Water quality ?
Sep 20, 2020
Ritual & Secrets of Mint Tea
What Water for your Mint Tea?
“Mountain spring water is the best; then comes river water; the water from the well is the worst. ”
Lu-Yu, Tea Master (8th century)
In his world reference work, “Chajing” (茶 經, chá jīng) - The Classic of Tea - Master Lu-Yu describes precisely the art of tea - from the cultivation of the tea plant to the infusion tea.
Regarding the ideal water for tea, Lu Yu concludes that water from a mountain is the best. He boils the water, adds salt and when the water boils a little harder, he adds the tea. When the water boils so hard that it trembles, he adds cold water and the tea is ready to serve.
Composed of more than 95% of water, your Mint Tea is greatly influenced by the quality of the water. Therefore, unsuitable water will make mint tea bad regardless of the quality of the tea leaves, while good water will further improve the taste of mint tea.
Tap water itself contains chemicals that can affect the taste of Mint Tea.
Filtered tap water can enhance the flavor of Mint Tea .
Quality spring water is usually the best choice. From the variety of bottled spring waters, select a chlorine-free, tasteless water - ideally with a neutral pH and a total dissolved solids content of 30 ppm or less. Water with a pH greater than 8.5 is considered hard water and will bring a strong bitterness to your Mint Tea.
Mineral water is too rich in minerals and alters the flavors of your Mint Tea.
Avoid distilled water when brewing tea. This is because distilled water is low in minerals and brings a flat taste to your Mint Tea .
When the water is brought to a boil, it changes composition. When it boils, gases escape in the form of vapor. This vapor contains volatile compounds and nitrates which settle on the surface of the water when it cools. When water is boiled again, these same volatile components become toxic ... and possibly carcinogenic ...
To enjoy your Mint Tea :
- Select the best water
- Be sure to change the water in the kettle between each use.
- Clean your kettle regularly and descale with white vinegar.
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