I drink tea all the time while camping, sailing, cross country skiing or anything else outdoor. It is truly one of my greatest pleasures in life. I've tried every method there is and the best I've found by far is to just go grandpa style.
- thermos of boiling hot water - I prefer stainless lined thermos, glass always breaks on me.
- Favorite camping mug - mine is a beat up old REI plastic insulated one.
- good tea leaves
How you do this:
- throw some leaves in mug
- pour hot water on them
- drink when you feel like it, just let the leaves sit in there and filter them with your lip when you drink to keep them in.
- repeat 2 and 3 over and over
You need to use less leaves than if you were doing gong fu in a gaiwan or pot, depends a lot on the tea of course. Some teas only need a couple of leaves to produce a fine brew again and again this way. Feel free to add leaves or remove them in the middle of brewing to adjust. The idea is for the tea to taste good always without ever paying attention to how long they are sitting or how hot the water is, etc. Instead of a thermos I actually have a jetboil stove
, but the process is essentially the same with the additional capability to make more boiling hot water quickly.
Simple is best. Try this a couple times and you may rarely ever gong fu again even at home.
My cross country ski backpack has this equipment in it at all times along with a couple teas. Favorites for this style are:
Roasted Dong Ding
Yentcha (DHP or RG)
To give you an idea of what kind of teas work well with this approach - right now in my backpack I have FLT 303 roasted Dong Ding (higher grade counterpart to the highly popular traditional roast DD from last year), Old grumpys alishan from 2008 (yes I still have some. heheh), a 7 cups yentcha (2008 Tie Luo Han), and a flavorful Nangang/Shiding Baozhong which really holds up well to this kind of brewing. Generally I go with higher quality oolongs, as they work really well with grandpa style.