Pablo wrote:One pleasant surprise in my mailbox today,my samples have already arrived,fast fast very fast shipping to Spain in 4 days!!!!
I will not hide my great satisfaction, I really very excited to start
Chip..Thank you so much for all.
Remick wrote:Like many others, the package arrived yesterday. Only one packet was semi-sealed, which is probably a small victory. Other than that, it's now just a matter of deciding what to open first.
bambooforest wrote:Chip wrote:[This will also be located on page 1 for easy reference.]
Brewing Guide for Shincha OTTI
Speaking of water quality, I suddenly noticed sub par results with Aquafina which had been giving me very good results for a while ... now just no discernable highs. So, I switched to Deer Park spring water. Why has water suddenly become so confusing to me when it never was before
I'd suggest Dasani. I'm pretty sure that aquafina is straight up reverse osmosis which means almost no minerals whatsoever which will lead to a flat tasting tea.
Dasani has a very small and ideal amount of minerals put back into the water after it's thoroughly filtered.
Poohblah wrote:Starting with the Sugimoto 88 Nights (Hachiju Hachiya). Would appreciate any brewing tips for this tea.
I tried "1:1" ratio - 5g of tea (half of the sample), 150mL of water @ about 150°F. Did not enjoy this . Thin body, bitter flavor, rough texture. Dry leaf aroma was not bad though. Subsequent steeps did not improve despite quick steeps and cooler water. Would recommend that others who are trying this tea try to brew in a reserved fashion - cooler temps, low ratio, short steeps, perhaps. Or maybe flash steeps at high temperatures. I simply haven't figured this one out yet. My usual sencha brewing technique was simply not cutting it for this tea. I will change things up when I return to this tea to see if it improves this tea.
edit: I think short, quick steeps at high temps may be the way to go with this one? still too early to tell. Will report back.
TommyTeaMorrow wrote:Got my package today going to keep them sealed until I can get a proper teapot to make the teas with, very excited to try them all.
Chip wrote:TommyTeaMorrow wrote:Got my package today going to keep them sealed until I can get a proper teapot to make the teas with, very excited to try them all.
Time is of the essence. What pot do you have to brew?
Chip wrote:[EDIT June 5, 2013]
22 Thes du Japon Yamakai "Under construction" check back later!
Chip wrote:Yes, it is the first one. We wanted to do the one higher end Kondo-wase and a more everyday selection. Thus price was set based upon a selection to be determined later in that price range. When the more expensive Yamakai became available (before the one chosen), I was very tempted. But this would also not be fair to the other vendors ... to have two rather high end selections from TdJ.
saxon75 wrote:This morning I tried the O-Cha Yutaka Midori. I thought I noticed something almost fruity in the finish, like pineapple or something, which was nice but weird enough that I thought I must be imagining it.