Bring water to a fast boil in a stainless steel pot. Add whole cloves and let them dance for about 1 minute.
Add peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. Turn heat down, so it is just simmering, cover, and let lightly boil for 45-60 minutes.
Finally, add a black tea bag and boil another 5 min.
If adding milk & honey, do so after adding the tea bag and letting it steep– (or better yet, add milk and honey to individual cups or a small batch. That way you can store the raw tea in the fridge and prepare with milk and honey as you go)
After adding milk and or honey, bring to a boil one last time.
Remove from heat, and let sit for another hour (or overnight). This way, it gets nice and strong, so you can best enjoy this potent spice blend!
Strain and refrigerate.