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Just Got Some Purple Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

by NateHevens » Jul 3rd, '16, 16:07

So I got some "Purple Beauty" Sun-Dried Oolong Tea and some "Purple Beauty" Green Tea from Lancang * Spring 2016. What I'd like to know is... how should I brew these?

Yunnan recommends 185F (85C) water with 5-6 grams of leaf per 100ml of water for green tea and 203F (95C) 4-5 grams of leaf per 100ml of water for oolong, but these are general brewing suggestions. Does that sound good to y'all, or would you do something different?

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Re: Just Got Some Purple Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

by chingwa » Jul 3rd, '16, 18:46

I'd probably go 15 - 20 degrees cooler on the green, but that's just me... I'm always partial to cooler temps on greens.

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Re: Just Got Some Purple Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

by jayinhk » Jul 3rd, '16, 22:16

I'd try both temperatures as suggested, then go hotter. Boiling for the pu and 90-95c for the green, if it can handle it. As with all teas, experimentation is key to find your own personal sweet spot.

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Re: Just Got Some Purple Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

by NateHevens » Jul 4th, '16, 02:30

I tend to go cooler just because I try to avoid astringency where I can. I'm not a fan of bitter, so I like to try and coax out the sweeter side of teas.

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Re: Just Got Some Purple Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

by jayinhk » Jul 4th, '16, 02:52

Gotcha, I tend to go as hot as the tea will allow without excess astringency or bitterness so I get the most flavor. In that case you might want to try YS' suggestions and go cooler if needed.

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Re: Just Got Some Purple Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

by daidokorocha » Jul 8th, '16, 00:03

I ordered that oolong myself and was planning on trying it out tomorrow. I will come back with my impressions! I will say though, that I have been doing all of my greens from YS so far 10F degrees lower than the recommendation (~175F). However, if you go too low on some of them, I find that it does not develop the full flavor profile. You often hear that going cooler is better with greens, but I have found with many Chinese or Vietnamese greens that hotter actually makes a tea better whereas cooler makes it unpalatable.

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Re: Just Got Some Purple Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

by jayinhk » Jul 8th, '16, 03:00

daidokorocha wrote:I ordered that oolong myself and was planning on trying it out tomorrow. I will come back with my impressions! I will say though, that I have been doing all of my greens from YS so far 10F degrees lower than the recommendation (~175F). However, if you go too low on some of them, I find that it does not develop the full flavor profile. You often hear that going cooler is better with greens, but I have found with many Chinese or Vietnamese greens that hotter actually makes a tea better whereas cooler makes it unpalatable.
Yes, going too low can mean robbing yourself of the flavor that a tea has to offer.

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Re: Just Got Some Purple Tea from Yunnan Sourcing

by NateHevens » Aug 22nd, '16, 01:58

daidokorocha wrote:I ordered that oolong myself and was planning on trying it out tomorrow. I will come back with my impressions! I will say though, that I have been doing all of my greens from YS so far 10F degrees lower than the recommendation (~175F). However, if you go too low on some of them, I find that it does not develop the full flavor profile. You often hear that going cooler is better with greens, but I have found with many Chinese or Vietnamese greens that hotter actually makes a tea better whereas cooler makes it unpalatable.
We're well into August, but... any update? How was it? How did you brew it?

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