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The Perfect Brew


Tetley Tea Masters

Importance of Tea Tasters Perfect Brew Tips

Green Tea 80:80 Rule

Step-by-Step Instructions Tea Storage Tips


Tetley Tea Masters

Most people don't realize that blending tea is a fine art, similar to blending champagne or whiskey. At Tetley, our team of blenders has over 1,000 years combined tea experience, so they know a thing or two about blending!


Tetley has been sourcing the highest quality teas for over 180 years. Our professional tea tasters (known as ‘Tetley Tea Masters’), based in 7 countries around the world, give us tea blending expertise that we believe is second to none. 


Why is having a tea taster so important?

Most of the tea we drink is actually a tea blend, containing a variety of different sourced teas. Often people believe the best tea is ‘single origin’, but this is not necessarily the case. The taste of tea leaves in any specific region - or even a field within a region - change with the climate and time of year. As a result, to deliver a consistent Tetley quality taste profile for you to enjoy each time you open one of our boxes, the tea tasters have to constantly draw upon and mix together teas from various regions. This is the only way to deliver the same delicious taste, cup after cup. In fact, every blend is tasted at least eight times before it can be deemed to be of Tetley quality!

Since no one tea crop is ever the same, tea tasting is a continuous learning process. That’s why it takes more than five years to become a qualified Tetley Tea Master. Part of the Tea Masters’ training is learning Tetley’s unique tea tasting language, called “Uhuru.” It is a global language that allows Tetley tasters and blenders to describe and grade the quality of the teas.

Some of the brewed tea elements our tasters examine and grade using the Uhuru language include:

1. Sparkle - purity of the colour

2. Clarity - record the clarity of the tea brewed without milk

3. Body - the weight of the tea in the mouth

4. Zing - overall liveliness of the tea on the palate

Apart from black and green teas, our Tetley Tea Masters have created a wide range of herbal teas to suit any occasion. Drawing from the aromatic and flavourful tastes of nature – roots, leaves, seeds, flowers, spices, berries and herbs – they have crafted some wonderful combinations. Rich in fragrance and flavour, but free of caffeine, these delicious infusions can tickle your taste buds and make you feel refreshed. Browse our whole range herbal blends here.



We know that each person has their preferred way to prepare their favourite cup of tea, and far be it from us to tell you we have a better way! However, there is little room for error when it comes to brewing, so here our Tetley Tea Masters share a few pointers to help make your tea taste it’s very best.

  • WATER: The water used for making tea should be boiled only once, and if possible, have a low mineral content. If the water is boiled more than once, the oxygen level in it gets reduced, and that affects the taste. Water with low mineral content allows tea notes to come through easily, thereby ensuring a truly wonderful flavour.
    • To best capture the lively essence of black tea, you should stand by the kettle, ready to pour as soon as it’s boiled. When brewed close to the boiling point, the black tea tastes better as its rich and robust flavour starts to kick in.
    • However, for green tea, it’s equally important to NOT use boiling water – the water should ideally be about 80 degrees before the green tea bag is added.  Otherwise your delicate green tea leaves will be burned, creating a bitter taste.
  • BREW TIME: Patience plays a huge factor while using tea bags. You should leave the tea bag in the water long enough so that there is ample time for it to infuse the tea flavour - this varies by tea type.




    Black Tea

    Brew for 2-3 minutes

    Green Tea

    Brew for 1-2 minutes

    Fruit & Herbal Infusion          

    Brew for 3-5 minutes


    Poking and prodding should be avoided - let the process happen naturally and slowly.

  • COOLING: Irrespective of whether you brew in a teapot or cup, the brew should be allowed to cool down for around 2-3 minutes after removing the tea bags. This is because, once the temperature reduces, the flavours start to develop and deliver a better quality taste.
  • MILK: When making tea in a mug or cup, the perennial question is whether to put milk in before or after adding the hot water. The simple answer is ‘after’ - because it allows the water to be at the right temperature for infusing the tea.
  • SWEETENER: If you are looking to sweeten your tea, it is best to use white or brown sugar, or honey.



80:80 Rule for Better Tasting Green Tea
80:80 Rule for Better Tasting Green Tea

Tips for a smoother Green Tea experience


Step-by-Step Brewing Instructions

How to make a perfect cup of hot Tetley® Tea

  1. Start with fresh, cold water. (The better the water quality, the better the tea will taste.)
  2. Place a tea bag in your favourite cup or mug.
  3. Bring water to a rolling boil and immediately pour over your tea bag.
  4. Steep for a good 3 to 5 minutes. (Great taste can't be rushed—it really does take the full time to release the tea's entire flavour.)
  5. Remove the tea bag, relax and enjoy! (Serve it “clear” or try it with milk and sugar.) 


Green Tea Variation

  1. Start with fresh, cold water. (The better the water quality, the better the tea will taste.)
  2. Place a tea bag in your favourite cup or mug.
  3. Bring water to a rolling boil, remove from heat to cool for a moment and pour over your tea bag. (Green tea leaves are delicate—boiling water will bruise the leaves, causing a bitter taste.)
  4. With green tea, steep for only a minute or two. (Over steeping green tea will result in a harsh flavour). Remove the tea bag, relax and enjoy! (Serve it “clear” or sweeten with honey or sugar.) 


How to make a perfect pitcher of Tetley® Iced Tea: Family Size Iced Tea: For a two litre pitcher

  1. Bring 4 cups of fresh water to a rolling boil.
  2. Gently pour water over 2 tea bags.
  3. Steep 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. The longer you steep, the stronger the flavour. Stir before removing tea bags.
  5. Add your favourite sweetener, if desired.
  6. Pour brewed tea into a pitcher and add 4 more cups of cold water and/or ice cubes. Chill and enjoy!


Single Serve Iced Tea (for a Single Glass)

  1. Bring one cup of fresh water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add 1 or 2 tea bags and steep 3 to 5 minutes. The longer you steep, the stronger the flavour. Stir before removing tea bag(s).
  3. Add your favourite sweetener, if desired
  4. Let cool.
  5. Pour brewed tea into a large glass filled with ice. Enjoy! 


Tetley Ultimate Iced Tea
Tetley Ultimate Iced Tea

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Storing Tips

Once removed from the box, tea bags are susceptible to odours and can become "stale". To prevent this, you should place the "exposed" tea bags in an airtight container immediately and store it in a cool, dry area. It is not recommended to store tea in the refrigerator or freezer, because condensation might occur, affecting the flavour of the blend.

For your convenience, Tetley specialty teas come in resealable canisters. These canisters lock in freshness, keep flavours at their peak, and prevent them from being exposed to odours.