This thread is for discussing teas, tisanes, and other herbal infusions.info: types of tea, where to get tea, how to brew teahttps://pastebin.com/80GeeXJVPrevious thread: >>19294427
damn this Saemidori fukamushi sencha from O-cha has really grown on menever had such a thick and cloudy green tea before and the sweetness and fruitiness is a great contrast to the greener grass / spinach / edamame flavors
"Winter 2022 Ailao High Mountain Oolong" Really good, my favorite from my order so far with the sun dried black.
>>19314251how would you describe the taste? is it more green and refreshing like a lot of tie guan yin or sweet and creamy like some of those taiwanese oolongs get?
>>19314277More green for most steeping but the last one i did (longer steep) got a little sweeter on the palate. Next time i'll drink it i'll do longer steeps to see if it's different. I'm pretty sure you can get both out of it.
>>19314277I would say it taste like a dong ding if you short steep it.
Just brewed some TaeTea 7572.Subtle sweet nutty flavor.Very smooth liqueur.
>>19314395>>19314397nice. is that the 150 gram minicake? what year?I'm probably going to buy the cheap one they have at Awazon
>>193144502021And yes it's 150g.
Do you guys ever notice the effects from drinking puerh? Is it just me or does it feel similar to coffee, but far smoother and not so electrifying? For me it gives me a feeling of being amped up, but in a very warm manner. It's difference than normal tea.
Man Non Village tea producer interview and garden visit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWEOeis2gQk
>>19314513you mean for shu pu-erh? yeah it can be pretty warming. maybe it's because it's so thick or maybe it's the flavor profile
>>19314173Finally starting seeing some green ass teas posted this year, looks wild
>>19314513Tea does all kinda of crazy shit, i had some specific shu that always made me want to take a nap. Ive had some cheapo shen factory cakes that were so potent they game me chest pains if i went overboard with them. And in between lots of enjoyable stimulating teas that don't get me jittery like coffee does.
>>19314643This was nice!
>>19314513I had a puerh that gave me a really powerful effect like you describe but not all of them do this. I know it wasn't placebo because I never experienced that before and didn't expect it.
"Yingpan Shan Black" is incredible for the price needed a second brewing to get the full potential out. Added more leaves in the gaiwain (around 8g+ for 150ml)
>>19315269Gorgeous leaves. I really need to try some of his non puer teas.
>>19315371They really are, need to pay 4 or 5 times the price to have leaves like that in black tea in almost any other shop not even kidding.
I only ever drink black tea I get sent as free samples, what is the appeal? It all tastes malty to me.
>>19315625You can get a lot more than just malty from good black teas.
used brown sugar to make my sweet tea syrup for the weekend cuz I was out of domino will get back on if it's good or not once it cools
>>19315625Irish breakfast is really malty.
Is there any good /ck/ approved book about tea? I'm a noob and would like to learn about all the different tea types, from harvesting to brewing.
>>19316183There is one linked at the bottom of the pastebin
>>19316183Tea: A User’s Guide by Tony Gebelyhttps://archive.org/details/tea-a-users-guide-by-tony-gebely-2016
>>19316183why dont you drink a cup of tea, close your eyes, make a fist and punch yourself
Drinking an American green tea tonight. Straight from Mississippi. I picked this company pretty much at random and went with it. I bought an an ounce of two green teas, one oolong, and one black tea. Unfortunately I'm not a green tea expert and my experience there is pretty limited. Still, felt like reviewing it. Something different.When I first opened the bag it came in, it smelled strongly of tomato plants. Vegetal, and hints of tomatoes. I might have been grasping at staws, but I was reminded of ketchup potato chips they have in Canada. Something about the initial aroma plus the dry nature of the material, maybe.I'm a few steeps in now, brewing at 185 but feeling like it's not quite hot enough. It's a smooth drink! Very refreshing, lovely pale yellow color with lots of dancing white hairs. I should drink more green tea.
>>19316447this ones looking good, thanks anon
>>19316547Interesting tea. Ive considered buying usa tea before but never gotten around to it.Can you post a picture of the wet leaves?
>>19316685I didn't have to look very hard for these. Not a bad one in the bunch. Decent green! I probably should disclose I'm a little under the weather and my sense of taste isn't 100%.
why is prebagged tea le bad
>>19317012Because of the way it's processed always reduces its quality from its intact leaf form.
>>19317012It's not just in a bag, it's crushed into dust so you can't steep it properly. All the bitter shit extracts before the flavor does.
>>19317012Tastes like dog's asshole
>>19316796Thanks for the picture, the processing is interesting, very simple.
>>19314166I've been drinking multiple cups of this for the past week. I bought it because it has a happy dancing Ottoman on the package but it's surprisingly good
>>19317530Is the bergamot strong or is it just a touch?
I uhh... think I just made an Awazon order, got some weird error message in Chinese after buying, but got an auto email that the payment went through and they will ship it out ASAP. bit of a strange shopping experience, but it's hard to beat those pricesanyone tried the stuff from this order? I know someone recommended the 2002 tuo on here, seems like a good price for a factory ripe of that age, I don't think I've ever had ripe that was this oldwas also considering the 2005 Fuhai ripe tuo and the orange ripe, but decided I don't want to become the "mountains of cheap tea guy" yet
>>19317549Just a touch, less present than in most earl grey I'd say
I'm mulling over a hotbox accelerated aging setup. I've been reading about it all week. A couple of tea bloggers seemed to have success and it seems satisfying. It would be fun to experiment with. Any initial opinions?
>>19314166just gave the website a look wtf why is king tea mall so cheap? even for bad tea it seems strange, 250g for 3 bucks?
>>19317938i think you're reading the price for 7g samples, you usually have to click on the listing and check the price for the individual cakes, pretty stupid to me but the guy running the website dosent seem to want to change it
>>19317951i am, makes way more sense now
Can any of you lads help me identify this mystery tea I bought? I came across this red pot at a thrift store and it was half filled with hong cha. I've tried reverse image searching the pot itself and got no identical matches - the translator can't handle whatever script it's written in and it gives back gibberish. I know that it's hong cha, the tea itself is very similar in appearance and flavor to some bai lin golden monkey in my collection. The only other text on the pot is some poetry.
>>19317951There's a pretty significant UX problem across nearly all vendors when it comes to that. I was thinking if I did it, I would have a price per gram value for some base amount, usually a cake but could be 100g uncompressed in the case where the tea isn't traditionally compressed, then the gram amounts available displayed on each item in a list. It's frustrating to have to click into an item from a list, click a drop down (or sometimes two, like Yunnan Sourcing) to get a feel for how expensive a tea really is.
>>19314166This is what I drink :)
>>19317977Ok, I think the positives of this tea are the low price and the fact that the portions of the tea in the bags are tiny so it's easy to make a light tea. It tastes good with sugar, and by it self it's fine, but if I leave the bag for too long it develops this evil bitter taste that reminds me of heavy metals. But I like it, and I drink it if I'm camping and such. Btw why do tea bags have so much tea in it? It feels like all the better teas have bags that are enough for like 4-5 cups but I only even need to make one for myself and I feel like it's a waste for all that tea to go into the compost like that :(
>>19317973at least it's better than Saga. now that's a vile one>>19317990that's why you buy loose leaf, so you can dose it to perfectionalso because it tastes way betterAhmad tea tends to have decent value in Polish supermarkets, try to find it
>>19317990Nice. Glad you like it.>why do tea bags have so much tea in it?Do they? Usually bagged tea are crushed into dust in order to not need more material than their loose leaf equivalents.There are a lot of things to worry about in the world and in your life, but how much tea goes to compost should be pretty dang far down that list. Don't think twice. Just drink more tea. :^)
>>19318021True, there's some loose leaf in my house that I drink and it tastes the best of all the teas I have, but i don't recall what it is even. Its like an Indian tea in a nice tin can. I also drink picrel sometimes. But my favorite tea is chameleon because it makes my tummy aches go away. Are shitty teas filled with evil pesticide like I suspect or no?
>>19318023god i wish i were an elephant just chillin and eating leaves. maybe find a nice mud pit to wallow in
>>19318039An elephant never forgets
>>19318034The shittier the tea the more pesticides it probably has. Bug-bitten tea trees produce better flavour but lower yield
>>19318039Right there with you, my man.
>>19318023Hard not to be mad at them when elephants are extremely rare and tea bushes aren't nearly as valuable. Have at them bushes, lads!
>>19318192I meant hard to BE mad at them. I am so tired. I NEED TEA.
>>19317743You did well friend,It's true you don't want to be the mountains of cheap tea guy, But when the cheap tea is good...
>hear people talk about old-school smokey pu'er>mix a little lapsang souchong into my pu'er as an experiment>tastes like absolute garbageDon't be a baka like me.
>>19317743>2011 Dayi 7572 on Awazon>$19.99>2011 Dayi 7572 on KingTeaMall>$68I know the second one is the first batch, but damn that price difference is just stupidalso, the 2017 cake isn't even the first batch, but costs 55$? really?can anyone explain to me what this price difference is all about?
Had some green ass tea today, grass is included for context. Gyokuro konacha from hibiki-an. It has that standard savoriness, but it's surprisingly refreshing. Kind of a nutty flavor and a grassy aftertaste.
>>19317743I bought the Dayi, and it is good shit.
>>193183147572 or the sheng?
>>19318322nice. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the cheapest 7572 from a western-facing vendor. especially impresive considering it's got a few years on it. I hope it will be good!
>>19318286>can anyone explain to me what this price difference is all about?Dayi is the poster child for inflated prices. Buy the cheap cakes when you find them, don't sweat first batch autsim. Their output is remarkably consistent year after year so there is little to no justification for the wild proce variation other then people pay it.For king tea mall his prices juat reflect current Chinese domestic market prices, and he has made posts before on his site saying lots of dayi is overpriced these days and not worth the money. Awazon is a weird little tea brand that bought a bunch of stock during the puer bubble and in the years after it, didn't do a good job of selling it and its mostly is priced exactly the same as it was they day they added it to their website. There are a few other western facing old puer shops like that, a sort of weird holdover from a bygone era.
>>19318285Just buy an old xiguan tuo from fullchea or something
>>19318341It's just such a shame you can't get 7542 for that money.
>>19318396I don't have a lot of experience with aged raws, but I'll report back on that Menghai Spring, maybe it's a decent option.That cake is also 120$ on KingTeaMall, compared 10$ for 100 grams on Awazon, which would total to 36$ per whole cake. lmao
>>19317964I think that's seal script.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_script
>>19318434>>19317964yeah my first thought was it doesn't look like chinese writing. interesting
>>19318417Those menghai spring cakes used to cost peanuts, expect it to be much closer value wise to a $40 cake then a $110 cake. Should still be nice but nothing mind blowing.
>>19318485yeah I'm not expecting a miracle, mostly just bought it because it's a rare chance to try a 2006 Dayi raw that isn't overpriced to all hell
>>19318489You should enjoy all of it. I juat finished off my six famous tea mountain tuo today because i saw you ordered it. Very nice ripe imo. There is something special about ripe that has had long ass kunming dry storage.
>>19318286>>19318384Additionally I think some of KTM's prices for the big factories are simply overpriced compared to market value. There is an cake I intend to hunt down on TaoBao because of that. I have seen some cakes that I am pretty sure are worth far less on the Chinese domestic market than on KTM. Not sure how much of it is KTM's markup vs the wholesalers KTM buys from just being overpriced on those products. I think KTM's business philosophy is to carry as large of a selection of the big factory tea as possible and let the buyers sort out what they think is worth it. With low volume orders from a limited number of wholesalers it is not going to be possible to get the best prices on everything. KTM's prices on less popular brands tend to be better and they still have fair prices on some Dayi and XG cakes.
>>19318608Yeah i agree, ktm isint anywhere near as cheap as it used to be 5 years ago. Definitely still some value products but it used to be cheap across the board and now some stuff is overpriced if anything.
>>19318617his prices for Haiwan for example are still good though. I think it's Dayi that's the worst offender by far
>>19318622Yeah, and everything xiaguan from 2011 to 2018ish used to be quite cheap and now its more in line with the prices of recent years productions he has listed.
>>19318294nice bat mug. just got a bat gaiwan+cup from purple cloud myself