Memorial Day 2008


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Space Samurai asks, which tea did you find most difficult to brew?

Black
3
6%
Oolong
7
14%
Green
34
67%
White
1
2%
Pu-erh
0
No votes
Yellow
0
No votes
Rooibos
0
No votes
Yerbe mate
1
2%
Herbal
0
No votes
Other
5
10%
 
Total votes : 51

Postby TimeforTea » May 26th, '08, 10:25

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CARNELIAN!!!
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Postby chamekke » May 26th, '08, 10:57

Happy birthday, Carnelian! {waves}

Happy Memorial Day, American TeaChatters! {waves again}

In my cup... orange juice. Heh. I'll get to the shincha later.

Hardest to brew? So far, definitely green. I love it, but certain greens can be unforgiving sometimes. Even a minute change in a variable can make a world of difference: a small difference in temperature, steeping a few seconds more or less, the amount of leaf, the phase of the moon.... At times I feel like Madame Curie in her lab. Of course some people may argue that it's the experimentation that makes it fun :wink:
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Postby Victoria » May 26th, '08, 11:00

Greens for me - it's all so exacting - the additional equipment - scales and thermometer and timing everything so precise. Not sure I have even done it correctly yet.

Happy Birthday Carnelian!

My morning brew - magnolia oolong in my new cloisonne cup:

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Postby insanitylater » May 26th, '08, 11:25

i chose greens because it's pretty easy to screw them up. currently drinking a bottle of cold brewed shincha (hibiki farmer's) and it's amazing. i used more leaf than usual in less water and very happy with the result



happy birthday carnelian
have a good memorial day
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Postby Beidao » May 26th, '08, 11:39

Happy birthday, Carnelian! :D

I find Darjeeling first flushes the hardest to brew. The ones I've tried have been very unforgiving.

Now drinking the last green rooibos :cry:
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Postby joelbct » May 26th, '08, 11:40

Wow Sal, you have a talent. Are you a studio photographer by trade, or just as a hobby?

Starting my day with the Assam Meleng FTGFOP1 again. It is gorgeous out, and I wish you all a splendid memorial day.

(Drinking tea of the former-British-Empire often induces one to use words like "splendid")
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Postby Chip » May 26th, '08, 11:43

Happy birthday Carnelian!!!

Hmmm...yeah, generally greens, to bring out the beautiful subtleties can be really challenging. But greens in general are the most unforgiving and most challenging.

Hands on training should be more available, but unfortunately it isn't, so we often brew and learn. Not that I am an expert, but it would be very cool to share what I do know hands on with those of sincere interest. Unfortunately, distance so often prevents this from happening.

Let me see...oh yeah, Shincha Fukamushi Supreme in my cup.

I need to figure out what and how to bring along to picnics today.
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Postby Chip » May 26th, '08, 11:45

Special announcement with TeaDay tomorrow...check it out!!!
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Postby TimeforTea » May 26th, '08, 12:34

Victoria wrote:My morning brew - magnolia oolong in my new cloisonne cup:

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Lovely cup, Victoria!! It even matches your beautiful avatar!! Great choice in tea, too! :wink:
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Postby PolyhymnianMuse » May 26th, '08, 12:56

Chip wrote:Special announcement with TeaDay tomorrow...check it out!!!


where? where?
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Postby GeoffK » May 26th, '08, 12:56

Drinking some Yunan Gold this AM from my local tea shop (Serenity Art). Yum.

Happy Memorial Day.
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Postby olivierco » May 26th, '08, 12:57

I 'd say green teas are most difficult to brew right, but nothing too difficult if the tea is of good quality.

This morning keemun, now some Kaburagien sencha.
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Postby nezha » May 26th, '08, 13:32

I have to agree with most of us on the forum and say green has been a little more fussy, and by that I actually mean the Hashiri shincha. After some experimentation tho I think I've got it to my tastes.

I've had some Castleton First Flush Darjeeling this morning, which I usually only have once in a while in the afternoon. I'm trying to "flush" down some of the teas I've had sitting around by having them for breakfast instead of my usual Yunnan black. Seems to have worked really well so far; finished off some Nilgiri Oothu, Chinese breakfast blend, and Yunnan Golden Thread so far in nice change of pace. Maybe I can even try having some greens for breakfast to make room for some exciting new arrivals....

Have a super day, everyone.
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Postby tenuki » May 26th, '08, 13:37

Victoria wrote:Image


I like that cup.
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Postby tenuki » May 26th, '08, 13:44

All tea is hard to brew. I think most people say green because it is obvious when it's wrong. I actually think this makes it much easier to brew. Oolongs on the other hand allow you to create some truely mediocre tea with nary a complaint and you may never find the hidden gem and abandon them as crap. I think this is why a lot of people gravitate to greens, they are easier to _quantify_. You can reach a point of repeatable satisfaction attainable via measurable numbers. But that would be the definition of _easy to brew_ IMO, ie a machine could be programmed to do it.

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