If it's quick cup of tea for me, then I boil kettle, stick a PG Tips Pyramid tea bag in my favourite stripy mug, add boiling water, slosh it around for a bit, then add milk at the top. My worst failing is to leave the teabag steeping, only to get distracted and come back 10 minutes later to find a lukewarm cup of tea. Doubly annoying since my PG tip teabags are a rationed quantity. The last carrier pidgeon was my Mum at Christmas, but I'm running dangerously low!
Since getting my nice new teapot, I often make myself a pot of darjeeling or English breakfast tea - with proper tea leaves! In which case, the pot needs to be pre-warmed, and then I spoon 2 teaspoons of tea leaves into the handy sock-sieve-thing which sits in the teapot. Set kitchen timer for 4 minutes, wander off, then come back and remove tea leaves. In which case, the milk goes into the stripy mug first, followed by the tea!
I am a devotee of milky tea which is not too strong. At home, my Mum used to call it "baby tea" in disgust! She drinks tea so strong you can stand a spoon in it! My University housemates used to call my tea "ghosty tea"!!
Finally, tea for me is NEVER sugared (unless it's an emergency / shock etc!) and it has to be HOT, HOT, HOT....
How do you take your tea?