Have you taken a moment to watch the dance of the tea leaves before? As water is poured into the teapot, the tea leaves begin to move in ecstasy, dancing from one side to the other, spinning and twirling as they go.
The dance of the tea leaves, also known as the agony of the tea leaves, has captured the attention of poets, romantics and tea lovers for centuries. It’s something that the Stir Tea team never grow tired of watching, and today we’re here to share our love of this experience with you.
Watching the Dance of the Tea Leaves
As part of the incredible craft of producing tea, the tea master has effectively put the tea leaves to sleep. The process of brewing those leaves awakens them. When our loose leaf tea leaves steep in a brewing vessel, they twirl and whirl without abandon. Each curled up leaf slowly unfurls, releasing its stored oils, complex flavours and aromas. The water gently teases and coaxes each leaf to open from their cocoon-like shape. Leaves can move freely throughout the teapot, only restrained by the water it is within, providing you with a satisfying and tasty brew to enjoy within a few minutes.
The resulting brew will have more flavour and complexity that a tea bag has where the leaves cannot move freely without bumping into one another. There is limited room for the tea bag particles to expand and unfurl themselves.
Achieving the Perfect Cup of Tea with Your Dancing Tea Leaves
“How do you achieve the perfect brew?” we hear you say. Well, it all begins when you purchase some of the finest loose leaf tea available in New Zealand, here at Stir Tea! From here, it’s all about the storage and preparation, and we have a downloadable PDF which details the process for you.
To watch the dancing tea leaves, we recommend brewing your cuppa in a glass vessel, such as a glass tea mug or teapot. Pop inside the glass vessel the recommended quantity of tea, then add water at the recommended optimal temperature (both dependent on your tea type). Leave the tea to steep according to its variety, before using a strainer or infuser to remove the leaves (set aside to be used again if green or white tea leaf).
We’d love to talk more with you about creating the perfect cuppa and share with you our love of the dance of the tea leaves. Please get in touch via phone, email or meet with us at one of the local Queenstown markets we attend.
Posted: Monday 30 September 2019