David R. wrote:I am wondering if there is any link between a brew's limpidity, clearness, and the quality of the leaves. I am obviously not talking about fukamushi sencha here, maybe not ripe puerh too. But it has occured to me that the very good leaves I have brewed lately (mainly oolong) lead to very clear cups, even the wash looked that way. I really don't know if that means anything, if it works for any kind of tea or not. But I figured I'd ask.
If someone knowledgeable could give me a clue, I would very much appreciate it.
Mooniac wrote:leaves from the tea bushes under 50 years old (correct me if I'm wrong with age) have that fine fur on them.
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?
Evan Draper wrote:Will, scoring lots of cryptic points here. Yeah, I've been in a seminar with a tea notable who was making a big deal about the brightness--which is apparently different from clarity--and it was a real emperor's new clothes moment for me. I would really love to hear someone give a rationale for this, even if they don't believe it. Seems like it's really easy to convince yourself that a tea is "brighter" if you like the taste, or if it has a convincing backstory, or if someone important is suggesting it's bright.
tenuki wrote:I find it very curious that you are seeking knowledge over your own senses and observation. I suppose you might have meant 'more experienced' rather than 'knowlegeable'.