Today we will talk about one very important component of tea drinking—water. Most often it is because of bad water that a tea-tasting experience can end in disappointment, especially if you are new to it. For optimal enjoyment, you have to consider the source and quality of your water.
In China, water quality has always been as important as the quality of the tea itself. The famed Russian traveler of the 17th century Spafary, journeying through China, noted in his diary that local markets sell water at a price almost above that of tea. The Chinese prided themselves in selling water taken from nearby mountains as it was said to be of the highest quality available at the time.
What Kind of Water Does Not Suit Tea?
Tap water, despite modern sanitary precautions, is not necessarily the most suitable for brewing tea. Often times it may contain different impurities, including traces of chlorine and iron. Spring water may also lack the quality requirements for proper brewing.
Which Water Is Suitable For Tea?
Filtered water can certainly be used for tea, but you must consider the overall quality post-filtration as well as the filtration system itself. Keep in mind that some filters do not filter out all impurities, and depending where you live, you may need to take additional measures to ensure quality.
We can safely say that bottle water is by far our best recommendation for brewing purposes. Despite the fact that many companies engage in purifying tap water and artificially enhancing it, it cannot be assumed that all purchased water is “from the tap”. Therefore, when shopping for bottled water, make sure your purchase is labeled with our recommended parameters: mineralization and rigidity (either or).