How to Brew Black Tea
The classic British cup of tea is made with black tea, milk and maybe even sugar. Read on for our handy guide to how to brew black tea.
How to Prepare Black Tea at Home
Black tea is one of the simplest teas to make. Here’s what you’ll need.
There’s a huge variety of black tea types. Try a few and pick your favorite.
Lipton® Daring English Breakfast
English Breakfast is one of the most famous teas in the world. Our blend is robust and punchy – perfect when drunk with milk and maybe a little sugar.
Lipton® Amazingly Grey
Our take on a classic Earl Grey. Enjoy the enticing aroma of this delicate black tea with citrus notes.
Lipton® Enticing Chai
An expert blend of black tea with sweet and savory spices. Drink it hot, iced or added to milk in a rich and warming chai latte.
If you’re using tap water, let it run cold briefly before filling the kettle. Tea needs oxygen to infuse properly, and tap water loses oxygen if it sits in the pipes for too long.
Generally the best teapots are ceramic, as you can use them to brew any type of tea and they retain heat well. Cast iron is an option too.
How to Prepare Black Tea
1. Boil water
Black tea needs hotter water, so let it reach a rolling boil. For other types, like green tea, you’ll only need little bubbles.
2. Add Tea
Pour your water on top of the tea to help ‘agitate’ the leaves. This helps the infusion.
Leave the tea to infuse. Try singing the national anthem while you wait!
4. Remove the Tea
Lift loose tea leaves out in their infuser or pour the tea over a strainer. If using a teabag, lift it out with a teaspoon.
Enjoy your tea and feel recharged, ready to seize the day.
Want to cool down? Find out how to brew iced tea.
Adding Milk or Lemon
You can just drink your black tea solo, or pair it with milk or lemon. Lemon is commonly used with Earl Grey as it brings out the citrus flavors.
Milk in black tea is a classic British trait. Whether you add it first or second is up to you.
Black Tea Brewing Times
How long you brew your black tea for depends on what type of tea you’re using.
- Darjeeling brew time: three minutes
- Earl Grey brew time: five minutes
- English Breakfast brew time: four minutes
Now you have it, the perfect way to brew black tea. Time to recharge!