For a pot
Water quality is extremely important and will affect the taste of the tea. If possible try to use filtered or bottled water.
*If you have time warm the tea pot by rinsing it with hot water before putting in the tea. It will help brewing high-grade teas to perfection. Better quality teas means you actually have to pay more attention in brewing it.
For a cup
The best way to make a cup of tea is to use a single-cup infuser. This is the kind that fits right into cup and has more room, unlike a tea ball or a bag, for the leaves to unfurl and expand.
Depending on your preference, you may add or lessen the amount of tea and vary the steeping times. With most Darjeeling tea you can start with a 3 minutes steep; extend to see if it makes the cup better.
White tea can be brewed for up to seven minutes. Some teas can be steeped for a second round but need to be brewed longer.
One pound (500 g) yields approximately 200 cups of tea.