[brew] Dongding Oolong
auraTeas blog: easy way to brew Dongding style Oolong
Brewing Oolong is art, but it can also be easy daily life.
For most of the half ball style Oolong tea, you can start with 0.8 tsp for 150cc 90? water, steam about 1 min for the first brew to unroll the leaves. 30-40 seconds for the second infusion, and add 20 seconds for the following infusions.
Oolong tea is very constant in taste, provides at least 5 infusions, and up to 9 infusions. The tea leaves need to be fully expanded in the container, remember not to put too much loose tea to avoid over packed. One tip for starters is the amount of dry loose tea should be around 1/5 or smaller of the teaware or container, after brewing, the tea leaves will expand to 80%-90% of the container.
Once you get familiar with the tea, you may explore your own brewing type by adjusting the amount of loose tea, infusion time, temperature of water, and even the source of water.
Teaware: Gongfu teaware or Yixing pots suit best for Oolong tea because the clay teaware can fully bring out the aroma of Oolong tea. However, glassware, Gaiwan, or porcelain teaware are also great personal choices.