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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #41 on: January 05, 2012, 11:52:53 AM »
I went to Teavana last night and picked up some Dragonwell. Made a cup this morning for my drive to work. Not sure if I steeped it properly but it tasted great! The bag said to steep it for 45 seconds but after that time the water had barely changed color so I left it for about 2 minutes til it was slightly yellow/tan in color. As much as I enjoyed it I cant see myself dropping over $10 for 2 ounces of the stuff :)

I will try the Gyokuru when this one runs out. Thanks again for the suggestions, if anyone has any suggestions for something pre-bagged thats available in the supermarket I would love to hear it.

Lastly, what do you guys use for diffusers that you can put in a cup? I never make a whole pot so it has to be for single serving use. Thanks

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I tell a lot of people this and its something you have to remember when making tea and its that this is not grandmas sweet tea. Its not meant to be really sweet and it isn't meant to have a dark color. You should try it at 45 sec. and if it isn't strong enough DO NOT steep longer just put in more leaves. Over Time you will find your "Sweet spot." I think that why I like tea, theres no exact way to do it. like yoyoing  O0

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« Reply #42 on: January 05, 2012, 03:49:55 PM »
Clifford, another option is to buy a smaller size teaset.  Such things are always available on ebay.. you could get a small porcelain teaset  (this is what I use in tea for 1-or-2 type scenarios).  Or cast iron.. Another thing to look for (I've spent literally hours on ebay doing this) is "yixing" or "zisha" teapots.  They are smaller pots, made out of yixing clay, regional clay of Jiangsu province in China.  This clay is beautiful in color, usually beige to reddish, sometimes green or blue and the rarest is purple.  They are usually reserved for green or oolong teas (and traditionally one type of leaf per pot), as they absorb the color and the flavor of the tea... Some folks swear that this is the way to have tea.  I don't own a yixing pot (nor do I have the room for another teaset in my tiny abode), but I lust after them just the same.  :-o

Or... I bought this infuser for my folks for their birthdays this year...   http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-makers-infusers/p/teavana-perfect-teamaker  They have great gift sets too with this infuser. Tea is my go to gift idea these days.. I always need more.  Specially when the 109 degree heat comes, I start brewing up all the flavored stuff for ice tea 10 cups at a time. ... Effin' Texas..  :-P

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #43 on: January 06, 2012, 09:31:13 AM »
HEY! Thats the infuser I have  ;D

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #44 on: January 07, 2012, 04:32:28 AM »
I can only agree with bensaddiction about the steep time.

Rather use more leaf and less time. You can (at least with the Chinese teas I've been drinking) often get a number of cups / steepings from a serving of tea leaves, so don't think using extra leaf will go to waste. You'll often find some teas only hit their sweet spot after the 2nd or 3rd steeping.

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #45 on: January 07, 2012, 02:02:01 PM »
I can only agree with bensaddiction about the steep time.

Rather use more leaf and less time. You can (at least with the Chinese teas I've been drinking) often get a number of cups / steepings from a serving of tea leaves, so don't think using extra leaf will go to waste. You'll often find some teas only hit their sweet spot after the 2nd or 3rd steeping.
My favorite is the second  :) The first is a bit to strong and the third is a bit light, but that second one MMMMM!

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2012, 02:35:48 PM »
I tend to steep my Gyokuro a good 4 times. The 2nd and 3rd steep are always the best, in my opinion. :)

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #47 on: January 09, 2012, 04:29:05 AM »
So do you just dump the first cup? Or do you drink 3 or 4 cups at a time? Or do you let the leaves dry until the following day and steep them again? I am confused lol
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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #48 on: January 09, 2012, 05:24:50 AM »
Curse this thread.. if i spent as much time yoyoing as i do making or thinking about tea...
on another note. That sakura allure is delicious. Had to order me some. and then some more.

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« Reply #49 on: January 09, 2012, 07:50:05 AM »
So do you just dump the first cup? Or do you drink 3 or 4 cups at a time? Or do you let the leaves dry until the following day and steep them again? I am confused lol

You drink every cup. But, you steep the same leaves multiple times. I usually steep them 3 or 4 times in a 2 hour period.

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« Reply #50 on: January 09, 2012, 09:31:34 AM »
^ Yea, steep a cup, slowly sip and enjoy the flavours. When it's done (say half an hour later), steep the next cup.

I've heard it's best not to let the leaves completely dry out or get very cold in between steepings, but I often leave them for a good few hours.

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« Reply #51 on: January 09, 2012, 12:40:04 PM »
Curse this thread.. if i spent as much time yoyoing as i do making or thinking about tea...
on another note. That sakura allure is delicious. Had to order me some. and then some more.
Yea, its really good  :)

^ Yea, steep a cup, slowly sip and enjoy the flavours. When it's done (say half an hour later), steep the next cup.

I've heard it's best not to let the leaves completely dry out or get very cold in between steepings, but I often leave them for a good few hours.
I've let leaves over night just so I can have my second brewing first thing in the morning  O0

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #52 on: January 09, 2012, 09:12:46 PM »
^ I've also left them overnight and haven't really noticed a difference, but my taste buds aren't at their best when I'm still groggy. I often have two cups in the morning though, and then steep again after work (9-10 hrs later) and haven't noticed a difference.

Is anyone familiar with Peacock tea? I've found Peacock Keemun leaves. The leaves don't look like the best quality, but I've really been enjoying the flavour, so much more flavourful than your typical black tea. I've also ignored the instructions on the box (1tsp, 5min steep, boiling water), used extra leaf and a 1min steep with water below boiling point. About to go for the third steeping...

I actually managed to find a local (South African) agent for Twinings. Apparently Twinings don't export loose leaf to SA, and the range is very limited (they do have bagged Darjeeling though). He also said that they use different blends for different markets, so the Darjeeling (for example) you find in the US or UK, might be a superior blend to one you'd find in a less developed country, such as SA. I was so excited when I found a local specialist tea shop, but they didn't have much, just Twinings, Dilmah, Peacock and Toni Glass...

Still loving the Pi Lo Chun and Ti Guan Yin I get from the Chinese store. They also have have Lake Xiwu (West Lake) Long Jin, but I'm not sure how fresh the leaves are - it tastes a bit bland, maybe even a bit papery, hopefully they'll get fresh stock as this is supposed to be one of the top Chinese teas.

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #53 on: January 12, 2012, 04:20:55 PM »
Hey guys, I just made my bi-weekly stop by teavana and tried some Tai Ping Hou Kui (It was on sale from $33 to about $9  ;D ) I just had the first cup and it was really good, I'm about to try the second.

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #54 on: January 12, 2012, 05:36:54 PM »
I'm not familiar with it.  Could you please describe it?

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« Reply #55 on: January 12, 2012, 06:19:24 PM »
Right now, im enjoying peachberry sutra mixed with weight to go. with honey and raw cane sugar.. I love it..
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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #56 on: January 12, 2012, 09:41:20 PM »
I usually get my teas at teeavana, Samovar and adagio. I prefer adagio a bit more because I've done a lot more business with them in the past. Samovar is definitely one worth checking out as well.  Jessee Jacobs from Samovar is extremely knowledgeable about his teas and they really go out of their way to make sure you're getting quality products.


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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #57 on: January 13, 2012, 11:15:30 AM »
I'm not familiar with it.  Could you please describe it?
It tastes a bit more "nutty" than the others but still a really good cup  O0

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #58 on: January 13, 2012, 01:49:44 PM »
Is anyone familiar with Peacock tea? I've found Peacock Keemun leaves. The leaves don't look like the best quality, but I've really been enjoying the flavour, so much more flavourful than your typical black tea. I've also ignored the instructions on the box (1tsp, 5min steep, boiling water), used extra leaf and a 1min steep with water below boiling point. About to go for the third steeping...

I do love Keemun leaves, in general though I'm not familier with "Peacock" Keemun.  I used to be able to get this wonderful Keemun blended with Lychee... It was like heaven in a cup...  Sounds like you've got a good thing going at the "chinese shop"..   ;)

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Re: Tea anyone?
« Reply #59 on: January 13, 2012, 08:23:11 PM »
^ I got the Keemun from a specialist tea shop (who had never heard of any of my Chinese teas, haha...). The Chinese store I go to has these huge glass jars full of tea - if you want some they pull out a scale and weigh out 50 or 100g and pop it in a paper bag. But yes, really good thing going at the Chinese store ;-)

Been having Keemun as my breakfast tea over the last week, enjoying it very much.

Has anyone tried Lapsang Souchung?