George Orwell’s perfect cup of tea

'BOH Tea Plantation' by Zaqqy J
For a long time now I’ve wanted to do a guide on making the perfect cup of tea, but I never felt I had the requisite knowledge or experience and I never bothered to go looking for it.

Maria Popova of Brain Pickings recently posted George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules for making a perfect cup of tea, so I can now cross How to make a perfect cup of tea off my ‘writing ideas to tackle later’ list. (At least, a perfect British cup of tea.)

I myself break most of George’s rules. I usually use cheap decaffeinated black tea from who knows where, brewed with a tea bag instead of loose, in a cup instead of a pot, with sugar, with pasteurized and homogenized half-and-half, and I don’t like really strong or bitter tea. And I’ve never been on tea rations.

But I feel inspired once again to take my tea-making to the next level with some good loose-leaf tea and a real, legit tea pot. I’ll let you know how it goes.