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You know, I think Malaysia produces the worst tea in the whole planet. Boh, my God, undrinkable. Doesn't matter what label.

 

I like Darjeeling, though there really are many grades of it.

 

But the tea I drink a great deal of is Japanese green tea. You cannot substitute this with green tea from China -- they are two very different products.

 

In the office I drink Japanese green tea from tea bags. This is the cheap stuff. The cheapest stuff are the ones they serve at Sushi KIng which is an instant green tea.

 

At home I drink nicer green tea. The better ones are of the Sen Cha (lit. new tea) grade, but you have to make sure you actually have to pay money for it. There are lots of lousy green tea masquerading as Sen Cha. Isetan sells many types of Japanese green trea -- I'm drinking a pot now.

 

The important thing about tea is the brewing. Make sure the water is no warmer than 80 degrees Celcius. Brew for no longer than 60 seconds.

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Tea drinking is an art...coffee drinking is a habit. I still havent been able to appreciate green tea...must be the cheapo stuff I've had all this while. Sen Cha, you say? I'll have a look-see tomorrow.

 

BTW, my favourite 'regular' tea is Earl Grey...Whittard makes an excellent-tasting EG.

 

On the subject of teas again, The Westin's breakfast buffet serves some fancy-ass teas. The teabags are actually muslin cloth. The 'cap' is Jing or something like that.

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The important thing about tea is the brewing. Make sure the water is no warmer than 80 degrees Celcius. Brew for no longer than 60 seconds.

 

I've heard this mentioned somewhere in a movie a while back. Cracking my brains can't remember what it is. Sounded so cool!

 

But what was the rational? So it doesn't taste burnt?

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Good senchas brewed the right way taste sweet and fresh -- I cannot stop drinking it.

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There's a new green tea for the office on the market. Daisho it's called. The two incumbents are Uji-no Tsuyo and OSK. The Daisho is very good, soft and silky. It has matcha added in. RM20 for a 50-teabag pack at Cold Storage.

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someone gave me the OSK green tea which I drink in the office. Trying to cut down on my coffee intake and most of the time it works

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Got addicted to matcha green tea whilst in Osaka (freezing weather contributed). Bought some Kyoto/Uji matcha, forgot to buy bamboo whiskers. So tin of matcha sitting in cupboard gathering dust. Having said that, the creamy and earthy texture of good matcha is out of this world!

 

I still prefer coffee in the office though. Hankering for Malaysian coffee which is difficult to get in Sydney.

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Here in KL there is a certain market for Japonisms. I just saw a bamboo matcha whisk for sale today at Sunway Pyramid.

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You might be interested in this site:

 

www.hibiki-an.com

 

Whisks for US$16-$24. How much are they asking in KL?

 

Tea for Two in Sydney sold out of whisks, and they are asking AUD$50 for inferior stuff.,

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Huge fan of Japanese green tea. But I dislike Chinese tea. I keep telling myself a couple of billion Chinamen can't be wrong, but having tasted all sorts of tea Purple Cane sells I've come to completely abandon Chinese tea. Unsatisfactory.

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I have stopped buying tea from brick and mortar shops in Singapore as I consider them to be ridiculously priced...at least the good stuff is.

 

For top grade Oolong tea I visit http://www.teafromtaiwan.com

 

Not cheap but excellent products, variety, authenticity and service. Order with confidence.

 

I also happen to love the more robust and flavourful teas from the Indian subcontinent and have to say all the stuff at Mustafa is rubbish. A friend put me in touch with a tea plantation direct and I have purchased some Assam and Darjeeling varieties that are simply superb. The Assam Golden Tips variety is a bit pricey but the finest I have ever drunk. http://www.jayshreetea.com

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I have stopped buying tea from brick and mortar shops in Singapore as I consider them to be ridiculously priced...at least the good stuff is.

 

For top grade Oolong tea I visit http://www.teafromtaiwan.com

 

Not cheap but excellent products, variety, authenticity and service. Order with confidence.

 

I also happen to love the more robust and flavourful teas from the Indian subcontinent and have to say all the stuff at Mustafa is rubbish. A friend put me in touch with a tea plantation direct and I have purchased some Assam and Darjeeling varieties that are simply superb. The Assam Golden Tips variety is a bit pricey but the finest I have ever drunk. http://www.jayshreetea.com

Thank you, a huge step forwards in the tea department with your sources. I shall be ordering a sample pack of the Chinese tea for myself.

 

Here's the teapot I use. Don't laugh at the naif pattern -- it is very endearing. I have no need for the cover since I want my teas to cool down quickly.

 

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Hi all, I am more of a tea drinker, not really fond of coffee. I drink my tea without milk as I am lactose intolerant. I am a huge fan of Malaysian tea leaves, my favorite is the "Train" brand of tea leaves, brewed with a french press.

 

For teh tarik fans, you can check out this link http://ieatishootipost.sg/2011/09/how-to-make-teh-tarik-as-much-as-you.html

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WTF. All my life I thought you needed hot water to make tea. Here is green tea with room temperature water. The water turned green immediately.

 

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WTF. All my life I thought you needed hot water to make tea. Here is green tea with room temperature water. The water turned green immediately.

 

Monsier kotmj, how about a Tornado for you?

 

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