11 Rules for Making Tea – by George Orwell

George Orwell (Eric Blair, that is) published an article in 1946 with “eleven outstanding points” for making tea. His article is written in prose, but I just wanted the list of rules, so I’ve summarized the article as a list and removed the explanations for each rule. Check out the original article here.

  1. Only use Indian or Ceylon tea.
  2. Tea should be made in a teapot (not in an urn or cauldron).
  3. Warm the teapot before use.
  4. Tea should be strong.
  5. Loose tea leaves should be added to the pot – not put into baskets or strainers.
  6. The water should be boiling when added to the teapot, not just off the boil.
  7. Once the tea has infused, stir the pot and let the tea leaves settle.
  8. Pour the tea into a mug – not a teacup.
  9. Pour the cream off the milk before pouring milk into your tea (this one doesn’t really apply anymore).
  10. Tea first, milk second.
  11. No sugar.
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