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(io9)   Scientists with way too much time on their hands discover exactly why it is that tea and wine taste so good. Though it is hoped they didn't combine the two, because that shiat would taste nasty   (io9.com) divider line 32
    More: Interesting, scientists, Organelle, molecular genetics, tannins, teas, taste, food combining  
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2013-12-21 01:28:12 PM  
It's the tannins.
 
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2013-12-21 01:36:27 PM  
I just tried some wonderful smelling flavored tea, and it tasted awful.

/DNRTFA
 
2013-12-21 01:36:33 PM  
You called?img.fark.net
 
2013-12-21 01:40:55 PM  
Because it wasn't Lipton, Beringer, Luizianne, Robert Mondavi, or Bigelows?
 
2013-12-21 01:53:04 PM  
Yeah, too much time, because there are no possible applications of this to multi-billion dollar global industries.
 
2013-12-21 01:54:04 PM  
So now there's going to be super tannin products or something?

Not sure if good
 
2013-12-21 02:01:05 PM  
Everyone knows it's whiskey in your tea.

What's all these crazy questions you're asking me?
 
2013-12-21 02:03:08 PM  
 
2013-12-21 02:12:16 PM  
I like me some Stash green tea. I don't really like wine, because it taste to alcoholy. I don't like beer for the same reason. Ironically when I drink though, I usually drink whiskey. But I am up to any suggestions. Anybody have a suggestion?
 
2013-12-21 02:14:15 PM  
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2013-12-21 02:27:01 PM  
Assam, Oolong, Darjeeling, Jasmine. Superb teas. I like most other black teas. Green teas taste like grass unless they're blended. On the "not quite tea" tip, rooibos is pretty good, as is yerba mate.

That is all.
 
2013-12-21 02:47:21 PM  

theorellior: Green teas taste like grass unless they're blended.


I like genmaicha, green tea combined with roasted brown rice.
 
2013-12-21 02:50:21 PM  
And IO9 has almost no idea what they are talking about with regards to wine.  Big surprise there.
 
2013-12-21 02:53:29 PM  

theorellior: Assam, Oolong, Darjeeling, Jasmine. Superb teas. I like most other black teas. Green teas taste like grass unless they're blended. On the "not quite tea" tip, rooibos is pretty good, as is yerba mate.

That is all.


Do you use one of those fancy new tea brewers or just a teapot? I find my teas vary from excellent to meh with a teapot. I'll have to start weighing the tea, I think that's the problem.
 
2013-12-21 03:08:58 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Do you use one of those fancy new tea brewers or just a teapot? I find my teas vary from excellent to meh with a teapot. I'll have to start weighing the tea, I think that's the problem.


It's probably more of an issue of temperature. Pre-heat your teapot by pouring hot water in it and then dump it out, and then pour in the water (at the correct temperature) for your tea.

(I'm actually shocked this is a non-trollish post)
 
2013-12-21 03:24:52 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Do you use one of those fancy new tea brewers or just a teapot? I find my teas vary from excellent to meh with a teapot. I'll have to start weighing the tea, I think that's the problem.


I'm usually in a hurry and my palate isn't discerning enough to be too fussy. Usually teabags do it for me, as long as they're from a decent purveyor. Premium loose tea is something for Special Occasions, and I find the teapot works fine for that.
 
2013-12-21 03:36:16 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Quantum Apostrophe: Do you use one of those fancy new tea brewers or just a teapot? I find my teas vary from excellent to meh with a teapot. I'll have to start weighing the tea, I think that's the problem.

It's probably more of an issue of temperature. Pre-heat your teapot by pouring hot water in it and then dump it out, and then pour in the water (at the correct temperature) for your tea.

(I'm actually shocked this is a non-trollish post)


I microwave the water in the teapot so they are at the same temperature, but it might be the wrong temperature in any case. I have a thermometer but mostly I just go by time. I usually make black teas like Scottish Breakfast, Russian and Dorian Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong or Russian Caravan ...

(I wonder if there's a significant difference between boiling water in a kettle where all the heat comes from the bottom and convects up, and a microwave that heats the whole thing at the same time but the large bubbles cause the energy to distribute unevenly. Might there be pockets of far colder water "left over" even when the water boils? Maybe I need to leave it boil longer?)

They're all "rated" to be brewed at 95C, but I think each tea actually needs more or less than what a teaspoon actually holds.

I have a variety of scales I use to weigh helicopter parts, I could make a little paper boat to weigh tea in...

But I also have the metal mesh in the teapot, I've been told the tea needs more space to brew properly and I should pour the tea into a second pot to drink it. That's how the pros do it.

/I don't make trollish posts AFAIK. I might be insulting, sarcastic, abusive, abrasive, harsh, yet largely correct, but I'm sincere.
 
2013-12-21 03:45:27 PM  

Fabric_Man: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/80663330/


Is linking to ebaum a part of the joke? I don't get it.
 
2013-12-21 03:47:38 PM  
Haha, putting "wine" and "tastes good" in the same sentence. Good one, subby.
 
2013-12-21 04:11:57 PM  

sure haven't: Haha, putting "wine" and "tastes good" in the same sentence. Good one, subby.


I'm with you there. Laphroaig Quarter Cask is where it's at.
 
2013-12-21 04:23:58 PM  

sure haven't: Haha, putting "wine" and "tastes good" in the same sentence. Good one, subby.


Hey, you go ahead and keep mixing Jack Daniels with Mountain Dew.  I'll keep drinking wine.
 
2013-12-21 04:35:17 PM  
Tea and wine? How about coffee and beer?

/lemony gunpowder FTW
 
2013-12-21 04:55:19 PM  

banshee612: I like me some Stash green tea.


I'm still annoyed that Stash no longer sells bags of white.

ChubbyTiger: Tea and wine? How about coffee and beer?


Like a real American!
 
2013-12-21 05:03:03 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: I microwave the water in the teapot so they are at the same temperature, but it might be the wrong temperature in any case. I have a thermometer but mostly I just go by time. I usually make black teas like Scottish Breakfast, Russian and Dorian Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong or Russian Caravan ...

(I wonder if there's a significant difference between boiling water in a kettle where all the heat comes from the bottom and convects up, and a microwave that heats the whole thing at the same time but the large bubbles cause the energy to distribute unevenly. Might there be pockets of far colder water "left over" even when the water boils? Maybe I need to leave it boil longer?)

They're all "rated" to be brewed at 95C, but I think each tea actually needs more or less than what a teaspoon actually holds.

I have a variety of scales I use to weigh helicopter parts, I could make a little paper boat to weigh tea in...

But I also have the metal mesh in the teapot, I've been told the tea needs more space to brew properly and I should pour the tea into a second pot to drink it. That's how the pros do it.


I follow the rule "one teaspoon per person and one for the pot".  So if you're making for 3 people, measure out tea for 4.  Also, if you can, get an electric kettle with a thermometer.  They're not that expensive.  Either set it to the temp you want, or to the type of tea.  If you don't want to do that, you can boil water and then either use a thermometer, or let it cool a bit.  For instance, with green tea you never use boiling water, so let the water boil, then let it cool for a few minutes (around 5).
 
2013-12-21 08:25:41 PM  
Both are horrible.
 
2013-12-21 08:41:39 PM  
neither tea or win taste good!
 
2013-12-21 08:54:54 PM  

theorellior: Quantum Apostrophe: Do you use one of those fancy new tea brewers or just a teapot? I find my teas vary from excellent to meh with a teapot. I'll have to start weighing the tea, I think that's the problem.

I'm usually in a hurry and my palate isn't discerning enough to be too fussy. Usually teabags do it for me, as long as they're from a decent purveyor. Premium loose tea is something for Special Occasions, and I find the teapot works fine for that.


Hmm, loose leaf tea is a lot cheaper. Not all loose leaf tea is premium.

Duck_of_Doom: Also, if you can, get an electric kettle with a thermometer.


I'll see about that next year.
 
2013-12-21 09:20:31 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Hmm, loose leaf tea is a lot cheaper. Not all loose leaf tea is premium.


I guess I'm a tea n00b. I just know bags are an easy way to get my fix of the varieties I like. Right now, Darjeeling is my fave.
 
2013-12-21 09:34:34 PM  
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2013-12-22 12:21:41 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: I microwave the water in the teapot so they are at the same temperature, but it might be the wrong temperature in any case.


Ah, there's your problem. Microwaves are horrible for heating water. You really need to switch to a kettle to get consistent results.
 
2013-12-22 06:10:54 PM  
Yeah. Wine. Delicious. Okay io9, mm hmm.

People tolerate the flavor of alcohol because of the effect. The "deliciousness" of wine is just some crap made up by elitists; an illusion created to convince people that it's not alcoholism that drives their desires but some sort of social function instead.

I know why I drink rum, it's not because it tastes good. It can taste less awful, that is obvious, but saying it tastes good is just a lie you're telling yourself.
 
2013-12-22 09:39:07 PM  

Sanguine Dawn: Yeah. Wine. Delicious. Okay io9, mm hmm.

People tolerate the flavor of alcohol because of the effect. The "deliciousness" of wine is just some crap made up by elitists; an illusion created to convince people that it's not alcoholism that drives their desires but some sort of social function instead.

I know why I drink rum, it's not because it tastes good. It can taste less awful, that is obvious, but saying it tastes good is just a lie you're telling yourself.


You've never had good wine...
 
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