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by Rickpatbrown
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 374
Views: 81335

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

I guess I should start contributing a little more: 2018 Dong Ding competition 2 flowers I've drank close to a kilogram of this tea in the past 2 years. Generally, I find it to be ok. Kind of watery, but pleasant. I tested 3 waters #1) [0] Distilled water #2) [low] #3) [high] #2 was made with 1.5L of...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu Dec 31, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 374
Views: 81335

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

I've been using some spring water I collect from a roadside spring in southern Pa. It's relatively pure with a TDS of 20ppm. I have some concerns about bacteria contamination and it's a PITA to collect it, so I'm switching to distilled water. Distilled from Target is $0.65/gallon. The only thing is ...
by Rickpatbrown
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 374
Views: 81335

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

Here is an example from Sweet Maria's coffee website
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by Rickpatbrown
Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 374
Views: 81335

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

New post on a new water recipe collaboration with Empirical Tea, complete with tasting notes and ratings. Planning on doing this kind of thing weekly. Let me know what you think of it! https://teasecrets.home.blog/2020/12/30/water-recipe-1-truth-serum-1-0/ Here is Arby's post on the water recipe al...
by Rickpatbrown
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Five Minute Brew...
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: Five Minute Brew...

I find myself grandpa'ing a lot more teas these days, especially gaoshan. Gong fu is such a hassle. I noticed that I really enjoy grandpa. It brings out things in the tea that I never get with GF. There is definitely more bitterness. You have to be careful with how much leaf you add. When I go hikin...
by Rickpatbrown
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1652
Views: 321730

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Enjoying some Alishan at the vista! Put a spoonful in my thermos in the morning with 1L boiling water water. 6 hours later, it brought out some interesting flavors. There was a fragrant herbal flavor like clove or anise or something I couldn't place. I wonder if it came from the stems. Very nice way...
by Rickpatbrown
Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Wireless Hygrometer Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 770

Re: Wireless Hygrometer Recommendations

Those sensor push ones are nice - I need to get three hygrometers for different areas of my pumidor. If I were just getting one I would definitely spring for the sensor push one. Do you really think that the humidity is different in differnet areas of your humidor? I suspect that differnet numbers ...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: Farmer Leaf 2020 teas
Replies: 10
Views: 754

Re: Farmer Leaf 2020 teas

I tried the Jingmai Gulan and Miyun. I found them both to be really nice. Strong dried fruit flavor (is this the orchid that they speak of?). The Gulan was much better balanced between body, high and lower notes. Very well put together tea. The Miyun had more bitterness and "bite". I like stronger t...
by Rickpatbrown
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 68
Views: 5002

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

ok, i have to ask.. does anyone have any anecdotal evidence about tea stored in aluminized mylar bags (or similar) long term? because that's how most of my oolong tea is being "aged" right now. some has 5 years or more on it. i'm guilty of buying tea and just letting it sit unopened. some of it has...
by Rickpatbrown
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 68
Views: 5002

Re: Aging oolong? How to do it?

Step 1 is to have one of the handful of oolongs that can be aged. Most of these were produced accidentally through having a bad kill-green, so aging them is a bit like dry-storing white tea or loose pu'er. As far as I can tell these are a new thing invented by pu'er hunters in Taiwan buying old com...
by Rickpatbrown
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Aging oolong? How to do it?
Replies: 68
Views: 5002

Aging oolong? How to do it?

We tend to focus a lot on aging pu'erh, where adding humidity is important. Oolong on the other hand, does not do well with moisture. This is why asian tea shops will reroast their aging oolongs, periodically, to drive off excess moisture. Here in the west, our drier climate is problematic for pu'er...
by Rickpatbrown
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Teas for Grandpa Style?
Replies: 17
Views: 1590

Re: Favorite Teas for Grandpa Style?

I find roasted teas my favorite. Dong ding is nice grandpa style. Of course it's how I take gaoshan if I'm working and cant sit down with the gaiwan. I tend to stay away from pu'erh because if the rinse. Not sure how to accomplish it. My use of grandpa is usually when I only have access to a microwa...
by Rickpatbrown
Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Poetry and science in describing the taste of Oolong...
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Poetry and science in describing the taste of Oolong...

Thanks for sharing. This is a delightful little essay. Often, I get frustrated with the way tea is written about. Usually, this is related to convincing people to buy it. But, in other cases, it is clear that describing flavor in poetic terms is the only way that we can come to grasp it. It's a type...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1617
Views: 287111

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

It was super smooth and sweet, highly enjoyable! ~15 grams in 280ml DCQ. Water boiled in Zisha. Fun times 🃏 Wow, 280ml teapot. 120ml is my largest sized teapot. Hell I couldn't get 200ml of tea in my fairness cup. Depending on the tea type, I very much enjoy a larger teapot. Full force 🚀 Is this al...
by Rickpatbrown
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 1617
Views: 287111

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

2020 Spring Jingmai Miyun Overall, I really enjoyed this tea. It tastes really nice as a young tea. It has a lot of high notes (mostly dry fruit) and enough bitterness to round it out, giving it body and decent mouthfeel. Huigan is good, but not exceptional. Cha qi is fine. My wife and I dont notice...