Health & Wellness: Tea for All Your Ages

  Tea is very much a personal choice, obviously, and all tea lovers have their individual favorites, equally obviously. What is less self-evident is how much our choices are influenced by age and aging. Tea is a lifetime drink and as our life moves on and times change, so do our preferences and needs. Here are just a few examples: [su_pullquote align="ri

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2 thoughts on “Health & Wellness: Tea for All Your Ages

  1. Hi Peter,

    I’ve read a number of your articles, including one that discusses water in detail. However, you didn’t address something I’ve noticed and would like to learn more about: why reverse osmosis water can make worse tasting sencha and how to remedy that.

    My tap water is very hard and our total dissolved solids are very high. I was running it through a 3 stage filter but it would come out with a tds of 360ppm. It made bad tea water. I solved that by buying reverse osmosis water. However, I noticed that wasn’t as good for sencha in other respects. I found a good middle ground by mixing reverse osmosis water with our filtered tap water at about a 1:3 ratio (I would add tap water until the tds was around 200ppm, which seemed better than if I stopped around 180ppm). With that, I was getting outstanding sencha (a fukamushi from Chiran). I didn’t want to buy RO water forever, so I got my own system, which replaced my previous filter system. The problem is that now I’m stuck with straight RO water (which isn’t great for my sencha, but it’s ok) or I have to mix RO and straight tap water. But the straight tap water doesn’t mix well like the filtered tap does. I suspect its the chlorine that left in it.

    Any suggestions for what to do? I wondered if there is a good way to turn my RO system into better tea water. I’ve seen the mineral drops available online, but I’ve been avoiding them because of the small amounts of things I don’t want (e.g. arsenic) and the cost of doing this for all my water.

    Thank you,


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