m147 wrote:when i brew longjin in a tall glass, according to the specifications, it never sinks to the bottom of the glass. what could be the problem?
I decided to try this with a new Xi Hu LJ from a friend. Tall glass. I used 3 grams per 4 ounces (120 ml) water. No preheating, 170*, fell asleep at the switch and brewed for almost 3 minutes.
This tea is very dry and crispy (and of course flat), and therefore it really wanted to float and avoid absorbing water. Very few leaves sank during the first 2 steeps.
A few steeps in, I felt the tea was better, deeper flavored and the leaves had finally absorbed water ... was thus sinking readily with each new pour of hot water. The 3rd, 4th and 5th steeps were the best (just enjoying the 5th now)
Conversely, IMHO a lesser LJ that has gone through more roasting to give it simulated flavor (toasty, nutty), the first steep is usually best, 2nd is good, 3rd is fading fast as the toastiness has given way to less than impressive actual leaf flavor.
I have drawn a few tentative conclusions from this ...