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Tea Brewing Instructions

Tea Brewing Instructions

We offer a wide range of teas from all around the world.

Hence, understandably, it is a little difficult to remember the brewing methods and temperature.

Because of that, we have prepared a Tea Lovers Handbook to help you get started on your tea journey. These are some of the tips from the Handbook.

1. Black Teas

Black Tea is one of the most commonly drank tea. It is more oxidized than the other types of teas. Some of the most renowned black teas are Earl Grey Tea, English Breakfast Tea, Darjeeling Tea and various others.

Brewing Time: 3 to 4 minutes

Brewing Temperature: 100° C

– Read 3 Black Tea Pairing tips for Beginner

2. Green Teas

Tea farmers steam freshly harvested tea leaves to make green teas. As compared to other fermented teas, it contains more antioxidants and minimal oxidation.

Ancient Japanese textbooks have recommended it, e.g. to improve concentration. In addition, today, its healing powers are the subject of much scientific research.

Brewing Time: 2-3 minutes

Brewing Temperature: 80° C

Read more: 3 Green Tea Pairing Tips for Beginner

Read more: Green Tea 101

3. Oolong Teas

Oolong is a semi-fermented tea produced in China through a unique process of withering and oxidation prior to curling and twisting. Its secret lies in the fermentation of the leaf’s outer edges, while the heart of the leaf remains unfermented. In fact, the extent of oxidation of the teas will produce very different taste and aroma.

Oolong tea is very popular among the Chinese community in south China and Southeast Asia. Indeed, some of the most famous Oolong teas are such as Tie Kuan Yin and Da Hong Pao.

Brewing Time: 1 to 2 minutes

Brewing Temperature: 80° C

Read more: 2 Oolong Tea Pairing Tips for Beginner

4. Herbal and Fruit Teas

Generally, there are many types of herbs and it is non-caffeinated. In fact, ancient civilisations have treasured and recommended herbal teas for their beneficial effects on the nerves and internal organs.

On the other hand, the basic ingredients of fruit tea are apple, hibiscus and rose hip. A tea master can mix herbs or fruit teas with different types of teas to create a fun and fruity tea blend. However, in recent times, more types of ingredients have been used to create exciting new flavours.


Brewing Time: 4 to 5 minutes

Brewing Temperature: 100° C

5. Matcha

Matcha is a Japanese green powdered tea that is harvested from shade-grown tea leaves which are high in chlorophyll levels. Therefore, it has a complex and rich taste with smooth finishing. We do highly recommended it for its tremendous health benefits.

Brewing Time: 1 to 2 minutes

Brewing Temperature: 80° C

Read more: Matcha 101

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Do you find oolong tea too complicated?

We explored tea pairing of green tea & black tea – but now, we want to guide you on how to perfectly pair oolong tea!

Remember, an important key in tea pairing is that they should complement, and not override each other. 

Oolong tea has beautifully complex notes, which make it perfect for pairing with a diverse range of foods. If you are at a buffet, and have a wide variety of foods to taste and sample, oolong would be your best bet.

 

1. Lighter Oolong Tea

Lighter and greener oolongs are fragrant, slightly sweet and floral-aromatic. It is lightly oxidized and smooth in texture so they tend to go well with lobster, scallop and other sweet-rich foods.

For something a little more adventurous, pair with light salty/savory snacks! The sweet and salty contrast will be such a delight.

e.g. Jade Tie Guan Yin, Dong Ding Oolong

2. Darker Oolong Tea

Darker oolong teas are more prominent in flavor and robust in taste so it will compliment stronger foods like grilled dishes and smoked meats. Notable examples are such as duck meat, smoked salmon and ham.

Dark oolongs can also be paired with sweet maple desserts.

e.g. Ai Jiao OolongTraditionally Roasted Tie Guan Yin

There are various types of oolong, but generally, it will be quite smoky and complex and therefore pair well with smoked meats, herby meals and fruity desserts. Hope these tips help you to serve the right teas to your dinner guests confidently!

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