OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011


"Official Tea Tasting Initiative" Teas shared & discussed.

Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby woozl » Jul 25th, '11, 00:41

They are working the mole situation.
And I must say they are great "organic" pest control. :wink:
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby BioHorn » Jul 25th, '11, 00:53

Sincha #1:
Brewed in Kyusu over 1.5 hours
Very even across brews.
6 grams in 6 oz water (Evian)
I.160 F, +- 50 sec.
II. 165 F, 30 sec.
III. 169 F, 60 sec.
IV.175 F, 90 sec.
Dark emerald green leaf of varying length. Smell was rich and savory.
liquor: fluorescent green color
Five brews. #5 (and maybe #4) was probably pushing it.
Easy/enjoyable to drink. Not astringent.
Brew peaked for me at #2-enjoyed some subtle nutty flavor.
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby AdamMY » Jul 25th, '11, 00:59

BioHorn wrote:Sincha #1:
Brewed in Kyusu over 1.5 hours


Upon reading just that much, I had expected you to say it tasted like battery acid!
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby Drax » Jul 25th, '11, 07:43

Had a chance to sit down w/ #4 over the weekend. I think the second cup was near perfect and reminded me a lot of a rich, thick serving of gyokuro.

Also re-visited #1. I must be letting too much leaf out when I pour or something, because after the second steep, I get a massive increase in bitterness (not terrible, but definitely gives it a punch).
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby zemlemer » Jul 25th, '11, 12:00

I'm still waiting for the package.
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby Chip » Jul 25th, '11, 13:13

zemlemer wrote:I'm still waiting for the package.

Yours was shipped with the others 4 pages ... or 11 days ago. :mrgreen:
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby teaisme » Jul 25th, '11, 17:53

IPT wrote::cry:


poor guy

guricha was nice, but I think the fuka #1 was more for me , I still remember the cherry hints on brew 3 like I drank it yesterday yum, nice flavour shifts each infusion
I really should clean out the banko...its been dusty and neglected for over 5 months so I have been using porcelain until I do a good cleaning
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby BioHorn » Jul 25th, '11, 18:49

AdamMY wrote:
BioHorn wrote:Sincha #1:
Brewed in Kyusu over 1.5 hours


Upon reading just that much, I had expected you to say it tasted like battery acid!


It was with a friend, and we just really took our time! Yes. I think a 1.5 hour brew would be a bit on the long side... :mrgreen:
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby rhondabee » Jul 25th, '11, 19:11

This is my first experience at brewing/drinking Shincha. I tried #3 first. I used slightly cooler water about 155 F and about 3-3.5 oz water and used 1/2 of the sample. Brewed it for about 45 seconds. I enjoyed the scent of the wet leaves, a buttery grassiness. The taste was very rich and lots of umami taste, almost too much for me as it was a bit too sea weedy and I think the immediate aftertaste was too strong for me. Maybe I should have used a bit more water. I love the sweet smell of the leaves on the second steep (bit hotter water and about 20 seconds steeping). The 3rd steep I detected a little more astringency. My overall impression was of a rich, full-flavored sencha.

I am trying #1 right now. I again used 1/2 the sample and brewed the first steep at about 160 F in about 3.5 oz water for about a minute. This is a much more subtle tea. The scent of the wet leaves was savory, veggie. The taste was smooth and delicate with very little astringency. I used a little too much water the second steep. The flavor was subtle with very slight bitterness. I brewed a third steep and it was pleasant. This was a nice tea, and I preferred this to number 3.
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby zemlemer » Jul 26th, '11, 16:09

Chip wrote:
zemlemer wrote:I'm still waiting for the package.

Yours was shipped with the others 4 pages ... or 11 days ago. :mrgreen:


Thanks.
I think It's too early to arrive.
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby IPT » Jul 26th, '11, 21:42

:lol: :D :) :wink: They arrived!!!!!! I have house guests, so I am going to wait until they leave to enjoy the teas. Thank you so much Chip!!!!! :wink: :) :D :lol:
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby Chip » Jul 27th, '11, 00:59

IPT wrote::lol: :D :) :wink: They arrived!!!!!! I have house guests, so I am going to wait until they leave to enjoy the teas. Thank you so much Chip!!!!! :wink: :) :D :lol:

Did they leave yet? :mrgreen:
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby IPT » Jul 27th, '11, 01:35

They will be in a few hours. Sadly, I will not be able to say goodbye, but we drank a LOT of tea!
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby David R. » Jul 27th, '11, 08:23

#4

5g/10cl - 70°C / 90" - 75°C / 30" - 80°C / 1'

I have tried once every sample and this is SO far my absolute favourite. I may have put more leaves than usual, so that tea is a little thick in the mouth, but after the finish is very long, fruity and sweet.

One of the best asamushi I've had so far.
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Re: OTTI 10: SHINCHA 2011

Postby bob » Jul 27th, '11, 10:22

YES! I also received the package today! The teas smell very nice! 8)

Hmmm, where to start... I guess #1 will be the first... Water is already warming up... It will be a busy afternoon... :mrgreen:

Thank you Chip for organizing this OTTI!
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