I did 5 rounds last night with tea #1.. used 1/2 of the tea.. so 5gm in my kyusu (which is 320 ml). I'll do 2nd tasting with each tea in my gaiwan to see if there is a difference... but for this go round for each gonna use the kyusu. I'm not a foodie and could not even tell you what spices are in foods.. just whether I like them or not. I also tend towards blacks and smoky oolongs. (Wuyi Shan Red Cape, Irish Breakfast, Earl Grey, English and scottish breakfast, black dragon pearls, lapsang soushong) I do have a few greens, like gunpowder and dragonwell. These greens are gonna be an adventure for me. I'd never head of a gaiwan or kyusu until a bit over a year ago when I joined teachat.. so I'm in learning phase still I think
1st brew: used full 320 ml.. made it a bit weak and low tea/water ratio so for future.. will only fill 1/2 full. water was close to 160 or so (no thermometer) but I use my Utilitea kettle and dial was close to coolest of the "green" settings. Brewed 60s. Was pale yellow green in appearance and very mild and weak. Not grassy like some greens.
2 brew: used 1/2 pot water at even lower temp.. 60s or so.. much more flavor and vegetal with to me.. slight bitterness which shows itself at back/sides of your tounge (astringency?)... ok cup... but not as good as 1st.. gonna lower temp again for next brew
3 brew: lighter green in appearance, much sweeter and no bitterness, but I used around 140 water temp (found a candy thermometer to use) - I now know about where the "dial" needs to be for this temp on my kettle. Gonna start with this in the future. about 80s. Much more enjoyable cup.
4 brew: 140, 90s sweet and mellow
5th brew: 90s or so 150 temp. Sweet, pale green in appearance. All bitterness was gone. Slightly vegetal still with no grassy flavors (to me)
Was gonna do a 6th.. but decided to stop there.. was very restless sleeping last night with very strange dreams.. maybe I should do these on Sat as I've found that too much caffiene in the evening does this to me. then, I can spread the enjoyment over the course of the day
I've learned that some teas I can drink in the evening and some not..