There's many ways to brew your favorite selection of tea and premium oolong tea from Taiwan is no exception. Although more meticulous ways of traditional brewing will coax more infusions of flavor from the tea, it's not always an effective option and isn't at all required. Timing, water temp are all suggestions as each person has a different preference with how they like their tea. There isn't one correct way so we leave the experimenting up to you and we'll will try to provide some guidelines. It's not rocket science and being overly-fancy with brewing isn't going to make bad tea great. Read on:
If you've let the tea brew for too long and it's bitter, you can add hot water to dilute it and correct the taste. This works in the case of a premium whole leaf tea so don't toss out the pot if you've let it sit for too long. Does the tea taste boring or flavorless? Work on your tea to water ratio by adding more tea. Generally, the more tea there is, the quicker the brewing time. The less tea, the longer the brewing time. It's easy to fix a brew that's too strong but a brew that's too light will end up wasting the tea leaves, so start heavier and go from there.
Rule of Thumb Suggestions
1) Try and use a quality spring or filtered water - no need to ruin the taste with chlorinated, mineral filled tap water. This is most important when dealing with the low oxidized green teas as the flavors are quite delicate.
2) Use a glass, ceramic or porcelain brewing vessel - do not use plastic, metal or insulated containers to steep the tea.
3) Water should be slightly below boiling point. Eyeing it is as easy as taking the water off the heat as soon as the large bubbles start to form and before a rolling boil. We're looking to open up the balls of tea on the initial flush.
4) Cover the bottom of the brewing cup/pot with tea leaves is a good place to start (in the case of ball teas). If all you have is a coffee mug, that works too!
5) Cleaning premium tea by rinsing and tossing out the first flush isn't necessary. We don't recommend it with our collections.
5) Don't over complicate it, practice and have fun. Each different tea with have slightly different optimal brewing techniques for your preference.