I'm new to this forum, this is my first post here.
I've always liked tea, but, its only been in the past couple of months that I began really "getting into" tea. A friend had given me some samples of loose leaf teas and I really fell in love with playing around and mixing them up and everything.
Anyway, when learning about how long to steep a tea, I notice a lot of advice says to not go past the recommended time in order to have a stronger tea. Some say it can make the tea bitter. They will say use more tea, not more time brewing it.
But then, the same sources also advocate multiple steepings of tea. Like making a cup, then, using the same leaves in a second cup and so on.
Well, are second and third steepings supposed to be bitter too? Because the leaves have been in the hot water much longer.
I developed the habit of using my steeper to stir my tea, and having nowhere to set it down, I would just let it sit in the mug. I never noticed any bitter taste, but, maybe my taste is not as refined. Regardless, the logic doesnt make sense to me. Can anyone explain it to me?