Every tea is unique. To maximize the subtle flavours and special qualities of each tea you should know and use some simple brewing methods and adapt them to your own taste. Please remember, these are guidelines and not rules - only you can decide the best way for you to brew your tea.
Different types of tea require different temperatures of water - black and purer tea needs boiling water, but this will burn green and white teas - the water for these should be slightly cooler at around 165-185°F (75-85°C), depending on the tea.
Tea has a delicate flavour that can easily be ruined by 'hard' water. Any water that has a 'taste' (and is therefore affected by additives) is not recommended, but this can easily be rectified. Either use spring water with a low mineral content, or simply filter the water (a filter jug is fine).
Warming the pot
Simply pour boiling water into the vessel you are going to use, let it stand for a short while, rinse it around and pour it out. If you're going to the trouble to use water of a correct temperature, it makes sense to keep it at that temperature while the tea brews. Warming the pot prevents the water from cooling too quickly.
Tea Brewing - General Guidelines
|Quantity of Tea||Water Temperature||Steep Time|
|White Tea||250-350ml||2.5 - 3 grams||85-90°C (185-195°F)||4 - 8 minutes|
|Green Tea||250-350ml||3 grams||75-85°C (165-185°F)||1 - 3 minutes|
|Oolong Tea||250-350ml||2.5 - 3 grams||100°C (212°F)||1 - 8 minutes|
|Black Tea||250-350ml||3 grams||100°C (212°F)||3 - 5 minutes|
|Herbal Tea||250-350ml||2.5 - 3 grams||90-95°C (195-205°F)||5 - 8 minutes|
can be refilled
|1 tea ball||100°C (212°F)||8 minutes|
We hope that these guidelines will have helped you enhance your tea experience. But, as we always say, it is really up to you. Only by experimenting with different approaches and formulas will you find your perfect cup of tea. We hope every cup you try will be fragrant, delicious and relaxing!
How to Enjoy Blooming Tea
There are a number of ways to serve and enjoy blooming tea You can serve blooming tea in a long glass or if more than one, a glass teapot may be appropriate.
Steps to make cocktails using Blooming Tea Ball:
- Place a blooming tea ball into a cocktail glass.
- Pour boiled water.
- Let it Bloom and allow tea to infuse (mid strength).
- Pour out the liquid into a separate container leaving the tea flower untouched.
- Let the tea liquid cool down then combine it with the other cocktail ingredients.
- Carefully pour the combined cocktail ingredients back into the cocktail glass containing the tea flower.
- Sit back and enjoy a fantastic visual experience while drinking your fabulous drink.
Iced Blooming Tea is great in summer
- Select a heat resistant glass container.
- Add hot water.
- Place a blooming tea ball into the water and wait for 3-4 min allowing the tea to steep.
- Place the container in the refrigerator for at least one hour.