Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby Kaja2737 » Nov 21st, '10, 05:21

I'm having matcha with myself :) not quite traditional, but majority of my friends just don't know what is a good tea :mrgreen:

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby debunix » Nov 21st, '10, 21:53

Spring 2010 Hon Yama Zairai Sencha
from Norbu Tea

This is a sweet, nutty, vegetal sencha without the strong briny umami that I so often find offputting in more heavily steamed senchas and gyokuro.

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The leaf is deep rich green, medium long fragments--not quite as long as the Sayamakaori from Yuuki-cha, but longer than my average Asamushi sencha, very sweet smelling, even a bit nutty.

2.5 grams of leaf in a small gaiwan, about 2.5 oz or 75 mL of tap water per infusion

1st infusion, 30 seconds
sweet, vegetal, nutty, very nice

2nd infusion, 10 seconds
vegetal, sweet, nutty--the nutty is a hint of astringency, I think, but not bitterness, and a hint of toasted/roasted flavor

3rd infusion, 45 seconds
again, the toasty, vegetal nuttiness, astringency, but light

a 4th infusion, 1 minute
still nutty, vegetal, now fairly astringent

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The finished leaves are bright green, and moderately broken up, although I did fine one or two small whole leaves

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I think part of the astringency is the brewing, here, because just for accuracy's sake, not really for comparison, I'm brewing up some of the Yuuki-Cha Sayamakaori sencha at the same time, and finding some of the same elements in it--not the roastedness, but more astringency than I'm used to. I think my leaf-to-water ratio is really not quite the same as in the kyusu. But I've got a pretty good idea that this is going to be a very nice sencha, and am looking forward to first proper session with the Tokoname kyusu.

Both with this and with another new green tea I tried this weekend, it's quite clear that despite attempts to control conditions, changes in brewing conditions for the purpose of doing these comparisons--brewing sencha in my gaiwans instead of my kyusu--sometimes distorts the results, because I'm moving outside my usual comfort zone.

A 2nd set of infusions, in the 5 oz kyusu with 4 grams of leaf, tap water 160 degrees at first, infusions 30", 15", 30"; raised temp to 170 degrees for 45 seconds and 1 minute infusions, worked out better, still some astringency but not as much.

This is a nice, vegetal nutty sencha.

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby NOESIS » Nov 21st, '10, 22:19

Honyama Tokujo sencha from Yuuki-Cha.

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby debunix » Nov 22nd, '10, 13:24

Another brewing of the Zairai sencha this morning, and at Greg's suggestion, I tried a lower temperature: 145 degrees, and it is quite entirely lovely. This is the sweet spot. 30", 10", 30". Upped temp to 155 for the 4th infusion. Sweet and nutty and lovely. The nutty was decreased in the first infusion vs the last time when I started 160 degrees, but came back in the 2nd and third infusion; the fourth, with hotter water, brought back the sweetness over the nutty. Still, the nuttiness reminds me a lot of Long Jing.

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby Kaja2737 » Nov 22nd, '10, 13:32

It's evening here so I chose something with low caffein... I'm having Long Jing, second infusion 8) it's great!

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby teaisme » Nov 22nd, '10, 14:49

blend of yuuki's Magokoro and Yabe Shiraore, more kuki then fuka (3/5 and 2/5 ish)

packed pretty heavy at about 9g in 4.5 oz banko

tastes great I like,
too much kuki though, to the point where it has become the dominate flavour

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby guitar9876 » Nov 23rd, '10, 02:56

Thanks for the review debunix! I am currently waiting for Greg's 3 new senchas. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby TwoPynts » Nov 23rd, '10, 10:46

Adagio's Dragonwell in my cup this AM.

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby Kaja2737 » Nov 23rd, '10, 11:23

I made a big teapot of some green from yunnan... let's go study now :roll:

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby JRS22 » Nov 23rd, '10, 13:15

Liu An Gua Pian from Seven Cups in my cup this morning. Last week when I was (once again) cleaning out my tea cabinets to make space for more tea and teaware I decided that on a daily basis one of my teas could vary but the other would focus on a particular tea until it's gone. I chose Liu An Gua Pian as the first focus. My first brewings had an unpleasant mineral overtone and the tea was gradually and inadvertently moved to the rear of the cabinet. Now I've settled on brewing parameters that result in a soft rounded flavor that I'm really enjoying. Repetition is helping me be more observant of the finer points of the tea's qualities.

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby debunix » Nov 24th, '10, 21:34

After that very nice session with the Norbu Zairai sencha two days ago, today I tried my Sayamakaori cooler than usual--starting at 145 degrees, ending up at 160, instead of starting first infusions 160 and gradually increasing to 180 degrees.

It was lovely--a little sweeter, mellower, but still rich and vegetal. Very nice.

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby auhckw » Nov 25th, '10, 10:19

Supper for today...

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby bagua7 » Nov 26th, '10, 03:14

Lu An Gua Pian

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Apparently this year's is yucky, but I am happy with it as a every day tea as the price was that of a cheapie. Anyway, I am ordering Huangshan Mao Feng after a session of this tea today with my "cha mates". Awesome tea, bitter with light sweet aftertones afterwards. It really impressed me knowing that the price was also low.

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby sebpassion » Nov 26th, '10, 05:22

YM Kaorou Supreme LE from o-cha

2nd steep blows me away :mrgreen:

but compared to the YM classic i like the classic a bit more

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Re: What GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby iheartea » Nov 27th, '10, 22:18

Organic Kagoshima Sencha Magokoro and Yame Matcha

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