What Tea Are You Drinking Today? (Part 3)
Posted 23 September 2011 - 04:06 PM
WC - I'll have to try your "hot start" method. Never heard of it before.
Chris - I am about to put in an order with Greg at Norbu for a variety of teas and I plan to give this Taiwanese Lapsong Souchong cousin a try. The very fine Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong from mainland China does not often get into the US compared to the ubiquitous brash tea usually exported to the US as Lapsang Souchong, so a high quality alternative is welcome.
All - Expect to see an announcement of the next Tea Tasting & Discussion and the free teas offered tomorrow.
Posted 23 September 2011 - 06:28 PM
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 01:48 PM
Note that a new Tea Tasting & Discussion has started in this eG Coffee & Tea Forum. Check it out for some rare and unusual Japanese teas.
So what teas are you all brewing in your part of the world?
Posted 28 September 2011 - 08:02 AM
There has also been a lot of White Oolong from Norbu (finished off my second package of this now-favorite tea already); some pleasant shu puerh from a super-densely compacted smaller Tuo, that required a chocolate pick to remove enough leaf for a brewing; and several sessions of Huang Jin Gui from Norbu, brewed at room temp in the big thermos. Still lots of greener oolongs but today it's distinctly gray outside and I am craving Yancha and puerh.
One unpleasant episode recently started with the HJG room temp brewings: after doing this four or five days in a row, keeping the thermos almost constantly filled with room-temperature leaves and water, I thought I smelled something a bit off before I filled it for the next batch, and decided to wash the thermos out with soap. In a great hurry to prepare a day's worth of tea on my way out the door a few days later, I turned to cold-brewing--dropped in some leaf, added tap water, and left the house. Later that day, I discovered that even fine tea leaves cannot overcome the vileness of residual soap flavor.....oh, the horror of wasted tea!
Posted 29 September 2011 - 08:10 AM
Posted 29 September 2011 - 01:29 PM
I have been looking for the mighty leaf Darjeeling that Andi recommends, but i cant seem to find it round here. There is better Darjeeling out there than the Taylor stuff, but they sell it at whole foods, and some one gave me a gift certificate so I have been going with it.
Posted 01 October 2011 - 12:52 PM
Posted 01 October 2011 - 06:05 PM
BTW, the current TT&D free rare Japanese tea samples are available to two members. If you are interested, read through that topic and shoot me a PM. TT&D newbies are welcome.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 04:07 PM
So, what's in your tea cup?
Posted 02 October 2011 - 04:28 PM
Posted 04 October 2011 - 12:15 PM
And what teas have you all been brewing in your part of the world?
Posted 04 October 2011 - 03:35 PM
Posted 05 October 2011 - 06:50 PM
In the last few days, there has also been some 2009 Lao Cong Quin Ti - Osmanthus Fragrance Phoenix Oolong from Tea Habitat--another fruity and spicy and lovely Dan Cong; Bai Yun Yunnan oolong from Norbu and a last bit of Mu Zha Ti Guan Yin from Dragon Tea House; Lao Cha Tou ripe puerh and 2007 White Bud Sheng, both Norbu teas, and some spicy sweet Dong Ding green oolong; and a little Tai Ping Hou Kui from Jing Tea Shop. Green, green oolong, dark oolong, puerh......
Posted 07 October 2011 - 09:05 PM
Posted 09 October 2011 - 03:36 PM
And you all?
Posted 10 October 2011 - 09:25 PM
Later, finished off the Wuliang Shan loose sheng from Norbu, one of several young shengs that taught me how fun aggressive young sheng can be.
Posted 12 October 2011 - 09:20 AM
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:37 PM
The last two afternoons I have been sampling the rare Japanese Kamairachi teas featured in the current Tea Tasting & Discussion. Very interesting. Check it out.
So what's in your tea cup today?
Posted 25 October 2011 - 03:53 PM
Today, finishing up my Ito En yawaragi bancha. Need to clear some space for better tea...
Edited by Hassouni, 25 October 2011 - 03:54 PM.
Posted 26 October 2011 - 12:42 PM
Posted 01 November 2011 - 05:31 PM
Posted 03 November 2011 - 08:59 PM
I did make an unpleasant discovery about some delicious Dong Ding oolong that did not take to being held in my thermos over the afternoon, but that's about the worst thing that's happened in my week in tea.
Posted 08 November 2011 - 06:05 PM
For the record I measured out 8g into a 10-12 oz mug with a strainer insert, using water that was off the boil until bubbles stopped forming. Didn't measure the temperature, but I'm very happy with the results of the first infusion.
Posted 13 November 2011 - 02:20 PM
-overheard from a 105 year old man
"The only time to eat diet food is while waiting for the steak to cook" - Julia Child
Posted 16 November 2011 - 09:17 AM
my favorites so far have been:
darjeeling diamond-arya estate
darjeeling ftggfop1-goomtt estate