I am an almost complete newbie - so please bear with me
I am trying to prepare an oolong tea and have a couple of (probably mundanely simple) questions to all you gurus I am equipped with the following:
- "Huang Jin Gui Superior" oolong tea (judging by the price tag it is certainly in the lower to mid-range of oolongs). It is advertized as a lightly oxidized oolong and instructions on the package state that 2.5g tea should be steeped for 2 minutes in 2dl of water at 100C (2nd time: 3 minutes and 3rd time 4 minutes)
- I am using a 200ml Yixing teapot, newly bought.
My problem is that no matter how much I try I cannot seem to get the taste right. Being a newbie, however, I am still not quite sure how it is *actually* supposed to taste. What I can say however is that when following the brewing instructions on the package I get a VERY thin brew that has some aroma, but is almost completely devoid of taste. I have tried to increase amount of tea leaves - and at some point the brew gets slightly bitter (as expected). Are well-brewed oolongs supposed to have a slightly bitter taste?
I have seen several instructional videos on the net, and I think I am doing everything right: correct temperature (slightly under 100C), I pour the water from a certain hight to introduce oxygen into the brew, I discard the first "rinsing" pour, warm the pot etc. And still I can't get it quite right.
I am also confused about brewing times: In some videos they state that oolong should be steeped for about 20 seconds. I am aware of the fact that this is dependant on the type of oolong - but it seems to be way off the 2-4 minutes stated on the package. What gives?
Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated!