How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea
Whether a strong tea, light, extra sugar or simple black, every person has their own preference while drinking their perfect cup of tea. But is it that easy to brew one? Here are a few tips that will make this task a breeze.
Known to be more oxidized (a process that turns the leaves darker) than oolong, white and green tea, black tea is known for its strong flavour and brisk texture. Often it can be enjoyed alone, but milk and sweetener can be added if desired.
Temperature: 98 – 100 degree Celsius
Steeping Time: 2 to 3 minutes
Oolong tea is either rolled into long curly leaves or wrap into small beads, each with a tail. Based on its oxidization, the flavour may vary between sweet and fruity liquor with honey aroma, woody and thick with roasted aroma, or green and fresh with floral aroma.
Temperature: 85 – 100 degree Celsius
Steeping Time: 3 minutes
Its Chinese origin backed by considerable health benefits make green tea’s popularity a much deserved one. It goes through low processing and retains antioxidants and minerals. Ranging between a pale to bright lime green in colour, these tea leaves have a mildly grassy flavour with a nutty roasted finish.
Temperature: 70 – 80 degree Celsius
Steeping Time: 45 seconds to 1 minute
Tisane or popularly known as herbal tea, dates back to the ancient Egyptian era. In China, this majestic blend of herbs, spices and tea leaves is known as Liang Cha. With no caffeine content, the infusion has a strong yet bouquet aroma with hints of flavour derived from its mix of chamomile, berries, ginger, fruits, spices and so on.
Temperature: 80 – 110 degree Celsius
Steeping Time: 5 to 6 minutes
A rare infusion, white tea is harvested by hand and made from the first-plucked delicate buds in the month of March and early April. These tea leaves are only available few days a year and brew into a mild flavoured tea with sweet notes of melon or honey. It is primarily harvested in China with minimalistic processing that helps preserve healthy level of antioxidants.
Temperature: 80 – 85 degree Celsius
Steeping Time: 4 to 5 minutes