Tea’s relation with temperature
Temperature at which the tea is prepared can have a tremendous affect on the taste and flavour of tea.
Tea plant produces different substances mainly called phenols. Phenols play a crucial role in the overall flavour and appearance of the tea and how you brew can affect the behaviour of these phenols.
For instance, Green tea infused with boiling water will most likely be bitter, this bitterness occurs because certain organic substances are released at higher temperature which can impart bitter quality to the tea, whereas if we use water at 60-70 degrees the tea will become lively.
How To Brew Different Varieties of Tea’s
How to Brew White Tea
White tea should be brewed with water that is well below boiling and that higher temperatures will scald the tea. You should generally use water that is around 160 F.
How to Brew Green Tea
If green tea tastes bitter or overly grassy, try brewing it at a lower temperature. Most green teas are best when brewed well below boiling temp (212 F), at somewhere between 150 F and 180 F.
How to Brew Oolong Tea
The best temperature for brewing Oolong tea depends on how you’re preparing it. For Western-style brewing, oolong tea is generally best when brewed between 190 F to 200 F.
How to Brew Black Tea
Some delicate Black teas (like First Flush Darjeeling) require lower brewing temperatures of around 180 F to 190 F. However, most black teas can be brewed between 200 F and 212 F.
For measuring the temperature of water you can use any regular thermometer and brew your cup of tea.