MIKE_B wrote:It tasted a little yeasty to me.
That's the word I was looking for. Yeasty.
victoria3 wrote:Chip wrote:....One other thing, between steeps, make sure to tap the back side of the Kyusu against your palm a few times until 90% or more of the leaves break away from the screen.
Make sure you are holding the Kyusu by the front (spout) part of the body, not the handle.
Then pour the next batch of water across the screen dislodging the rest of the leaves. This way you get a "fresh screen" ... otherwise you will likely clog up on a successive steep.
I also use the "tap the back side of the Kyusu against your palm" technique to clear the filter, although I always use two hands; one hand holding the front of the kyusu handle, the other hand to tap against with an open palm. I've never needed to hold the spout, that sounds structurally awkward to me.
Or, did you mean; you cup one hand around the spout and front body of the kyusu and tap against your other open palm? Like cupping the kyusu with both hands, but the hand around the spout moves and taps.
saxon75 wrote:Den's Houryoku tonight. This one didn't really work out for me. There was an interesting menthol note in the first steep, the flavor otherwise being generally vegetal. But the second steep turned quite astringent even though I tried to dial it back, and the third was just a mess. Maybe next time I'll go even cooler.
5g/4oz, preheated kyusu
1st: 40 sec @ 70C
2nd: 10 sec @ 70C
3rd: 60 sec @ 70C
saxon75 wrote:This afternoon I tried the Maiko Karigane. This was my first experience with a kukicha, and I think it may be my new favorite Japanese tea.There were hints of pine and fruit in the flavor, with a nice sweetness
Poohblah wrote:Like Chip, I'll post my notes later on. But I did want to take the time to agree with saxon. The Maiko karigane was astounding; in fact I consider it to be significantly better than many of the "pure-blooded" senchas included in this flight.I found this tea to have a nice nuttiness mixed with the buttery, sweet flavors of asamushi. I thought it was medium-bodied with a bit of umami as well.
victoria3 wrote:Today I tried Maiko's Shincha Karigane and I agree with Poohblah & Saxon that it is a very pleasant brew.
Remick wrote: ... instead of "pine" I found it to be more like juniper (as in Gin). Yeah I know, semantics. With that said, regardless of the description this tea is very impressive.
AdamMY wrote:Finishing up a session of #13. Nice tea, but I could not make it sing today. It may have partially been my mood/ as I have a horrible allergy headache right now, the tea is helping to make it better, but still not feeling top notch.
This tea is a spout clogger so be careful when pouring, and if you are into swamp water(in appearance not taste) fukamushi this one is for you!