Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby debunix » May 27th, '13, 14:19

I've found a big variation between Long Jings, and from a limited number of samples (somewhere between half a dozen and a dozen now) I've also found a huge variation. And the ones I liked best were not necessarily the 'best' versions from each retailer: I prefer a lighter, sweeter, more delicate version with less nutty or toasted flavor, and I have the impression that the most highly prized (and priced) versions are prized in part for something about the roasted/nutty flavor that actually puts me off.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby thirst » May 27th, '13, 15:18

Thank you for the comment! The light, sweet one I have from Teaspring, 2013 Emperor Long Jing, is actually their most expensive one. The bolder vegetal one I have from Teegschwendner (one would have to ask them what year/season their teas are from) is around 4.5 times cheaper…

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby chado.my.teaway » May 27th, '13, 16:40

An Ji Bai 2013...so delicious... I have only 20 gram;(

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby amaranto » May 27th, '13, 17:34

Maybe I should try one of the Long Jings from Jing Tea Shop?


I say go for it. They're quite good. I would call the 2012 Shi Feng fresh and nutty, but I don't associate an overwhelming vegetal taste with it. I know everyone's taste buds are different. I haven't tried the 2013 Long Jings.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby Chip » May 27th, '13, 19:24

I am not an expert, but usually the more roasted LJ's are lower quality for one reason or another. Sometimes the roasting is to cover up a flaw in production or just not produced well. They can however be quite pleasant, even nutty.

It takes great skill to get the pan firing perfect.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby thirst » May 28th, '13, 10:02

I'm still ordering teas I've never had, so I think the other Long Jings will come later, though I wonder now what its wide variance in taste means for generally trying out a »new« tea and deciding whether one likes it. I guess it's a hit-or-miss thing.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby tenuki » May 28th, '13, 15:50

Yunnan Sourcing - 2012 Spring Wu Liang Mountain "Zhen Mei" Certified Organic Yunnan Green Tea.

Pretty yummy, especially for the price ( $6 / 100g ). :)

Thanks to BambooForrest for giving me the heads up on this springs YS green offerings, I've never ordered Chinese greens from scott before and now my years greens are taken care of and for cheap. :D

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby JRS22 » May 29th, '13, 10:29

The only Japanese green I have at home is O-Cha Sencha Karigane Musashi. It's sister tea, the Otsuusan, tastes great to me regardless of what pot I use. This Karigane is proving more difficult to get right, but was greatly improved by brewing in my Seong-Il Kyusu.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby tenuki » May 30th, '13, 14:14

2013 spring "moonlight pavilion" pure bud bi lou chun from YS. not as high a grade as my usual source, but they quit carrying it and this is an acceptable and much cheaper alternative. Happy.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby ethan » May 30th, '13, 14:24

JRS22, Interesting handle on that "cup". Nice tea set!

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby JRS22 » May 30th, '13, 15:00

ethan wrote:JRS22, Interesting handle on that "cup". Nice tea set!


I have a set of 2. They're like wings and feel surprisingly good in use.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby AdamMY » Jun 2nd, '13, 15:39

Maiko needs to have more sales again... I need to get more of this Yamashita Jirushi Gyokuro. So much umami and sweetness. In short it is just delicious.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby MIKE_B » Jun 2nd, '13, 20:42

Loving this Gyokuro Tenkaichi from Ippodo.
10 gram sample in a 90ml shibo. Rich and sweet. Huge umami. Great aftertaste. But still subtle.
I could see this gyo being addictive.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby tenuki » Jun 7th, '13, 12:06

2013 spring long mei of Zhenyuan from YS. Very interesting, trying to get a handle on this one. The nose on the lid has guar gum and lychee water, the soup is yellowish green and there is heavy astringency but decent aftertaste reminiscent of the lids aroma. Is the tea asking me to back off on temp? We'll see. I like to be flirted with like this.

Edit: that was indeed the case, lower temp and the astringency is gone.

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