ThinkingOutLoud wrote:Thanks for the encouragement! I don't do anything complicated at all with my (Chinese) greens, which may horrify some of the more dedicated around here. Still, I think I'll wait a bit on the TKY. I have plenty of other great teas to explore first. I'll keep you posted, though!
ThinkingOutLoud, light oolongs are just about the most flexible and forgiving teas there are, that's one of the reasons I like the light oolongs -- and why I like fast women too. It seems no matter how I mess things up, it's still pretty darn good.
But they are also subtle and changeable (mmm, also like fast women), so if you want to play there are additional rewards
hidden in those leaves. I'm a pretty typical guy, however, so I just want to get my reward
quick and don't take the time for play. Tenuki and Chip on the other hand are true students of this stuff, and I always enjoy learning about the nuances they urge out of their tea. I'll never have their coaxing and playful manners, but when they share I always learn something and we are fortunate to have them here to teach us. They just play differently from the way we play.
Chip and Tenuki, within the rather severe limits of white boys in the USA, you are appreciated tea masters and teachers. Thanks so much.
I love it when MarshalN says that people don't realize it but brewing tea is the simplest thing you can do. Then he will write thousands of words on the relative merits of different waters or the pros and cons of this or that amount of leaf. These guys take tea brewing to whole new levels of simple
. It's like zen or meditation or love: after struggling for years to get it right, suddenly it's simple.