Make Gourmet Drinks: Tea Steeping 101 (Part 2/2)
Yesterday we went over some general suggestions about steeping tea, including specific advice on green, black, and oolong teas. Today let’s take a look at three more types of teas: herbal, white, and rooibos. Though non-tea drinkers may not be familiar with white and rooibos teas, they’re actually great introductions into the exciting world of tea! You can use them as a base for making gourmet drinks, enjoy them with a floral beverage syrup, or just drink them unadorned in traditional tea fashion!
‘Herbal tea’ is a term that covers a lot of territory. That being the case, it’s hard to prescribe specific steeping requirements for the perfect cup of herbal tea. If any suggestions are provided by the tea company, follow those. Otherwise, it’s generally safe to say that herbal teas should be steeped with boiling water for 5-7 minutes. “Over-steeping” is definitely less of an issue with herbal teas than black, green, and white teas.
We recommend experimenting with the flavor of your herbal tea by adding one of our delicious floral beverage syrups to your drink. If you’ve never tried any of our floral beverage syrups before, check out three at one great price when you by a floral three pack, which includes Rose, Violet Lavender, and Orange Blossom. You’ll love them if you like to make gourmet drinks!
White tea is lightly oxidized and withered in natural sunlight, producing a mellow flavor full of health benefits. When properly brewed, it’s a soft, glowing yellow color. White teas should be steeped with water that’s short of boiling (about 180ºF). You want to be careful not to “cook” the leaves with boiling water. Doing so will result in a bitter cup of tea that doesn’t fully release the flavor. Allow loose leaf white tea to steep for just 2-3 minutes. White tea bags can steep for even less time.
Because white teas have such a subtle, mellow flavor, we think they’re best consumed without any added flavoring. Feel free to try a floral beverage syrup with your white tea. However, you might enjoy the flavor more by saving your syrups for a rooibos tea…
Rooibos tea (or red bush tea) comes from South Africa. It has a rich, dark flavor that is slightly nutty and sweet. It’s best steeped with boiling water for about 5 minutes. Though rooibos certainly doesn’t need any additional syrup, we’ve come to love this tea with Amoretti Premium French Vanilla Syrup.