I finally decided to brave the true unknown of the loose leaf tea world after being closed in by the pre-bagged lot that I can find at any grocery store. I hail from the south in the US, where sweet iced tea is something you drink with every meal, and formerly found myself quite in-love with certain bagged tea varieties that tasted quite nice to me. However, Adagio Teas drew me because, truly, a tea that gives me cinnamon, ginger, and more
in the same bag? Angels sing, I have found my true love!
But when I brew it I get a cup of. . .water. Hot water and no flavour.
What could I possibly be doing wrong?
Now, I should note before I get into an explanation of my obviously-lacking tea technique that I am currently playing this in a most ghetto of manners, to borrow a method of speech. I own neither kettle nor teapot, so these methods have been. . .interesting. . .to say the least.
(also, when I mention water throughout here, please note I mean well water
, not city water with chemical treatments)
- Pick tea and check requirements. Water needed to be at 210F, according to website.
- Pop mug of 8oz water into microwave and nuke for 3min. Assume hot enough. Remove.
- Place 1 tsp of loose tea leaf into teaball.
- Place in fresh mug and pour water over.
- Let steep for suggested 5min and remove ball.
- Drink. . .And find no taste.
Here I thought - Aha! Perhaps teaball is not such a great idea. It is rather small, so maybe the tea isn't able to expand properly.
(it should be noted this microwaved water method works perfect
for my bagged teas, which DO have flavour to me after steeping, so I went on that original assumption)
No dice on method one. Read a little, take some suggested notes, try again.
- Instead of microwaving water, place pot on stove and fill with water (cold, by the way) and bring to what I assume is a "rolling boil" - ie; my pot is boiling pretty darn well and I can no longer see the bottom from how disturbed the top is.
- Place 1tsp tea leaf into large mug (16oz mug) loose and not in ball
- Pour 8oz water over tea leaves
- Let steep (covered) for suggested 5mins.
- Uncover, drain in the most awkward fashion known to man.
- Drink. . .and still find no taste.
And at this point I was at a loss for what to do. What is the problem I am encountering? Why does it still not have a flavour
(one that many have stated in reviews to be a real punch in the face and/or almost too strong for them to handle)? Why is my cup of tea still nothing more than a cup of warm water with the vaguest HINT of black tea leaf?
In short : what in the world am I doing wrong? Does it all *really* boil down to needing a proper kettle and teapot/infuser to make this work correctly? Help from the tea drinkers, please?