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post #91 of 591
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Originally Posted by chesebert
ti kuan yi. 5min?...this will destroy the tea for sure.

anyway..I think I am going to continue to ship tea from China that's in season
one of many things that's sucking away at my head-fi funds...along with cook-fi
I did 3 minutes and it was fine. 5 minutes may be on the long side.

I go back to Hong Kong during holidays (Christmas, Easter, Summer) so I have access to REAL tea!! Also, my parents are in Hong Kong and I get them to send over supplies all the time.

With my Tie Kuan Yin, I don't drink the first steeping. The teashop that I go to in Hong Kong says that you only drink the second and third steeping. Apparently, the first steeping is used to wash the cup. What are your thoughts on this?
post #92 of 591
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
I did 3 minutes and it was fine. 5 minutes may be on the long side.

I go back to Hong Kong during holidays (Christmas, Easter, Summer) so I have access to REAL tea!! Also, my parents are in Hong Kong and I get them to send over supplies all the time.

With my Tie Kuan Yin, I don't drink the first steeping. The teashop that I go to in Hong Kong says that you only drink the second and third steeping. Apparently, the first steeping is used to wash the cup. What are your thoughts on this?
I complete agree. although what I do for 1st steeping is really like 10 sec. I swirl the tea inside the cup a little. Although the difference between if I actually let the tea steep for 1 min vs pour out is actually not as big as they make you think. It gives the tea a more refined taste. And the higher end the tea the more pronounced the difference. (why does this sound like head-fi speak? )
post #93 of 591
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Originally Posted by chesebert
I complete agree. although what I do for 1st steeping is really like 10 sec. I swirl the tea inside the cup a little. Although the difference between if I actually let the tea steep for 1 min vs pour out is actually not as big as they make you think. It gives the tea a more refined taste. And the higher end the tea the more pronounced the difference. (why does this sound like head-fi speak? )
I'm glad someone agrees with me!

How long are your subsequent steepings?
post #94 of 591
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
I'm glad someone agrees with me!

How long are your subsequent steepings?
I have a similar cup in your photo and for that kinda cup
2nd steeping, 1.5min
3rd, 3min
4th 5min
and that's where I normally stop

now the timing is different with tea set.
post #95 of 591
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
Well this uninformed website's tea just arrived!

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Their ratings are not the most accurate. For example, pu erh, one of the finest teas China has to offer and also one of the most expensive, is rated very poorly in comparison to other "inferior" teas. It's all a matter of taste and it happens that the earthly flavour of pu erh appeals more to the Chinese than to Westerners.
I can understand why they rate pu erh lower as it is more of an acquired taste
just like fish eggs, raw fish, 100 yr old egg, sea urchin...
post #96 of 591
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Originally Posted by chesebert
I can understand why they rate pu erh lower as it is more of an acquired taste
just like fish eggs, raw fish, 100 yr old egg, sea urchin...
You must be Asian! I can't imagine a Westerner liking fish eggs (Jap version of caviar), sashimi, rotten eggs and sea urchin! I happen to like them all, but I'm Chinese Do you like durian fruit?
post #97 of 591
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Originally Posted by milkpowder
You must be Asian! I can't imagine a Westerner liking fish eggs (Jap version of caviar), sashimi, rotten eggs and sea urchin! I happen to like them all, but I'm Chinese Do you like durian fruit?
God NO! they smell like....well worse than @#$@#!

I never said I acquired those taste, I just mean those are some among many foods that are appreciated with an acquired taste.
post #98 of 591
Anyone have a recommendation of a good chai? I've been very frustrated in my search for something good up until this point...
post #99 of 591
BUBBLE TEA!
post #100 of 591
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Originally Posted by chesebert
God NO! they smell like....well worse than @#$@#!

I never said I acquired those taste, I just mean those are some among many foods that are appreciated with an acquired taste.
Incidentally, I don't like durian either However, there is very little seafood that I don't like. Crabs, lobsters, prawns, caviar, sharks fin, fish (raw, smoked and cooked), sea snails, abalone, clams, crayfish, etc...
post #101 of 591
guys, has anyone here ever tried Bubble Tea? Screw those bitter old fashioned tea
post #102 of 591
I've seen pictures of green tea that looked green as grass brewed, what is it and where can I buy some?
post #103 of 591
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Originally Posted by Oistrakh
guys, has anyone here ever tried Bubble Tea? Screw those bitter old fashioned tea
luv it!
post #104 of 591
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Originally Posted by Oistrakh
guys, has anyone here ever tried Bubble Tea? Screw those bitter old fashioned tea
Oh it's so good! It's quite a common and refreshing summer drink in Hong Kong. You can buy from street vendors. I especially like the coffee and tea flavoured ones. They're called 珍珠奶茶 in Chinese, which literally means pearl milk tea.
post #105 of 591
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Originally Posted by Oistrakh
guys, has anyone here ever tried Bubble Tea? Screw those bitter old fashioned tea
Ok, someone recommend me a good bubble tea chain or local Boston shop or just general flavor, because everytime I've had it, I've really wanted to like it, but it just hasn't done it for me yet (and I love iced tea)
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