HOW TO MAKE OOLONG TEA
Oolong tea is one of the best teas with delicate taste. However, how to quickly brew one cup of tea ensure a non-bitter. If you are interested in learning more, research the Chinese tea ceremony or follow these steps
- Choose your tea set.
For most tea drinkers, a ceramic teapot and cup will provide a good experience. Alternatively, you can put an infuser in your cup and brew a single serving directly. You can use any infuser, but a large cup-shaped insert works well as it allows the leaves to expand.
2. Put loose leaf tea into your cup or teapot.
The best tea is rarely sold in bags, so it’s best to look for a loose leaf Oolong, of which there are many varieties. The amount you use depends on personal preference. To start out, try the following amount of tea for every 180 mL (6 ounces) water:
- If the leaves are rolled into balls, put in 2 tsp (10 mL).
- If the leaves are rolled into wiry strips, put in 1¼ to 2 Tbsp (18–30 mL).
- If the leaves look mostly whole or broken, put in 1 to 2 Tbsp (15–30 mL).
- If you have a kitchen scale, you can measure out 2-3 grams of tea regardless of appearance.
3. Fill a kettle with water.
Filtered water is usually a good option, while some tea drinkers prefer distilled. You can try it with regular tap water, but chlorine or other impurities and additives can impair the taste of the tea.
4. Heat water to 185–205ºF (85–96ºC).
This temperature is ideal for brewing Oolong without breaking down its fragile aromatic chemicals.
If your kettle does not have a temperature control, watch the surface of the water and remove it from heat when you see “ropes of pearls,” or streams of large bubbles rising to the water surface. As a general rule, Oolongs with lighter colored leaves work better with water at the low end of this range, when the bubbles are smaller but still forming ropes.
5. Rinse the tea with a little hot water.
Pour a tiny bit of hot water onto your leaves, and immediately pour it down the drain without losing any leaves. (This is easy with an infuser: just let the water drain through.) This rinse opens up the cellular structure of the tea leaves, and washes away any impurities.
6. Enjoy the tea.
Appreciate the aroma and bright color of the tea, then sip away. If you find the taste is too powerful, use fewer leaves or a shorter steeping time on your next cup. If the tea is too watery for your tastes, use more leaves or a longer steeping time.