Finally, the quest for good water in the City is over. Over the past 3 weeks, I was lucky enough to taste water with Michael from TTG. The process was a "Summit Climb," challenging but rewarding. From the previous post, we did experienced differences in water quality change using 3 sources of water and storing it in an old water barrel. The 3 sources are: Poland Spring, Brita water filter and finest NYC tap water.
Just to drink straight from the source, the winner is Brita. Sweet, alive and light, with refreshing aftertaste. Then tap water: Still fresh and sweet, but with added organic body and metallic finish. Finally, Poland Spring: Heavier and still, a bit out of life, "Sterilized" in another word.
How about in the Ming dynasty barrel? Result is night and day. We tested the above 3 categories in a day to a week storage.
Brita - 1 day - double the lightness of the body, sweeten with a cleaner and more refreshing after sense to throat. Feels like the water I had in the tea mountain in Korea. 1 week - an organic smell has developed, a bit like fresh pond water, still very light and sweet. But not lighter.
Tap- 1 day - Metallic finishes replaced with lighter and clean sensation. Feels like really drinking "Water" in its original stage. Goes down to stomach without drying the mouth or throat.
1 week - did not dare to try....
Poland Spring - 1 day - Almost as good as Brita. But still, the lifelessness of the quality still persists. 2 days - Best! A lively quality, clean, clear and refreshing (minty sensation). Clear the throat, no drying and washes all the way down to whatever!
It is quite a interesting study of what an old vessel can change the texture of water..... and now we can finally have some tea.