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Postby ryan » Sep 26th, '08, 11:33

Anyone else get a nice relaxed and calming feeling after drinking gyokuru??? I describe it as almost feeling high or a state of euphoria... good stuff =)
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Postby Space Samurai » Sep 26th, '08, 12:47

Sometimes when I drink matcha in the morning.
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Postby Chip » Sep 26th, '08, 12:48

I actually have to be a little careful with gykuro, limiting myself to 4 grams per session. If it is good gyokuro, anything more and it is almost too intense a sensation.

But if I have gyokuro more regularly, then I can use more. Perhaps the body builds up a resistance to it. :?: :idea: :!: :arrow:
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Postby filth » Sep 30th, '08, 02:44

Where would one get a high quality gykuro with a large amount of theanine?
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Postby ryan » Sep 30th, '08, 10:04

I typically drink the superior or premium gyokuru from www.hibiki-an.com. o-cha.com also has a good selection.
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Postby olivierco » Sep 30th, '08, 11:09

filth wrote:Where would one get a high quality gykuro with a large amount of theanine?


Ocha (Kame-Giru-Shi, Gyoku-Hou, Fujitsubo), Ippodo (Kanro, Ippoen), Hibiki-an (SPremium).
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Postby Wosret » Sep 30th, '08, 11:59

I've had it with darjeeling.
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Re: theanine high

Postby Love4TheLeaf » Dec 13th, '08, 05:24

ryan wrote:Anyone else get a nice relaxed and calming feeling after drinking gyokuru??? I describe it as almost feeling high or a state of euphoria... good stuff =)


I have noticed it after drinking all kinds of teas. It's one of my favorite things about tea. I can get a decent theanine buzz off of just about any tea. I thought it was the caffeine at first but then I reasoned that I've been drinking vast quantities of caffeinated soda for many years and never got any kind of real buzz off of that. Coffee either. The sad part is that it doesn't really last long and it's very gentle. I have anxiety issues so anything that calms me down is something I really notice immediately.

I know that it isn't placebo effect in my case because I noticed it before I read any literature about it. I find the theanine "high" from most green teas to be more profound than that of most black teas. Although I have had some very potent ones from black teas.
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Postby Oni » Dec 14th, '08, 13:58

Absolutely yes, gyokuro is diffrent from other teas, a session last an hour but the stimulation a lot longer.
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Postby ryan » Dec 14th, '08, 14:08

Glad this topic is getting some traffic!

I also suffer from anxiety as well which may be why tea has a more dramatic effect on me than other people I have shared tea with. I haven't noticed the effect with anything other than green tea but its possible that is because I drink good quality green but cheap everything else. =)
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Postby Oni » Dec 14th, '08, 15:16

And matcha is the absinth of the teaworld.
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Postby edkrueger » Dec 14th, '08, 17:23

No, Gyokuro is.
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Postby murrius » Dec 14th, '08, 18:49

.... back to matcha :D +1
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Postby Love4TheLeaf » Dec 18th, '08, 10:03

Oddly, I have tried theanine supplements and it just doesn't have the same effect. Although it could have just been the brand. This leads me to think it might be the combination of theanine and caffeine or there may be other compounds in tea that either intensify the theanine effect or have an effect of their own.
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Postby Chip » Dec 18th, '08, 10:58

Love4TheLeaf wrote:Oddly, I have tried theanine supplements and it just doesn't have the same effect. Although it could have just been the brand. This leads me to think it might be the combination of theanine and caffeine or there may be other compounds in tea that either intensify the theanine effect or have an effect of their own.

Or it could be tea in its entirety. It is more than simply a list of compounds.
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