You’ve been making tea wrong – experts say you should never use boiling water

Have you been making tea wrong?

If you’ve been pouring water onto the bag directly from a freshly-boiled kettle, the answer is probably yes.

According to professional food and drink taste Martin Isark, doing this makes your cuppa taste like “cabbage water”.

He recommends using water that’s hot but not boiling, telling the Daily Mail : “It's time to debunk the myth that you should use boiling water.

“Having the water too hot will kill the desirable nuances of tea and all you are left with is a strong flavour of dry, astringent tannins.

“Overboiling your water and dunking teabags too long leaves tea tasting no better than cabbage water.”

While you may think these comments are blasphemy, the opinion is actually shared by brewing experts.

Tea giant Twinings says: “Once your kettle is boiled with fresh water you need to leave it for a few minutes to cool down.

“Some of you may read this and think 'but I love my tea piping hot?'

“Leaving it for a few minutes will still produce a very hot cup of tea and will give you better results.”

Twinings adds: “Our top tip is that you should never pour boiling water over a tea bag or loose tea.

“The reason for this is because the boiling water will burn the tea, it scalds it and therefore, the tea doesn't release all of its maximum flavours.

“Tea is very delicate plant and needs to be cared for in order to receive the full benefits.

“So once your water has rested for about 2-3 minutes it's ready to be poured onto your tea.”

So will you be giving the tip a go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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