Serving Oolong Tea
I want to serve oolong tea at my tea table but I don’t use an electric kettle. I don’t want to constantly get up and go get more hot water either. How do you serve oolong when you have guests? Would it be enough to get a medium sized cast iron pot, put boiling water in it, and keep it on a warmer? Then use that water for each resteep? Or I am missing something really simple and there is a super easy way to do this! I did think about just brewing one big pot, then rebrewing just for myself after the guests leave but this tea is $192 a pound so I only have half an ounce left….LOL!
I store the water in a thermos after it’s boiled. I love the vacuum thermos for outdoors activities (mine are all from MEC of Canada). They retain heat the best.
The thermos really works in a pinch, and I’ve done it many, many times, but if you really want to appreciate your oolong (because it sounds like a pretty good one) you may want to actually maintain the heat of it rather than try to “stop” the temperature after boiling at a given point which will ultimately result in lukewarm water. The Cast Iron kettle on a warmer would work, but you may want to try a Lin’s Ceramics kettle/stove set. I carry the kettle’s at my shop, and can easily procure the stoves (which are crafted to match the kettles).
I will definitely check that out. Sounds interesting. What I am looking for is a way to keep the hot water for resteeping on the table or in the room with us instead of going to the kitchen to get more hot water. I guess that would be serving it gong fu style? I would be making only a small amount of tea at a time for the 1.5 ounce cups and resteeping and refilling them. I know they sell gong fu and cha wan sets for that, but I was needing a hot water solution for resteeps. It looks like both of those ideas could work!
What kind of warmer? I’d suggest a hot plate that will keep the water hot. I used to use the thermos method, a long, long time ago, but that’s….. not so convenient