I use this blog to keep track of what to buy and what to avoid,
I hope someone else may benefit as well.
~ DISCLAIMER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The “articles/posts/words/sentences/reviews/notes” are not to be taken seriously or as a recommendation for or against a tea/company/individual etc.
I’m not a tea expert, i’m not a tea reviewer. I am some dude at home playing with tea in water. These are my notes in words i can understand. I can’t describe subtle qualities, textures, so i’ll do my best to explain and hopefully diversify taste and tea vocabulary. Peeves: I do not like the word SOUP when describing TEA. TEA IS NOT SOUP. I do not like the word aroma either…
DONT MIND THE “RATINGS” i give, they’re INNACURATE. thanks. i’m s l o w l y going over past “reviews”/tasting notes, and numbers will be removed. They havent helped as much as i thought in the beginning.
I’m not doing story writing, i’ll stick to the bare essentials.
All spelling, grammar errors are intentional 🙂
As taste differs from person to person, and tea batch varies in time, vendor, method of preparation, water, etc, my experiences may not equate to your own, = these ‘reviews’ are not to be taken as an absolute definition.
~ METHOD, TECHNIQUE, UTENSILS, ETCETERA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In day to day tea drinking I do not follow any methods of making tea. Its mostly how much time i have, what cup/mug/gaiwan is closer to my hand at the time. When there’s a new tea it goes in the gaiwan. If comparing teas they go in the cupwans. Dan Cong (Phoenix oolong) goes in the yixing.
In general i use 4g tea for 4-8oz water. Filtered water, heated in a electric hot-pot dispenser (Tiger). Sometimes boil on stove.
Any pictures i take I’ll try to fix the colors, but i wont spend more than a couple minutes on them so the outcome may not be an exact representation of the tea leaves, liquor.
– I drink tea for the taste, not for “health”, and to help concentrate (due to any caffeine in tea).
– Don’t like coffee.
– My caffeine effects:
- Coffee caffeine will help me concentrate better if I’m in the right ‘set of mind’+ some heart racing, anxiety. If my brain is not ‘in the mood’ i can drink coffee and go back to sleep… Coffee effects are predictable.
- Tea effects: about after 3 8oz cups of black tea i will start feeling anxious + some palpitations, and maybe help concentration. It is variable with tea: it depends on the batch of tea, sometimes its stronger, sometimes its weaker. I also found an oolong (wulong) tea which has a pretty stimulating amount of caffeine(?).
– Energy/power: i get energy from: #1 is EXERCISE, and sugar(but sugar doesn’t stay long), #2 heat, #3 caffeine/redbull.
I’m spending my own money for tea, no sponsoring, affiliations – so
don’t leave comments linked to the “blog” of your commercial website,
or any form of subversive marketing tactics – such as ‘nice blog’ with a link to your store.
if you sell something do not email me to participate in your “blog”.
I may have received free samples for review – those are marked something like ‘review sample’.
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