I like the idea of a regular tea time. Having tea is one of my favorite things and there is plethora of things to write about in regards to tea. Having said this I thing the best place to start is with how to brew a proper pot of tea. These instructions are via the Yorkshire Tea Company.
Run the tap a little so the water is nicely aerated. Use water that has boiled just once - any more than that and the level of oxygen in the water is reduced and your tea can taste a bit ‘flat’.
Warm the teapot first by swilling boiling water around inside it, then warm the cups with the water from the teapot.
For a four-cup pot, use two teabags. For loose tea, use one teaspoon per person and one for the pot. (Our tea buyers like it really strong and use three or four.)
Add freshly boiled water to the pot, stir and leave to brew for 4-5 minutes depending on how strong you like it.
If you take milk, we recommend a splash of whole or semi-skimmed milk, with sugar if you take it.
Miffy or Tiffy?
People are very particular about their tea, but there’s one aspect of tea making that really sparks debate... milk or tea first? ‘Miffy or Tiffy?’, we call it. You’re bound to have your own theory, and if tea is brewed in a pot, there is no definitive right or wrong answer. If you’re making tea in a cup though, it’s never milk first - it reduces the water temperature so it doesn’t brew properly.
And there you have it! Be sure to use your very best tea china or favorite cup. Even if you're brewing a cup just for yourself, you deserve the very best!