Meng Ding Huang Ya Preparation
Water Temperature: 148-158 degrees
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 rounded tsp. (2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 1-3 minutes
Number of Infusions: 3
Our Meng Ding Huang Ya may be prepared in a standard teapot, or in your favorite mug or lidded gaiwan. For best results, we recommend that you pre-warm your vessel, and place 2.5 grams of leaf per 6 oz of liquid, before infusing with 148-158 degree water for up to 1-3 minutes. As with all yellow teas, Meng Ding Huang Ya can be infused at least three times. Increase the time and temperature slightly with each subsequent infusion. Experimenting with your own temperatures and steeping times is encouraged. Cooler temperatures and shorter times yield more mellow, fruity elements, while hotter water and longer times produce more floral and full-bodied complexities. Always use the best-tasting water you can find, and adjust steeping times, quantity of leaves, and water temperature to your personal preferences.
We highly recommend brewing your tea in a teapot or mug with a removable infuser so that you can remove the leaves at the end of the steeping time. Whole leaf teas of this quality need room to unfurl and expand in the water in order to perform their "magic." If you don't have a removable infuser, you can brew the loose leaves directly in the pot. At the end of the steeping time, pour all of the tea into a warm serving pitcher or pot.
Meng Ding Huang Ya is also a tea perfect for brewing with cool water. The way is simple. Put an amount of Meng Ding Huang Ya into a pot and pour in the cool water using a tea/water ratio of 1:50. You can enjoy it after about two hours. Prepare such a pot of Meng Ding Huang Ya Tea in the morning. You can enjoy it for almost a whole day. (It is even more delicious when brewed this way.)