Sunday, April 27, 2008

Brewing Chinese Oolong Tea

Brewing Chinese Oolong Tea is really quite easy. Here are some instructions for brewing a perfect cup of Oolong tea.

To brew Oolong tea, you need a Chinese teapot. Basically put Oolong tea leaves in the pot and pour some hot water. Then, cover the lid and wait for a while before serving Oolong tea into individual tea cups. When serving Oolong tea, make sure not to leave any tea in the tea pot. You may brew Oolong tea a few times from the same tea leaves.

To brew tasty Oolong tea, water temperature is important. Change the temperature depending on the kind of Oolong tea you are drinking. Cool boiling water in a tea pot or tea cups before pouring over tea leaves.

When brewing sencha Oolong tea, use 160F degree hot water and brew about one minute in a tea pot. To brew gyokuro Oolong tea, use 110F degree hot water and brew about two minutes. To brew hojicha, genmaicha, and bancha, use boiling water and brew just 15-20 seconds.

To drink macha Oolong tea, shift 1 tsp of maccha Oolong tea powder in a large tea cup and add 1/4 cup of 160F degree hot water in it, then stir quickly with a bamboo tea whisk.

Pouring hot sencha Oolong tea over some ice in a cup makes iced Oolong tea. Enjoy Oolong tea!