I’ve always been passionate about ‘Tea’ and it was apparently quite apparent to my friends from the middle kingdom. So, here are the different teas that our friends from China got us. I was told a lot of these are from the Fujian / Zhang Fu province, the home of authentic (high-altitude) Chinese teas.
The image above shows the varieties of tea that we received – mostly samples. Also, notice the Bone China tea pot that we had at home already – interestingly, either Porcelain or Bone China go best with Chinese Tea.
Here is a low-down on how to prepare Chinese tea, the ‘authentic’ way.
STEP 1: Choose the tea that suits your mood.. and wash your Teapot (Either Porcelain or Bone China work best), this is a Bone China tea pot..In this case, we chose a variant of Chinese Green Tea, among the options we had
STEP 2: First pour the leaves in the Tea-pot and rinse with warm water for 30 seconds. Then let the water flow out from the mouth of the teapot.. This is just to wash the tea leaves.
STEP 3: Pour hot water into the tea-pot and let it brew for 2 minutes (in case of Green Tea), the time can be more or less in case the tea is Red, Oolong or Jasmine. <You will notice bubbles forming at the surface and the sides as the tea brews>
STEP 4: After exactly 2 mins, pour the tea into a tea-cup and sip it. Unfortunately, the picture can’t capture the aroma and taste, but it is nothing like we’ve tasted before.
And these are how the tea leaves look – BEFORE and AFTER being brewed respectively.
NOTE: A set of tea leaves can be brewed multiple times – So what it basically means is once you empty the tea into a cup or a glass for drinking, let the tea leaves remain in the pot. After a while, you could again pour hot water into the tea pot and let it brew for sometime, before pouring out the contents into a cup again and sipping your tea.
A couple of points to remember here:
- As you brew the same leaves, at each successive brew, increase the time by a small margin. For example, the first time, brew it for 1 minutes, 2nd time brew it for 2 minutes, and so on. Exact time specs depend upon the kind of tea, texture and quantity of water, etc.
- You can brew the same leaves upto a maximum of 3 times (after which the essence/flavour begins to diminish), but remember to not keep the leaves overnight. Empty your tea-pot even if some precious leaves get wasted.
Hope you enjoyed the post. Let me leave you with images of how Green Tea leaves looked BEFORE being brewed and AFTER – see how they blossom and open up!