Starting out with the GTL Oishi Ichibancha. I decided to do something different than my usual shincha brewing. I read about this last week(?) probably on TC. J.greens can be frustratingly inconsistent for me regarding brewing. I usually brew at lower temperatures for greens, because I prefer the sweeter low notes that come out in the tea, and also because I have an unfortunate tendency to walk away and "stew" my greens.
But the first steep for me is nearly always disappointing. So I decided to do a flash rinse to wake up the tea.
I'm brewing this in my TC SO Deishi houhin, so just a wee bit under 4 oz capacity to the rim. 1:1 on the tea, (3.7g), NW Oregon filtered tap water, which I'd put up against most bottled water in quality.
I hit the leaves with 2oz of just off-boil water (208) and immediately poured it off.
1st steep: <30 sec, 160ish, brew is deep green, sweet, but with the tiniest "cut grass" aftertaste
2nd steep: <20sec, 145ish, brew is deeper in color but less blue-green, more yellow tones. Still very sweet, but feels kind of chewy, like more leaf dust is filtering off. Aftertaste has a bit of a bite, kind of like when you accidentally (I hope) bite on a bug. Or maybe like arugula (which I think taste like a bug.
3rd steep: 175ish, water in/water out, best steep, very sweet, no bitter aftertaste, actually very little aftertaste, still bright green liquor.
4th steep: 175ish, <30 sec, light sweet, bright color, but yellower.
5th, etc, etc.
PICKCHURS:the first (the fourth)the third (the fifth)the minor fall, the major lift