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post #46 of 70
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Originally Posted by nootje View Post

What are the opinions on lapsang souchong here?


I am an avid coffee drinker that used to start his day with a fresh espresso (or 5). Lately i've been wanting something to switch with that espresso at times and ended up being advised to try this tea..


fwiw, i like the smokey flavor, but it lacks punch (allthough I shouldnt be looking in teas for punch imho)

If you want a tea with "punch" try some assam tea. Or some english breakfast blend, thats most punch i can think of.
post #47 of 70
what's some good teapots and good brands of equipment?
post #48 of 70

I have been dying to have tea, but I haven't had a chance to make a nice cup in about a month. Plus it is hard to come by a Pu Er 1986 Yiwu. Seeing the place I tried it, is now sold out of it. I'll probably have to try out a different year.

post #49 of 70
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

what's some good teapots and good brands of equipment?
I like the ones from Mariage Frères.
post #50 of 70
I recently purchased this tea maker from Teavana. It has great reviews, and so far I'm very happy with it. It's great for making only a cup or two at a time with loose leaf tea. Anyone else have experience with this?

I just have a standard tea kettle to heat water. I've not really been happy with my teapot, because it leave too much debris in the tea. This thing does a great job of straining the tea leaves.


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http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-makers-infusers/p/teavana-perfect-teamaker
post #51 of 70
If you have ethnic friends, you should try to see if they can get you teas from back home. I have tried a lot of different kinds from asia and they are quite interesting. It's exciting to get a tea from a small producer from a country you know very little about. Personally, I like the story of how it got to me as much as the taste. I have had teas from China with small labels only written in chinese, Korean teas in a zip lock bag from a small producer that took off the first leaves of the season and so on. It's like trying to find that perfect cup of tea from a certain region in a certain country in a certain climate.
post #52 of 70
I've had Gyokuro Hikari yesterday. Quite good. But haven't figured out the right temp/amount/time ratio yet. I used 5g tea for 20cl. First brew was 50°C/122°F for three minutes. This was too long. Definitely bitter. Or I've been deceived and it's not authentic Gyokuro. laugh.gif
The following brews were 45-50°C/113-122°F for 30-45 seconds. 30 was best.

Any improvements?
post #53 of 70
Anyone have a good source for bulk Mariage teas stateside? Looking primarily for the de fete, but I'd settle for good prices on some of the more common ones. Not really looking for the tins that Dean and Deluca have.
post #54 of 70
We have a Mariage Frères store in Hamburg. cool.gif
How much do you need, if non-stateside is ok, too? Shipping isn't very expensive internationally (non-insured), but it will obviously be substantial if you just want 100g. It's 3,45€ for up to 500g.

BTW, has anyone tried the muguet and cherry blossom green/white tea?
post #55 of 70
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Anyone have a good source for bulk Mariage teas stateside? Looking primarily for the de fete, but I'd settle for good prices on some of the more common ones. Not really looking for the tins that Dean and Deluca have.

Gumps in San Francisco has a large selection.

We drink a lot of green tea in our home and try to find ones from Yame, a town in Kyushu.

Another shout-out to Mariage Freres is their Arabie, which is green tea mixed with rose petals, mint, and a little orange peel.
post #56 of 70
Another brand I highly recommend is Harney and Sons.
post #57 of 70
Anybody has tried some wuyi rock tea ?
post #58 of 70
I just got back from England (got hooked on tea over there) so my wife and I drinking Harrods and Fortnum & Mason breakfast blends.
post #59 of 70
I've been Drinking puerh lately but it's a pain to brew with a gaiwan
post #60 of 70
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I've been Drinking puerh lately but it's a pain to drink
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