Here I will give you a basic guide for brewing oolong tea. The brewing time, amount of tea leaves and water temperature I provide here are just for reference. When you gain enough experience of brewing oolong tea, you will have you own style. Remember that if the tea tastes right to you, then it is right.
Usually, I brew oolong tea via three ways. When I am in the office, I always use Piao Teapot to brew my tea. It is a convenient tool to share tea with 1-4 friends. This teapot makes tea preparation much easier and more quickly. If you are a tea beginner, I strongly recommend you to brew tea with this teapot. You may get your delicious tea ready with easy three steps, following is a guide for brewing oolong tea with Piao Teapot
You may find the above teapot, also the teapot I am using now, in my oolong store. It is $25.95 at the moment, cheaper and better than the piao teapot that is selling on Amazon now, what’s more, you may enjoy free shipping if you buy now.
The most complicated way of brewing is preparing your tea with complete Kung Fu tea sets. For Chinese, it is not only a way for brewing tea, but also an art and a type of lifestyle. It is such a pleasure to share thoughts, stress and all other things while fully enjoying nice teas. In a word, it is a way to deep understand the Chinese tea culture and also the best way to relieve stress.
Here I will introduce how to brew the tea in Kung Fu style
1. Wash tea set: Use boiled water (around 100°C) wash tea set.
2. Put tea into Gaiwan: Put a bag (7g) of oolong tea into the Gaiwan.
Put the boiled water into Gaiwan to rinse tea, making the tea leaves loose and open
Pour the tea into tea cups and then pour way the water.
3. Add boiled water into Gaiwan and let it sit for about 50 seconds.
Pour the tea into Gongdao Mug.
Pour the tea into each cup.
Note: Gradually shorten the time for your 2nd, 3rd and 4th steepings. After that, increase the time for your each following steeping. By doing that, you may continue enjoying your tasty cups of tea.
However, when I am alone to appreciate teas, I like to use Gaiwan to prepare my tea as it is simple and it is also a way to practice the skill of brewing teas. I have to remind you that it is suitable for 1-2 people and when you use it, be more careful as it is easy to burn your fingers.
If you do not have any tea sets, just find some covered teacups instead of them. If there is anything I can help, please let me know.