If you recently had a cup of Himalayan Darjeeling tea at a restaurant and loved the flavor of this unique black tea, then you can successfully brew cups of this special type of tea at home using a simple procedure.
To brew a great cup of Darjeeling tea, you need the following supplies:
- a ceramic teapot with a built-in spout strainer
- a heaping teaspoon of loose Himalayan Darjeeling tea leaves
- a cup of boiling distilled water
- a bamboo whisk
In addition, you will also need a tea cup to put your brewed tea into.
To brew a quality cup of Darjeeling tea, follow this procedure:
Step 1: Boil a Cup of Distilled Water
One of the main things that influence the final flavor of your black tea is the water you use to brew it. If you use tap water, then you will taste all of the minerals that are present in your local water. To ensure a smoother taste and eliminate mineral flavors you don't want, use distilled water to brew your tea. You can purchase distilled water at any grocery store in the bottled water aisle.
Step 2: Place the Ingredients Into Your Ceramic Teapot
When you brew black tea, you must use a ceramic teapot because it will hold in the heat better while your tea is brewing. If you use a metal teapot, then the water will lose heat as it is transferred to the metal container.
Into your ceramic teapot, add a heaping teaspoon of the Himalayan Darjeeling tea leaves. Add a cup of boiling water into the teapot with the leaves and stir them using your bamboo whisk. Place the lid on your tea pot and allow the tea to brew for a few minutes.
Step 3: Pour Your Freshly Brewed Tea into Your Tea Cup
After your Dejeerling tea has brewed for anywhere from four to six minutes and has reached the strength that you prefer, then you can pour it into your tea cup. Using a teapot with a built-in tea leave strainer makes this a simple process.
A Final Note About Storing Black Teas
Finally, it is important to note that black teas are susceptible to absorbing flavors from other teas and spices in your cupboards. For this reason, you should never store your Himalayan Deejerling teas around any food items that give off odors, such as spices or fresh fruits. Contact a tea company, like Tea Composer, for more help.