Being that the weather has changed and I have officially switched from iced tea to it's warmer version, I thought it might be a good time to post some pointers on how to make a great cup of tea. There are a few items you may want to have on hand. Obviously, a tea pot is nice but not absolutely essential. If you do opt for a sweet little tea pot, you may want to have a "tea cozy" as well. This will keep your pot warmer for a little longer. I have several infusers. My favorite is a fine mesh basket. These come in many different sizes and can be placed in a tea pot or an individual tea cup. I also have a couple of different tea ball infusers. These too can be found in a variety of different sizes. These typically will have a little chain on them for hanging into either a pot or cup. Do a little experimenting and you will quickly find which infuser(s) you prefer.
Many tea aficionados are passionate about the details: What kind of clay went into the teapot, what time of year were the tea leaves picked, what exact temperature is the water? Others simply enjoy a great pot when a friend stops by. Whatever your preference, try these ideas to bring out the best flavors in your tea.