Friday, June 26, 2020

The way of making tea: old teapot to brew, tender cup to make

Different varieties of tea are different in brewing. The senior tea artist told the editor a little trick, that is, "the old teapot brews and the tender cups are washed." This old tea refers to oolong tea, black tea, etc. It is best to use relatively tender utensils, such as a teapot. The new tea generally refers to the delicate and famous green tea. It is brewed with relatively hard utensils such as glass cups. It will not "braise" the delicate bud leaves and produce a "cooked soup" taste. Taste can be better maintained and displayed.

The control of the temperature of brewed tea is also different from tea to tea. High-grade green tea, especially famous teas with various buds and leaves (green teas), can't be brewed with boiling water at 100℃, generally about 70~80℃. The more tender and green the tea, the lower the brewing water temperature, so the tea soup brewed must be green and bright, the taste is fresh, and the vitamin C of the tea is less damaged.

At high temperatures, tea soup tends to turn yellow and taste bitter (caffeine in tea is easily leached), and vitamin C is destroyed in large quantities. To drink all kinds of flower tea, black tea and low-grade green tea, you need to brew with 100 ℃ boiling water. If the water temperature is low, the permeability is poor, the active ingredients in the tea are less leached, and the tea taste is light. To drink oolong tea, puer tea and scented tea, the amount of tea used each time is more, and the tea leaves are older, you must use 100 ℃ boiling water to brew.

Sometimes, in order to maintain and increase the temperature of the water, the tea set must be scalded with boiling water before brewing, and after the brewing, pour water outside the pot. In addition, for tight-packed teas like Tieguanyin, it is best to wash the tea with hot water first so that the teas can fully unwind.

Making tea itself is a gradual proficiency process, practice more, and the experience summed up by yourself will be more suitable for your taste.

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