Trouble with Bai Hao #40


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Re: Trouble with Bai Hao #40

Postby bcrav1024 » Jun 17th, '11, 16:18

No, I am sorry I forgot about trying it with cooler water... I still have enough for 3 or 4 more sessions of it.

Next time I'll def try it with cooler water at the steep times you suggested, churng.
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Re: Trouble with Bai Hao #40

Postby wyardley » Jun 17th, '11, 18:17

bcrav1024 wrote:Next time I think I'll try Adagio's Ooooh Darjeeling or Dan Cong Aria. I have some experience with Dan Congs so I'll have a better idea as to what I'm doing.

Have you thought about trying a different vendor rather than a different tea from the same vendor?

[And no, I don't know of any specific Oriental Beauty that I'd specifically recommend right now, so I know that's not a super helpful comment.]
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Re: Trouble with Bai Hao #40

Postby bcrav1024 » Jun 17th, '11, 19:09

Yes. I actually like a lot of Adagio's teas. I've tried a good bit of their selection.

There are a few vendors I'd like to check out, like Verdant Tea and Tea Trekker, but for right now I'm content with Adagio. I am about to check out the Magnolia Yu Lan Xian Dan Cong from Tea Habitat soon, though.
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Re: Trouble with Bai Hao #40

Postby bcrav1024 » Jun 24th, '11, 11:50

Quick update -

So last week I finished up the last batch. I'm now convinced my entire bag was bad.

I heated the water to 195 (again the water is filtered) and rinsed the leaves for less than 10 seconds... they smelled completely burnt. I let the water cool to about 180 degrees and steeped for a little under a minute -- tasted SUPER burnt.

So this week I've received my sampels of Dan Cong Aria and Ooooh Darjeeling (which I'm currently drinking right now), and I haven't had any issues with either of them.
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Re: Trouble with Bai Hao #40

Postby TIM » Jun 24th, '11, 12:56

Get something better from teamasters. It will help you understand what is bad Bai Hao and what is real.... It took me more then 10 years to find that out :oops:
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Re: Trouble with Bai Hao #40

Postby teaisme » Jun 24th, '11, 16:31

bcrav1024 wrote:... they smelled completely burnt. I let the water cool to about 180 degrees and steeped for a little under a minute -- tasted SUPER burnt.


That's awful. I would strongly recommend you branch out. Tea trekker and the Magnolia Yu Lan Xian Dan Cong seems like it would be a great step up.

ahhhhhhhh people and their comfort zones. :? Break FREEEEEEE drink some good tea!
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