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I have no idea what happened to this tea today. Youngest was doing all the tea making, as usual, and the one other time we had this, she and our guest both loved it, as did I.

Today, it was bitter, bitter, BITTER! my guest has never ever poured out a tea before, not even puerh, which she doesn’t like and we have served twice before, but this one went down the drain.

Perhaps the puppies distracted the barista?

ScottTeaMan

WOW….poured it out…this is one of their top shelf teas too!

ashmanra

I am sure it was our fault! My last tasting note on it said everyone loved it! I feel certain it was badly oversteeped, which is unusual because my youngest daughter typically makes all the tea party tea and she has never made a bad pot before. The little family of three week old puppies may have been too cute to ignore. I will blame them for ruining the tea!

Jim Marks

You can salvage bitter teas with citrus juices and honey.

ashmanra

Good to know! I knew milk would help reduce bitterness. I had some Meyer lemons and we have tons of honey. If only I had known then, we could have given it a try. I am sure there will be another time!

Jim Marks

I would say that dairy is a good way to soften astringency but not so good at correcting bitterness from an over-steep.

ashmanra

Thanks! :)

Angrboda

That’s pretty amazing! O.o Normally Chinese blacks can take an awful lot of abuse before they turn out undrinkable. I wonder what went wrong for her… A combination of factors, perhaps.

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ScottTeaMan

WOW….poured it out…this is one of their top shelf teas too!

ashmanra

I am sure it was our fault! My last tasting note on it said everyone loved it! I feel certain it was badly oversteeped, which is unusual because my youngest daughter typically makes all the tea party tea and she has never made a bad pot before. The little family of three week old puppies may have been too cute to ignore. I will blame them for ruining the tea!

Jim Marks

You can salvage bitter teas with citrus juices and honey.

ashmanra

Good to know! I knew milk would help reduce bitterness. I had some Meyer lemons and we have tons of honey. If only I had known then, we could have given it a try. I am sure there will be another time!

Jim Marks

I would say that dairy is a good way to soften astringency but not so good at correcting bitterness from an over-steep.

ashmanra

Thanks! :)

Angrboda

That’s pretty amazing! O.o Normally Chinese blacks can take an awful lot of abuse before they turn out undrinkable. I wonder what went wrong for her… A combination of factors, perhaps.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…

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