Sun/Mon TeaDay 7/24-25/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"


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Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. A fun topic, perhaps, what tea most memorably gave you "bitter brew face" ... aka it was brutally bitter. Please share!

It was a black
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13%
oolong
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green
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28%
white
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No votes
yellow
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No votes
pu-erh
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17%
Other
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4%
Bonus, it was Chinese
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17%
Bonus, Taiwanese
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Bonus, Japanese
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11%
Bonus, Indian
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No votes
Bonus, Darjeeling regions
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4%
Bonus, Ceylon
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No votes
Bonus, Other
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6%
 
Total votes : 47

Sun/Mon TeaDay 7/24-25/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby Chip » Jul 24th, '11, 01:56

Greetings TeaFriends world-wide. Please drop in and share what is in your cup throughout the day. Be sure to discuss the topic of the day.

Yesterday we discussed mountain top teas. Please continue to discuss yesterday's topic.

Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. A fun topic, perhaps, what tea most memorably gave you "bitter brew face" ... aka it was brutally bitter. Please share!

We are looking forward to sharing this TeaDay with ... everyone. Bottoms up.
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby debunix » Jul 24th, '11, 02:14

There once was an Assam tea from Kenya. Couldn't find any way to make it other than frighteningly bitter. And my first encounter with a now-favorite white bud sheng puerh included an overlong first steep, because I'd gotten distracted for a couple of minutes, and I had really packed the little pot. Aiyeee! It's a wonder I persevered enough to find out how much I love it.

Saturday was a bitter-free day--sencha start, midday Bao Zhong from HouDe, and ending with some Jin Guan Yin from Norbu. Mmmm.
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby JBaymore » Jul 24th, '11, 08:47

It was a Japanese green.

A few of us happened to stop in a coffee shop in Boston called the "Wired Puppy". Not being a coffee drinker, I saw they had a decent loose tea sencha on the menu (at about $6.50 if I am remembering correctly). So that's what I ordered.

They very carefully brewed it................. with about 212F water!!!!!!!

From the taste, it would have been some good sencha if they had a clue about water temps and tea.

Moral of the story: Don't by tea in a coffee shop.

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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby fracol » Jul 24th, '11, 11:20

Definitely the first time I ever brewed sencha. At the time I didn't understand Japanese green tea.
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby tortoise » Jul 24th, '11, 11:32

Probably cheap and over-brewed gyokuro. blech.

Today I'm sampling the 15 year aged roasted Dong Ding from FLT. Good, complex tea. Has the smooth chocolatey texture of a nicely roasted TGY, but also a firm fruit-like acidity that reminds of certain kinds of coffee.
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby Chip » Jul 24th, '11, 11:36

As a complete newb to tea 12 years ago, but instant explorer. I bought a tin of Republic of Tea (RoT) Sky Between the Branches Chinese Green http://www.republicoftea.com/sky-between-the-branches-green-full-leaf/p/V00605/. I have to say, I was quite the sucker for their marketing at the time.

Following the brewing directions on the tin, calling for boiling water, yielded a bitter brew second to none ... it is amazing I did not toss the can in the trash and never try greens again.

But instead I called the customer service #. In hindsight, the woman was NOT trained in the brewing of green teas and stood by the directions on the label.

Still, I did not quit the greens, but did figure out how to brew them sans TeaChat. And obviously still love the greens.

The other most memorable one was a Darjeeling, from RoT. Again followed the directions, and again bitter to the nth degree. And again the customer service person towed the corporate line and said, "a good tea will be bitter ..."

Needless to say, I moved on from RoT ... and they are "my Teavana," both good and bad. :mrgreen: But wait ... they have a new sencha ... I think I will passssssss ...
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby Xell » Jul 24th, '11, 12:06

Too bad i didn't research anything on my first try. Probably it was thanks to my age i was really impatient with such stuff :lol: I don't know what it actually was, some loose leaf green tea i bought in shop back in Estonia. Bitter, only bitter, i could not feel anything else. So after spending much more than on my usual teabags i was disappointed and never tried again until i came to Japan :)

Drinking houjicha now, well... mostly smelling :mrgreen: I can just sit and smell houjicha for long time while reading something. By the time i try drinking it, it's already cold :roll:
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby AdamMY » Jul 24th, '11, 13:51

Most memorable was a Darjeeling tea I purchased at a tea shop small tea shop, over sea's. I do not know why I got it, but wow, first try at brewing it I butchered it horribly, although I forget if it was too much leaf or too long of a steep. But even when I got it under control it never really was that great of a tea.
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby auhckw » Jul 24th, '11, 14:43

Bitter of all Bitterness new Pu that I encounter

2011 Dayi Early Spring
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Brew 1 (no soak) was nice.

Brew 2 to 4 is tougher to drink from every brew (10s to 20s).

Brew 5 (soak for fun since brew 4 is already quite tough to drink) barely can swallow it.

I suspect these Olympic men drank this Pu before they took the jump

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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby JBaymore » Jul 24th, '11, 14:56

Xell wrote:By the time i try drinking it, it's already cold


At this time of year in Japan..... cold is good. :wink:

Actually....... how does it GET cold at this time of year in Japan? :lol:

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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby jaderabbit » Jul 24th, '11, 15:48

Hmmm...it was definitely some pu'er I had...but I think I've tried to erase it form memory....
Sometimes I forget that I'm brewing tea and when I finally remember to go back and drink it, the tea's gotten cold and bitter somewhat but still drinkable. :D
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby brlarson » Jul 24th, '11, 19:31

It was my first sencha, Harney's sencha, brewed according to the instructions on the can. My clear impression of that tea was ``the screeech from a car in an out-of-control skid''.
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby Skippyandjif » Jul 24th, '11, 23:37

It was Vietnamese gourd tea, which has become infamous among my friends because they didn't believe me when I told them how horrid I found it...so I passed around the box so they could sniff it, and everyone gagged. :lol: It wasn't so much bitter as just plain gross.

Today I did not have any tea that prompted me to make a grossed-out face. Hojicha for breakfast, a lot of iced green tea all day, currently sipping on some very yummy matcha.
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby Chip » Jul 25th, '11, 01:24

Great TD, no bitter brews! Began with Miyabi from O-C with the Mrs. Next up, almost the last of Sakimidori.

And saved the last steeps of both for hot brewed iced tea this evening with a touch of honey, very refreshing!
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Re: Sunday TeaDay 7/24/11 "Bitter Brew Face?"

Postby Chip » Jul 25th, '11, 01:27

TeaDay Monday will continue with this topic. Sooooo ...

Please share what is in your cup throughout the day.

Also continue to discuss Sunday's topic. As a bonus, is the memorable bitter brewed teas among the worst teas you have ever had??? Please share
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