In general, Mrs. Li recommends sipping your tea from a tempered glass and sipping all day.
To make tea like Mrs. Li does at her home in Dragonwell, you will need a few things:
- a tempered glass or a mug, about 12 oz
- 4-5 grams of Mrs. Li’s Shi Feng Dragonwell
- filtered water, boiled and cooled to about 85-90° C / 185-195° F
First, add your tea leaves to your glass.
Next, pour a small amount of water into the glass – until its about 1/3 full – taking care to pour along the side of the glass first. Pouring the water on the side of the glass will cool the water just a little bit before it hits the leaves.
Now, the leaves have a small protective layer of water covering them. Add more water now to fill your glass. If you’d like, you can use a dipping motion as you pour. This motion will agitate the leaves and start them dancing and swirling.
You can start sipping right away. Simply blow the leaves away before you sip, or filter them out with your teeth. Feel free to eat any leaves that sneak into your sip! The cup of tea will get stronger the longer you sip, the longer it steeps and the less water remains in the cup.
Add more water when you get about 2/3 or 3/4 through your cup, and repeat all day. Start again with new leaves after about four hours.
Whatever you do, remember Mrs. Li’s advice: don’t cover your cup! Brewing uncovered will keep the water temperature cool enough. Covering your cup risks over-steeping your tea.
Want a lighter cup of tea as you sip? Try using less tea leaves, or cooler water. Prefer a stronger, more robust cup of tea? You can use as much leaf as you want, according to your own taste. For example, Mrs. Li’s husband prefers to use about 10 grams of tea in his mug, while Mrs. Li sticks with 5 grams for herself and for guests.
For more brewing tips, you can check out our article on the fundamentals of brewing.
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