O-Cha.com tea


Made from leaves that have not been oxidized.

Postby Wesli » Jan 19th, '08, 03:04

Be sure to answer this one correctly, Photiou. :evil:
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Postby Photiou » Jan 19th, '08, 03:09

Ed wrote:Photiou, Miyabi is deeper-steamed than the other two sencha you have there. This is not actually tea dust or fannings, it is just smaller leaf particle because of the heavier steaming. I'm sure you would agree that the flavor is nothing to complain about?


You are probably right about the steaming, but one can argue semantics if it contains dust or just very very small particles. Flavor of Miyabi was better than the other o-cha.com tea I ordered but it is not one of my favourites.
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Postby Chip » Jan 22nd, '08, 04:00

I have a very fine example of asamushi from Maiko and well documented examples of fukamushi...plus everything in between.

They are all endearing in their own way. I had this asamushi this morning and it was stellar. And the leaf is certainly gorgeous.

Most gringos around here have a hankering for the fukamushi as do I.
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Postby bambooforest » Jan 22nd, '08, 21:25

I don't think it's a question of semantics. Calling Miyabi tea dust is akin to calling the finest matcha in the world tea dust. Tea bags often use tea dust. Miyabi is not tea dust.


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Ed wrote:Photiou, Miyabi is deeper-steamed than the other two sencha you have there. This is not actually tea dust or fannings, it is just smaller leaf particle because of the heavier steaming. I'm sure you would agree that the flavor is nothing to complain about?


You are probably right about the steaming, but one can argue semantics if it contains dust or just very very small particles. Flavor of Miyabi was better than the other o-cha.com tea I ordered but it is not one of my favourites.
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Postby Ed » Jan 22nd, '08, 22:08

There are so many different styles of sencha that it's hard to compare one style to another. Quality and freshness are the main things, in my mind. Comparing leaf size or shape is not meaningful when dealing with completely different teas.
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Postby Wesli » Jan 23rd, '08, 00:18

Pu-erh must be the best because it has the largest leaf!
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Postby Eastree » Jan 23rd, '08, 00:27

Fukamushi Dynasty wrote:Pu-erh must be the best because it has the largest leaf!


It's not the size of the leaf, it's the way it brews that counts!
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Postby scruffmcgruff » Jan 23rd, '08, 00:31

*Pats Eastree on the back*

It's okay buddy. Not all leaves can be so... gifted.
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Postby Chip » Jan 23rd, '08, 01:18

I am a huge advocate that size doesn't matter...

Miyabi is definately not tea dust. Miyabi is a high pedigre chumushi or borderline fukamushi.

Tea dust is low grade byproduct reserved for cheap bags.
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Postby joelbct » Jan 23rd, '08, 11:39

Funny, when I bought my first good Sencha, I remember being surprised at the smallness/shredded-ness of the leaf, and thought that must be an indicator of low quality...

But of course I was pleasantly surprised to the contrary! In my experience, the size-quality correlation is true with some varieties of tea, but certainly not all... Of course, if so, matcha would be tea dust as well :)
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Postby Photiou » Jan 23rd, '08, 14:32

As I wrote "If you like opaque and green, then go for the o-cha.com - I don't know if they sell anything else than some sort of fukamushi senchas."

The purpose of the picture was to show the fukamushi dust which I dislike. Traditional sencha is imho simply better in every way.
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Postby Chip » Feb 21st, '08, 15:21

Did anybody get their Guricha yet? I am getting ready to order.
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Postby Wesli » Feb 21st, '08, 16:50

I'm still waiting. USPS didn't move monday, so that delayed it some. I'm hoping to get it today. If not, it better come tomorrow.
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Postby olivierco » Feb 21st, '08, 16:52

I ordered it just a few minutes after its appearance on the website, but I haven't received it yet. Maybe tomorrow in my mail box...
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Postby Pentox » Feb 21st, '08, 17:16

<sigh> I just feel compelled to say this although I haven't tried o-cha/hibiki-an yet.

Lupicia is good!

Give it a try!
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