hey and good morning everyone,
so finally I did my experiment today. Unfortunately I couldn't do my tea tasting in parallel, what would have been more scientifically. But I need more tea ware first - as everyone here does
I "christened" (is this correct English?) my tokoname teapot from O-cha. And it got shincha (organic sencha Oku Yutaka) the first time
First I brewed with my normal tap water and had four infusions.
Then I brewed with Volvic bottled water. Tasted the water first as it is - tastes absolutely boring. Would never buy this just for drinking.
calcium 75 - 90 mg/l
magnesium 12 - 20 mg/l
hydrocarbonate 295 mg/l
calcium 11,5 mg/l
magnesium 8 mg/l
hydrocarbonate 71 mg/l
And my result:
I am really indifferent about it.
Perhaps this needs getting used to.
I really can't tell if the first infusion has been better with the softer water.
Think that the second one was slightly sweeter with softer water.
And for the third and fourth one I really prefer my tap water.
So what does this tell me?
Should I try a filter system or not?
For sure I will not buy bottled water for tea. And it is to expensive too.