Brewing Expertise

The best cup of tea is always up to your own personal preferences; however, our master blenders have happily provided you with a few pointers to make it even better!

General Brewing Tips 


  • Tea should be made with only once-boiled water with a low mineral content if possible. This is because re-boiling reduces oxygen levels and affects the taste. Also, while water with a low mineral content allows the tea notes to come through.
  • If you’re making black tea, stand by the kettle to ensure you pour as soon as it’s boiled. Black tea tastes best when brewed in water as close to boiling point as possible.
  • We advise leaving the tea bag in for about two minutes to provide time for the flavour of the tea to infuse. This is more of a guideline though; the perfect brew is down to personal preference. However, do not poke or prod  the bag while it is infusing. Be patient and let the process happen naturally!
  • Whether you brew in a teapot or in a cup, after removing the bag(s), leave the brew to cool down for around 2-3 minutes. As the temperature reduces, the flavours will develop for a better quality taste.

80:80 Rule for Better Tasting Green Tea


Have you wondered why green tea sometimes tastes bitter compared to black tea?  Green tea leaves are in fact highly susceptible to being burned. Therefore, placing your green tea in boiling water and then letting it steep for a long time can contribute to the bitter taste you associate with green tea.

To create a better tasting cup of green tea, simply follow Tetley's 80:80 rule:

  • 80 degrees - steep your green tea bag or leaves in 80 degree water, not boiling. The first way you can do this is by stopping the kettle before it reaches boiling point. The second method is to simply let the water come to a boil, adding a splash (maybe 1 tablespoon) of cold water to your teacup before adding the tea bag.
  • 80 seconds - only steep your green tea bag for 80 seconds or less.  You'll still enjoy all the benefits you expect from your green tea without the bitterness.
  • Tetley has a wide range of green teas that you can use to try out his rule. Whether you are looking for flavours, the fresh taste of 100% steamed, or decaffeinated green teas, Tetley has something for you.
  • Try our 80:80 rule for yourself and see if it helps!  We'd love to hear from you on our Facebook page after you give our recommendation a try, or if you have any other tips for making a better tasting cup!

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