Rinse oolong western style

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Rinse oolong western style

by Simon_Qc » Apr 19th 18 12:21 am

I know that it's better to rinse oolong when gongfu brewing, but do you guys rinse when brewing western style?
Since I use more water and less tea I'm afraid to lose a bit of the flavor.
So what do you think? Still useful to rinse or not?

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Re: Rinse oolong western style

by ShuShu » Apr 19th 18 1:30 am

Simon_Qc wrote: I know that it's better to rinse oolong when gongfu brewing, but do you guys rinse when brewing western style?
Since I use more water and less tea I'm afraid to lose a bit of the flavor.
So what do you think? Still useful to rinse or not?
Well, the first answer is obviously experiment and see what works best for you. Personally, I don't rinse green high mountain oolongs. But that is true even when I GF brew them. With the roasted one, I feel that rinsing is important to wake the leaf and let it spread out a bit.

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Re: Rinse oolong western style

by OCTO » Apr 19th 18 3:01 pm

Hi,

The tea farmer once advised and insist that we rinse the tea before consuming the first brew. However high the grade is!

Well, coming from the very hands that harvested and prepared the tea... I would take their advise seriously.

Their main reason for rinsing.... hygiene.

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Re: Rinse oolong western style

by Senlin » Apr 20th 18 2:08 pm

OCTO wrote: Hi,

The tea farmer once advised and insist that we rinse the tea before consuming the first brew. However high the grade is!

Well, coming from the very hands that harvested and prepared the tea... I would take their advise seriously.

Their main reason for rinsing.... hygiene.

Cheers!


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Hi,

I agree with you, OCTO, but I would add that it depends on which tea farmer/country/tradition... When I went in Dayulin (Taïwan), the producer asked me not to rince his tea. He explained that he would feel insulted as rinsing implies that his work wouldn't be clean and carefully handcrafted. He added though that the lower the altitude, the more you rinse because of atmospheric pollution.

So, in doubt, always rinse!

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Re: Rinse oolong western style

by ErniePen » May 22nd 18 1:15 pm

You guys make a good case for rinsing. It's a shame it has to be done, but I want to put hygiene first tbh.