do you drink tea ? hot or cool one ? green or white ? which one do you like more ?tea or coffee ?
Over the last year, or so, I've really started to explore tea more and more. While I will never give up my Sun Tea in summer time, I also find myself drinking a lot of Oolongs, and genmaicha. I really love that combination of green tea and toasted rice. It's quickly becoming 1 of my favorite styles.
I drink the kinds of tea you would have over a game of Go: green, jasmine, oolong, pu erh. That's about it. I've tried indian ones, earl grey, rooibos, etc. Not for me. Fruity ones are not for me. Milk def not for me.
Brewing is very important. I use a thermometer and a timer even.. Water boils at 212F and green teas and scented teas you probably want it to drop to 190 before you add your water to the tea. Black teas you want hotter. Some teas you can do multiple shorter steepings but use more tea. There's a huge amount of subtlety you're going to lose if you add milk and sugar. I only do loose leaf too. Never had anything I liked out of a bag.
This reminds me of this duel haha
I am primarily a coffee fiend, so much that I even roast my own beans; however at work chilled green tea is my go-to beverage. My usual is from Jeju Island. I steep it at 175 with some thinly sliced turmeric and ginger. Probably heresy to some, but hey, I am the one drinking it
When I had my own restaurant, the tea service was to present a tray with a number of caddies of loose leaf teas (green, white, and black). Putting together that program definitely increased my knowledge and appreciation of tea.
While we are on the subject of tea, besides drinking it, does anyone else use it in their cuisine?
MK, I've tried a few pu erhs but I haven't found one I like. All the ones I've had have too much "earthiness" and umani to them. While those are generally traits I really like I find I just don't care for it in my tea. Do you have a good recommendation for someone trying to learn to appreciate the tea?
Where does everyone get their teas from?
I'm mostly a coffee fiend but I do like teas, too. My favorites are Chinese Special Gunpowder rolled leaf green tea and Gold-tip Darjeeling black tea from India. I also like Assam tea. Oolong teas are, I'm afraid, a distant second for me after the Indian teas. There is a Russian Evening blend of Chinese and Indian teas from Kusmi Teas in France that I like quite a bit.