Drinking some Gyokuro "Yame" from Lupicia. I am usually not a big fan of green tea. But since I had never heard of Gyokuro before joining TeaChat, I decided to give it a try. And I am pleasantly surprised!
I had a lovely session with Tai Ping Hou Kui from Simon Levelt today. Normally this brick and mortar chain of tea and coffee stores sells stuff that is by far not on a par with anything discussed here but this year they had a couple of special (read: quality) teas temporarily in the assortment. And, wow, this one really beat up badly ANY shop bought green tea anywhere here in NL. Of course the brewing vessel might have helped a bit: a lovely hohin from Toju (swoon).
BTW, the kyusu and yunomi were both TeaChat special offers. I love to pair them because of the strong diagonals, light-glaze-on-darker-clay, yet also contrasting smooth/rough feeling of the two pieces.
Thank you for posting this picture. I need to figure out what it is, but apparently all my Eiichi pieces are in a blind spot on my display. For some reason the last few times I have had Sencha I did not even think about using one of his pieces, and I wondered if somehow I forgot to unpack them. Rest assured they are there, but I will need to show them some love soon!