You may always need to adjust brewing methods based on specific teas and your own taste preference. But here are some simple suggestions to begin with. Some of them are commonly used, while you may also find some of them contradicting brewing instructions from other sources. They always work for us. It's your decision how well they work for you. Your comments, suggestions and critics are always welcome!
- For Oolong, we recommend a small (2-6 oz.) teapot or gaiwan (traditional wisdom!), OR a mug (easy and safe!). We don't recommend teapots larger than 10 oz.
- For Green Tea, we recommend a mug, or a liquor glass of comparable size. We don't recommend teapots larger than 10 oz. Compared with mug brewing, small teapots demand greater care about infusion time.
1a. Oolong, ball-shaped dry tea leaves
1b. Oolong, Wuyi Yan Cha (Rock Tea) with strip-shaped dry tea leaves
1c. Oolong, Feng Huang (Phoenix) Dan Cong (Single Bush)
1d. Oolong, Go easy...
(recommended if you would like to go easy; not recommended if the tea is expensive to you and you expect very strong flavor in every sip.)
* Estimate how much oolong tea leaves to use in Gong Fu style:
2a. Chinese Green Tea (except for all-bud varieties)
2b. Chinese early spring Green Tea with mostly leaf buds
3. Chinese Red Tea
Same as "2a". When using a teapot, leave the lid OFF and steep for 1 minute for each of the first 2 infusions.