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Just had a cup of White Peony tea, brewed using my new utiliTEA tea kettle in the IngenuiTEA brewer. The tea kettle brings the water to a pre-set temperature and then cuts off, so it’s very good for the lower (non-boiling) water temperatures required by, for example, white, green, and oolong teas. You can google “tea brewing temperatures” and find information such as this:

These steeping times are only approximate, and you should adjust them depending on your own personal tea taste.

Black tea – Black is the most robust of the tea varieties and can be brewed in truly boiling water, usually steeped for 4-6 minutes. [I've also read that Black tea should be brewed with water just under boiling, with Pu-erh teas brewed with water at the full boil. - LG]

Oolong tea – As to be expected, oolong tea falls between green and black. The best temperature is around 190F. But oolong should be steeped longer than black tea, for around 5-8 minutes.

Green tea – You will need to be more gentle with your green teas. The water temperature should be around 150-160F and only steeped for 2-4 minutes.

White tea – Another delicate tea that should be treated gently. Water can be a bit warmer than for green tea, at 180F. You should let it steep longer though. At least 4-6 minutes.

Rooibos tea – This red herbal tea from South Africa is very hardy stuff and should be prepared with fully boiling water, just like black tea.

I brewed the White Peony for 6 minutes, then had the cup: fantastically delicious, with a definite peach flavor. Great stuff. Later, I heated up more water, poured it over the leaves from the first cup, and brewed a second cup from the same leaves—6 minutes again, and equally delicious. The “cup” in this case was actually a pint.

Written by LeisureGuy

27 December 2007 at 11:10 am

Posted in Caffeine, Daily life

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  1. Formosa oolong is a favorite. I’ve bought many times from Adagio, but still favor specialteas.com. Their Tung Ting Oolong is spectacular.

    garfinkel

    27 December 2007 at 3:36 pm

  2. Well, I’ll just give it a go right now. It’s this one, right? I’m surprised that they suggest brewing it with boiling water. Oolongs are normally brewed with water around 190 degrees—and for longer than they recommend.

    LeisureGuy

    27 December 2007 at 3:39 pm

  3. i brewed wuyi oolong at 100 degree and the tie guan yin less than that..my fav wuyi oolong is from http://www.teacuppa.com they have the best out there..

    Full disclosure: I work for teacuppa.com

    lisahicks

    27 December 2007 at 6:57 pm

  4. I assume 100 degrees C?

    LeisureGuy

    27 December 2007 at 7:03 pm

  5. Yes, that’s the one.

    They probably say boiling water because its only in there for 1-2 mins. However, I’m lazy sometimes, so just use our Tiger Airpot Kettle, which is always on, and always full, and always set to 190. It’s a useful kitchen item, and you will one in every home in Japan.

    My wife is Japanese. Been to Tokyo many times. Obviously, you can find an amazing selection of tea there. Hard to explain, but they have department stores at the train stop hubs. The basement of the one we go to in Ikkebukuro is all foods. Amazing stuff. Pastries, teas, meats, sushi grade fish… you name it. It is overwhelming. It also makes me depressed when I get back to the states, and walk through supermarket aisles of refined sugars and flours that we call “food.”

    Anyway, a little off topic. For green, try Gyokkuro. Specialteas.com probably carries it, but I am sure most of the finer online tea-tailers do.

    Full disclosure: I do not work for any tea company. :)

    garfinkel

    28 December 2007 at 10:55 am

  6. My younger daughter uses one of these Zojirushi hot water dispensers, which sounds very like the Tiger Airport Kettle.

    Full disclosure: I do not work for anyone. :)

    LeisureGuy

    28 December 2007 at 11:10 am

  7. Zojirushi. Tiger. Hot water. Same thing. A very convenient kitchen item.

    Not only good for tea, but… sake and shochu. While it is true that inferior sake is best heated, good sake is also a treat when warmed and imbued during the cold months. But, I’v even take this further. When in the mood, I will splash some heated water into rum, and other non-Asian libations.

    garfinkel

    28 December 2007 at 10:01 pm


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