How To Brew White Tea
Makes 1 cup
- 6 ounces
water, plus more if pre-warming the pot or cup
2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons white tea (less for bud tea, more for leaf tea)
Kettle to boil water
Filter or strainer
Tea cup for serving
Heat the water: Place the water in a tea kettle and heat it to 160°F to 180°F. Alternatively, bring the water to a boil and then let it rest for a couple of minutes until it cools to the correct temperature. If you do not have a thermometer to measure the specific temperature, heat the water to just short of boiling.
Pre-warm the teapot or cup (optional): Pour a small amount of boiling water into the pot or cup. When the pot or cup is warm, pour out the water.
Measure the tea buds/leaves: Measure between 2 teaspoons and 2 tablespoons of tea. Use less if the tea consists of buds and more if the tea consists of leaves.
Place the buds/leaves in the teapot or cup: Place the tea buds/leaves in the pot or cup, either directly or in an infuser.
Pour the water: Pour the water over the tea buds/leaves.
Cover the teapot or cup: Place the lid on the teapot, or if using a cup, cover it with a lid or a small saucer.
Steep the tea: Depending on the particular variety and personal preference, the tea may steep between 1 to 5 minutes, although some teas may take up to 10 minutes. In general, leaf tea infuses more quickly than bud tea. Set a timer for 1 minute. Taste the tea at 1 minute and then every 30 seconds until it is to your liking.
Stop the infusion: As soon as the tea is ready, remove the buds/leaves by lifting out the infuser or pouring the tea through a strainer.
Reusing tea buds/leaves: White tea can often be steeped 2 to 3 times, producing new flavors with each subsequent brew. Slightly increase the water temperature and steeping time for each brew.