Yun Wu- Cloudmist Green Tea Brewing

Posted on: January 24th, 2014 by B. Fuller's M&P
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Yun Wu organic Green tea

Yun Wu (‘Clouds and Mist’ in Mandarin ) is a high altitude green tea from the Yuntai mountain in Jiangsu Province.

This beautiful tea leaf has a slight curl, and a deep jade to dark green color. The fragrance from the dry leaves is slightly grassy and alkaline. The finished liquor from steeping is a beautiful yellow-green darkening with subsequent steeps.

Green tea steeping can be a little intimidating- but don’t worry- it is actually very easy to get a nice, sweet cup of green tea pretty easily if you follow just a few rules. Most importantly are two things-

  1. Most green teas offer the best cup when we steep them at lower temperatures than we steep black teas or tisanes, and…
  2. We steep them for less time.

When I first tried steeping and drinking green teas, I would often over-steep them, meaning I would either add water just off the boil, or I would steep them too long. It is not that the resulting drink was un-drinkable, but it was so astringent that I could only take one little cup, and I thought ‘Gosh, I guess you have to pay a price to get the health benefits!” Now I know that I was just not making it the best way possible!

With that in mind, here are our recommendations for brewing and enjoying this lovely Yun Wu:

  1. Measure out 3 grams of tea leaves (approximately 1 tablespoon).IMG_3164
  2. Place your tea leaves into a non-reactive brewing chamber (might we recommend our preferred brewer the Bonavita Dripper?)
  3. Add up to 16 oz. of water heated to 175 degrees F.
  4. Whistle a happy tune as you wait for three minutes.IMG_3166
  5. Decant your tea and enjoy!

An alternate method is more in keeping with Chinese tea brewing:

  1. Follow all steps up to step 3 then…
  2. Steep for only a minute (not three).
  3. Decant and enjoy, annnnd…
  4. Re-steep the same leaves again, but now steep for 1.5 to 2 minutes.
  5. Decant and enjoy AGAIN!
  6. Try for another steep or two, adding 30 seconds each time.

Whichever way you brew it, this light and lively green tea is sure to bring a smile to your lips as you enjoy it on a beautiful day.

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