What are the rules of tea?

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What are the rules of tea?

Postby JamesLUVVADATEA » May 11th, '11, 05:28

I was told that there are rules regarding tea. I would appreciate it if somebody told me these rules 8) 8) 8)

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby iannon » May 11th, '11, 13:28

JamesLUVVADATEA wrote:I was told that there are rules regarding tea. I would appreciate it if somebody told me these rules 8) 8) 8)

Rules!? Rules!? We don't need no stinkin' rules! :lol:
ok.."guidelines" and basic sharing of knowledge/methods perhaps..
all depends on the tea and your personal taste.

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby Chip » May 11th, '11, 13:34

Rule number 1, brew how you like, like how you brew.
Rule 2, brew what you like, like what you brew.
Rule 3, ignore all other rules.

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby tortoise » May 11th, '11, 14:29

Keep your bloody elbows off the table.

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby AdamMY » May 11th, '11, 15:03

tortoise wrote:Keep your bloody elbows off the table.



But if your elbows have not recently been scraped do with them as you please :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby tortoise » May 11th, '11, 15:15

AdamMY wrote:
tortoise wrote:Keep your bloody elbows off the table.



But if your elbows have not recently been scraped do with them as you please :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Adam! Your jokes are not charming at my tea table. Please excuse yourself, wash your mouth out with soap, and then -- if you can sit here like a proper gentleman -- you may finish your tea. :roll: :lol:

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby Chip » May 11th, '11, 15:41

Elbows are permitted on the TeaTable if you are going to include some macho arm wrestling with your tea time! Cheers! :mrgreen:

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby AlexZorach » Jun 14th, '11, 18:23

Chip wrote:Rule number 1, brew how you like, like how you brew.
Rule 2, brew what you like, like what you brew.
Rule 3, ignore all other rules.


I really like this.

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby sherubtse » Jul 7th, '11, 19:50

AlexZorach wrote:
Chip wrote:Rule number 1, brew how you like, like how you brew.
Rule 2, brew what you like, like what you brew.
Rule 3, ignore all other rules.


I really like this.


+1

Best wishes,
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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby Chasm » Jul 7th, '11, 19:59

Rules of etiquette, or rules for making the tea taste better?

There's lots of both, and you can always find one rule to contradict another.

For making it taste better, brewing good tea is kind of like baking; there is some precision chemistry involved, so following someone else's recipe exactly is a good idea unless you have a fair bit of experience, enough to know where there is wiggle room. For example, as with baking, the wrong temperature can get you an unholy mess.

I used to be doubtful that the material of a teapot could make the difference in the taste of the tea that some people said it would, until I confirmed it by experiment. Then I realized that I'd known from experience since childhood that the material of a baking pan could make a big difference in a cake, so I don't know what my problem was believing teapot material is just as important.

I feel like I'm pimping Teamasters everywhere today, but that's the blog that got me off and rolling on making good tea.

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby Olmanrivah » Jul 7th, '11, 20:34

For that reason I only use Glass to brew in, Glass to store in, and my cup is glass.

Broke a few too............. :roll:

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Re: What are the rules of tea?

Postby Chasm » Jul 7th, '11, 21:00

Oh, I'm right up there with Chip's cat when it comes to smashing teaware.

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