Oolong Tea as a loose leaf is a diverse and appealing beverage. You don't have to eat Chinese food to enjoy this tea. With its many different flavors it's a refreshing drink that will satisfy any thirst, all on its own. Try it hot or served over ice.
With a little help from your tea merchant in choosing the right Oolong Tea, along with a few brewing tips you will be on your way to enjoying a cup.
Basic tips for brewing tea in loose leaf form. Check these out if you are not familiar with basic brewing techniques.
180 - 200 F
82 - 93 C
Here is a description of what the water should look like at this temperature.
You will know the water is ready when you see large lazy bubbles begin to break the water surface.
Steeping time should range from 90 seconds to 2 minutes. Just make sure you do not pour boiling water over the leaves, they are tender and will scald. Avoid this by pouring the water down the side of your brewing vessel to temper the leaves.
If the Oolong tea does not turn out to your liking the first time rebrew and adjust you steeping time.
Remember to truly enjoy a cup of Oolong tea steep the leaves according to you personal taste.
A few important tips regarding brewing Oolong Tea
When rein fusing Oolongs loose leaf tea, the water needs to be at the top end of the temperature - no more.
Oolong tea as loose leaf tea can be rein fused up to 6 times or more, this is due to the large mature leaf use in processing this tea. When brewing multiple times, keep the brewing times short- from 90 seconds to no more than 2 minutes tops.
Cover the Oolong tea leaves while brewing. This will help to unfurl the leaves allowing them to release their aroma and flavor.
Each time you rein fuse the Oolong tea leaves there will be different layers of flavors, so set back and enjoy each cup.
One more thing if you would like to rein fuse at a later time, just place the tea leaves into the Fridge. Just make sure to use them soon.
Remember...Brewing tea is not rocket science. Just follow a few basic steps and you are on your way to enjoying the world of Oolong Loose Leaf Tea.
Oolong Tea - Loose Leaf
The best way to brew a cup of oolong it in a Press Pot, so the leaves can expand releasing their wonderful brew. There are many to choose from, just remember the leaves will get large. So buy a large one.
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