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Queen's Official Tea Supplier Says Milk Should Be Added Before Hot Water

Queen's Official Tea Supplier Says Milk Should Be Added Before Hot Water

How do you like your tea? With milk? Two sugars? Or just a slice of lemon to sweeten it up? One thing's for sure, it's definitely not this way.

Well, according to the Queen's official tea supplier, you may be making your cuppa the wrong way.

From warming the teapot with hot water first (we can get on board with this) to letting it sit for exactly four minutes, royal tea makers Twinings have revealed the top way to make a cuppa, whether you're in the mood for Earl Grey, Darjeeling or a traditional builders brew.

The Queen is rumoured to favour an Earl Grey (Credit: PA)
The Queen is rumoured to favour an Earl Grey (Credit: PA)
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The royally approved tea makers were first 'honoured' by Queen Victoria.

And, in order to make the perfect milky brew, Twinings advises adding the milk before the hot water.

The brand said: "When adding milk, pour it into the cup before adding your tea.

"This allows the milk to cool the tea, rather than letting the tea heat the milk."

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Director of corporate relations, Stephen Twining, is the 10th generation of the family working for the business that's been supplying the royals with tea since 1837.

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Royal tea suppliers Twinings were first 'honoured' by Queen Victoria (Credit: PA)
Royal tea suppliers Twinings were first 'honoured' by Queen Victoria (Credit: PA)

Stephen told Town & Country magazine that the best way to make a cup of black tea was all in the waiting. He suggest four minutes of brew time, to be exact.

To make the perfect cuppa in a teapot, Stephen advises filling the pot with hot water before getting rid of that liquid.

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Next, he says, refill your kettle and bring the water to boiling point, before immediately pouring over your tea bag and waiting.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"In tea, colour is not flavour," Twining says.

Sadly Stephen didn't reveal what kind of tea Her Majesty preferred, though it's rumoured she likes an Earl Grey, with a splash of milk and no sugar.

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We're with you there, Your Majesty!

Featured Image Credit: Unsplash

Topics: Food And Drink, Tasty

Aneira Davies

Aneira Davies is a freelance lifestyle journalist with a particular interest in interiors and craft. She has written for the Evening Standard, Prima, House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping.