Monday, February 27, 2012

Tea brewed in boiling water

How do you imagine tea brewed in boiling water taste like?  I found such method in a book.  This method is putting leaves into boiling water to brew, instead of pouring hot water into a teapot with leaves.  It is as descriptive as it says …

“The tea has a rich aroma and color with strong bitterness.  You will find a basic flavor of sencha.  It might be a little too bitter for people who are used to contemporary tea.  You taste sweetness after 2-3 minutes.” 

The description is a little ambiguous to me and I wonder a little.  Why is it referred to as basic tea?  What does contemporary tea means?  You could understand the last statement as “You will have a sweet aftertaste in time” or “The tea in the cup gradually gets sweeter in time”.  Anyhow, I know the tea gets very bitter from my experience, but I was also curious about its actual taste. 

The book doesn’t have a detailed instruction so I assumed the amount of ingredients and brewing time from its context and photos.  This time, I tried conditions as follows;

Tea leaf:  Kabusecha (6g)
Water: 70ml
Brewing time: 45sec

I don’t have a teapot that I can use on fire.  Instead, I used a small pan.  I boiled water in it, and I threw the leaves into the gently boiling water.  The leaves absorbed the water quickly and they kept boiling.  I was planning to brew them for a minute but as I was watching the pan, I realized that it would be too long.  So, I took out the pan from the fire at 45sec.  I poured tea into a cup with the use of a strainer.  It looks very strong, doesn’t it?   I’ll write about it on the next entry.  


  1. Oh man, that sounds weird. Tell me how it goes. It looks like it's going to be really REALLY bitter.

    Speaking of Japanese tea, I just tried a really disappointing flavoured sencha. :c

    1. I have visited your blog. I admire how you describe the tea with uniqe expression. I wish I could write like you. I’ll keep studying Englishヽ(^。^)ノ
      I'll write my tea review on the next post!