One morning as I stood staring at the wall waiting for my tea to brew, I thought to myself, ‘just how is this tea so good?’. I resolved at that moment to find out.
I recently stumbled across George Orwell’s 1946 gem of an essay, A Nice Cup of Tea. It’s not surprising that as ‘the 20th century’s best chronicler of English culture’*, Orwell had some strong opinions about this quintessentially English institution.
In his short, humorous essay, George Orwell lists 11 inviolable rules one must follow to create the perfect cup of tea. For the most part, his dogma stands the test of time. But, there are a couple of points that are less ‘golden’ and, in my view, quite simply wrong.
George and I go head to head on what does, or does not, create the perfect cuppa.