Do You Stick With It?


For general/other topics related to tea.

Do you throw away tea you don't like?

Yes
7
47%
No
8
53%
 
Total votes : 15

Do You Stick With It?

Postby Suz » Sep 9th, '13, 17:55

We all buy tea we wish we hadn't. In my case, I won't torture myself with a tea I don't like. I'll throw it out and move on.

What do you do?
User avatar
Suz
 
Posts: 9
Joined: May 15th, '
Location: Wisconsin

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby hobnob » Sep 9th, '13, 18:33

Depends on what I paid for it. If it is expensive then I'm likely to experiment with different brewing techniques to see what I can get out of it before sentencing it.
hobnob
 
Posts: 22
Joined: Jul 14th, '
Location: The U of K

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby dilettantea » Sep 9th, '13, 19:43

If its really intolerable, or sometimes if a tea is just boring, its added to the mulch in the garden. If the tea has potential to change (mature, mellow) or if my opinion of it has potential to evolve I put it away somewhere and forget about it for a while. I remain ambivalent about certain teas (roasted oolongs) so I keep a small stash to retry in the event of a change of heart.
User avatar
dilettantea
 
Posts: 8
Joined: Nov 6th, '1
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby theredbaron » Sep 10th, '13, 02:14

It depends - if the tea has potential to improve with aging i keep it for a while and try again. If it's still bad i throw it away.
theredbaron
 
Posts: 449
Joined: Aug 1st, '1
Location: Bangkok

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby NPE » Sep 10th, '13, 02:40

I try to introduce tea I do not like to other tea drinkers I know. Generally there is someone who does find it to their liking.
User avatar
NPE
 
Posts: 124
Joined: Jan 16th, '
Location: Netherlands

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby William » Sep 10th, '13, 04:50

Most of the times I hold the tea, in order to observe if within weeks/months, the tea could improve.
William
 
Posts: 311
Joined: Jul 10th, '
Location: Italy, EU.

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby jayinhk » Sep 10th, '13, 05:58

The only tea I've thrown away was some mini-tuos that were crawling with bugs. My brother was given a ziplock baggie full of them by someone at his previous job. I tried one, saw the bugs, brewed some up anyway, and promptly binned the lot.
User avatar
jayinhk
 
Posts: 814
Joined: Aug 28th, '

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby debunix » Sep 10th, '13, 11:09

NPE wrote:I try to introduce tea I do not like to other tea drinkers I know. Generally there is someone who does find it to their liking.


If I can find something to like about it, I try this; if I cannot find anything to like about it, and let it sit a few months, try it again once or twice, and still can't like it, off it goes to feed the worms.
User avatar
debunix
 
Posts: 4770
Joined: Jan 10th, '
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby jextxadore » Sep 10th, '13, 13:06

I tend to save it, because sometimes you need tea you can use up in a rather carefree way.

E.g. Keep some TGY you don't like drinking to season a new pot. You avoid wasting it and you don't feel guilty about pouring 20g of tea leaves into a pot of boiling water only to throw it out the next morning.
jextxadore
 
Posts: 39
Joined: Aug 15th, '

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby amaranto » Sep 11th, '13, 00:23

I stick it in a small bowl use it as deodorizer in the refrigerator and closets.
User avatar
amaranto
 
Posts: 216
Joined: Dec 12th, '
Location: Mexico City

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby sriracha » Sep 11th, '13, 04:41

Most of my less-than-wonderful tea gets taken to work where not much tastes especially good anyway.

Or I try to fob it off on unsuspecting acquaintances... :oops:
User avatar
sriracha
 
Posts: 388
Joined: Jun 15th, '
Location: Lat: N 59º 37' 3.79" Long: E 17º 49' 35.49" or thereabouts

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby kikula » Sep 11th, '13, 16:57

Cold brew it (or several in a blendable combo), and if too poor add lemon and sugar for ice tea-ish.
But I do blame myself until very sure, and keep trying. There are happy surprises. If from a good vendor I tend to think the tea just wants to be understood, as do we all.
User avatar
kikula
 
Posts: 180
Joined: Jun 30th, '
Location: Maryland

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby yalokinh » Sep 11th, '13, 21:25

I've learned not to buy more than 50g at most if they are teas I've never had.
usually samples are the way to go for me, If I like it enough I'll order more.
I did buy a large quantity of tea once, and its pretty bad, so I'm going to throw it out soon.
User avatar
yalokinh
 
Posts: 262
Joined: Feb 19th, '
Location: Florida, Minnesota

Re: Do You Stick With It?

Postby Suz » Sep 12th, '13, 05:28

I'm making my way slowly through the world of tea. My best experience so far has been an unidentified oolong I had at a Chinese restaurant. I've been on a quest to find it again. It had a strong peach overtone.

I've suffered through a lot of mediocre teas over the years in the search for it. Fortunately I haven't had to throw out too many. It can be an expensive habit.

Thanks for commenting. :)
User avatar
Suz
 
Posts: 9
Joined: May 15th, '
Location: Wisconsin


Instant Messenger

Permissions
You cannot post new topics
You cannot reply to topics
You cannot edit your posts
You cannot delete your posts
You cannot post attachments
Navigation