Teabags. Wait... what? Anyone who knows me knows that I haven't bought bagged tea in YEARS! In fact, someone was taking a BHTT class and mentioned teabags, then glanced at me furtively and asked, "Am I allowed to say "teabags"?" 🤣
Generally, I don't recommend tea bags for loose-leaf tea for several reasons. Why? Among a few reasons, many teabags do not allow tea leaves to freely unfurl and release their flavor and aroma volatiles. (Read my other reasons at the link in the comments below, or go to the FAQs on my website and look for 'Why Loose-leaf Tea?') Having said that, one day this past summer I spent about 3 hours putting all of my elderly mother's loose-leaf tea into teabags. I wanted her to enjoy her tea purchases, and bagged tea is more convenient for her. Another reason that I will break my no-teabag-rule is when there is a teapot, such as the one photographed, with an unusually small opening that makes it impossible for a tea strainer to fit inside. (slide for photos)
ABSOLUTELY: Time, temperature and measurement rules still apply when using teabags! Follow package directions, don't over-stuff a teabag, and TAKE THE TEABAGS OUT OF THE TEAPOT when the timer sounds. Yes, tea has been served to me in both homes and restaurants in which the bag was left in the pot - as if I was expected to drink the swill and enjoy the bitter, over-steeped flavor. 🤷♀️ Okay... I have returned to my former tea-snob self.
P. S. this post is meant to be educational and humorous... I do know that there have been new & improved teabags made, but still...😄
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