Brewing White Tea – The Temperature Test

Brewing White Tea – The Temperature Test


Hey Teaheads.This is Don from Mei Leaf. In
THIS video, Brewing White Tea: The Temperature Test. In this video Celine and I are going
to try to work out the BEST water temperature for brewing white tea. This video is going
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YouTube channel yet then go click that button. On YouTube we’ve been asked the question,
by a COUPLE of people, to do videos on how to brew white tea. One of the things about
WHITE tea is that everybody uses a SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT temperature of water, I’ve found.
So WE were talking before. Why don’t you tell the YouTube viewers what temperature water
YOU brew your white tea at. Celine: Okay. I brew my white tea at a LOW
temperature – at about 85 degrees Celcius MAX. Don: Eighty-five Celcius is about 185 Fahrenheit. Celine: Yeah. I do it because I feel like,
because it’s BUDS, it’s more FRAGILE, so I don’t want to scorch IT. But I DO brew it
for LONGER. Don: Okay. But ACTUALLY buds are NOT that
fragile. They’re not like YOUNG LEAVES that are very thin and fragile. A bud is actually
made up of LAYERS that will BECOME leaves. So they’re actually quite DENSE, and it takes
quite a lot of TIME for water to go. That’s why you’re brewing it for LONGER, because
it takes a for the water to go in. So they’re not as FRAGILE as they LOOK. Celine: Yeah. All right. Don : I was like YOU. I was brewing around
85 Celcius, or 185 degrees Fahrenheit, before. But for SOME REASON, over the past THREE or
FOUR years, I’ve been kind of getting HOTTER and HOTTER in my brewing, and I’ve found that
I’ve preferred brewing it CLOSE to BOILING – kind of 95 – 96 degrees Celcius, which is
about 205 degrees Fahrenheit, something like that. So what we’re going to try to do is
try and AGREE on what is the best temperature water for white tea. Specifically, we’re brewing
Silver Needle. So what we’re going to do now is brew TWO
batches in GLASSES – ONE at 85 degrees Celcius, and ONE at 95 degrees Celcius. We’re going
to put about 3 grams of buds to about 300 ml. It’s NOT STRICTLY Gong Fu style. The reason
for that is because the great thing about Silver Needle is that when the water has INFUSED
IN it starts to BOUNCE AROUND vertically. Celine: Yeah, to STAND. Don: We want to SEE that, and we want the
glass to have ENOUGH ROOM to do that. So if I do it Gong Fu style I’d be putting TOO MUCH
LEAF in, and you wouldn’t REALLY be able to see the leaves BOBBING AROUND. So THAT will
tell us when to pour them off. We’re going to do that now, and you’re going to see it
in FAST MOTION. The glass on the RIGHT is the HOTTER water, and the one on the LEFT
is the COOLER water. You can IMMEDIATELY see that the hotter water is EXTRACTING much quicker,
the tea is becoming DARKER and slightly more of a YELLOW hue, compared to the one of the
left which is GREENER and LIGHTER. Don: Also slightly more TRANSLUCENT than the
hotter water, which makes me think that the BOILING water STRIPS the DOWNY HAIRS off the
tea buds. You can SO CLEARLY see that the hotter water is making the tea buds EXPAND,
GO VERTICAL, and they’re starting to DROP, which means it’s time for pouring. THIS one,
and THIS one was the COOLER one. THIS ONE took about THREE minutes to brew, and the
one at 85 degrees took… Celine: About FIVE minutes? Don : Yeah. A COUPLE of minutes more. What
we did is we WAITED until the buds started to go VERTICAL, MOVE AROUND a bit, then we
poured it off. THIS ONE obviously took a little bit longer because it’s cooler water. Okay.
Let’s taste. Celine: Yay! Don: So THIS is Celine’s style. Don and Celine: Cheers! Don: Nice tea. Celine: Ah! It’s SO FLORAL. I LOVE that. Don: It’s got FLORAL, a little bit DEWEY,
quite FRESH. Celine: Very SOFT. Don: Very soft. A little bit MELON, like honeydew
melon – a slight MELONINESS to it. “Meloniness”? Is that a WORD? Celine: I like that, meloniness. Don: Very soft, quite THICK. The TEXTURE is
quite thick. Okay. Let’s try the HOTTER. Celine: That’s good. Don and Celine: Cheers! Don: Very different. Celine: Oh my God. WORLD of DIFFERENCE. Don: What do you think is the difference? Celine: DEFINITELY more WOODY. Don: Yeah. Celine: Woody… Don: It’s got a NUTTINESS to it. Celine: Nuttiness, like VANILLARY. Don: Yeah, so kind of MORE on the DARKER end
of the spectrum, WOODS, slight LEATERINESS to it as well. And the FINISH? Celine: Menthol. Don: And the FINISH is very different, right? Celine: Yeah. MUCH DRIER. Don: Yeah. It’s got more of a BITE to it.
It’s got more of a kind of QUENCH to it. THIS ONE is very, very SOFT finish. Have you finished
that one? Celine: Yeah. Don: Let’s give this one another go. SO DIFFERENT,
isn’t it? Celine: Oh my God! It’s SO DIFFERENT. Don: REALLY SOFT finish. So which do you PREFER? Celine: I still LOVE the FLORAL side of THIS
ONE, BUT it’s QUITE NICE to get a bit more of that WOODY kind of NUTTINESS. Don: I’m kind of the SAME as you. I REALLY
LIKE these flavour notes, very FRESH, slightly CREAMY, DEWEY. It’s REALLY NICE, and a nice
THICK LIQUOR, which I think comes from it took a couple of minutes LONGER. So the longer
you INFUSE, generally the THICKER the mouthfeel. I LIKE that. But, for me, it’s ANNOYING that
it just ENDS. It’s like SOMETHING is MISSING. Celine: Yeah. Don: When I was in China, and I was drinking
white tea with a farmer, he was brewing his tea with BOILING hot water, and I said to
him, “Okay. You brew HOT as well?” He said, “Yes. For ME, if you have tea that doesn’t
have that FINISH, that DRYNESS, that slight BITTERNESS, then the tea is LONELY.” That’s
what he said. Celine: Awe! That’s so CUTE. Don: Which is KIND OF how I FEEL with this.
It’s kind of MISSING something, and I find that a bit FRUSTRATING. But THIS one has got
a REALLY NICE, SATISFYING finish. Celine: Yeah. Don: You know what we’re going to do? Celine: Uh! Oh my God! Don: Let’s just see. Let’s just see. It MIGHT
work. Okay. This is a COMBINATION of the two. Celine: Experimental. Don: Let’s try. Don and Celine: Cheers. Don: Mmm. Nice. You’re getting the EXACT IN-BETWEEN,
aren’t you? Celine: I’m quite IMPRESSED with that. Don: You’ve still got the FRESHNESS and the
MELONINESS -I love that word. But you ALSO get that FINISH. You get that DRYNESS, and
those NUTTY, VANILLA, slightly SWEETER notes to it. The TEXTURE is in-between as well. Celine: It’s actually QUITE NICE though. Don: Yeah. You know what we should do? Celine: What? Don: Let’s brew one at 90 degrees, just so
that we’ve TESTED it all. Celine: Yes. Don: Okay. We’re going to brew one at 90 degrees.
So, we will be right back… Okay. We’ve done it. This is 90 degrees. Let’s quickly pour
it. You can see the buds have started to move up and down a bit, so we’re pouring it off.
It took about FOUR minutes, so it was EXACTLY in between. It’s interesting. Right. Okay. Here we go. 90 degrees, which
is about 195 degrees Fahrenheit. Let’s see what THIS tastes like. THIS one HERE is still
the MIX that we had before. Celine: Hmm. Cheers. Ooh! That’s nice. Don: Wow! That’s REALLY nice. Let’s COMPARE
it to the one we had before. This one has gone a BIT COOLER now, and it’s OXIDIZED slightly,
but we remember the taste. That one’s a bit more WOODY. Celine: Yeah. Don: But I THINK that’s because it’s been
LEFT for a while. Celine: I agree. Don: But is really NICE. Celine: I think you don’t even need to MIX
two pots together. Just brew at 90 degrees. Don: Yeah. I think you’re right. This is EXACTLY
in between. So it’s got the MELON, the FLORAL, the DEW, and the MEADOWY tastes, but it’s
ALSO got that WHISPER of woodiness, those DARKER, MOSSY, NUTTY, kind of ACORNY – those
GREEN acorns. Celine: Then the SWEETNESS of the vanilla
kicks in. Don: Yeah. Celine: But it’s STILL kind of FRESH. Don: And you get the DRYNESS as well. Celine: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Don : You get the QUENCH, the FINISH. It’s
really INTERESTING. So what we’ve ESTABLISHED, really, is that white tea is really, really
SUSCEPTIBLE to different temperatures of brewing, and depending upon your MOOD you can brew
accordingly. So if you feel like a more SOFT, very LIGHT, tea then brew a bit COOLER. If
you feel like a really DARK, LEATHERY – slightly moving into VARNISH, kind of, woody notes
– then brew HOTTER. You know what it is? Celine: What? Don: Image a meadow with like a FOREST right
next to it. So 85 degrees is like STAYING in the meadow, 95 Degrees to BOILING is like
moving into the forest, and you’re starting to pick up those lovely FRESH wood notes and
nuts. And 90 degrees is kind of, you’re STRADDLING
between the meadow and… Celine: Yeah. It’s like PERFECT IMAGERY. Don: So THIS is MY favourite, actually. Celine: Yeah. I agree. I think we’ve been
BOTH proven wrong. Don: Yeah. Exactly. Okay. Well, there you
go. That’s good to know. Celine: That’s all right. Don: OUR favourite is 90 degrees for Silver
Needle. I’m sure that there will be some DIFFERENCES depending on the tea. But EXPERIMENT, PLAY
AROUND. See what you prefer, and WHAT MOOD you’re in – if you feel like staying in the
MEADOW or moving to the FOREST. Celine: Try it out. But DEFINITELY, 90 degrees
is my FAVORITE. Don: DEFINITELY. It hits the RIGHT BALANCE,
doesn’t it. It’s like PERFECT. Celine: Perfect. Don: That’s it Teaheads. If you made it to
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