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I almost wonder if this would be worth trying to cold brew… it sounds delicate enough that you might get more depth out of it without having to worry about it becoming bitter.
I rarely drink cold brewed tea, but then again I suppose it’s the same as letting the tea cool to room temperature. I’ll give it a shot with the remaining sampler.
I find that Harney and Sons tends to be pretty vague about their steeping instruction in general [even on the tins – Dragon Pearl’s water temp simply says “less than boiling”].
I’m not sure if that’s for a specific reason, but I like to think that they do it either because different people have different preferences for different teas, or because they want you to figure it out on your own. Anyway, the point of all of this is that I’ve found that I often need to tweak vendor instructions anyway. The label gives me a nice place to start, but I often find it resulting in something too strong or too weak for my tastes anyhow.
I think the issue is that Harney has too much tea so they can’t possibility test all of them for the optimal time / condition. I mean even if everyone has a different preference, there is a standard way to do things. Rishi labels the amount of leaves, steep time & temperature individually for each item.
Hmm. That’s interesting. In re-reading your post, I think that I actually mis-interepreted what you were getting at a bit [it was late and I was hyper – a combination that does not make for good reading]. But yeah, I think that we’re in the same camp, in that most teas benefit from deviating from the “industry standard.” I love Rishi’s instructions for the most part. It actually annoys me when companies put the 180, 2-3 minutes on all of their green teas, but I think that was the point of your mini-rant, no? They [should] have tasters approving their teas, so regardless of how many teas they have more specific parameters they could include in the instructions, but I don’t know how that process works for them, so I don’t know what their reasoning behind their steeping instructions is.
Anyhow, these are just projections and preferences. The main point of it is that they don’t get much more specific on their tins, and at least the bags can be resealed! Just trying to find a little silver lining in sub-par tea log!
One of the things I find amazing about Den’s Tea is their precision and specificity for each tea. Some directions will even tell you that if you steep it at X temperature you’ll bring out more of one flavor vs steeping it at Y temperature which brings out this other flavor.
Yep takgoti, that is correct :D
I love the fact that Den’s tea gives you a specific steep parameter for each and every type of Sencha as well.
@Carolyn Samovar does that too sometimes. I love it!
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80+ Love it, needs to purchase more!
70-79 Pretty good, would consider another cup
50-69 Not bad, but probably won’t repurchase