Taiwan oolong tea is best prepared in a small Gong Fu style tea pot. Other brewing methods are possible, but the Gong Fu tea sets are ideal for fully appreciating the flavors and aromas of fine oolong tea.
Gong Fu teapots have traditionally been used for brewing oolong tea, but they can also be used for other types of tea such as black tea or green tea. However, each Gong Fu teapot should be used for just one kind of tea. If you use a teapot for oolong tea, don’t prepare black tea in it.
Part of the esteem that Gong Fu teapots enjoy comes from the fact that these teapots take on the flavor of the tea. After years of use your tea pot will enhance your tea by imparting the accumulated flavors. It has been said it’s like brewing tea in tea.
Seasoning A Gong Fu Teapot
The teapots on the Tea From Taiwan website can be used as bought after a quick rinsing. Over time, they will gradually take on the desirable patina and flavors of a well-used gong fu teapot.
Seasoning a new teapot will impart these desirable qualities right away. Follow these steps to season a new gong-fu teapot:
Boil water in a stainless steel pot. Once the water boils, turn off the heat and lower the teapot into the hot water. A steamer basket can be used to prevent the teapot from sitting directly on the bottom of the pot.
Put the lid on and let the teapot soak overnight.
The next day remove the teapot and rinse it under the tap. Gently rub your fingers over the pot inside and out while rinsing to remove any residue.
Heat fresh water in the same pot with the steamer basket in it. Turn off the heat, lower the teapot into the hot water along with a few tea leaves. The tea will steep and flavor the pot.
Cover the pot and let the teapot soak overnight in the tea. The next day you can rinse the teapot and let it air dry.
Never use soap or put your Gong Fu teapot in the dishwasher. The teapot will absorb the soap flavor. After using your teapot, it just needs a quick rinse in water.