Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?


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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby Buzz fledderjoh... » Jun 26th, '13, 19:10

AdamMY wrote:I am having Yamashita Jirushi Gyokuro in a set up I like to call "Heaven and Hell"

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Nice! Is that a Tanba-yaki cup?
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby AdamMY » Jun 26th, '13, 19:40

Yes it is! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby debunix » Jun 27th, '13, 00:42

Jungjak from Morning Crane teas, enjoyed from my Snowdrifts Hagi. Warm and grassy shading to hay.
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby JRS22 » Jun 29th, '13, 14:39

Ming Qian An Ji Bai Cha from Seven Cups. This is the first 2013 chinese green and it's arrival was very welcome. I had to cut back on sencha due to a digestive difficulty and I needed to move to the gentler chinese teas.

I went from greeting a cheerful post office package person at the door directly to the kitchen to brew some tea. This tea has a wonderful sweet vegetal character with a touch of dryness in the finish.

As a side note, people criticize the post office but I ordered the tea from Seven Cups in Arizona late on Wednesday night, they shipped the package priority mail on Thursday, and I received it on the East Coast this Saturday. Fedex takes a full week and costs more.
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby 茶藝-TeaArt08 » Jul 1st, '13, 16:58

Devoted135 wrote:I've finally gotten around to the Asanoka from the NOTTI earlier this year, and have been enjoying it immensely. I've settled on ~5g/90ml. First steep 150F/60s, then 150F/30s, and back up in increments of 30s. Really lovely flavors in every steep. :)

Along with a square of dark chocolate, it's been my go to afternoon tea this week, in my Andrzej kyusu and Greenwood Studio teacup. :)
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Devoted,

What a beautiful kyusu! It is simple and yet earthy, subtle and warm. I appreciate the shape and the small flecks in the glaze. Envy :mrgreen:
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby BioHorn » Jul 1st, '13, 18:14

Boseong Korean green tea
Very low temperatures have been working well on this one. A bit grandpa style in my chawan.
For some reason this tea keeps bringing up thoughts of sencha. A different beast, but maybe a cousin?
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby Devoted135 » Jul 2nd, '13, 10:44

茶藝-TeaArt08 wrote:Devoted,

What a beautiful kyusu! It is simple and yet earthy, subtle and warm. I appreciate the shape and the small flecks in the glaze. Envy :mrgreen:


Thank you! It's quickly become one of my favorite pots :D
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby debunix » Jul 2nd, '13, 13:47

More Jungjak korean green tea, warm toasted grain, mellow and mildly sweet, very good for calming on a stressful morning, enjoyed in my Snowdrifts hagi.
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby Bad Jedi » Jul 3rd, '13, 03:45

Early summer morning Monkey Pit Taiping Houkui .
This tea is just perfect , fresh green notes, refreshing, smooth, mellow with sweet after taste. Fantastic orchid scent, especially on the first brew.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby amaranto » Jul 3rd, '13, 10:16

Artisan's Reserve by Mellow Monk, which is a nice, balanced, fresh sencha that's not heavy on the umami or astringent. It doesn't seem to require a ton of leaf, though this may be just based on my personal preference.
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby JRS22 » Jul 3rd, '13, 15:56

Two green teas today! First a session of 2013 Zhu Ye Qing which I can't seem to get right. Then some of my favorite Sencha Otsuusan Karigane. I've been cutting back on the ratio of tea to water while I deal with my digestive difficulties, and find that a light brew is quite good. I do miss the intensity of my old style of brewing though.

Seven 'Cups is my favorite source for Tai Ping Hou Kui, and they have 2013 tea in stock, so I've quelled my jealousy of Bad Jedi's Monkey Pit TPHK. I am wondering why it's called Monkey Pit.
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby MacGuffin » Jul 3rd, '13, 18:23

JRS22 wrote:Seven 'Cups is my favorite source for Tai Ping Hou Kui, and they have 2013 tea in stock, so I've quelled my jealousy of Bad Jedi's Monkey Pit TPHK.

I remember reading on the SC site that their supplier for Hou Kui had recently changed their method of processing somewhat. Do you find that it has improved the flavor overall?
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby JRS22 » Jul 3rd, '13, 19:36

My understanding is that the change, which was done for the 2012 harvest, was at the pressing stage. It made the leaves easier to work with without breakage, which improves the flavor.

I buy multiple 25 gram bags rather than one large bag so the tea stays fresher. Then when I open a bag of TPHK I store it in a large shallow canister so the leaves are easy to remove w/o breakage.

I suppose the answer to your question is the change is subtle, but I already thought that Seven Cups TPHK was better than others I tried.
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby MacGuffin » Jul 3rd, '13, 22:29

JRS22 wrote:My understanding is that the change, which was done for the 2012 harvest, was at the pressing stage. It made the leaves easier to work with without breakage, which improves the flavor.

I buy multiple 25 gram bags rather than one large bag so the tea stays fresher. Then when I open a bag of TPHK I store it in a large shallow canister so the leaves are easy to remove w/o breakage. This is the only area of my life where I'm OCD!

I suppose the answer to your question is the change is subtle, but I already thought that Seven Cups TPHK was better than others I tried.

They describe the change on the product page and it seemed to me like a good idea. It has been years since I bought any. They used to carry a green, the name of which escapes me, that I really liked. It was grown in a rather cold climate and turned up later in the season than their other green teas. Unfortunately, not many other customers were as enamored with it as I was and it was discontinued. :cry:
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

Postby debunix » Jul 4th, '13, 01:20

Chilled mystery sencha today, just right for a road trip. Bought some more of this mystery tea over the weekend because there's plenty more summer heat to come....
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