1950's recipe for tea essence to make it easy to serve tea to a crowd. This recipe makes 4 cups of tea essence which can be used to make 64 cups of tea. You could also use it to make fresh tasting iced tea.
Put tea in pot. Pour 4 c of freshly boiling water over the tea leaves.
Steep for 6 minutes.
Strain and refridgerate.
To use, put 1/2 to 3/4 cup of tea essence in an 8 cup teapot and fill the pot with fresh boiling water. Vary the anount of essence to get desired strength.
If using tea bags, rip open the bags and use the contents. Squeezing 16 tea bags into a 4 cup volume does not give enough circulation space to properly steep the tea. As tea bag contents are usually pretty fine, you should strain this through a coffee filter.