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.


Annie Jeffries said...

Oh LOOK at you girl. Are you just the happy and original YOU!

Sheila said...

Great photo of you!
This maybe why I find I dislike some green teas, they taste bitter to me. Perhaps user cooler water and steeping for a shorter time, would improve the flavour.
Thanks for the info..xx

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is wonderfully informative! I sometimes wonder why my tea doesn't taste as good as I think it should.
Love you blog. Thanks.

beth said...

look at you, you sassy thing !
how fabulous are you ???
thanks so much for taking on my blew it out of the park !

and WHAT.....different temps for teas ?....i only knew of different steeping times.

what about my rooibus tea ? where does that fall ?

PeggyR said...

I love the picture of you and thanks for the info!

Steph said...

That is a glowing photo! I am looking forward to seeing the real thing soon!

Jeanne said...

I love everything that you share
Happy Memorial Day weekend
my lovely friend
Love Jeanne

There fell a silvery-silken veil of light,
With quietude, and sultriness, and slumber,
Upon the upturned faces of a thousand
Roses that grew in an enchanted garden...
~ E.A. Poe

Cathy said...

What a lovely photo, Marilyn. I didn't realize the temperature and steeping time would make a difference but that makes sense. I'll pay more attention next time.

Laurie said...

As a tea drinker, I found this really informative! I never would have thought of any of these. What a great picture Marilyn, I think we should all do this, we never see enough of our blog friends!

Linda Jennings said...

Love the photo, Marilyn.

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Tracy said...

Hi, Marilyn! So glad to see you--you look so lovely in this photo, and very happy with your tea! Easy to be happy when there's tea. We're just back from our 2-week trip Stateside. It is great to be back in blogland, and I've been so much enjoying catching up on your posts. Happy Weekend :o) ((HUGS))

parTea lady said...

Your challenge photo is great, Marilyn. Temp does make such a difference - and steeping times.

christina said...

hi beautiful! how interesting about these tea, temperatures. hmm... i will have to write a few of these down.

Britt-Arnhild said...

You are beautiful Marily. I especially love your hair :-)

HVAC Man said...

What a lovely photo!!! I did not recognize the temperature and complete time would make a differentiation but that makes sense.

Unknown said...

Sounds like the temp is as important for tea as it is for wine. Thanks for the info.

Angela McRae said...

Lovely photo, Marilyn, and I especially like that you (and your teacup) are shown against a lush green background!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Pretty picture of a pretty lady! Yes, you must have the tea cup in your hand, love it!


Adrienne said...

Love seeing you in your garden - with your teacup. Thanks for the information. I have tried to remember but not sure I've been real successful. Since having tea with you, though, my experience has been great. You have taught me SO much. Can't wait to see you soon and have tea in your garden. Keeping my fingers crossed it won't rain!