Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby thirst » May 1st, '14, 13:22

This year’s first flush Darjeeling, Soom Estate. Haven’t had a Darjeeling for a long time and felt like having one again. Surprisingly green dry leaf, yellow-green cup. Medium-light taste, sweet, with that typical herbaceousness.

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby chrl42 » May 9th, '14, 09:11

Ronnenfeldt Royal Assam this evening..haven't brewed the broken leaves for a long time..finished with fruity and spicy note..

it's always good to try a new thing :D

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby ChinesePottery » May 9th, '14, 12:08

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby bonescwa » May 9th, '14, 13:47

Alishan Mi Xian Black from TTC. Clean taste with a honey aroma.

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby Tead Off » May 20th, '14, 05:09

2011 Darjeeling FF 'Imperial Silver Tips' from Makaibari.

I bought this tea in Kolkata at one of the few specialty tea shops there, Dolly's. It was expensive. Whole leaves for the most part and highly aromatic with fruity taste. It does the word Darjeeling a good service. Still terrific after 3 years!

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby ethan » May 20th, '14, 08:18

Teadoff, When you are in a shop like Dolly's, how many teas are available from the same estate?

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby Tead Off » May 20th, '14, 09:39

ethan wrote:Teadoff, When you are in a shop like Dolly's, how many teas are available from the same estate?

one or two. Dolly's was a disappointment because it is not like a tea shop in Darjeeling where you have 30 different gardens or more being sold. I could find almost nothing in Kolkata and this is a city of 20 million? or so. Bizarre.

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby Tead Off » May 20th, '14, 09:40

Another thought I had as to why good Darjeeling is not easy to find in India, other than in Darjeeling, is because almost all of it is exported.

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby 茶藝-TeaArt08 » May 21st, '14, 01:43

Soft, cool day here. The sky mostly grey, alternates between sun and shade and there is a lovely softness and quiet that permeates the day, ending in a beautiful sunset in the west and a rainbow in the east. Rich session with with some Taiwan #18 Hong Yu from Norbu tea...part of a focused pour where I moved on to some Competition Baozhong from Mt. View Tea Village. The Hong Yu tea perfectly matched the red glaze of my Petr Novak 120ml kyusu and the copper tones of the tea setting and brought with it a permeating chaqi.

Blessings!

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby saxon75 » May 21st, '14, 17:08

My first taste of the 2014 first flush Kalej Valley SFTGFOP-1 from Tea Emporium. Very smooth and with a pronounced fruit note on the palate. Both the dry leaf and the liquor have an aroma that I don't know how to describe except to say that it's very pungent, but also pleasant. At $60 for 500 g, this seems like a really good value.

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby ethan » May 21st, '14, 17:25

2014 FF Kuwapani: dynamic fruit flavors, strong aroma that I associate w/ great wines, & astringency = excellent. 1 gram is good for 2 proper 90 ml infusions & 1 weak infusion. (From Nepal)

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby saxon75 » May 21st, '14, 17:29

When you're doing small infusions like that, how long do you steep for?

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby ethan » May 21st, '14, 19:36

I steep black tea from Nepal for 3 minutes. The ratio I am using is just a bit less than a common ratio of 3 grams for a full cup -- about 8 oz. I said "one gram" but don't weigh. I used 1/3 of the pinch that I would use if I was using my one-cup pot. I used a gaiwan that holds about 1/3 cup. I once weighed my "full" pinch w/ my nephew's scale & it was 3 grams.
I have little experience w/ the flavors of Dajeeling-type tea & find them quite bold & strong -- easily too much so w/ too much time or leaf.

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby puerhking » May 31st, '14, 12:23

2013 Yin Jun Mei from Dragon Tea House. Round and soft in the mouth with less aroma. Fairly straight forward, yet still rather enjoyable. A nice cup in the morning.

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Re: Official what Black (Red) Tea Are You Drinking Right Now?

Postby kyarazen » Jun 17th, '14, 09:05

having a yunnan dian hong now.. ;)

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