More Klash for shadowspoken, who sent me a screencap and my second thought was "I could manip that." So I did.
This makes total sense, and I’m guessing your problem is water temperature and steeping time.
Since the average tea bag is filled with tea dust, they steep super fast. If you follow the directions given with bagged teas like Lipton (usually something along the lines of use boiling water for 3+ minutes) you’ll end up with a bitter cup of tea. For bagged green teas, such directions are even more misleading because green teas should never be steeped in water hotter than 180F, let alone for that long. For bagged teas, try steeping for only a minute and adjust the time according to your tastes.
Now for loose leaf black teas, that’s where you follow the boiling/3 mins. directions. Since there’s more surface area, it takes longer for the leaves to unfurl and release their flavors. I find 3 minutes to be perfect, but add a minute or two more if you like your black tea strong. A touch of sweetener and/or milk will tame any lingering bitterness. Delicate loose leaf green and white teas should steep at no more than 180F for 2-3 mins. tops.
For fullest flavor, also make sure your leaves have room to open! Those little manatee infusers might be adorable, but they don’t function well. No need for fancy equipment here—just dump your leaves into hot water and strain when ready. Use any mesh strainer or even something like a coffee filter or paper towel (just be careful not to burn yourself!).
I hope this answered your question! :)
When I was little I thought being an adult meant not having a bed time but I’ve come to realize that it just means being in charge of my own bed time and it turns out that I am not equipped to handle that responsibility.
one time i got a sample from the tea store at the mall and as i walked away the guy said “tea you later” and then his coworker smacked him
my tea came today! thanks D!!! <3333
The Zane tea is still my absolute favourite. <3333
Hagan seemed to be a little flatter than Smoke & Iron’s bag? (O’Flarrett) IDK. :) It smells good.
YAY!! Hope you like everything!
Yep, Hagan’s is flatter because his is made up primarily of tiny bits of mate (kinda like Zane’s) whereas S&I is all fluffy tea leaves.
Firstly—thank you!! It makes me so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying my words. And I hope you’ll love C&R as much as the rest of us minions do—it’s a fantastic series. :)
Secondly, nope, didn’t know about that so thanks for mentioning it. No idea what happened, but the link is fixed now!