Favorite Green...


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Favorite Green...

Postby TeaFanatic » May 5th, '06, 00:02

Alright everyone, if you were forced to drink only one type of green tea for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I would have to go with dragonwell.
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Postby Chip » May 5th, '06, 00:38

...without a doubt...Long Jing...aka...Dragon Well, Lung Ching.
The tough part would be which one...there are several very good ones to choose from...and if you vary its preparation it can come out good but different each time.
I have not had a bad cup of DW in at least a couple years.
You have great taste teafanatic!!!
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Postby TeaFanatic » May 5th, '06, 01:26

Yes it does depend on the grade and quality, but the thing I like about dragonwell for me at least is a pretty consistent taste that is different from all the other greens. The chestnutty overtones, although they appear in other greens, are very distinctive in the dragonwell. It is a very good green.
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Postby klemptor » May 5th, '06, 09:10

Either kukicha or gyokuro.

Mmm. Now I wish I had some here!
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Postby rabbit » May 5th, '06, 09:39

either Long Jing, or Lu An Gua Pian.
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Postby Marlene » May 5th, '06, 12:41

Green Pekoe. Without a doubt.
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simply sencha

Postby lunderfrog » May 7th, '06, 22:53

Call my green, but I enjoy a simple cup of sencha. The fresh flavor, the verdant aroma ..
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Postby TeaFanatic » May 8th, '06, 01:34

I love a great high quality sencha also, but the problem I see is that when you venture to far from the high quality stuff, the taste becomes rapidly more bitter.
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Postby Chip » May 8th, '06, 02:00

I too love a great sencha or a gyokuro, but I have been horribly disappointed in the past.

I now place it just below DW since I have a great source for the freshed and highest quality senchas and gyokuros I have ever had. They are delivered to my door from Japan complete with Japanese post marks...how cool is that.

I will be receiving any day now my Shincha sencha from Uji, which is the first flush that is available only for a short time...cannot wait.
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Re: Favorite Green...

Postby Phyll » May 8th, '06, 02:18

At my current state of mind, it's a tie between Dragon Well and Tai Ping Hou Kui (Monkey King).
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Postby Skycast » May 9th, '06, 00:14

It's gotta be hojicha all the way for me. It's one of the first greens I tried and to date it's still my favorite. I like others (like kukicha and sencha), but hojicha is head and shoulders above the rest for me.
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Postby TeaFanatic » May 9th, '06, 00:54

I honestly absolutely hated hojicha when I tried it the first time, but I hear only good things about the tea from everyone else, perhaps I will have to give it another try.
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Postby Skycast » May 9th, '06, 08:26

You should...when I'm standing there in front of my various tins unsure of what I want, I always just grab the hojicha.
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Postby Warden Andy » May 9th, '06, 15:38

My favorite is definately longjing.

About hojicha, I agree with TeaFanatic. It's basically low quality tea roasted to make it drinkable. I also wouldn't be surprised if they used stale tea, because roasting it would make it drinkable again. There is a device that roasts old tea to make it drinkable, so it's definately not unheard of to roast old tea.

Basically, I just don't like it because the roasting covers up the tea taste.
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Postby MarshalN » May 9th, '06, 16:43

Except hojicha isn't green tea

I'd say a top notch longjing is still the best -- it can't be beat
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