ethan wrote:Tead Off et. al.,
Your being able to get multiple infusions w/o bitterness, is something I can't do for all of these oolongs from MT though I have really tried. I still would say that they are all "good" tea & good value for $.
I've had the time & the inclination; so, I've really explored the possibilities for getting best results from various combinations of amount of tea used, temp., & time. For me, all are "good" tea. Some only provide 2 infusions before bitterness spoils enjoyment partially or fully, but those 2 infusions are delicious & may be had for 1 teaspoon per cup (Western style).
Gongfu style for me is wasteful w/ these particular teas; but it was helpful & interesting to try. I've learned that I can use more temp. & less time than I was for Western style steeping.
Some of the comments from participants in the OTTI for MT also note a lack of durability for some of the teas while being happy w/ the flavor.
Hmmm, I figured I was just not skilled enough to brew it well, but you're right, the imperial pearl I have from them has also been difficult to ward off bitterness. It's not horrible, but it's there, and I'm finding that I like them better if I go low on the temps.