You deserve a better cup of tea. In fact, you deserve the perfect cup of tea. Choosing your favorite Twinings blend is an excellent start. Simply follow these helpful steps to make every cup the perfect cup.

Time and Temperature

Whether you prefer your tea bagged or loose, always start with freshly drawn cold water. If using a teapot, warm the inside first with hot water, then pour it out. And, of course, make sure your mugs, teapot and kettle are clean as a whistle.

Tea bags

Bring water to a boil, and pour over the tea as soon as it reaches boiling. Over-boiling will cause oxygen to be reduced, making the tea taste 'flat'. Use 1 tea bag per cup, or 1 teaspoon of loose tea per cup (6 oz). Steep the tea for the required time as indicated on the chart to the right.

Never judge tea by its color. Color comes more quickly, but flavor takes a bit longer to develop. Allow the correct steeping time to fully extract the best flavor. Adjust the amount of tea you use and the steeping time to your taste. "The best tea to drink is the tea that you drink."

Loose Tea

Prepare loose tea by placing 1-2 teaspoons of loose tea into a tea strainer, put the strainer into your cup, then pour properly heated water directly over the leaves. If using a teapot, measure 1-2 teaspoons per 8oz of water.

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Black Tea
3-5 min.
Chai Tea
4-6 min.
Green Tea
2-3 min.
Herbal Tea
3-5 min.
Red Tea
4-5 min.
Oolong Tea
2-5 min.
White Tea
1-2 min.
Cold Brewed Iced Tea
4-5 min.

For milder tea flavor, shorten brew time.
For stronger tea flavor, increase brewing time.