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New To Teas

Postby bmanncsus » Feb 15th, '08, 19:11

Hello Everyone. I just ordered the ingenuitea starter pack with the black tea sample and a green sampler this past week. I have read to put 1 teaspoon per cup of water is this correct? as well as steeping the black teas for 5 mins. So far I have had the yunnan gold and I am currently drinking the irish breakfast. They have both been very smooth and not that bold and dark. I am doing something wrong or was I just expecting something with a stronger flavor? I am used to drinking twinings earl grey teabags and they have been stronger then what i have been making with my new stuff. Any help would be great.
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Postby Sam. » Feb 15th, '08, 19:19

As long as you're putting 1 tsp per 1 cup of boiling water (for blacks) you should be fine. Make sure not to use just 1 tsp for the entire ingeuiTEA, as it's actually two cups when full. I don't drink much black tea though so maybe someone else could give you more tips!
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Postby bmanncsus » Feb 15th, '08, 19:30

I have been putting in 2 tsp for the whole thing. So idk I might just experiment with different stuff to see what i like best.
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Postby osadczuk » Feb 17th, '08, 03:11

Personally I have found that with some of the longer leaf black teas 3 tso in the IngenuiTEA work the best - it holds approx 16 ounces, and it's 1 tsp/6 oz., so I round up and I definitely found it made a huge difference in the quality of my tea.
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Postby bmanncsus » Feb 17th, '08, 14:05

alright cool I will definitely try 3 tsp next time I make some which will be very soon.
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Postby skywarrior » Feb 20th, '08, 01:39

If it's too thin, more tea would be my vote.
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Postby GeoffK » Feb 20th, '08, 03:31

Don't be afraid to 'play around with it'. You may need different amounts for different teas. Also you can vary your brewing times. I had an assam that I had to keep playing with to get it to perfect. For me I found that it was pretty unforgiving in terms of steeping too long, so I used more tea and a shorter brewing time.

Tea in many ways is more art than science... it's just being able to repeat that art over and over again reliably that's the trick :)
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