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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by Teaarch » Oct 7th, '17, 18:44

Just had my first bit of the Tama-no-hikari kabuse-cha from Horaido. It's still 100% 2016 tea (which I prefer; his teas are best around a year or so after they're released I find, due to the way he ages them). I haven't ever had this one before, so I can't comment on previous years, but it's a really good uji-cha, one of the best I've had in the price range (1200 yen). Not too gyokuro like either; it tends more towards a sencha flavor which I prefer. A little standard tasting else wise but I can't complain.

I've also had many of his matchas recently: Miyako-no-mukashi, Miyako-no-shiro HG, and the Hatsumukashi. All very tasty, and the miyako might even better as koicha than the miyako-no-mukashi (the more expensive one).

Another great thing about Horaido right now is the shipping: he offers cheap DHL (usually around 15000 yen for the teas I've described whereas EMS is like 2500 for me), which gets to where I'm at in a little over 30 hours after Yasumori-san ships it. Never received tea from Japan as fast as that. Edit: I should mention I'm in the U.S., and the fastest I've ever received tea via ems was just over 3 days. Also forgot to mention the dhl was about 2100 yen.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by devites » Oct 18th, '17, 23:48

Chiran Shincha from O-cha! This tea is great!

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by leefetea » Oct 19th, '17, 11:05

I am drinking Japanese Sencha which I personally think is some of the best green tea out there. They are fresh and definitely healthy. While green tea sounds general, they taste quite differently from region to region and producer to producer so it is good explore the taste you like. Interestingly, they taste somewhat saltish and sweet while the light bitterness adds another dimension to the tea.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by ljfnord » Oct 22nd, '17, 13:16

Do jasmine pearls count? (Sorry, but I'm still new to all this.)

According to my invoice, I'm drinking "Superfine Jasmine Downy Dragon Pearls Green Tea."

According to the website, it's from Fuding City, Fujian Province, China, harvested on May 25, 2017, from the Fuding Dahao tea bush in the Wenyang Tea Garden.

According to my tongue, I overbrewed it. Going back for a shorter steep.

EDIT: I did overbrew it. A shorter steep resulted in an excellent cup of tea.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by utkarsh » Oct 25th, '17, 07:56

I tried matcha today. It was the first time I had with water and it tasted brilliant. Great tea on a slightly pricey side. But totally worth it.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by ljfnord » Oct 26th, '17, 01:05

Still drinking the "Superfine Jasmine Downy Dragon Pearls Green Tea" from Teavivre. Brewed at 187°F for 3 minutes. Perfect jasmine green, perfect way to celebrate the Astros winning a World Series game. :D

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by HotLeafJuice » Oct 30th, '17, 13:29

I'm currently drinking some Kaboku sencha from ippodo tea, and although it's a good quality sencha, it's also VERY easy to brew wrong :mrgreen: ...

Does anyone have any tips on being consistent in brewing more "sensitive" japanese greens?
Thanks

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Nov 1st, '17, 09:34
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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by ljfnord » Nov 1st, '17, 09:34

ljfnord wrote: Still drinking the "Superfine Jasmine Downy Dragon Pearls Green Tea" from Teavivre. Brewed at 187°F for 3 minutes. Perfect jasmine green, perfect way to celebrate the Astros winning a World Series game. :D
Found out I've been steeping this for too short a time. It should be steeped between 5 and 8 minutes. Steeping at 5 minutes produces a much better drink.

Now, if the Astros can just pull themselves together and win Game Seven ... :!:

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by teaformeplease » Nov 8th, '17, 15:37

This week I've been diving into some Sichuan greens from Four Seasons Tea Co. The Mao Feng was pretty fantastic but I think my favorite might be the more delicate Meng Ding Gan Lu.

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by TORamarn » Nov 10th, '17, 04:03

HotLeafJuice wrote: Does anyone have any tips on being consistent in brewing more "sensitive" japanese greens?
Thanks
What do you mean by “being consistent”?

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by HotLeafJuice » Nov 12th, '17, 06:15

TORamarn wrote:
HotLeafJuice wrote: Does anyone have any tips on being consistent in brewing more "sensitive" japanese greens?
Thanks
What do you mean by “being consistent”?
As in always getting the same result, because without a thermometer its hard to always get the same temp just by using tea cups to cool the water down about 10 degrees at a time...

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Re: Official what GREEN are you currently drinking?

by pedroalfa » Nov 20th, '17, 18:56

Well I am drinking Kuradashi Sencha...

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