JRS22 wrote:1. As of now I've never met a gyokuro that I didn't like.
Try organic gyokuro, I've never tried one that I did like...
I'm onto #4, Den's Suimei. Previously, I had only tried Den's Organic Sencha and was left wanting more flavor. My first steep yesterday with Den’s Suimei had a little bitterness (5gr/2.5oz/120F/150sec) so today I cooled down the water from 120F to 112F (5gr/2.5oz/112F/145sec). It is still ‘very slightly’ brassy & astringent in background, but tasty, the liquid is a cloudy nice green-green & sweet. It is flavorful but didn't blow me away.2nd:
120/90sec; very tasty, 'slight' astringency but sweet, 'slight' brassiness, warm, green vegetal (but not big vegetal) -- lingering full flavor & sweet flavors is the best part. 3rd:
130/3 minutes; lighter clear green liquid, slightly astringent in background. Lighter but still sweet & tasty. Slight seaweed in background.4th:
150/4 minutes; liquid still very nice green, nice balance, slight sweet to astringent background, warm, not brassy.Bottom Line:
A tasty gyokuro that has a pleasant lingering full flavor & sweet aftertaste. Vibrant green liquor. Slightly brassy/astringent background although not off-putting. Larger steeps of 10gr/5oz water might give a more complete tasting experience between taste and lingering palate.