Oolong Tea Recipe
Have you ever made oolong tea in a double tea kettle? Here is the recipe for the most flavorful and warm oolong tea you have ever tasted. A must-try!
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Oolong tea is a type of tea made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, the same plant that black and green tea are obtained from. Black tea is made from fully fermented and oxidized leaves of Camellia sinensis while green tea leaves are not fermented at all. Oolong tea covers all tea varieties between fully fermented black tea and not-fermented green tea. It is offered in a wide variety of roasting and oxidation levels, from lightly roasted to heavily roasted, and low oxidation to high oxidation.
Oolong tea is less known than black and green tea in the western world but it is the most popular tea choice in Asia. The taste of its infusion not only changes with the roasting and oxidation levels of the leaves but also changes in the duration of brewing. So, the taste of the first cup will be different from that of upcoming cups as the taste will evolve in time.
In terms of caffeine content, oolong tea has less caffeine than black tea, but a similar amount to green tea. Other nutritional benefits of oolong tea are similar to black and green tea. You can learn the health benefits of black tea by clicking on this link and that of green tea clicking on this link.
Oolong tea is traditionally brewed using a single teapot. However, the recipe below describes how to make oolong tea using a double tea kettle. Making oolong tea in a double tea kettle yields more flavorful tea that is warmer for a longer time compared to traditional single teapot brewing. You can refer to our related blog following this link to learn more about the different tea brewing methods in the world.
We should mention one last point before moving on to the oolong tea recipe below. You should pay close attention to the quality of tea leaves and water to experience a pleasant tea journey for any type of tea you are making. So, you should use quality tea leaves and distilled or bottled water if your tap water is not high quality to make tea. Otherwise, you may have an unpleasant experience. For oolong tea, you should also keep in mind that the roasting and oxidation level of the leaves also contributes to taste.
Now, let’s move on to the oolong tea recipe below and enjoy the process of making tea in a double tea kettle!
85 oz (2.5 L) water (27 oz for brewing tea), filtered or bottled if tap water is of poor quality
40 g oolong tea leaves for 27 oz (800 mL) boiling water
A double tea kettle
Some honey or sugar (optional)
Some lemon juice or slices (optional)
Add water to the lower kettle, and put it on the stove to boil. The amount of water should be at least at the capacity of the upper teapot since we will use this water to steep oolong tea leaves.
Once the water is boiled, turn off the heat source and let the water cool down for five minutes.
After five minutes, add oolong tea leaves to the upper teapot and pour the hot water over it. The amount of water you pour should be 27 oz (0.8 L). If your teapot is larger and you want to make more tea, increase the tea leaves accordingly.
Add more water into the lower kettle, put it on the stove to boil, place the upper teapot over it, and close its lid.
Once the water is boiled, wait 5-10 minutes for tea leaves to release all their flavors into the water. You can check whether the tea is brewed sufficiently by opening the lid and observing the tea leaves. The tea is ready to drink if the leaves have completely unfurled and sunk to the bottom. If not, wait some more because brewing time can change depending on the tea leaves.
Once the tea is ready, prepare the teacups and pour the infusion in the upper teapot as much as you want, and then fill the rest of the cup with the boiled water from the bottom kettle. You can adjust the hardness of oolong tea by adjusting the amount of infusion you pour into the teacups.
Your oolong tea is ready! Please be careful while drinking it since it will be hotter than the oolong tea brewed in a single teapot.
Enjoy your teatime!
RECIPE NOTE FOR OOLONG TEA:
Please keep in mind that you can change the amounts of ingredients mentioned above according to your preference. The more tea leaves you add, the stronger the tea becomes, and vice versa. On the other hand, you can also adjust the hardness of your tea by adding some hot water from the lower kettle to the infusion while filling the teacup.
HOW TO SERVE OOLONG TEA:
Oolong tea is traditionally served in a porcelain teacup with a saucer. You can also offer some honey or lemon along with it depending on the preference. A sweet cookie or a cake goes very well with oolong tea.
The taste of oolong tea will change as the tea leaves stay in the hot water. This is also the case in other types of teas but the taste of oolong tea could turn so bitter at some point you cannot drink it. So, it is better to remove the leaves at a point that you like the infusion’s taste best.