I like to change things around. But oddly when I get a new teapot it usually sits for a month or so before it is cleaned out and used.....I dont know why...resistance to change?
As for brewing method change, yeah I do that too. Been playing around with some greens from yuukicha.
Found a nice combo yesterday. Yuukicha bancha mixed with their gyo kukicha. Starting roughly 2 1/2 parts kuki to 1 part bancha (by sight not weight), 160ish water. Brewed similar to a sencha. Second steep added a pinch of bancha. Third steep pinch of bancha. 4th Spoon of kuki. 5th pinch of bancha. Seemed like it could have gone on at least 1 more if not two infusions without further adding leaf. I was done though!
infussions 2,3,4,5 much more brothy then expected. Screams clean. I can taste the very earthy straightforward green tones of the bancha, I can taste the light sweetness along with the more marineyness of the kukicha. So effortless to drink. I enjoyed it over brewing either alone by itself. The subtlety of the kukicha seems to balance out the boldness of the bancha very well.
Revisiting this again while I am at work today.