As you know, there are many different kinds of teas, resulting in a wide variety of beverages available for brewing and drinking. Should you yourself decide to pursue tea brewing, be it as a casual drinker or as an enthusiast, it’s important to understand the proper “execution” of making this centuries-old beverage. This means properly brewing for freshness, lightness, and flavor.
To the uninitiated, it’s worth mentioning that brewing a tea at different temperatures can result in different tasting drinks altogether, regardless of what kind of tea you prefer. When brewed properly, these different “versions” of your tea should produce rich aromas, deep flavors, and a memorable aftertaste. But, should you incorrectly gauge the temperature of your water, be it too cool or too hot, you may very well lose the “freshness” that nearly every tea drinker is ultimately after when enjoying these beverages.
So, how exactly should one determine the best temperature for brewing tea? We’ll quickly break it down for you so that you can spend more time tasting and less time reading.
Typically, the temperature is divided into three types: high, medium and low.
1. High water temperature: from 90 degrees and above.
Best for fermented and semi-fermented teas such as black, red, and turquoise (oolongs).
2. Average water temperature: between 80 to 90 degrees.
Optimal for slightly fermented Taiwanese oolong teas.
3. Low water temperature: below 80 degrees.
Suited for green, white and yellow teas. If during the brewing process you still feel a strong taste of bitterness, you can let the water cool down before drinking again.