Victoria's Own wrote:In my cup this morning 2008 A-Li-Shan. Made impromptu gong-fu style due to a leaking IngenuiTEA.
Second tea today was this one ^. I tried brewing it using lower temp water and longer steeps. It was decent but I think my 185 was too low, will try 200 or so next time. The leave did not fully open during the 5 minute steep, nor even after the second 5 minute seep, and after close examination I determined that was not due to too much leaf. So my verdict on this tea is that you need to hit it hard with rolling boil water, maybe a 5-10 second rinse followed by a minute rest or so with the lid on, then a 45 second or so first infusion. I did this yesterday and was able to get the leaves to fully open by the second brew (30,40,50, etc). The tea quality of this tea is evident but it needs to be pushed to flower I think, I'm shelving it again after today and seeing how it does in a few months.
Third tea today is the TKY sample from adagio I got on recommendation from Victoria. Pretty good TKY, this is probably the best represented tea I've gotten from adagio. I generally don't like TKYs due to the overtones of bitterness that many of them have, but this one has just the right balance of sweetness vs. 'tkyness' for me. gong fu: 5sec wash, 40,50,60,etc, just off a boil.