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I’m drinking Dragonwell today, per last night’s tea randomizer recommendation – I didn’t end up having any tea last night. With my new ownership of a thermometer, I steeped this cup at the recommend 160 and surprise, all the yummy tea essence of before with absolutely none of the bitterness. I think I can safely come to the conclusion that I’ve been steeping my green teas in too hot water. The Dragonwell is now smoother, but the flavor seems stronger. Most enjoyable.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec
rabbysmom

Do you have a regular thermometer or the fancy tea ones I’ve seen? Sounds like it might be a good investment!

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2nd steeping: 5 mins
It is less strong, more smooth, not bitter, and still has good flavor.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Mine looks like this. I got it from Target and I believe it was $10.49. I had thought I was brewing teas way too hot. It turns out that I was not brewing black and herbals and oolongs hot enough and that I was brewing greens too hot. I am finding it good to have and I can taste the difference that using more correct water temperatures makes. I didn’t think I’d be able to, not having the most advanced palate.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B00004XSC3/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=284507&s=kitchen

Ricky

Uhoh, I think it’s time for me to get a thermometer…

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I wonder if you’ll get surprised too Ricky.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

3rd steeping: 7 min 30 sec. 165° F.
DFT recommend each resteeping of the leaves being another 2 min 30 sec longer. I upped the temp a bit too, trying not to get a weaken cup. I got a weaken cup. It was still good, I could taste the tea but it was also a bit watery. I remember this being the case last time I steeped this three times. So I doubt it’ll stand a forth steep.

fcmonroe

I have one of those, but for some reason, I never thought about using it to measure the temperature of the water for my tea. It came with my yogurt maker.

Ricky

I think it’ll make a huge difference with greens. I mean sometimes I get bitter green / oolong tea and I think that’s the issue.

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rabbysmom

Do you have a regular thermometer or the fancy tea ones I’ve seen? Sounds like it might be a good investment!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

2nd steeping: 5 mins
It is less strong, more smooth, not bitter, and still has good flavor.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Mine looks like this. I got it from Target and I believe it was $10.49. I had thought I was brewing teas way too hot. It turns out that I was not brewing black and herbals and oolongs hot enough and that I was brewing greens too hot. I am finding it good to have and I can taste the difference that using more correct water temperatures makes. I didn’t think I’d be able to, not having the most advanced palate.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B00004XSC3/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=284507&s=kitchen

Ricky

Uhoh, I think it’s time for me to get a thermometer…

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I wonder if you’ll get surprised too Ricky.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

3rd steeping: 7 min 30 sec. 165° F.
DFT recommend each resteeping of the leaves being another 2 min 30 sec longer. I upped the temp a bit too, trying not to get a weaken cup. I got a weaken cup. It was still good, I could taste the tea but it was also a bit watery. I remember this being the case last time I steeped this three times. So I doubt it’ll stand a forth steep.

fcmonroe

I have one of those, but for some reason, I never thought about using it to measure the temperature of the water for my tea. It came with my yogurt maker.

Ricky

I think it’ll make a huge difference with greens. I mean sometimes I get bitter green / oolong tea and I think that’s the issue.

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

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