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Black Tea Brew Guide

This article can help you better understand the brewing of black tea and restore the best taste of black tea.
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Black tea is best brewed with pure water to best reflect its aroma and taste. When brewing, the water should be flushed high and the soup should be pour out quickly, so that the tea soup is sweet and refreshing, not sour or bitter. The black tea of Zhengshantang does not need to be washed.

Single Bud Black Tea

Step 1: Boil water, prepare water that stops boiling at 100°C
Step 2: Warm the cup, add 1/3 of the water to the empty cover bowl and pour it out,increase the temperature of the cover bowl with boiling water to stimulate the aroma of the tea, and rinse the tea set by the way.
Step 3: Put the tea, while the gaiwan is warm, put the tea into gaiwan.
Step 4: Shake the gaiwan, gently shake the bowl from side to side twice.
Step 5: Smell the fragrance, the aroma of black tea is quiet, open a small mouth and smell it carefully.
Step 6: Brewing, the first water injection starts from the lower left corner and rushes clockwise to eighth full. When all the tea leaves are soaked, the fragrance dissolves in the soup. If there is a long interval between brewing, the water temperature may decrease, please boil the water again.
Step 7: Pour the soup, 1-3 course fast rush out, do not soak for a long time. 4-6 courses soak for 5-10s, 6-10 courses about 15s. The more times of brewing, the longer the soaking time, in order to ensure the stability of the tea soup.  Its tea soup is golden, translucent and shiny. Jinjunmei black tea can be brewed more than 12 times, and it is fragrant and sweet.
Step 8: Divide the tea soup, evenly divide the tea soup into each tea cup.
Step 9: taste, smell the aroma, observe the color of the soup, and taste.

Leaf Black Tea

The brewing water temperature of leaf black tea is lower than that of tea buds, and the brewing time is faster than that tea buds, so it is not easy to be sour. Leaf tea generally has a higher aroma and richer taste than bud tea.

Step 1: Boil water, prepare water that around 95°C.
Step 2:
Warm the cup, add 1/3 of the water to the empty cover bowl and pour it out,increase the temperature of the cover bowl with boiling water to stimulate the aroma of the tea, and rinse the tea set by the way.
Step 3:
Put the tea, while the gaiwan is warm, put the tea into gaiwan.
Step 4:
Shake the gaiwan, gently shake the bowl from side to side twice.
Step 5:
Smell the fragrance, the aroma of black tea is quiet, open a small mouth and smell it carefully.
Step 6:
Brewing, the first water injection starts from the lower left corner and rushes clockwise to eighth full. When all the tea leaves are soaked, the fragrance dissolves in the soup. If there is a long interval between brewing, the water temperature may decrease, please boil the water again.
Step 7: 
Pour the soup, 1-4 course rush out, do not soak for a long time.5-7 courses soak for 5-10s, 7-10 courses about 15s. The more times of brewing, the longer the soaking time, in order to ensure the stability of the tea soup. Its tea soup is orange-yellow translucent and shiny.
Step 8:
Divide the tea soup, evenly divide the tea soup into each tea cup
Step 9: Taste, smell the aroma, observe the color of the soup, and taste.

It is recommend to use the Zhengshantang White Porcelain Tea Set, white porcelain can better reflect the aroma of black tea.The transparent fair cup(公道杯) is better to observe the color and transparency of the tea soup.

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If you don't have a bowl and use a glass to brew, please pay attention to the amount of tea and the soaking time. Excessive soaking time will reduce the aroma of black tea, and the taste will be heavy and slightly astringent. Put 1-2g of tea in a glass of water.

 

Recommended cheap black tea-Taoyuan Chigan, which is made from Wuyishan tea tree, has a sweet taste. Put 2g in a mug, it will not be bitter or astringent.