Hamburger Teespeicher

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Had this with breakfast today. The steep could have been shorter, maybe I’ll try 3 minutes next time. The taste was strong and vegetal, could have been a bit less strong, but not much. Oh, and I still think the Tesspeicher has strange instructions – two teaspoons for 1.5 litres? So I used two teaspoons for half a litre, not just a fraction of one.

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlogging from way back on Sunday: Had this with sunday dinner, didn’t really analyze it since I was also eating, so I can’t really say much except mentioning the modified parameters and saying that it was good, but could have been bit stronger.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Following the general gongfu instructions, I first poured boiling water onto the leaves and simply poured it away. Then I used 80 degree water and let them steep for 15 seconds, all I got from that steep was a general fruitiness, which made me wonder if maybe I shouldn’t have done the rinse/wash. With the next steep(20 seconds), the fruitiness got much stronger, and I probably could have figured out some individual fruits if i had walked over to the fruitbowl and taken a sniff for comparison, but that didn’t occur to me until much later. Obviously, I should eat fruit salad much more often. The third/fourth steep(depending on wether or not you count the rinse/wash as a steep) basically gave me more of the same. After the next one I got interrupted and had to take a break.
The fifth/sixth one had a sweetness. On the sixth/seventh steep, there was more sweetness, but also some woody notes. The sweetness retreated on the seventh/eighth steep, while the wooden notes got stronger and were accompanied by a slight smokyness.
In the eigth/ninth steep, the sweetness changed, becoming simultaneously more subtle and more intense, more purely sweet – I think it may be that it originally developed out of the fruitiness, and this is its true peak. The wooden part disappered, completely replaced by smokyness.

Umm, at some point I lost count of the steeps, but eventually it got weak, so I put the leaves away and cleaned the tiny pot and cups.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Sounds Wonderful :)

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