Tea & Water Quality
We do everything we can to make your tea great.
The rest is up to you!
We spend a lot of time and effort selecting teas that we love, and that we think you’ll love, too. We care about tea storage and packaging. We want you to have a great cup of Fusion Tea every time.
And yet, there’s only so much we can do. After all, we can’t go to your house and brew your tea for you.
But we CAN help you make your tea even better, and that’s just what we intend to do. This email marks the beginning of a month-long series of blog posts on brewing better tea.
A journey into better tea begins…
Today, we’re starting with the first big way you can improve your tea’s flavor and aroma, especially in the case of a straight, pure tea like our sweetly nuanced Organic Clouds & Mist Green Tea or our delicate, earthy Silver Needle White Tea. It’s so obvious, you might miss it. It’s the water that you use to brew your tea.
Which water is best?
For great tea every time, filtered water is usually the best way to go. This is especially important if you have hard water. Otherwise, you end up with a mineral-y tasting tea, and those fleeting floral notes of your Organic Sungma Darjeeling will get plowed under.
Newbie errors to avoid
You might be thinking, “So, less is more with minerals, eh? How about using distilled water to brew my tea?” Less is more, true. But none is no good, either. You need some minerals in your water to give your tea some oomph. Otherwise, it simply tastes flat. That means you’d loose the roasty, woodsy, honeyed tones of your Dark Pearl Formosa Oolong… and we KNOW you don’t want that to happen!
It’s also important that you avoid stagnant water for your tea, as stagnant water picks up unpleasant aromas and flavors and loses its oxygen, making it (ahem) less than ideal for brewing. So, if you use a pitcher-style filter, it’s best if the filtered water was recently run through a filter (as in, within the last few hours).
Next up? Water heating and temperatures. In the meantime, check out these two amazing, orthodox teas…
Silver Needle White Tea is one of our favorite pure, unflavored teas. Clean, grassy and sweet, it’s a complete treat on its own. That said, it also pairs beautifully with Manchego cheese, hearty crackers and fresh fruit…
From our Clouds and Mist tasting notes:
… light and sweet and enigmatic, like walking through the mists of an ancient tea forest high on a Chinese mountaintop. Sweet, fruity notes transform into a soft, gauzy aftertaste of purple grapes and lemon…