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Nov 11th, '16, 20:37
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Bad Tea

by cuppa » Nov 11th, '16, 20:37

Anybody experience with some bad tea? Which tea and what exactly was bad? ( taste, look , how..etc.) . Please share the link what to avoid. Thanks

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Nov 11th, '16, 20:58
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Re: Bad Tea

by pedant » Nov 11th, '16, 20:58

cuppa wrote:Anybody experience with some bad tea? Which tea and what exactly was bad? ( taste, look , how..etc.) . Please share the link what to avoid. Thanks
i'd like to meet the man who has never seen bad tea

Nov 14th, '16, 21:00
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Re: Bad Tea

by Bok » Nov 14th, '16, 21:00

I’d say by default 80% of tea you will encounter is more likely to be bad than good.
100% if you buy it in a super market or chain store.

so unless one of us is born into a tea producing country or has had (very unlikely) tea-savy parents, we all did only encounter bad tea until we got educated by coincidence, curiosity or other reasons.

Not a bad thing per se, you have to know the bad to know what is good.

Nov 14th, '16, 21:20
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Re: Bad Tea

by ethan » Nov 14th, '16, 21:20

[quote="cuppa"] Which tea and what exactly was bad?

cuppa, Sounds like you want to avoid ordering tea that you don't like. Afraid you won't get much help here. I do not see a lot of posting about "bad" tea. If you are have specific teas or companies in mind in regards to purchases, you might do better asking about them directly.

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Re: Bad Tea

by Bok » Nov 14th, '16, 23:04

It is an art to formulate a question the right way :mrgreen:

Anyways Ethan is probabl right, most people here are tea-nerds and as such past the stage of really bad tea (or so we like to think).

Maybe some basics, to avoid bad tea do not buy:
– teadust (Matcha excluded :mrgreen: )
– tea bags (the notable exceptions are to rare to mention)
– big, well known brands
– on taobao (unless you like gambling)
– any tea you can not try or sample beforehand
– anything scented (usually only scented to cover up the defects of the tea (exceptions exist, but rare), includes all Earl Grey & Company.
– anything sold in shops which have large not very airtight containers where they do sell their tea from
– anything sold in markets where the tea is in open baskets
– anything sold in shops which also sell coffee or other strongly smelling products in the same premises (flavour cross contamination)

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Nov 15th, '16, 00:52
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Re: Bad Tea

by yalokinh » Nov 15th, '16, 00:52

I get up drinking Earl grey and the like. Didn't really get the hype about tea until I really started researching, which then brought me to teachat.

Nov 26th, '16, 22:29
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Re: Bad Tea

by cuppa » Nov 26th, '16, 22:29

Thanks for the answers! Im in stage of learning about pu-erh tea. I'm trying various teas I got from my friend , and not sure which is good or bad. Some are bitter , some are not that much. Some are very bitter , like Lao Ban Zhan and that supposed to be like that ( as I was told ). Some of them have strong sweet after taste ,some of them less. And that probably is very variable because we dont all have same taste buds I guess. By "Bad tea" I actually ment something like rotting or to dry ..etc. ( sorry didnt make clear question at the first place ) when you bought from internet, like Tao or Ali. So if anybody is wiling to share their bad experiences with tea ( no need to point on exact shop ) I would appreciate. Thanks.

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