Tea is a huge world
placed in a small cup.
Brewing tea is a whole art, with its subtleties and secrets. Paradoxical as it may seem, few are able to do this. Usually this procedure does not pay much attention – threw tea, poured boiling water and everything, after a couple of minutes you can drink. But in vain – the taste of tea is fully disclosed only if certain conditions are met. We decided to comprehend the art of brewing tea, which we will tell you about now.
After studying various sources, both print and electronic, we identified 4 main factors affecting the taste of tea. Now, first things first.
This is what affects the taste of tea the most. Once, while traveling to visit relatives in the depths of Russia, we were lucky enough to taste incredibly delicious tea. Ordinary green tea, brewed in an absolutely unremarkable teapot, but with such a bright unusual taste, which we honestly did not expect from him at all. The secret was simple – tea was brewed in pure water from a local well with a depth of 700-800 meters. After that tea, even the most elite variety from a local tea restaurant will seem like empty water. Therefore, for brewing tea, use only purified water. It is impossible to find spring water in the city, but it will be quite enough for you to buy water from sources in the store. The ideal water for tea is one that you can and enjoy drinking raw.
Be sure to brew tea with water that boiled only once. “Heavy water”, boiled many times, will have a detrimental effect on the tea taste and aroma. It is better to heat the water on the stove, since the sensors of electric kettles sometimes fail, and the water boils longer than necessary.
Grade of tea
Now there are a huge number of varieties of tea, each of which has a unique taste and aroma. Everyone has different preferences, so the main thing when buying tea is to pay attention to the following:
– leaves must be fresh and of good quality
– tea is stored no more than 1.5 years, so look at the expiration date
It is believed that teapots made from Yixing clay are best suited for brewing. But there is one drawback in them – they “remember” the taste of tea, absorb the aromas, so you can only brew one variety in them, otherwise the tastes will mix and it will not taste good.
Glass or transparent teapots for brewing are very popular – you can watch the mystical and bewitching process of how tea leaves slowly open.
And in porcelain teapots, the taste of tea is always revealed in the best possible way, no matter what.
Firstly, before brewing tea, warm the brewing vessel – rinse with boiling water. If you do not, then the kettle will take heat to itself.
Secondly, each tea has its own optimum temperature.
Here are the main ones:
- Puer should be brewed with boiling water, it is fatal for all other teas.
- Black tea – 95 ° C, this temperature becomes water a minute after boiling.
- 85-95 ° С are optimal for oolongs, 75-85 ° С for white tea and about 70 ° С for green tea, in this case you need to wait 2-3 minutes.
But the most important thing in this matter is to enjoy the process itself, and then slowly enjoy the taste of tea, inhale its aroma, look for its hidden notes.