I tend to follow the individual tea company’s recommendations when it comes to the steeping style, the amount of tea, temperature, and time. I drink my teas hot without any additives, such as milk or sugar, unless it is strongly recommended by the company to do so.
Depending on what the company recommends, I will use the suggested teaware and method of brewing when reviewing teas.
With white, yellow, and green teas, I err on the side of caution and go with the lower recommended steep time from the company. However, with other teas, I will steep closer to the middle recommended time.
I use local tap water that I filter through a charcoal filtration system.