Water Temperature: 175-195 degrees
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1Tbl. (2-3 grams)
Steep Time: 2-3 minutes
Number of Infusions: Up to 5 depending upon brewing method
Oriental Beauty can be brewed using the Western method using 2-3 grams of tea (about 1 Tbl) to 6 ounces of 180 to 195 degree water. Steep up to three times for 2-3 minutes each infusion. It can also be brewed gongfu style using an earthenware pot or a gaiwan using a high leaf to water ratio. We recommend using 5-6 grams (approximately 2 rounded Tbl.) per 6 ounces of water. Bring the water to approximately 180 degrees--just below the boiling point. Put the tea into a prewarmed pot or gaiwan and pour the water directly over the tea leaves. Steep for approximately 40 seconds. Using this method you can get 4-6 infusions. Increase time & temperature with each infusion. If using a pot with a mesh infuser, remove the leaves and set aside for the second infusion. If using a pot without an infuser, decant the tea into a serving pitcher or directly into the cups, but do not leave the leaves in the water. We strongly encourage our customers to use teapots with large mesh infusers to allow the leaves to fully expand in the water. The infuser can then be removed after the preferred steeping time and then re-used for subsequent infusions. Failing that, we recommend decanting the tea into a clean warm pot or serving pitcher.