Posted by Brit, a resident of another community, on Feb 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm
The secret to good tea -loose leaf or bag - is to pour BOILING hot water on the leaves to get the tea to brew correctly. I cringe every time a restaurant serves the little pot of hot water and a wrapped tea bag. It's a recipe for dishwater. Maggie Smith's character on Downton Abbey got it right in a recent episode when she warmed the tea pot by swirling boiling water in it before filling it up with boiling water and tea leaves.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Feb 8, 2012 at 10:44 am
Brit - that's not actually the case w/all teas. I love the Dowager Countess & she does know how to make a pot of tea as well as throw out the one liners. But like coffee, how hot the water should be depends on what flavors you wish to bring out of the bean/leaf. I do agree that the tepid dishwasher some restaurant serve is terrible. I'm actually happy to pay $2 for the decent tea at Tai Pan because it's a cut above the standard.
LD - I have similar complaints about the service, unfortunately. Perhaos they'll read these comments & take them to heart.