Getting the most out of your cup of Scottish Tea requires just a few steps. Brodies has been making tea in Scotland for over 150 years and offers advice on making the perfect cup.
Start with a good Scottish tea. Making the perfect cup is easier with a brand you really enjoy.
Since your tea is going to last a while, make sure to store it properly. Store it in a cool, dry place. Since it absorbs odors, store away from strong smelling items like coffee or chocolate. Unlike coffee, never store it in the refrigerator or freezer.
Before doing anything, make sure to use the proper amount. For each cup, use 1 bag or 1 teaspoon of loose.
Make sure to use fresh water each time. Never boil water more than once. If re-boiled, water will lose oxygen. Tea needs the oxygen in water to bring out the best taste. Re-boiled water will result in a flat and dull taste.
Scottish Teas, which are mostly the black variety, need water to be at a rolling boil. When making a cup of Brodies, put the tea in first and then add the boiling water. Adding water over it will help it infuser better.
For black varieties like Brodies, steep between 3 and 5 minutes. Allow more or less time according to your preference. If you are using a bag, don't squeeze it back into your cup. This may cause the tea to be a little bitter.
If making a pot, first warm the pot by adding and then pouring out a little boiling water.
Fix it the way you like it by adding sugar and/or milk. Generally, Scottish Teas are best with some milk and sugar. Although different viewpoints exist, Brodies recommends adding milk last.
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