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The Ultimate Guide to Tea Steeping Times

When it comes to savoring the perfect cup of tea, there's more to it than dunking a tea bag in boiling water. It's a cherished ritual, revered in the tea community as an art form. Steeping is the delicate balance between time, temperature, and technique — a ritual that can elevate your tea-drinking experience to new heights.

So, whether you're a seasoned tea connoisseur or embarking on your tea journey, mastering the art of steeping is paramount for crafting the ideal cup. In this guide, we'll delve into recommended steeping times for various types of tea, empowering you to brew with confidence and precision.

Let’s dive in! 

How Long to Steep White Tea

White tea, delicate and subtle, requires a gentle touch when it comes to steeping. If steeped for too long, you might end up with a bitter brew, so keep an eye on the clock! Here's a quick rundown:

  • Temperature: 160-185°F
  • Steep Time: 1-3 minutes 

How Long to Steep Green Tea

The ever-popular elixir of antioxidants, green tea demands a bit of finesse to bring out its best qualities:

  • Temperature: 140-185°F
  • Steep Time: 1-3 minutes

How Long to Steep Black Tea

Bold and robust, black tea can withstand longer steeping times without becoming bitter. We recommend: 

  • Temperature: 200-212°F
  • Steep Time: 3-5 minutes

How Long to Steep Darjeeling Tea 

Known as the "Champagne of Teas," Darjeeling tea has a unique muscatel flavor. Give it the time it needs to steep, and you'll be rewarded with a cup as elegant as it is delicious. Here’s how: 

  • Temperature: 185-195°F
  • Steep Time: 2-4 minutes

How Long to Steep Oolong Rolled Tea 

Oolong tea offers a complex range of flavors, from floral and fruity to creamy and toasty, making it a true work of art. Here’s how to unlock its full potential: 

  • Temperature: 185-205°F
  • Steep Time: 3-5 minutes

How Long to Steep Oolong Long Leaf Tea 

Unlike Oolong rolled tea, Oolong long leaf tea requires a longer steeping time to infuse its flavors fully. We recommend: 

  • Temperature: 185-205°F
  • Steep Time: 4-7 minutes

How Long to Steep Tisane Tea 

Tisane, or herbal tea, is made from dried herbs, flowers, fruits, and spices. With its herbal infusion, this tea is like a soothing balm for the soul. Here’s how to brew it for maximum relaxation: 

  • Temperature: 200°F
  • Steep Time: 5-7 minutes

How Long to Steep Raw Pu-erh Tea

Raw pu-erh tea, with its earthy flavor, is a favorite among connoisseurs. Keep a close eye on it as it steeps; even an extra minute can alter its flavor profile. Here's how to brew it for a truly authentic experience:

  • Temperature: 195-205°F
  • Steep Time: 2-4 minutes

How Long to Steep Half & Full Baked Pu-erh Tea

Half and full baked pu-erh tea, with its deep, rich flavor, is as satisfying as it is memorable. Here's how to brew it to make the most of it: 

  • Temperature: 205-212°F
  • Steep Time: 3-5 minutes

Tea Brewing Chart 

Still feeling a bit overwhelmed? Don't worry — we’ve got you covered. Here's a quick reference chart you can come back to for all your tea-steeping time needs: 

  • White Tea: 1-3 minutes
  • Green Tea: 2-3 minutes
  • Black Tea: 3-5 minutes
  • Darjeeling Tea: 3-4 minutes
  • Oolong Rolled Tea: 4-6 minutes
  • Oolong Long Leaf Tea: 5-7 minutes
  • Tisane Tea: 5-7 minutes
  • Raw Pu-erh Tea: 3-5 minutes
  • Half & Full Baked Pu-erh Tea: 3-5 minutes

All in all, mastering the art of tea steeping takes practice and exploration. Use these recommended steeping times as a starting point, and allow your senses to guide you on a journey of discovery. 

In the meantime, choose your favorite Art of Tea blends and try our recommendations to see if you unlock new dimensions of flavor and aroma. With every sip, you’ll be creating moments of joy and connection.

Happy steeping!