How to Make Perfect Cup of English Tea With Yorkshire Gold Tea


by Paul Gerst - Date: 2010-09-13 - Word Count: 587 Share This!

How do you make the perfect cup of tea? The producers of Yorkshire Gold Tea, among the most popular English variety in the US, offer some advice.

For the unfamiliar, Yorkshire Gold is made in England by Taylors of Harrogate. A premium product with a unique and distinctive taste, it can even be called a luxury tea. A full-bodied, black variety with a rich flavor, it has been awarded the best cup of tea in England.

Yorkshire Gold's unique taste comes from blending some of the world's best tea leaves. Over 20 different leaves are blended to create the product's perfect taste and color.

Taylors of Harrogate offers a few simple steps to making the perfect cup or pot of Yorkshire Gold.

First, use fresh water every time and only boil it one time. The tea needs to work with the oxygen in water to achieve great taste. When water is re-boiled, the oxygen is removed and the tea tastes flat. For a black variety like Yorkshire Gold, bring the water to a rolling boil.

If you are making a cup, place Yorkshire Gold in the mug. Then, pour the newly boiled water over it. Pouring water over the tea will allow it to infuse more.

Then, steep for 2 to 3 minutes. Time varies according to your preference. The steeping time is one difference between English and Irish Teas. Irish types suggest infusing for 3 to 5 minutes.

Next, remove the bag (if you are using one), making sure to squeeze only once.

If you are using a tea pot, the instructions vary slightly. First, pour in a bit of boiling water to warm the teapot. Swirl the water around and then pour it out. If you are using bags, use 2 for every 4 cups. For loose, use 1 teaspoon for each cup and 1 additional for the pot. Again, let steep for 2 to 3 minutes.

Then, add milk or sugar according to your preference. According to Taylors, having the tea with a cookie or other treat will make it taste better.

If you want to follow these instructions, first make sure to get the genuine article. Look for genuine Taylors Yorkshire Gold, which is made in England. Every box of Yorkshire Gold in bags comes sealed in plastic. The tea bags are square in shape, packed full of leaves, come in pairs and have to be separated before using. Yorkshire Gold is available in a variety of sizes in bags and loose.

If you are shopping, here is a tip. Since you don't know how often stores sell the tea, look for freshness. All Yorkshire Gold products have a "Best By" date on the box. Make sure to get a "Best By" date at least a few months in the future. If you are shopping on the Internet, make sure the date is provided for you.

Founded in 1886, Taylors of Harrogate is still an independent family business. Taylors produces a range of black, flavored black, green and herbal teas. The business is now part of Betty & Taylors of Harrogate in Yorkshire, England.

The firm was started by Charles Taylor in 1886 in England and began as CE Taylor & Co. Taylor began his career buying teas that stores could sell as their house brand. Taylor's specialty was creating new blends of tailored to each area's unique local water. Charles and his brother Llewellyn started CE Taylor in Leeds, England as tea and coffee merchants.

Taylors has been awarded The Queen's Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, given only to companies with strong ethical, social and environmental values.


Paul Gerst is the founder of teadog.com. An Internet tea retailer, teadog.com offers the leading brands of tea from around the world as well as a full selection of flavored, green and herbal teas. teadog.com offers authentic Yorkshire Gold Tea and Yorkshire Tea in a variety of sizes.n
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