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Different Types of Brewing Material

Basic Brewing Instructions

In Taiwan, most people don't use a strict approach to brewing tea.

Brewing Guide

Glass is an interesting brewing material. It typically has thin walls, which means it dissipates heat quite rapidly.

 

This makes glassware ideal for brewing black teas. Conversely, this rapid loss of heat means that we do not recommend brewing oolongs in glassware.

​Glass

Clay is probably our favorite material to brew in. It can round out the teas flavor, and suppress any off notes.

 

However, if you do not do a good job of pairing the type of clay to the tea being brewed, you can also suppress some of the desirable notes. We will cover clay types, pot styles, and clay/tea pairings in a future post.

​Clay

Like glass, porcelain is a neutral brewing vessel; it doesn't add, nor does it diminish, any characteristics to the tea it brews.

 

A good porcelain gaiwan, or teapot, is hard to beat. While clay can be temperamental, porcelain is always reliable. If you're trying out a new tea, we really recommend using a porcelain vessel.

​Porcelain

Different Types of Brewing Material

Basic Brewing Instructions: 
A starting point for brewing our tea.

  • Amount of Tea Used: 7 grams/100ml

    Water Temperature: Boiling (100° C)

    1st   Round Brewing Time: 55 Seconds

    2nd Round Brewing Time: 45 Seconds

    3rd  Round Brewing Time: 55 Seconds

  • Amount of Tea Used: 2.5g/150ml

    Water Temperature: Several Minutes off Boiling (85-90° C)

    1st   Round: 40 Seconds

    2nd Round: 35 Seconds

    3rd  Round: 45 Seconds

Tea Sensory Evaluation

Please note that we are not suggesting that strict adherence to our brewing style is necessary to brew our fine tea. Far from it. Tea is a living thing, and like all living things, it is subject to change.

 

Because of this, we are always adjusting our own brewing methods. We hope to always be able to bring out the best in our tea. We present the following table not as a set of rules, but as a starting place on your own journey with our tea.

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For most people, it's more of a feeling, than it is a science. While we certainly feel that there is great merit in this style of brewing, we also feel like there is merit in more uniform, and thus repeatable, style of brewing tea. That is why we have created the brewing table below.

In Taiwan, most people don't use a strict approach to brewing tea.

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