Does anyone have a particular type of tea they do this with? I agreed to do this tomorrow and share notes, so I’m looking for recommendations for a tea to try this with.
I had no idea what that was, so I looked it up and read this article:
Is that what you’re referring to?
Because when I first started drinking tea I didn’t realize that there were steeping times and stuff…But it works well with oolong. Most oolongs that is. Some of them just get bitter, but I don’t usually mind…
I did a cold brew grandpa style with jasmine dragon pearl in a water bottle when I was at disney the other, and it worked pretty well.
I usually do Silver Needles (especially Kenyan or Indian SN) or certain green teas. Love grandpa style. I put the tea under the built in infuser in my glass bottle and drink so that the leaves are held back by the built in infuser.
This is a good idea to use the built in infuser to hold the leaves back. And SN sounds good for this as well.
I’ll have to try it with a silver needle, I’ve never tried it with a white before!
Do it Stephanie, It’s one of my favourite teas to brew using this !method. One of me be makes a really quick and good cold brew this way as well.
Cheri-It’s great, you end up getting a whole lot less leaves in your mouth.
Silver Needle is awesome for grandpa style. :)
So far I really enjoy Silver Needle, Hong Shui Oolong, Roasted oolongs, Dragonwell…they have been my favorites of what I have tried so far.
Lots more to try though :)
I always drink Dragonwell grandpa style (tastes best that way for me, and nice to watch), and I’ve recently taken to brewing African black teas like that.
Right, I think that’s what they do locally as well. When I visit the farms in the Dragon Well village, they always serve the tea that simple. I think it works also well for black tea and white teas.
The only thing I don’t like is that I’ve to wait quite some time before the leaves drop to the bottom. It’s therefore good not to use too many leaves. I’ve gathered my other findings in this article: https://www.teasenz.com/chinese-tea/grandpa-style-tea-brewing-meaning.html
I like oolongs at about 185 degrees, and I’ve done this at work A LOT. LOL. So that’s my professional opinion. :)
Too hot and everything just tastes bitter. I’ve had some success with black teas also. The key for me is lower temp.
And I’m just gonna leave this here, in case of emergency…
My family is Chinese and that’s how whole family makes tea. Bigger leafed teas are better since you don’t strain the leaves out and don’t want to be drinking little leaf bits. On the other hand, my dad just waits for all the leaves to sink to the bottom when he uses smaller leaves. I find that makes the tea too strong due to steeping time. But dad’s tastebuds are weak from all those years of smoking so I guess he prefers it strong. :(
Another thing to consider is tea quality. You don’t want something that will get astringent or bitter easily. Certain greens are really bad for this style.
That said, my favorite teas to brew grandpa style is green oolong. They tend to be forgiving teas with nicely sized leaves.
I grandpa bits of shou in a mug, usually as a digestif when I have had too much young sheng.