Many people who choose a whistling kettle do so because it fits the aesthetics of their kitchen. The classic shapes and funky colours make them suitable for a number of décor schemes.
In practical terms, they work on all kind of hobs, from induction to gas which, in the case of the latter makes it easy to get your essential cuppa even during a power cut. However what most people really love about a retro kettle is the romantic sound of an earlier and simpler era.
The whistling kettle special sound
This kind of retro whistling kettle alerts you to the fact that water has reached a boil by emitting a shrill sound caused by steam passing through a whistle at the end of the spout. The concept has been around for a long time, originally as a very narrow spout. As man grew more sophisticated metal inserts were added to the spout to create louder and more musical tone. The sound of the whistle now is determined by the size, length and shape of the spout. The longer the spout, the louder the whistle, while a lower tone is achieved through a larger escape hole for the steam. Different shaped whistles create further variation in tone.
That nostalgic whistle indicating a cup of tea or coffee is on the way is so comforting that some modern electric kettles are furnished with a simulated whistling sound even with an automatic shut off.
A whistling kettle for a perfect cup of tea
Tea purists maintain that the perfect cup of tea requires a high quality loose leaf tea, although good quality bagged versions can be impressive. Store the tea in an airtight container and at room temperature for best results and measure quantities carefully; each standard cup needs exactly one rounded teaspoon of loose leaf tea.
The next most important factor is the water, which must be freshly drawn for each brew. Well oxygenated water draws the best flavour out of the tea and reboiled water has reduced levels of oxygen. Filtered water also makes a noticeable difference to the end result.
Finally, brew carefully. Warm the teapot and pour the water just before it reaches full boiling point. Brew for at least six minutes before pouring into an empty cup, adding milk or sugar, if required, after.
Tea may be the staple beverage in Britain, but for a twist on the classic try it black (without milk), with a squeeze of lemon, or iced for a refreshing summer treat.