In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “Can you brew tea in milk?”, discuss how to brew tea in milk, and five steps to make a perfect cup of tea.
Can you brew tea in milk?
Yes, you can brew tea in milk. Brewing tea in milk will combine the flavor of your favorite tea with the creamy flavor of milk and you can enjoy an incredible cup of tea any time of the day. Plus you will get the goodness of both tea and milk.
Usually, we use water for making tea because it is neutral and does not have its own taste. So we get the full flavor of the tea. But when we use milk for brewing a cup of tea instead of water it is a different story.
Milk has its own creamy taste and it is vicious or thick compared to water. If you prefer a strong cup of tea then you should add a little more tea leaves or powder than usual.
Tea contains a lot of different chemicals that are responsible for its aroma and taste. But the main compound responsible for its taste is called polyphenols (tannin). Other chemicals like caffeine, theanine also contribute to the flavor but to a lesser extent compared to polyphenols.
Brewing tea in milk gives it a rich silky and different flavor. Milk brewed tea does not taste too bitter because milk proteins mask the tannins.
How to brew tea in milk?
There are various methods and recipes to make a good cup of milk brewed tea. Here is a quick method –
- Pour a cup of milk into a small pot
- Add 1 tablespoon of tea to it.
- Allow it to simmer on low flame, for 10 minutes.
- You can add cardamom, sugar if you like.
- Strain it and enjoy your tea.
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Five steps to make a perfect cup of tea
Your cup of tea is totally your choice. You may like just the black tea or add some milk, cardamom, cinnamon, and lemon.
We get it how you like your tea is totally your individual preference. But there are certain steps which you can follow to have a great cup of tea.
1. Good quality tea and water –
It is important to use good quality tea because it makes a difference in the taste of your tea. Use loose tea leaves instead of bagged ones to get that fuller, fresh tea flavor.
If the quality of water is not good then it won’t matter how good your tea is. So use good quality water. Filtered water is usually preferred. Also, don’t let water over boil because due to high heat water loses its dissolved oxygen.
You can use milk instead of water if you prefer that creamy taste.
2. Ratios –
Usually, one tablespoon of loose tea leaves is used for every 8 ounces of water. If you want a stronger cup of tea add a little more.
3. Right water temperature is important-
Water temperature plays a very important role because if the water is too hot it will damage the tea and if it’s too cold you will not get the full flavor.
Different tea requires a different temperature of water to get their full benefits and flavor.
- White tea- 80- 85 0c
- Green tea- 80-85 0c
- Oolong tea- 85-95 0c
- Black tea- 90-950c
- Fermented tea (Pu erh teas)- 95 – 990c
4. Steeping –
As the temperature of the water, steeping time is also important and it varies depending on the variety of tea. Steeping is the process of transferring the goodness of tea leaves into the water.
- White tea – 2-3 minutes
- Green tea – 2-3 minute
- Oolong tea– 2-3 minutes
- Black tea – 3-5 minutes
- Fermented tea– 3-5 minutes
Do not over steep your tea, remove the water after a certain time depending upon which variety of tea you are using and its ratio with water. Otherwise, you will end up with a very bitter cup of tea that will not have that round, nice mouthfeel.
Give your tea leaves room to release their flavor. When steeping, tea leaves will expand and they will require space. Do not add too much tea leaf or powder in the small steeper as water will not be able to move in and around the tea.
So give your tea the room they require to release their flavor so that you can get all the goodness your tea has. Once steeping is done, strain the tea and enjoy.
In this brief guide, we answered the question “Can you brew tea in milk?”, discussed how to brew tea in milk and how to make a perfect cup of tea.
You can brew tea in milk. You should give it a try. We think you will surely enjoy it.
If you have any questions please let us know.