Tead Off wrote:
Does this kettle actually handle well with such a long and narrow neck?
IMO, it handles quite well -- it gives you quite a bit of control. It's pretty helpful for things like DCs and Yancha. I don't think this is as useful for Puerh since I haven't seen any Puerhs that were that finicky, but it's still nice to play around with pours.
As for the "rust" complaints, I don't think it's actually rust. I do have something that's like stains (but can be confused for "rust") but I'm fairly certain that's build up from minerals in the water when the water boils completely off when there's too little water.
JD wrote:I think I may know what I'm doing wrong now and why these teas taste similar to each other.
I don't sit at my tea area and drink only one infusion at a time like I've seen in many videos on youtube. I do 4 short infusions back to back and pour them all into one pot thus mixing them all together so that I can take them somewhere and enjoy them in front of the computer or something. I think this is where I'm messing up. I thought maybe 4 short infusions back to back wouldn't alter the taste between them too much but now I'm noticing a lot of people are saying that each infusion will taste different and later infusions will taste even more different that the first infusions. So I will do 1 infusion at a time now.
Could I also suggest that you don't take it to the front of the computer, but to take the time and enjoy it on the spot without distractions? I think to a certain extent it might help you remember the teas better when you don't take it somewhere to drink but rather enjoy the tea (smell the leaves, the cup, and each infusion as it progresses).
I also second the opinion that you should do side by side "tastings" (cuppings?) -- for things that I'm often not too familiar with, I found that I've only started to understand the subtleties much more only when I had them side by side. I'd hold that opinion for scotch if I hadn't gone to enough tastings to have seen the differences right next to each other!