I hope you've had a good weekend!
Hiiii Tea Tuesday bloggers!!
Well, as promised, a mini tutorial on the traditional process of brewing chinese tea.
In chinese tea drinking, the emphasis is on the tea rather than the process which is designed to draw out the drink's finest nuances, to be savoured over a good conversation amongst friends..
The process I'm sharing today may vary a little when using other types of tea leaves but here are the fundamental steps.
( PS: I'm no tea master ;)
but I love this process for what it does to a good cuppa)
I've had the priviledge of learning this process from Mr Vincent Low who runs a tea shop in Singapore.
(I couldn't find a link to his shop but he does have a wonderful shop selling good quality tea).
I've labeled the various utensils required in the picture above and I'll be using these terms for the description.
Today's tea is white tea which comes from the
silver buds of the tea plant and it has minimal processing, hence its tremendous health benefits.
Hot boiling water is first poured onto the utensils to warm them.
the water is then poured away into the "tea sea".
Carefully place the tea leaves into the miniature teapot, about one third full.
Pour hot water into the teapot until it overflows.
Place the lid on, and continue to pour hot water over the teapot, so as to maintain the temperature or rather to keep it hot.
Let it sit for about two minutes, and then the first brew is poured into the pouring pitcher,
the smelling cup and the tea cups.
This will allow the flavor of the tea to penetrate the tea cups and the pouring pitcher.
The first brew is to be discarded.
This is a picture showing the tea leaves after the first brew
(my apologies as it's a distance away to see it clear enough ;) ) .
The tea leaves are softened by the process,
which helps to release the nutrients from the tea leaves.
Pour hot water into the teapot and outside the teapot again and let it sit for another minute or so.
Pour the tea into the smelling cups not by filling one cup at a time but
by passing the tea over each cup so they fill equally.
Pour the tea from the smelling cup into the tea cup, take a whiff into the smelling cup
and slowly sip in the tea.
Excess tea is drained into the pouring pitcher which fits the teapot nicely
so there is no need for a strainer.
This miniature teapot is good for making 14 cups of flavorful tea ie 7 cups for each person.
I wish you could join me for tea.... :))
Happy Tea Tuesday!