Monday is TeaDay, 4/21/08


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Chamekke asks, what, if anything, do you dislike about tea preparation and "enjoyment?"

Picking the tea
1
2%
Picking the teaware
0
No votes
Heating the water, watched pot not boiling fast enough
4
7%
Getting the temperature right
2
4%
Getting the amount of leaf right
1
2%
Getting the time right/the waiting
2
4%
Overbrewing/bitter brew, Underbrewing/too light
9
16%
Scalding my fingers, mouth
4
7%
Cleaning all the teaware after each use
21
38%
Descaling my teaware
4
7%
Other
5
9%
Late entry...there is no part I dislike
3
5%
 
Total votes : 56

Postby Chip » Apr 21st, '08, 16:27

witches brew wrote:Cleaning and putting everything away is probably the least fun part of making tea. I'm always concerned that I'll knock the spout off the kyuusu or something equally klutzy. I do put down a rubber mat in the sink, just in case a cup slips from my soapy fingers.

I must admit I have never de-scaled a tea kettle in my life. Is that only for glass kettles? Does putting a stainless steel kettle through the dishwasher accomplish the same thing? Should I rush home and put vinegar in my kettle right now? Will the tea police revoke my brewing privileges? :?

I have Adagio's White Peach in my cup right now. Earlier today I enjoyed a peppermint tisane.


You would likely know if you need to descale. Seriously!!!

I had the Pu from last night sitting in my gaiwan...smelled good, brewed it again...Pu never quits. It was really quite good still. I needed my gaiwan for oolong and had to discard the Pu leaves with some hesitation and reservation...hate throwing away flavor.

Wu Ling Taiwan oolong...always very good...but not quite great.
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Postby motokochan » Apr 21st, '08, 17:35

While there are many things I find irritating, I wouldn't say there is anything I really dislike. My tea is uneven sometimes because I don't check the water temperature with a thermometer, nor do I use a scale (too cheap for both), but that is part of the fun for me I guess.

Today was two mugs of Casablanca Twist in the morning (one at home, a second steep for the travel mug). I just finished a brew of Genmaicha to get me through the afternoon.
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Postby henley » Apr 21st, '08, 18:13

The verdict is still out on the Yunnan Gold from earlier today. It has an unusual taste that I find familar but can't quite place but it was a really nice black tea. I'm looking forward to another cup later on tonight. Sorry, CynTEAa. Looks like it's staying with me afterall. :wink:

The timer's not a problem for me as long as I remember to set the timer on the stove. Thankfully it has an obnoxious feature of beeping until physically turned off which helps keep me from getting distracted by other things.
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Postby Chip » Apr 21st, '08, 18:29

henley wrote:The verdict is still out on the Yunnan Gold from earlier today. It has an unusual taste that I find familar but can't quite place but it was a really nice black tea. I'm looking forward to another cup later on tonight. Sorry, CynTEAa. Looks like it's staying with me afterall. :wink:


...peppery???
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Postby henley » Apr 21st, '08, 18:38

Chip wrote:
henley wrote:The verdict is still out on the Yunnan Gold from earlier today. It has an unusual taste that I find familar but can't quite place but it was a really nice black tea. I'm looking forward to another cup later on tonight. Sorry, CynTEAa. Looks like it's staying with me afterall. :wink:


...peppery???

See, that's the thing I was expecting. After all the chat around here regarding this tea, I kinda knew to expect that. Heck, it even mentions it in the description. But I didn't taste that. I'll have to drink some more to see if I can figure it out.
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Postby Victoria » Apr 21st, '08, 19:00

Well it's peppery but a sweet peppery. Not your usual pepper.

I really enjoy this one, just having recently promoted it to my top 3 blacks.
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Postby LavenderPekoe » Apr 21st, '08, 19:31

Hay? That's what it reminds me of. :)
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Postby Ron Gilmour » Apr 21st, '08, 19:44

Olivierco, your Darjeeling posting filled me with tea-lust.

Currently drinking 2007 Old Banzhang Arbor Pu-erh. Drinkable, but nothing to get excited about.
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Postby henley » Apr 21st, '08, 20:13

Victoria wrote:Well it's peppery but a sweet peppery. Not your usual pepper.

:idea: *runs off to make another pot*

Victoria, that's it. I was expecting pepper that bites rather than being sweet. Thanx.

And you're right, Lav, it does smell like hay!
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Postby chamekke » Apr 21st, '08, 20:22

Currently drinking some genmaicha... yum.
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Postby Chip » Apr 21st, '08, 20:34

TeaThree, Sakura Sencha...maybe houjicha in my near future???
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Postby jim109 » Apr 21st, '08, 20:40

jogrebe wrote:
Terrasi wrote:I almost always mess up the time because I think "okay, 3 minutes, that's 3 minutes I can go check my email, oh look, teachat, maybe I'll just read a few people's comments. Oh my, 15 minutes have passed?! Oh darn, my tea tastes like a bitter, evil, witches brew".

And so, I need a timer that beeps at me or something.

In my cup: chamomile, time to sleep.


Sounds like you have to download Adagio's free tea timmer program for windows.

i can't get that to work!! It "unzips" then I can't find it!! Any ideas" thanks jim
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Postby Wesli » Apr 21st, '08, 22:20

Burning my fingers for sure!

When I'm holding my gaiwan up to my zoji, filling it, and some of that water hits my fingers.... my natural reaction is to drop it! NOES! I've learned to hang on!
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Postby Victoria » Apr 21st, '08, 22:48

jim109 wrote: I can't get that to work!! It "unzips" then I can't find it!! Any ideas" thanks jim


Most likely it is here, go to:
My Computer
C Drive
Program Files
Tea Timer

Open the folder and right click on the timer and choose send to desktop

If you can't find it there - try: Start Menu - Search - TEA TIMER
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