Drax wrote:You'll probably hear some opinions on what cloudiness means with respect to quality of the tea...
As for the chemical side of the issue, it's probably happening because of solubility. In this case, there's some solid compound (or compounds) in the tea that is more soluble in water at higher temperature. As the tea cools, the compound begins to become solid while dispersed in the tea -- the result is that the tea looks cloudy. It's possible that if you left the tea alone, the cloudiness would begin to settle to the bottom of the cup (sometimes not; it depends on the compound). If you heated the tea again, likely the cloudiness would vanish -- if not, something else might be going on.
The only other time I've seen something that looked like cloudiness (and that wasn't what I described above) was actually due to a dispersion of very fine needles, likely the "fur" on the tea leaves. These made the tea cloudy (and sparkle in the light), and the "cloud" also tended to settle pretty quickly. This does not sound like what you describe, particularly because the cloudiness isn't present from the beginning.
But again -- as for what that means (in other words, what particular compounds, and what it means about the quality), I'll leave that discussion to other folk.
Ah yeah that makes sense, being a 3rd year chemistry student I had an idea it would be something like that but I was wondering if anyone knew the specifics! Thanks!
As for quality, I'm a puerh novice but it seems good to me, I REALLY enjoyed it! I have some photos from the session I need to upload to Flickr, when I do I'll post them here