I brought these teas on a trip to visit my cousin (who introduced me to tea a few years ago). Due to time constraints, we had only one day to brew tea together. Naturally, we decided that a tea marathon was in order.
You read correct, we brewed all 4 samples in one day (not all at once of course
). I only took general notes of the teas, but I still have ~2/3 of my samples left to get detailed descriptions.
First was #2. Brewed according to Chip's recommendations. This one had a very rich, full mouthfeel. This gyokuro was my second favorite.
Second we brewed #3. This one's mouthfeel was much lighter, but it was quite a bit sweeter. After seeing Chip's updated leaf:water, I'm really excited to give this one another shot
With the corrected brew, this tea may jump up to be a potential favorite of mine.
Later in the day we brewed up #4. The first steep was very buttery. This was my cousin's favorite of the 4 gyokuros. Unfortunately, I botched the rest of the steeps. Next time I will be more attentive to and conservative with my temps. With such a promising first steep, I'm excited to get this tea right on the rest of them!
Lastly, after a break, was #1. This tea had a mind blowing aroma
. A wonder first brew (very cool water). The steeps got more astringent as the steeps proceeded, but not in an overwhelming way. It was a welcome astringency. This was my favorite of the 4 gyokuros!
I am looking forward to brewing the #3 and #4 properly! I would not be surprised if my favorites change. With the mention of "favorites", I would like to clarify that I enjoyed all 4 teas (possibly not to their full extent yet) and only slightly preferred some over the other.
(I'll post pics once I upload them from my iPhone