Friday, May 28, 2010

The Temperature of Tea


For those of you that have read Delights of the Heart for awhile, you will know that I love drinking tea in the garden.  But did you know when you make tea there are different temperatures for different kinds of tea?
When the appropriate temperature is used, you will have the best of the best in flavor from that tea.  So go ahead, try it and see what you think.

Suggested temperatures and steeping times:
Black Tea:  210 degrees, boiling, steep 2-4 minutes
Oolong Tea:  180-195 degrees, just below boiling, steep 3-6 minutes
Green Tea: 160-180 degrees, steep for 2-4 minutes
White Tea: 150-160 degrees, steep for 2 minutes
Herbal Tea:  Boiling, steep 4-6 minutes

OK, I just had to put my picture here, as it was a challenge by Beth at be yourself - everyone else is taken.
I always like a challenge.  Of course, a teacup had to be in the picture too.