While I consider myself a learned student of all things steepable, I don’t pretend to be overly concerned with the way things ‘ought to be’: I drink my bagged Twiningings out of an obscenely large mug just like everyone else.
Well, other than a Tips phase in my early 20s, where only 1 bag steeped for 3.5 minutes (I had a timer) then flavored with 1 teaspoon (I had a specific spoon) of sugar (white granulated only) and a splash (took months of training for my then-boyfriend to understand ‘splash’) of 2% milk. But at some point I realized that sometimes tea, like life, can be taken casually, and white-knuckling it through a particularly bitter cup was just a part of the experience. But I digress.
When it comes to proper tea, the British have me beat, as evidenced in this list of tips by Vogue. Not all apply to everyone – I don’t do clotted cream – but there are some good ones in there. Such as!
- DO: Always use loose tea. It tastes so much better.
- DO: Enjoy at a leisurely pace.
- DON’T: Serve white tea, green tea, and infusions with milk. Black tea, however, is suitable with milk.
(Exception to tip #3 is earl gray, of course.)
Sadly there is one outright lie lurking in the DON’T catagory:
- DON’T: Extend your pinky finger.
But… everyone knows a delicately extended pinky is the universal sign of fancy!