Steeping/Infusing Your Tea Leaves More Than Once
by Naomi Rosen
I drank tea in high school. What up Bigelow Constant Comment! On occasion, I would get even lazier and attempt to pour boiling water over those same tea leaves a second time and always came up with a dreary, fairly tasteless hot cup of semi-brown water. Thank goodness for Chicago showing me the error of my ways! When I was introduced to loose leaf tea, I discovered that tea could be so much more flavorful! My only qualm was that loose leaf tea was a bit pricier than the bagged stuff, and I began drinking less tea so that I wouldn't go through my stash so quickly. One day, while catching up on the news (Insert: People.com), I saw a ticker ad that mentioned something about re-steeping your tea. Intrigued, I googled "Can you resteep loose leaf tea?" and I was ecstatic to find that good tea could be re-steeped multiple times. Thus began my real steeping adventures.
- White and Green teas - two steepings
- Flavored/Blended black teas - two steepings
- Unflavored/Orthodox black teas - three steepings (In the case of Darjeelings, the second steeping is the best!)
- Oolongs ("over-achievers") - four or five steepings (with the second and third being the most flavorful)
- Puerhs or Dark Teas - I've had puerhs that were steeped up to 18 times! No joke. That's 18, as in the legal voting age.