Evan Draper wrote:This is intriguing, but "clearness" and "brightness" has always seemed like a snipe hunt to me. I find it much harder to quantify or compare these things than taste sensations--include qi if you like--so why worry?
As long as you are drinking tea by your own, everything is fine - you do what you like and the way you like.
But when you go and communicate with different parts of tea communities in different areas you'll see a subjective teachings all over. Like some people (and they are not single people, they are whole layers of tea people in the U.S. and Asia) think that ancient arbor is better then tea bush. Or that raw puerh should be at least 10 y.o. to drink it. Or that Iron Goddess Oolong tea should be green, not toasted in order to be a "real one".
None making you believe in those statements of course, but some of such claims have some logic behind them, so it's worth to analyze them in order to understand tea more.
I'm not a huge expert in international tea communities, but that's what I saw around myself in the U.S. and Europe.