The British are pretty known to be very particular about how their tea is prepared. According to some experts, there’s a science to making the perfect cup of tea.
Mr. William Gorman, the chairman of the UK Tea and Infusions Association (his credentials would make you not question what he has to say next), says that if you reboil water when making a cup of tea, you could actually spoil the taste. Furthermore, he said that boiling the same water more than once results in a dull tea.
“Usually when people’s tea goes cold they reboil the kettle and make another cup,” he says. “But doing this you are guaranteed to give yourself a dull cup of tea.”
“You need freshly drawn water for a good cup because reboiling it takes out all the oxygen and nitrogen out of it,” he explains.
Maria Dawson of Clearspring, supported Gorman’s statement saying, “When you reboil water the oxygen and nitrogen can be stripped out and therefore this can affect the taste of the tea. This is why people often say not to use reboiled water to make a cup of tea.”
So, should your tea go cold and you haven’t finished it, do not top it with boiling water, instead, microwave it for 15 to 20 seconds.
“When you microwave tea all you’re doing from a scientific point of view is just moving the molecules around and getting it back up to a decent temperature. It is not impacting the flavour at all,” Gorman explained.
Oh, and by the way, you have to brew you tea for two to five minutes to contribute to a good cup of tea. It’s also recommended to use a teapot rather than a tea bag, which allows convection currents to swirl the tea leaves fully through the water.
So, making tea is really not that simple after all. That’s why in some countries, it’s a form of art. Now time to boil some water, new water, for my cup of Earl Grey.
Source: Yahoo News
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