"Ocha" de Mayo,2008


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Yeah Spring asked, "As the weather gets warmer and warmer, do you drink more or less tea?"

More, but mostly iced tea
5
9%
More, green tea can be very cooling
1
2%
Same, the weather doesn't affect my tea drinking habits
40
71%
Less, it's just too dang hot to drink tea
4
7%
Other
6
11%
 
Total votes : 56

Postby Pentox » May 8th, '08, 13:57

insanitylater wrote:the same but i might try and find a cheap sencha i can ice but will still be good. if you have any recommendations for one i would love to hear it

came home and i resteeped the xiaguan puerh i had last night. i forgot to dump the leaves and thought why not. now have iced cold powdered sencha in my bottle


How cheap of a sencha are you looking for?
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Postby olivierco » May 8th, '08, 14:11

This afternoon Ippodo Sencha Kaboku (cold brewing, I overbrewed the first steep a little with 10 min).
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Postby insanitylater » May 8th, '08, 14:17

actually now that i look at the price the o-cha daily sencha seems like it would be the best bet
http://www.o-cha.com/green-tea/daily-sencha.html

plus i know it will probably be fairly good
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Postby Chip » May 8th, '08, 14:58

First TeaDay post and I am on page 3. I do not think I adjust my tea drinking much when it gets warm or hot. I keep saying I will get back to drinking more iced tea, which I pride myself in my iced tea brewing. I jusy like tea hot more times than not. As a result, I am a bit out of practice brewiing iced tea.

In my cup, my 4th crack at this sencha...much better brewed cooler and a little less leaf. Still, last years was clearly better. But this is quite good.

Now that I kinda nailed this one...I can open another. Likely Kirameki.
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Postby olivierco » May 8th, '08, 15:05

Chip wrote:In my cup, my 4th crack at this sencha...much better brewed cooler and a little less leaf. Still, last years was clearly better. But this is quite good.


Which one? Hatsumi?
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Postby Salsero » May 8th, '08, 15:11

tenuki wrote:Sorry Sal, the pink roses and yellow background kinda killed the butch. Try again girly man.

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Postby Victoria » May 8th, '08, 15:17

Chip wrote:I keep saying I will get back to drinking more iced tea, which I pride myself in my iced tea brewing. I just like tea hot more times than not. As a result, I am a bit out of practice brewing iced tea.


Hummm let's see all you need are some scales, a refrigerator thermometer, tea, water and some ice cubes. For lunch a 2nd steep of the nilgiri - delish!
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Postby Pentox » May 8th, '08, 15:36

insanitylater wrote:actually now that i look at the price the o-cha daily sencha seems like it would be the best bet
http://www.o-cha.com/green-tea/daily-sencha.html

plus i know it will probably be fairly good


For that price I would suggest trying out Nara Tsukigase from lupicia. About the same price, free shipping if you hit minimum order. Although it depends on how you like your sencha. I found the daily a bit more astringent than I would like.
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Postby Jade Flower » May 8th, '08, 15:37

I voted "other" because the amount of tea I drink with the beginning of summer doesn't change, I just substitute hot teas with iced blacks during the aftenoon. It's too hot here to drink anything else that is warmer than the room temperature :)

In my cup right now: Darjeeling Poobong White.
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Postby Chip » May 8th, '08, 16:30

olivierco wrote:
Chip wrote:In my cup, my 4th crack at this sencha...much better brewed cooler and a little less leaf. Still, last years was clearly better. But this is quite good.


Which one? Hatsumi?


Sorry about that. Yes Hatsumi. I may treat this a little more like fuka by using a little more leaf and short 40ish second first steep. But definitely cooler water. 160ish* as Den's recommends for premium Shizuoka sencha as is the Hatsumi.

The second and 3rd steep of this sencha is incredibly GREEN.
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Postby Chip » May 8th, '08, 16:40

Chip wrote:
Victoria wrote:
Chip wrote:I keep saying I will get back to drinking more iced tea, which I pride myself in my iced tea brewing. I just like tea hot more times than not. As a result, I am a bit out of practice brewing iced tea.


Hummm let's see all you need are some scales, a refrigerator thermometer, tea, water and some ice cubes.
For lunch a 2nd steep of the nilgiri - delish!


You meant TeaFridge, right???


First crack at Kirameki...I respected the leaf this attempt, cooler temp, etc. Came out lightly grassy, with a noticable floral background. I plan on playing around with this sencha, have fun with it while also respecting it. I think this one has no perfect way to brew it as it can be done differing ways with enjoyable differing results.

2nd steep is flavorful and still has a distictly astringent kick.3rd, light and sweeter, still a little astringent. brewing a 4th and 5th.
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Re: Macho teaware

Postby Katrina » May 8th, '08, 17:10

chamekke wrote:I'm totally getting the welcoming Friendly Giant vibe here. "One little chair for one of you, and a bigger chair for two to curl up in, and for someone who likes to rock, a rocking chair in the middle." Nice!


Chamekke - Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I haven't thought of the Friendly Giant in YEARS. I grew up in central Maine and we used to get Canadian Public TV. My brother and I loved the Friendly Giant and Mr. Dressup. I actually just went and looked at a few clips on YouTube. (One of which had an ad for The Beachcombers.) OK - They were a bit more disturbing than I'd remembered but a good memory nevertheless. :lol:

Sencha in my cup today. (Following a really fantastic mango smoothie - not tea, but made me happy.)
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Postby Cinnamon Kitty » May 8th, '08, 17:49

I don't think my tea habits will change too much. My summer job is at a place that enjoys keeping the air conditioning at full blast and extra cold. I'll definitely be drinking more iced tea during the warmer weather, but I like waking up in the morning with a large mug of hot tea.

Today has been a slow tea day. I just got to my first tea and it is almost 6pm. I am still experimenting with the leaf amount and brew time for the Fukamushi Sencha Supreme.
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Re: Macho teaware

Postby bi lew chun » May 8th, '08, 17:59

Pentox wrote:Wait, you started drinking scotch since you were at your mother's knee?


Maybe when he was teething. 8)
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Postby tenuki » May 8th, '08, 18:10

bi lew chun wrote:...


I've recently acquired a taste for Bi Luo Chun, the fresh first pick stuff is just amazing. Good username!
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