People new to gourmet and specialty teas are often confused about the proper way to prepare different types of teas. To fully enjoy the flavors and aromas of all tea, including the very popular loose black tea options, learning how to make the perfect pot really is a must.
All loose black tea is primarily from China, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka as well as specialized local varieties which are found throughout Asia. Black tea is produced by a much longer oxidizing or fermenting process which allows the flavor to develop. Black tea doesn’t really produce a black beverage, but rather a deep red to amber-colored beverage which can be flavored or combined with other ingredients to create amazing flavor options.
Brewing Loose Black Tea
At website domain information is provided with each specific variety or blend of black tea as to the optimum brewing methods. Since this is a stronger tea with a robust flavor it needs to be the steeped in boiling water (200 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit), not in the slightly cooler temperatures which are best for white or green teas. Do not use water which is too hot as this can create a bitter taste and bring out more of the tannins.
In general, use about one teaspoon of black tea for a 6 ounce cup of boiling water. However, if the leaf is very large as opposed to small experiment with the amount of tea to suit your taste, which may include going up to as much as double the amount.
Steep black teas for about 3 to 5 minutes. Too long of steeping will create a bitter taste. If you like your tea stronger, increase the amount of leaves but not the steeping time.
It is important to keep in mind the loose black tea leaves will increase by about 4 times when they are placed in the boiling liquid. Choosing a basket style of filter or infuser is preferred to a closed in tea ball which limits the ability of the leaves to open and the water to circulate.
You can also choose a lovely tea set and simply place the black tea directly in the pot. Strainers are available which will allow you to remove the tea leaves as you pour, providing a wonderfully flavored beverage with every cup.
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