I wonder, if there are some more tea lovers on this forum and how THEY do prepare tea. Do you have special habits, times, devices etc.? I'm talking of Camellia sinensis-leaves, only and NOT of infusions from any other herb, flower, tree, shrub or whatever. I'm entirely puristic on that topic. No additional spices or flavours. Call me a pigheaded mule and I'll agree.
I drink one pot = 3 pints = 1.7 l of black tea every morning since more than two decades. I heat up 1.7 l of chalk-free*) tap water, which is exactly the capacity of the kettle. I hang a stainless-steel mesh into a 1.7-l-pot (an old German coffee pot from the 60's) and put either 4 spoonful of Darjeeling Second Flush, Assam or 6 spoonful of Azores black tea "Pekoe". The weight of the leaves is approximately the same, but the volume is different. The dried Azorean leaves are bigger, that's why the same amount needs more space. The plantation and factory, by the way, is right around the corner, 10 minutes to go by car. I've heard a rumour that they started first experiments to make Oolong...I'm agog to try it!
The timer will be set to 3 minutes, I start it and pour boiling water over the leaves. As soon as it beeps, I take the mesh out. The leaves go to the compost pile.
Thereafter, I'll fill a 0,6 l cup (one of those french cups into which you can entirely drop a croissant) with tea and sit outside with a book, the cup, reading glasses and the pot for at least one hour. If there's rain, I occupy the living room's sofa. No sugar, milk or any other additives, no eating, no talking, just reading and hearing the birds. In former times, when I still had to work in an office, I used to watch TV news while waiting for the tea to cool down. I even got up an hour earlier to have enough time for my tea. Now I get up when I wake up and simply don't do anything else before I've finished my daily tea celebration.
I sometimes like green tea in the afternoon as well, but usu. only one liter. It's - of course - Azorean green tea. It tastes similar to Bencha. The water has to cool down for 7 minutes after boiling, 3 minutes steeping time. I use refillable teabags instead of the mesh, because the second brew on the next day will even be better than the first one. Green tea is always accompanied by cakes or cookies. I like espresso as well after lunch and in the afternoon (= plus cake or cookies), but always without sugar, milk or anything else in it.
*) when I once lived in Munich, Germany I filtered the water. Now, on the Azores, there's no chalk at all, because the islands are simply too young for that stuff.