Brewing a Great Tasting Cup of Tea
Whether you are brewing yourself a cup of tea or leaving it to the Tea Sommelier, here are some tips:
Amount of Tea Leaves – Using the right amount of tea is critical to the outcome of the tea taste. A basic method is to follow the instructions that come along with your tea purchase. You could make the necessary adjustments to suit your preference.
Quality of the water – The quality of the water plays an important part to the desired taste. This is especially so for premium tea such as the High Mountain Tea. At DGC Tea, we use special filtered water and spring water.
Temperature of Water – Each variety of tea (from White to Pu-erh) needs to be prepared at different range of temperature. Too high a temperature may cause the tea to taste bitter and lose some of the delicate aroma. Too low a temperature may cause the tea to be under extracted and the tea will taste flat.
Duration of Steeping – Similar to water temperature, different types of tea need to be brewed for different lengths of time. The best way is to start with the recommended steeping time and make the necessary adjustments if desired.
Tea Steeping Vessel – Although it is the least critical, the material of the tea pot or tea cup will also affect the quality of the tea infusion. The aesthetics of the tea pot, cup or bowl can sometimes enhance the presentation and enjoyment of tea.
What is the Best Cup of Tea?
This is a question commonly raised by new tea drinkers which we have also asked many tea masters from various parts of the world. Similar to the answer given by coffee experts on what is the best cup of coffee, the unanimous answer is - the best cup of tea is the one you enjoy the most! Your need, taste bud, mood of the day and even your personality can affect the type of tea you prefer and enjoy.
Quick Guide On Tea
Name of the tea
It will give you a clue on the source of the tea.
Classification of Tea
Tea could be classified into 6 types: White Tea, Yellow Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea (or Red Tea) and Pu-erh Tea (or Dark Tea)
Country of Production
China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India,
Sri Lanka, and etc.
Things to note - overall appearance of the tea, aroma of the dry leaf, aroma of the liquor, colour of the liquor, aroma & appearance of the wet leaf and flavour of the liquor.
While there is vast information on tea available online, from books and through courses, here is a quick guide on tea.
Our Tea Journey
Over the past decade, there is a rapid growth in the demand of premium quality loose tea leaves due to an increased recognition of the health benefits of tea. However, the mixing of inferior tea leaves with good ones and the use of artificial flavours are commonly being practised in industry. In 2015, I wanted to offer good grade tea at affordable prices. As I embark on my tea learning journey, I discovered so much about tea that a new chapter began in my life!
Just like the way I started my coffee journey; I researched on tea and took up professional courses in Australia and U.S.A. I visited several tea plantations to learn more about tea – from how they are grown, cultivated, processed and packaged to how they are prepared, brewed and presented. My conclusion is that a simple cup of tea is no simple matter.
There are over 10,000 tea varieties today and I personally visit tea plantations to select tea leaves to ensure quality sips.
DGC Tea seeks to redefine lifestyle by refreshing an interest in tea, renewing the tea culture, and revitalising the tea industry. Through our tea, we also hope to refresh minds, renew bodies, and revitalise life in general.
White, Yellow, Green, Oolong, Black and Pu-erh – they are grown, harvested and processed differently for optimal taste and flavour.
DGC Special Tea Blend
From Crème Brulee to Monday Blueberry, our tea blends are not only delicious and fun, they are free from artificial flavourings.