Kiaharii said

Trouble with Resteeping

So I recently picked up a variety of oolong teas from Tin Roof Teas (some of which are TeaGschwendner teas) and a darjeeling. So I’ve tried the Tung Ting so and Margaret’s Hope Autumnal darjeeling. I know oolong are supposed to give you multiple steepings, but I seem to be having trouble.

I’m not using a gaiwan (which I suspect might be the problem), but the Ingenuitea and 8 oz. of water. I managed two steepings out of the oolong, but the third was awful. It was bitter and just… hot leafy if that makes sense. I did try this one later in the day (a few hours), but I’ve done that before and it’s been fine. This happened with the darjeeling as well, but that could just be I tried too many times. Does anyone have any advice?

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Uniquity said

My first thought is that the temp was too high or the steep time too long on the last steeping. Also, if the leaves were sitting in liquid for all that time in between and any of that liquid was used in the next steep, it would explain bitterness. Of course, I could be very wrong too! : )

Kiaharii said

I’m usually very good with temperatures, and the Ingenuitea drains pretty well. I’m thinking maybe the time is it? Adding too much extra… I will have to fiddle but I hate wasting tea. :(

Uniquity said

Do you have an idea of how long the leaves steeped?

Kiaharii said

I followed the directions they gave, but I think I added on too much with the resteepings. Not sure how much to increase the time each steep.

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I really can’t begin to express how much of a difference it makes when you steep in a gaiwan. Oolongs especially … I don’t typically steep my Darjeelings in a gaiwan. but Oolongs should be steeps in short steeps in a gaiwan… that’s how I get many flavorful infusions, anyway!

Kiaharii said

I’m the beach and I didn’t bring my gaiwan (I feel silly complaining, I’m at the beach but sadface). I may just have to wait for the oolongs.

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TeaVivre said

For Oolong tea, I also prefer using Gaiwan to brew it, it can be steeped in several times. And your Oolong tea tasted bitter maybe due to long time steeping.

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leafyq said

Eh. I have the Perfect Tea teamaker from Teavana, and I get an easy six or so great steeps out of oolongs. It’s similar to the Ingenuitea.

Kiaharii said

I think I may have just let them go too long. Will try again!

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