How would you brew this tea?

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How would you brew this tea?

Postby trent » Apr 20th, '08, 22:52

http://www.rishi-tea.com/store/product.php?productid=5093&cat=4&page=1

Rishi's site says 1 tbs / 8oz for 5-6 min @ 180f, but I just wanted to see what you guys thought. 5-6 minutes seems a little long to me, and there are ALOT of different ways you can fit tealeaves onto a tablespoon.

I was thinking of filling a gaiwan between 1/3 and 1/2 of the way w/ leaves, then brewing for 4 min @ 180.

Would you recommend I do anything different?
(by the way, I don't have a scale)

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Postby Salsero » Apr 20th, '08, 23:24

I have never had this tea before, but for a green Rishi's time seems way long to me and 1/3 to 1/2 a gaiwan sounds like too much also. These parameters may apply to other teas but not greens. IMHO.

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Postby trent » Apr 21st, '08, 00:16

Would a bit less than 1/3 a gaiwan full of leaves for 3 min be about right?

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Postby Salsero » Apr 21st, '08, 00:45

The description of this tea makes it sound a little unusual due to the "old growth" tea trees in Yunnan. Sounds like it may be a green made from the Assamica varietal like the puerh teas. But I don't think that would change my approach to it as a green.

With a new green I usually start with cool water, 160° or even less, 3.75 gr in a 6 oz mug, 1 minute, and feel my way from there, increasing time and temp each subsequent infusion up to 4 or 5 infusions and sometimes even boiling water.

As you have pointed out, tea leaves come in all kinds of shapes and many don't fit that well into a spoon, but I tried weighing and measuring appox equivalents. One-third gaiwan still looks like too much to me. I would start with less than a quarter. I found that 1 very heaping teaspoon (measuring spoon) was about 2 gr therefore about right for a 100 ml gaiwan. I don't find it so easy to judge % fill of gaiwan, but this looked less than one-quarter full.

Course, in all things tea, you will likely change your parameters as you get to know the tea. The first time is mostly experimental. Just as in love.

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Re: How would you brew this tea?

Postby Space Samurai » Apr 21st, '08, 00:50

Its been two years since I had this tea, but I remember it being strong for a Chinese green, and the leaves were large. I would use a heaping tbsp for three min and go from there.

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Re: How would you brew this tea?

Postby Salsero » Apr 21st, '08, 00:55

Space Samurai wrote: I would use a heaping tbsp for three min and go from there.
Short and sweet, Space, I wish I had your gift for getting to the point.

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Postby trent » Apr 21st, '08, 00:59

Thanks for the help tea sensei space and sensei sal.

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Postby Salsero » Apr 21st, '08, 01:29

trent wrote:Thanks for the help tea sensei space and sensei sal.
We will be expecting a full report on the results, for better or worse.

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Postby devites » Apr 22nd, '08, 00:27

I think rishi is insane. 1 tbs of any tea per 8 oz is ridiculous. I would just stop getting Rishi because there tea is not as good as stuff you get at other vendors and its worth paying more for. To answer your question though i would say 2 tsp per cup at 175 for a minute.

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Postby trent » Apr 22nd, '08, 00:28

I normally wouldn't buy from them either, but it was a free sample.

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