Eric Arthur Blair who is better known by the pen name George Orwell is famous for his dystopian novels. His name is synonymous with the dark tales of totalitarian societies that he wrote about to such an extent that the word “Orwellian” is widely used to describe societies where people have been reduced to mere puppets acting on the dictates of a few.
So it was a pleasant surprise to discover a voice clip of George Orwell where he speaks on a matter far removed from his dystopian world. It’s one in which he spells out his recipe for making the perfect cup of tea. His method of tea making may not appeal to everyone one but it sure is worth experimenting .
So here in Orwell’s own words, the way to make the perfect cup of tea.
“All true tea lovers like their tea strong. Six heaped tea spoons should be about right. No strainers or bags to imprison the tea. Actually one can swallow tea leaves in considerable quantities without any ill effect. One should pour the tea into the cup first. This is one of the most controversial points of all but I maintain that by putting the tea in first , one can more precisely regulate the amount of milk that goes in whereas you are liable to put in too much milk if you do it the other way around. Lastly tea should always be drunk without sugar. It would equally be reasonable to put in pepper or salt.”