Ever since Emperor Shennong’s legendary first cup of tea in the garden, tea lovers over the centuries have experimented to find their favorite ways to prepare tea. We choose each oolong for its character and quality, but we know that flavor results from infusion tools and methods, too. Which methods are best for you?
Quintessential to oolong, the gaiwan offers space for the leaves to open and release tea compounds, while still small enough to concentrate flavor through multiple infusions. The more a rolled oolong is coaxed to unfurl, the more hot water can get to every part of the leaf’s surface. Aroma clings to the inside of the gaiwan lid, so you can get a close-up smell of the tea before sipping. We like it with Wenshan Baochung, not scented, but inherently floral.
Cold brew bottle
A common way to ice tea is by pouring concentrated hot tea over ice. While this method works for tea that infuses quickly, the flavor-rich oolong has more to offer. In the Chillaxer Cold Brew Bottle, tea can develop on its own. Think of it as the Crock-Pot of tea: you just add the ingredients, and it’ll be ready when you get home (or wake up). Our Jasmine Oolong turns out crisp and refreshing.
Mug with infuser
If you need to be quick to start the day’s adventure, a mug with infuser gives leaves the same space as other tools but with an even faster leaf removal. Choose this for tea that calls for short infusions, such as Magnolia Oolong. Or, just pour in the water and be on your way with the trusty Tie Kwan Yin.
For up to four people, this tea pot gives you space to make a lot of tea at once. Ceramic retains heat, so you can leave brewed tea in the pot after removing the infuser basket. Tea pots feature a curved spout for a precise pour, so you can hold a conversation, too.
Professional tasting set
A tasting set extracts flavor under heightened, standardized conditions of water temperature and length of time. Take your tasting to a professional level with our Oolong Aficionado Tasting Set. A standard instrument worldwide, it brews tea under comparable conditions, allowing tasters to evaluate flavor without alteration by variables like water amount, vessel size, or even color of the cup. Tasting sets are essential in competitions or when buyers select tea for customers, like we do. Hold a cupping session at home on multiple teas to truly get to know them.
These are just some of the basics of extracting flavor from tea. The presentation and enjoyment are your own, wherever adventure takes you.
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