Two Korean greens from Morning Crane Tea: Daejak and Jungjak, from the same grower, brewed and tasted side-by-side:
2.5 grams tea in small gaiwans--about 75mL to fill line, so 1 gram/30mL; both teas were small curled whole leaves, dark brownish green
first infusion, 160 degrees, 30 seconds: pale yellow liquors, both are a little light bodiesd, needed longer or more tea, vegetal, with a hint of toasted corn
30 seconds, same temp: now things are rich, warm, summer meadows, bit of toasted corn, a little floral, bitterness never even crossed my mind….mmmmmm--can't really tell a difference between these except maybe the Daejak tastes a little more roasted
170 degrees, 75 seconds: still sweet, warm/toasty, a little astringency or bitterness, shouldn't have let this one go so long but I got distracted
185 degrees, 60 seconds: the astringency/bitterness recedes, better timing on this one, summer meadow, a little spice but not bitterness, sweet and floral and very very nice--again, couldn't really tell the difference between these, but I'm really enjoying them both
One more at 190 degrees was getting a little light, time to end the session.