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To tea or not to tea 'answered'

To tea or not to tea 'answered'

The ultimate taste in tea,
as it should always be.
There is tea and there is the perfect cup,
make perfect tea? Yes, for all to sup.

Right! Now we can start,
making perfect tea to warm your heart.
Warm your cup and your kettle boil,
no tea-bag yet or you will despoil.

Sugar in your cup to begin,
aye! Sugar or what-ever is your sin.
Next boiling water you may add,
still no tea yet, not one wee tad.

Stir your sugar until dissolved,
your perfect cup is nearly solved.
Now! Only now place your tea-bag,
let it sit there, let it lag.

Leave thirty seconds then jiggle your string,
Straight up and down, no wiggling.
It's up to you how many dumps you do,
the more dumps and the flavor will accrue.

Warm cup, boiling water equals 82 degrees,
The flavor will always be, just the Bee's knees.
Never pour boiling water on any tea-bag,
'cos the flavor will be just blidy, blidy sad.

Now taste your tea minus the 'tannin' shock,
You'll notice the difference, like cheese from chalk.
Many thousand cups of tea I have drank,
Use this recipe and you'll have me to thank.

The Auld Yin.

Copyright © Alex Gardiner | Year Posted 2012


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  1. Date: 1/28/2016 12:26:00 PM

    alex, enjoyed reading your poem, Please keep writing and sharing your poetry. XOX -- LINDA --
  1. Date: 9/9/2015 2:46:00 PM

    Alex, thank you for sharing. A pleasure to read... SKAT
  1. Date: 2/26/2013 2:58:00 AM

    that just makes me love tea more
  1. Date: 11/23/2012 4:49:00 PM

    Can you believe I didn't know this! SO if I use a tea ball DON't pour the boiling water over it! Ahaa THANKS Light & Love
  1. Date: 8/15/2012 2:18:00 AM

    I like tea, but we drink more coffee in Norway. - my must be black with no sugar or cream. - Nicely poem, like it. Have a lovely day Alex. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 7/19/2012 6:47:00 AM

    ooh, no sugar ta! Just going to put the kettle on....K