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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, June 2021, My Butler Julius

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by Julius Smith


I have been asked whilst serving afternoon tea, if there is any difference between using a porcelain tea pot and a silver one. The obvious answer is price; however, the complete answer is a little more complicated than that: Traditionally, tea was sourced from two countries—China and India.

Tea from China is more delicate and so is better suited to porcelain pots, as these are flavor-neutral and do not alter the taste, colour, or bouquet of the tea.

With regard to silver teapots, the minerals in the metal react with the water and, over time, people found it enhanced the flavour of the more robust black teas that came from India.

Today, especially with the advent of tisanes, we see glass teapots in use, which also work well for herbal and delicate white or green teas from China.

Whichever tea pot you decide to use, make sure it is well maintained and it will provide service for many years to come.

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