" tea time." We sat outside and enjoyed biscuits and tea. My friend drinks hers with milk, which is very British. I prefer mine black. As you have probably heard, tea is a great source of antioxidants. Steeping either green or black tea for about five minutes releases over 80 percent of its catechins. Hot tea is very soothing. However, be careful not to drink it too hot. Some studies link that to oesophagus cancer. This time of year, most of us prefer to drink iced tea. Well, the instant stuff contains only trace amounts of catechins. We would be wise to brew our own tea, let it cool and then serve it over ice.