In my mind, how you steep your tea is as personal as the type of underwear you prefer. Some like their tea steeped for a short amount of time producing mild flavors, while some like to steep their tea far beyond the recommended time, giving their tea bold, often bitter or tannic flavors. Some like milk, some like sugar, some like honey; and some prefer to add nothing at all. How you take your tea is completely up to you....and while I would say there is no wrong way to steep your tea, there are some recommended standards on steeping times based on the type of tea you're enjoying. If you're new to tea, try tasting them after these recommended steep times and if they're not strong enough for you, leave the tea in and taste them in one minute intervals until you find YOUR perfect steep time.
Energizing Black = 5 minutes
Refreshing Earl Grey = 3-5 minutes
Healthy Green Tea = 3-4 minutes
Fresh Peach Mango = 4-5 minutes
Rich Vanilla Chai = 5-7 minutes
Pure Lemongrass = 3-5 minutes
White - 1-3 minutes
Green - 2-3 minutes
Oolong - 3-5 minutes
Black - 5-6 minutes
Herbal - 5-7 minutes
What if I'm unsure which category my tea fits into?
That all depends on the "base" tea. For example, our Fresh Peach Mango & our Rich Vanilla Chai both have a black tea base, therefore you would look to the recommended black tea steeping times. However, there are many blended teas that have green or herbal bases, so just check the ingredients on your package to determine which times to follow.
Dezerai Seitzer is the owner and founder of Global Teas, a retail line of tea that gives people the opportunity to help change lives by donating $1 from every pouch of tea sold to a non-profit organization.