Chip wrote:Beginning tastings for OTTI 16. Sae Midori and a Honyama selection from Thes du Japon. Cannot say much else since participants do not have their tea yet.
But we do enjoy the teasers!
Beginning my day with Gyokuro Shou-en from O-Cha. Good for the price but I may give up my search for 'everyday' gyo and just ration out the top-of-the-line gyo.
OK, more teasers from OTTI 16 Thes du Japon. Next the semi-ferment Sayama Kaori ... very interesting. This may give tasters fits, but with much care in brewing it is a very different Japanese green.
Next, Oku Midori. GOOD!!!
Yeah, I prefer mostly sticking with the good stuff for gyokuro. Shou-un is a good one for the price, but everyday tea is sencha for me, gyokuro is special ... so small concentrated steeps for special times of better selections.
Currently have Kame from O-Cha open and Hakoniwado's Ayame. One from Uji and the other from Yame ... both exceptional and very different from each other.
(New teaser ... gyo OTTI has been on my mind a LOT lately)