Yun Wu- Cloudmist Green Tea Brewing
Yun Wu organic Green teaYun Wu ('Clouds and Mist' in Mandarin 云雾) 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-
- Most green teas offer the best cup when we steep them at lower temperatures than we steep black teas or tisanes, and...
- 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:
- Measure out 3 grams of tea leaves (approximately 1 tablespoon).
- Place your tea leaves into a non-reactive brewing chamber (might we recommend our preferred brewer the Bonavita Dripper?)
- Add up to 16 oz. of water heated to 175 degrees F.
- Whistle a happy tune as you wait for three minutes.
- Decant your tea and enjoy!
- Follow all steps up to step 3 then...
- Steep for only a minute (not three).
- Decant and enjoy, annnnd...
- Re-steep the same leaves again, but now steep for 1.5 to 2 minutes.
- Decant and enjoy AGAIN!
- Try for another steep or two, adding 30 seconds each time.