Water can sometimes be too good for a tea. Today was such a case — went to the Best Tea House to see Tiffany and drop off stuff, and had one of the baozhongs I brought there… wow, the tea tasted awful. Flat, thin, not aromatic, slightly rough — what happened?
It’s that super water filter they use!
I think the water’s so free of minerals, it tastes bad. I’ve found this to be the case with a few other teas I’ve brought over too — flat, boring, thin. You compensate by putting in more leaves, but I always forget that when I go there and make tea. So…. the tea ends up tasting like crap.
So yes… sometimes water can be too good for a tea. I’m not even sure if there’s ever such a need for such a good water filter in a place where the water system is quite well developed. Beijing, maybe… but Hong Kong’s water isn’t that bad. Its only fault is that it smells a bit like chlorine sometimes….