Brewing Tips

Majority of our teas belong to the Oolong tea and black tea family. The flavor and aroma of Oolong tea come from dissolving poly phenol and its substances at a high temperature. Let boiling water cool for 3 to 5 minutes to around 95°C, and you are ready to brew!

For black tea, the brewing water temperature can be slightly higher. Of course, don’t fret about the temperature. Our tea is robust and forgiving, and it can stand up to a high temperature, so relax if your water is really boiling hot, it’s ok, just brew and enjoy.

To Rinse or Not to Rinse?

For all of our Oolong teas – if you want, by all means, rinse away! This means that if you want, you can give the tea leafs a quick dunk in hot water, and pour that water away, before you ever begin to steep the tea. But it’s not really necessary, it is a personal preference. For all of our black teas, rinsing is not necessary.

Rinsing tea has its roots from the Gongfu tea tradition. For Gongfu tea ceremony, we would wash or rinse the tea leaves very quickly. It is done for two purpose, one is to awaken the tea leaves, and the other is so that we rinse away any dust particles and any bitter taste.

How long to let loose tea steep?

It’s really a personal preference. Below is a general guideline:

For our Oolongs and the Honey Red Jade Tea:
First brew: Approximately 2 minutes or less.
2nd & 3rd brew: Approximately 2 to 5 minutes.
4th brews and beyond: Approximately 2 to 5 minutes

For our black teas:
First brew: Approximately 1 to 2 minute
2nd & 3rd brew: Approximately 2 to 3 minutes or less.
4 brews and beyond: Approximately 2 to 5 minutes.

How long to let tea bags steep?

It’s a personal preference. We suggest the following:
First brew: Approximately 2 - 3 minutes. Then take the tea bag out.
2nd brew: 2 to 5 minutes. Then take the tea bag out. 
3rd brew and above: 3 to 5 minutes. And you can leave the tea bag in.

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