Brewing Oolong Tea
What is Oolong Tea?
Oolong tea is a type of partially oxidized tea made from leaves harvested from the Camellia sinensis tea plant. It is renowned for its unique flavor that ranges between green and black tea.
How to Brew Oolong Tea
Brewing oolong tea is a simple, yet mindful, process. Here are the steps:
- Gather the Supplies: You’ll need oolong tea leaves, filtered water, and a tea pot or cup.
- Heat the Water: Boil filtered water and let it cool for a few minutes. The ideal temperature for brewing oolong tea is between 185-205°F (85-95°C).
- Measure and Add the Leaves: For every 8 ounces (237 ml) of water, use 1 teaspoon (2 grams) of oolong tea leaves.
- Brew the Tea: Pour the hot water over the leaves and steep for 2-4 minutes. The longer you steep, the stronger the flavor.
- Strain and Enjoy: Strain the tea leaves from the liquid and enjoy your warm cup of oolong.
How Long Should I Brew Oolong Tea?
The ideal steeping time for most oolong teas is 2-4 minutes. This will produce a light and refreshing cup with nuanced flavor and aroma. Depending on the type of oolong, you can steep it for up to 5 minutes for a more full-bodied and robust cup. Over-steeping oolong tea can result in a bitter and astringent cup, so it’s best to stick to the shorter time range.