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Complete tea noob in need of help

Postby GBAM » Jan 13th, '11, 13:00

After being told of the drastic difference between storebought teabags and loose teas, I purchased Adagio's oolong dragon sampler...and I can't seem to get these robust flavors everyone talks about...could someone please thell me how to properly steep tea (with minimal equipment..I dont exactly have teapots, kettles, and the like...just pots, mugs and a strainer...)
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Re: Complete tea noob in need of help

Postby fracol » Jan 13th, '11, 17:29

Well first I would like to say welcome to TC TEACHAT your sure place for tea info around the clock :lol:

Anyways as far as your problem it could be a numerous amount of things. Most likely I would say you are doing one of three things wrong.

1. How hot is the water you are using. Typically if you want your oolong to be really robust you should use hotter water. Maybe 180's or 190's but not quite boiling.

2. Length of steeping time...Usually the more robust, the longer the time possiably 3 or 4 minutes at max but if it starts tasting the slightest bit bitter you know you have gone tooooo far.

3. Amount of tea....again more tea means more robust of a flavor but if it starts turning bitter adjust accordingly.

And most people on here would kill me for suggesting this butttttt sometimes adding sugar will help add body to the brew. Shhhhhh don't tell everyone else I said that :D


As far as your equipment. If you have a kettle use that to heat up your water, otherwise you can use a microwave if you want. And if you have a strainer just put tea in that, put the strainer full of tea into the mug of hot water, then lift out the strainer when the tea is done brewing and WALAAAAAA a nice cup of tea.

Hope this helped a little
happy brewing :wink:
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Re: Complete tea noob in need of help

Postby nonc_ron » Jan 15th, '11, 15:44

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Re: Complete tea noob in need of help

Postby Proinsias » Jan 15th, '11, 19:46

What fracol said.

To increase flavour use more tea, longer steeps and hotter water in varying combinations.

It's often helpful to completely ignore brewing advice given by vendors
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Re: Complete tea noob in need of help

Postby Proinsias » Jan 15th, '11, 19:48

and worth bearing in mind that the beauty of many fine teas is in the subtleties, if you're used to milk, sugar or sweeteners it may take a period of adjustment
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Re: Complete tea noob in need of help

Postby fracol » Jan 16th, '11, 20:39

Oh ya totally agree, try not to get into the sugar and milk and lemon thing. I at one point could not enjoy a cup of tea without sugar, but eventually I got off of it. Hardly ever use it anymore.
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