It's not often I quote Christopher Hitchens, but his Slate article is right on about tea, at least teas of the Indian/Sri Lankan variety. Tea goes first, then hot water. As per Orwell. So much bad tea abounds.
Incidentally, best tea I had in 2010 was at Crema Cafe in Cambridge, Mass. Disclaimer: I didn't go back to Tea Luxe.
a little late but nevertheless, happy new year!