Cheri select said

Grandpa style

Does anyone have a particular type of tea they do this with? I agreed to do this tomorrow and share notes, so I’m looking for recommendations for a tea to try this with.

Thanks!

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Ost said

I had no idea what that was, so I looked it up and read this article:
http://www.marshaln.com/whats-grandpa-style/

Is that what you’re referring to?
Because when I first started drinking tea I didn’t realize that there were steeping times and stuff…But it works well with oolong. Most oolongs that is. Some of them just get bitter, but I don’t usually mind…

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Mandy said

I did a cold brew grandpa style with jasmine dragon pearl in a water bottle when I was at disney the other, and it worked pretty well.

Cheri select said

I do cold brews like this, but I never counted it as grandpa style.

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I usually do Silver Needles (especially Kenyan or Indian SN) or certain green teas. Love grandpa style. I put the tea under the built in infuser in my glass bottle and drink so that the leaves are held back by the built in infuser.

Cheri select said

This is a good idea to use the built in infuser to hold the leaves back. And SN sounds good for this as well.

I’ll have to try it with a silver needle, I’ve never tried it with a white before!

yyz said

Do it Stephanie, It’s one of my favourite teas to brew using this !method. One of me be makes a really quick and good cold brew this way as well.

Cheri-It’s great, you end up getting a whole lot less leaves in your mouth.

Silver Needle is awesome for grandpa style. :)

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So far I really enjoy Silver Needle, Hong Shui Oolong, Roasted oolongs, Dragonwell…they have been my favorites of what I have tried so far.

Lots more to try though :)

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I always drink Dragonwell grandpa style (tastes best that way for me, and nice to watch), and I’ve recently taken to brewing African black teas like that.

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Sarsonator said

I like oolongs at about 185 degrees, and I’ve done this at work A LOT. LOL. So that’s my professional opinion. :)

Too hot and everything just tastes bitter. I’ve had some success with black teas also. The key for me is lower temp.

Cheri select said

I was thinking about trying it with an oolong or silver needle. Maybe I’ll do both? (Not together.)

Sarsonator said

Absolutely! Let us know which you like best!!!

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Sarsonator said

And I’m just gonna leave this here, in case of emergency…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm5d_hy2Bmg

Cheri select said

That’s funny in a really wrong way.

Sarsonator said

Sorry… Sometimes I just can’t help myself. :)

Ost said

They’ve got smoother moves than me……

I love the one dude’s mismatched socks :P

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My family is Chinese and that’s how whole family makes tea. Bigger leafed teas are better since you don’t strain the leaves out and don’t want to be drinking little leaf bits. On the other hand, my dad just waits for all the leaves to sink to the bottom when he uses smaller leaves. I find that makes the tea too strong due to steeping time. But dad’s tastebuds are weak from all those years of smoking so I guess he prefers it strong. :(
Another thing to consider is tea quality. You don’t want something that will get astringent or bitter easily. Certain greens are really bad for this style.
That said, my favorite teas to brew grandpa style is green oolong. They tend to be forgiving teas with nicely sized leaves.

Have fun!

Cheri select said

Green oolongs are my favorite right now in general, and it sounds like it would work really well grandpa style.

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Cwyn said

I grandpa bits of shou in a mug, usually as a digestif when I have had too much young sheng.

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Big Red Robe :-) it’s delicious this way

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