat it exactly to its boiling point. (Note: Green tea requires a slightly lower temperature.) Immediately pour water over your tea bag and wait – perhaps longer than necessary – for the cup to brew.
“In tea, the color is not the flavor,” Twinings says. So even if you think your tea regards ready, let it sit for four minutes. (Twinings has a handy chart of optimal brew times for different varieties of teas, here.)
Add milk and sugar to taste and enjoy! As Twinings says, “you have to enjoy it the way you like it”.
Twinings is available for purchase online, or, once it is safe to travel, the brand offers tastings at their 300-year-old flagship store in London, the city’s oldest teahouse.
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