theredbaron wrote: gingkoseto wrote: theredbaron wrote: gingkoseto wrote:
Since it's a 2011 shu, probably resting time is important.
I think good water and bad water make a big difference, but different bottled water may not make a big difference. However, some nongfu water I had did taste sour to me, although their commercial always says it taste sweet
Different brands of bottled water make a huge difference, just try them side by side. There are brands that give you right away a ton of scale and at the same time transform your high quality tea into a cheap supermarket brew. Other brands, like the already mentioned Volvic or Fiji will give no scale and the teas will be clean and shiny.
I generally don't use any bottled water. But I'm lucky to be close to good water source so far wherever I've been (except during my short trips to New Mexico and the real Mexico...)
But I'm surprise to hear some bottled water could be so terrible. Shouldn't some agency shut the factory down? It's terrible that plain water costs that much money, and more terrible when it's bad.
On the other hand, scale is not necessarily a bad thing (bad to the kettle, though). Scaling means what we don't want is solidified and won't be drunk up. A lot of good mountain spring water would produce scale but the water is good. Usually what's worst is the bad mineral that we don't want and don't precipitate into scale either.
Hard water does not make it a bad water at all. It just is not suitable for tea. Some of the most healthy mountain water in the European Alps, for example, is perfect for drinking, very tasty and refreshing, but completely unsuitable for tea.
That really depends on one's personal preference. In traditional tea aesthetics of China, mountain spring water is often considered the best for tea.
theredbaron wrote:Scaling is not just the scale that sticks to your kettle, but is is also the white stuff you see floating around the water. This is not what you want.
Yeah that could be a little trouble some. But I kind of grew up with it and it wouldn't bother me much. Usually we used a tall thermos to hold hot water and discarded the very bottom part. [/quote]
theredbaron wrote:When you live where i live - in Bangkok - you simply will not find any natural water that you can possibly think of drinking. In most of Asia's urban areas you will not get any water that is suitable for drinking. Most people get drinking water delivered in large gallons, buy it in bottles, or use public filters that are standing at many street corners in the neighborhoods.
Tap water is not natural as well anywhere (other than in countries you really don't want to drink it), there are many additives that are not good for tea. Very few people have the luck to live in places where there are clean springs close by from which you can draw your water, and which have soft enough water for tea.
I really like the idea of public filters. My parents' apartment complex in Beijing has it. It's less costly and more sanitary than maintaining a water system by each family. It's probably also the most energy saving way to get good water if the water source is not good enough - energy saving for both the earth and for me as I didn't have to carry bottled waters from supermarkets to home
The tap water in Boston is pretty good.
The water is from Quabbin Reservoir in western Massachusetts. When I lived in western Mass, we used to say, "why should our water be dragged 100 miles to serve Bostonians? Those bastards..." Now I live in Boston and happily benefit from it
It's hard to get good water near the ocean and I feel it's generally easier to get good water on the cold side of the world than the tropics. But then we have to suffer from cold winters!