I slept in rather late today, so I'm only on my first cup of the day. I'm trying guayaki yerba mate in a gourd. First infusion is surprisingly similar to the aroma of an earthy cigar (before being smoked). Second is kinda boring, and third is kinda sweet.
Since I can't answer this in yesterdays thread, I guess I'll answer it here.
Salsero wrote:Two questions immediately come to my mind.
1) How does the DTH Hou Kui stack up compared to the TeaSpring (assuming you've had it with its leaves that look like 2 to 3 inch green beans flattened by a steam roller).
2) What are the details of your procedure for drinking right from the gaiwan?
I like the DTH one more. I don't know if it's higher or lower quality than the one from Teaspring, the Teaspring one is just too young puerh-ish for my tastes.
Since I don't use a thermometer, the parameters seem to change each time. I always preheat the gaiwan, and use enough to just barely cover the bottom of the gaiwan. I usually cover the gaiwan, but occasionally leave uncovered if I accidentally went too hot, or if the tea is very sensitive. The water is usually heated to 140, but could range from 135-150 depending on the tea.