Subsequent Steepings


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Subsequent Steepings

Postby fbones24 » May 7th, '08, 15:54

I was wondering if anyone adds additional dry leaf or buds to subsequent steepings. I usually get three to four steeps with silver needle without adding any. I was wondering if anyone adds a smaller amount of buds on each subsequent steep or if they just re-use the wet leaves/buds?
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Postby Eastree » May 7th, '08, 16:06

I've always just kept re-steeping what's in the gaiwan (or pot or whatever) until the tea gives out. But that's my preference. Some people would toss out the leaves much sooner than I do.
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Postby fbones24 » May 7th, '08, 16:07

Eastree, that is what I usually do. I read something somewhere about adding additional leaves/buds on subsequent steepings. I guess I will just have to experiment.
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Postby Eastree » May 7th, '08, 16:22

Yup. It's all about personal taste.
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Postby Pentox » May 7th, '08, 16:57

I've done that with greens before, but I rarely like the taste. The taste of subsequent steeptings seems odd when mixed with the flavor from first infusions. Personally I wouldn't recommend this method. I don't.
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Postby Sydney » May 7th, '08, 18:57

I've tried it, but results have been unsatisfactory. I just resteep.
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Postby Chip » May 8th, '08, 12:18

Since I am increasing the temp and am fully satisfied with the results...I see no point to it for myself.
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Postby Mary R » May 8th, '08, 19:18

I occasionally DO add a few new leaves to a white session. I tend to do this more with older samples than I do with "this year" stuff, though. I think it gives a touch of freshness to a tea that has the body of a good infusion, but now lacks the complexity required to be interesting.
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