Is it kosher to stir your pot of tea during the brewing process to release the flavour? The answer is definitely yes. Ignore tea snobs who sneer at you for poking a chopstick into the teapot and giving the tea-leaves a good couple of twirls. Gentle agitation of the tea-leaves definitely helps to loosen the flavours and aromas and will definitely lead to a stronger, tastier tea. If you’re using an infuser basket, lift it up and down a few times to achieve a better brew.