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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by victoria3 » Jul 15th, '17, 16:02

Ferg keep pictures coming of your new Yamada Jozan III kyusu. The clay looks awesome.
At the moment I'm enjoying Ippodo's Gyokuro Ippoen, elegant vegetal broth with lots of umami.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by debunix » Jul 15th, '17, 23:57

Today I was getting ready to take a drive through the desert and decided I wanted a cold-brew for the thermos (too hot for hot tea today), and the Gyokuro Kin from Dens tea came to hand before I touched the Maeda-en sencha I usually reserve for that. The gyokuro was brilliant: a splash of boiling water, a moment's wait, then cold water from the tap to fill the thermos, and then mid-afternoon with temp 112 in the Mojave, and lovely smooth cool gyokuro was magnifique.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by victoria3 » Jul 16th, '17, 13:01

debunix wrote: Today I was getting ready to take a drive through the desert and decided I wanted a cold-brew for the thermos (too hot for hot tea today), and the Gyokuro Kin from Dens tea came to hand before I touched the Maeda-en sencha I usually reserve for that. The gyokuro was brilliant: a splash of boiling water, a moment's wait, then cold water from the tap to fill the thermos, and then mid-afternoon with temp 112 in the Mojave, and lovely smooth cool gyokuro was magnifique.
Interesting, I've only done cold brew using ice cubes; filling vessel with ice cubes, topping off with Gyokuro, wait until melted and enjoy. Otherwise, if I still have a steep left I'll place +-4th-5th steep of green teas in the refridgerator overnight, or for a day or two to enjoy later.

You've probably done both using ice cubes and just room temp water for 1st brew, how would you compare the difference in final brew?

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by Ferg » Jul 16th, '17, 15:39

victoria3 wrote:
debunix wrote: Today I was getting ready to take a drive through the desert and decided I wanted a cold-brew for the thermos (too hot for hot tea today), and the Gyokuro Kin from Dens tea came to hand before I touched the Maeda-en sencha I usually reserve for that. The gyokuro was brilliant: a splash of boiling water, a moment's wait, then cold water from the tap to fill the thermos, and then mid-afternoon with temp 112 in the Mojave, and lovely smooth cool gyokuro was magnifique.
Interesting, I've only done cold brew using ice cubes; filling vessel with ice cubes, topping off with Gyokuro, wait until melted and enjoy. Otherwise, if I still have a steep left I'll place +-4th-5th steep of green teas in the refridgerator overnight, or for a day or two to enjoy later.

You've probably done both using ice cubes and just room temp water for 1st brew, how would you compare the difference in final brew?
That sounds mighty tasty debunix! Thanks for sharing. I felt like I was there sipping on gyo in the desert. What purpose do you think the initial splash of boiling water had on the brew? And what type of thermos did you use, porcelain or stainless?

Victoria, do you ice brew gyo in clay pots or another vessel? I ask because I'd be too afraid to expose the clay to cold ice. Perhaps I'll experiment one of these days when I'm feeling braver.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by victoria3 » Jul 16th, '17, 15:44

Ferg wrote:
victoria3 wrote:
debunix wrote: Today I was getting ready to take a drive through the desert and decided I wanted a cold-brew for the thermos (too hot for hot tea today), and the Gyokuro Kin from Dens tea came to hand before I touched the Maeda-en sencha I usually reserve for that. The gyokuro was brilliant: a splash of boiling water, a moment's wait, then cold water from the tap to fill the thermos, and then mid-afternoon with temp 112 in the Mojave, and lovely smooth cool gyokuro was magnifique.
Interesting, I've only done cold brew using ice cubes; filling vessel with ice cubes, topping off with Gyokuro, wait until melted and enjoy. Otherwise, if I still have a steep left I'll place +-4th-5th steep of green teas in the refridgerator overnight, or for a day or two to enjoy later.

You've probably done both using ice cubes and just room temp water for 1st brew, how would you compare the difference in final brew?
That sounds mighty tasty debunix! Thanks for sharing. I felt like I was there sipping on gyo in the desert. What purpose do you think the initial splash of boiling water had on the brew? And what type of thermos did you use, porcelain or stainless?

Victoria, do you ice brew gyo in clay pots or another vessel? I ask because I'd be too afraid to expose the clay to cold ice. Perhaps I'll experiment one of these days when I'm feeling braver.
I've cold brewed in my Hokujo sake pitcher
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by victoria3 » Jul 17th, '17, 22:30

Getting into the green Japanese groove these afternoons. Maiko's 2016 Sincha Sencha Kinari is so good with a smooth, sweet green umami broth. Decided to come out of the closet with many of my teawares and arrange them in small vignettes onto open shelving and credenzas. Here is a very old Tokoname kyusu set with Mogake seaweed effect sitting on a stoneware slab by local artist David Stone of Stoneware Pottery.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by Ferg » Jul 17th, '17, 23:02

Very nice Victoria! Love the entire set-up, from the chabako with newspaper backings, to the slab tray, to the mogake fired/banko diamond-cut teaware. The slab accentuates your mogake set. Such a nice display. :)

That shincha looks so mellow against the white clay. Makes me want to go for a cup here at nearly midnight. I still have the '16 and '17 versions to compare. One of these days...

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by victoria3 » Jul 17th, '17, 23:18

Ferg wrote: Very nice Victoria! Love the entire set-up, from the chabako with newspaper backings, to the slab tray, to the mogake fired/banko diamond-cut teaware. The slab accentuates your mogake set. Such a nice display. :)

That shincha looks so mellow against the white clay. Makes me want to go for a cup here at nearly midnight. I still have the '16 and '17 versions to compare. One of these days...
haha I kept the original newspaper packing as backdrop with that set. I'm enjoying arranging the teaware with other larger and smaller scale elements. I was going to use your new Hokujo kyusu but gravitated towards the white clay set. It had been a long time since I last used it, so finely crafted.

Oh yes, please do compare '16 to '17 Ferg when you get a chance. From what I've read 2016 might be better...

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