Serve the perfect cup of Black Tea

Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.~ Chaim Potok

How you serve your cup of tea is as important as how you brew it. When serving black tea you need to understand its character to experience that absolute enjoyment tea offers. However, taste is an extremely subjective element. You should simply take these suggestions as guide, experiment and find out what works best for you.


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Warm cup

Always pour tea into a warmed cup. Just pour some hot water and swirl around to warm the cup.

Serving special black tea


Special black teas like Pu-Erh, Lapsang Souchong and rare seasonal teas are best served straight. This way you can enjoy the unique and delicate character of the tea.

Serving flavoured black tea

Most flavoured teas are best served straight. But some, like Earl Grey and Ceylon Cinnamon Spice can be served with a twist of lemon or some honey.

Serving light black tea

These are best served straight. High grown teas like Dilmah Nuwara Eliya Pekoe and Single Estate Darjeeling fall into this category.

Serving strong black tea

Rich, full-bodied black teas like Dilmah Meda Watte and Galle District OP1 can be served with warm milk, sugar, honey, a sliver of ginger, fresh mint leaves, a peel of orange or even a twist of lemon.

Serving with milk

You need a rich, full-bodied tea when serving with milk. Supreme Ceylon and Dilmah Yata Watte are good examples of this type of tea. Make sure the milk you add is warm.

Sweetening your tea

If someone likes their tea sweet add some sugar (preferably brown) or a touch of honey to keep it natural. Richer teas work better with sweetening.

Other accompaniments

You can play around with accompaniments based on the flavour of your tea. For instance serve Dilmah Brilliant Breakfast tea with a sliver of ginger, fresh mint leaves or a twist of lemon. Alternately garnish your cup of Dilmah Rose with French Vanilla with fresh rose petals or mint leaves. Don’t be afraid to experiment.