Brodies Perfect Cup of Tea

The Britain’s most popular beverage that replaced ale and gin as the drink of choice since the middle of the 18th century is the one we called tea.

Ralph Lutton, managing director of Brodies in Edinburgh, shares his secrets on how to make a perfect cup of tea.


  1. Always use a good quality loose leaf or bagged tea.
  2. Loose leaf or bagged tea must be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.
  3. Always use freshly drawn boiling water.
  4. In order to draw the best flavour out of the tea the water must contain oxygen – this is reduced if the water is boiled more than once.


  1. Measure the tea carefully.
  2. Use one tea bag or one rounded teaspoon of loose tea for each cup to be served.
  3. Allow the tea to brew for the recommended time before pouring.
  4. If you are brewing tea from a bag in a mug add the milk last for the best flavour.