Yes, I drink alone at home 99% of the time. These days since I drink a lot in tea shops, I rarely brew at home any more.apache wrote: Thank you for showing us your collection, auhckw. That's a lot of tea for one person to drink (I assume you are the only person at home drinking it). You must have tried a lot of them at least once at the shop before you bought them, but have you open any of them and sampled them in leisure at home sometime later? My experience told me that the same tea can taste different even I brew it the same way, and certainly even I only bought very few teas from an actual shop, it tastes different at home than in the shop. I normally sample the same tea for a good number of times before I can form a definite opinion.
No, 90% of my tea I have not open yet as I can still sample most of them at the tea shops. I plan to wait for it to be at least 8 years old and above to open it or if I cannot find them any more at teashops.
Your experience is right. I too have encounter slight different taste at tea shop and home. Sometimes, I find it taste better at the shop. Also the same tea being brewed by diff person can also taste differently. Brewing method, style of pouring the water can cause the taste to differ.
Frankly, I am not really a picky person. If the tea is not too expensive kind and if it doesn't taste bad, I'll just buy some just for collecting it. If I can turn back time, I would not have buy in toong, but in 3 pieces and all varieties.