So far, to select and taste it, I had used a white porcelain competition set. Then, last Saturday, I used my silver teapot to see how this high grade Bai Hao Oolong would take the heat. What defects would the high temperature of the silver highlight?
None! On the contrary, this OB tasted clear, bright and smooth. It almost seemed I had put the top grade inside the pot! The explanation of this magic came around brew number 4: the leaves were already exhausted and quality diminished, whereas with porcelain I can make 6-7 of similar quality with this very concentrated Oolong. This means that the higher temperature of the silver had concentrated the best flavors during the first brews. This, somehow, reminded me of Napoléon! As a high school student, he had won a national essay competition with the following sentence: "Men of genius are meteorites that are destined to burn to shine on their century." (Les hommes de génie sont des météores destinés à brûler pour éclairer leur siècle.)
We could also find examples of this in sports at the Olympic Games. Each competition is about bringing out the best performance from the athletes. Each will try to give his best and the performance from the winner will be remembered for a very long time.
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.