Tea (rec.drink.tea) Discussion relating to tea, the world's second most consumed beverage (after water), made by infusing or boiling the leaves of the tea plant (C. sinensis or close relatives) in water.

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My recent GuangDong black tea wont infuse properly till after several
infusions ie the leaves float in the cup and you have to use your lips
as a sieve till they become water logged and settle on the bottom of
the cup. Even a loose Yunnan black tea infuses from the bottom also
like compressed shu. As a work around to produce the same leafy taste
I infuse the GuangDong in another pot at much higher concentration and
decant. I cant reproduce the taste of infused leaves drank from a
cup. As a curiosity I tried several other teas this way and cant
reproduce the taste of leaves in a cup. You would think the leaves
produce a steady concentration but still why the taste isnt the same
as a decant from a pot with various adjusted variables. The leafy
taste cant be reproduced from a decanted pot.

Jim
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Space Cowboy wrote:
> My recent GuangDong black tea wont infuse properly till after several
> infusions ie the leaves float in the cup and you have to use your lips
> as a sieve till they become water logged and settle on the bottom of
> the cup. Even a loose Yunnan black tea infuses from the bottom also
> like compressed shu. As a work around to produce the same leafy taste
> I infuse the GuangDong in another pot at much higher concentration and
> decant. I cant reproduce the taste of infused leaves drank from a
> cup. As a curiosity I tried several other teas this way and cant
> reproduce the taste of leaves in a cup. You would think the leaves
> produce a steady concentration but still why the taste isnt the same
> as a decant from a pot with various adjusted variables. The leafy
> taste cant be reproduced from a decanted pot.


What do you smell in the pot, after you poured out the tea?

My theory is that the floating leaves, just under your nose, give off
that leafy aroma that you desire.
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Ill go with your theory. At any point if I decant the infusion with
the leaves into another cup I cant smell any aroma coming from the
leaves. The aroma of the leaves is so strong it does contribute to
the taste. Ive been drinking my teas so long with the leaves in the
cup I was startled how different the tea tasted when decanted. You
would think I could create some decanted brew containing the aroma of
the leaves but I cant even come close. It is not as obvious as it
seems.

Jim

On Nov 23, 7:52 am, Peter Roozemaal >
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> Space Cowboy wrote:

....lippy sieve...
> > The leafy taste cant be reproduced from a decanted pot.

>
> What do you smell in the pot, after you poured out the tea?
>
> My theory is that the floating leaves, just under your nose, give off
> that leafy aroma that you desire.

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