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.

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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.

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Re: Rinse oolong western style

by DrJacoby » May 23rd 18 8:38 pm

My personal rinsing habits are typically focused on whether the tea brewing benefits from a quick rinse: balled oolongs or compressed puer needs a splash to help open it up before the first brew, whereas Wuyi oolong and green tea tend to let a lot of flavor out in that first few seconds, so I don't discard that.

If I were trying to be health-focused, I'd probably rinse all of them! It would be helpful to see an actual controlled study that looks at whether a brief rinse actually affects pesticide residue content.

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Re: Rinse oolong western style

by Simon_Qc » May 23rd 18 10:07 pm

DrJacoby wrote: My personal rinsing habits are typically focused on whether the tea brewing benefits from a quick rinse: balled oolongs or compressed puer needs a splash to help open it up before the first brew, whereas Wuyi oolong and green tea tend to let a lot of flavor out in that first few seconds, so I don't discard that.

If I were trying to be health-focused, I'd probably rinse all of them! It would be helpful to see an actual controlled study that looks at whether a brief rinse actually affects pesticide residue content.
My understanding is that pesticide enter the plant by it roots so I don't think a 10 sec wash can really help for that.

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Re: Rinse oolong western style

by DrJacoby » May 24th 18 12:01 am

Simon_Qc wrote: My understanding is that pesticide enter the plant by it roots so I don't think a 10 sec wash can really help for that.
Interesting...it seems like there could also topically be pesticide on the leaf as well, though perhaps that comes off in processing. I remember David from EoT sharing a tasting pack a while back that was designed to educate on the flavors when pesticides are present in tea. I bet he probably has more info about whether it's in, out, or both.