How To Properly Brew This Tea
A friend of mine recently returned from China and brought back this tea as a gift:
Can someone explain the proper temperature and duration to brew this? Also, I do realize that this is an oolong tea according to the terrible translation on the box. However, why is it in such a compressed pellet shape?
Thanks for your help!
I have never had/seen this tea before. But it looks like it is a ginseng oolong (just the way the pellets look). I would brew it as a normal green oolong, the pellets should unfurl into large green oolong leaves. Western style, I would do 180F for 1-2 minutes. My best advise would be to just experiment with it and see what it tastes like.
Thanks! I did try that before posting here and the tea did not unfurl into leaves. The pellets grew in diameter a bit, but that was it.
It’s Ginseng (Lan Gui Ren) Oolong Tea. The words on the package are "兰贵人“ in Chinese，also called Ginseng (Lan Gui Ren) in English. This tea was Mixed with Ginseng, in order to brew the tea leaves entirely, you should use 100ºC(212ºF) water to brew for 1-2 minutes.