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1/25/14 Tea with dasHusband on a snowy day. 5g in 6oz yixing. Gongfu brewing. I’m pausing after the sixth steep to note this. I may do some more infusions or not – I just want lunch now instead of more tea at the moment. The leaves could definitely support it – still very crisp bodied and not fully unfurled. I’m fighting with the pot a bit on that count – it is a 6oz, but it’s tall and pours slowly, so I think in the future I may use less tea in it and a scanter pour of water.

Very nice progression, but drinking tea with dH is a little distracting, so I haven’t got good tasting notes today. I was really struck by the sweetness of the first infusions. Also really interesting was noting how the boiledness of the water affected the taste — we noticed a flatness creeping into the 5th infusion, and I added fresh cold water to the pot for the next boil, and the 6th infusion was much perkier. Having my little electric boiler at the table with us is awesome for this brewing style.

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205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
AnnaEA

This tea carried well through 9 steepings. Sadly, the brewing session was ended by exploding light bulbs spraying glass all over the tea table and into the tea pot. dH had just bought a nubls for his shop light, and propped them against the side of the chair to sit and have tea with me. Icy bulbs from car tilted in hot zone around water boiling pot = boom.

AnnaEA

nubls = new bulb. oy.

Yvonne

Oh no – hopefully nobody was hurt!

AnnaEA

Nah, everyone is fine. Just startled, tealess and in the dark. ;P

Yvonne

Aw. That stinks. :P

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AnnaEA

This tea carried well through 9 steepings. Sadly, the brewing session was ended by exploding light bulbs spraying glass all over the tea table and into the tea pot. dH had just bought a nubls for his shop light, and propped them against the side of the chair to sit and have tea with me. Icy bulbs from car tilted in hot zone around water boiling pot = boom.

AnnaEA

nubls = new bulb. oy.

Yvonne

Oh no – hopefully nobody was hurt!

AnnaEA

Nah, everyone is fine. Just startled, tealess and in the dark. ;P

Yvonne

Aw. That stinks. :P

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