debunix wrote:First try with #3--first gyokuro in a long time, period. Doing per Chip's recommendation--5g for 60 mL ... Intense and amazing--strengthening of the umami more than I usually prefer, but it is also bringing out something else that is quite nice--an almost floral note among the ocean and sweet spring peas, but still, I'll try the next one shorter, for a less intense brew, and see how that works for me.
debunix it is interesting to read your taste experience. I did a second tasting of #3, using the updated parameters, and was really pleased to find a well proportioned, complex flavor palate that lingers nicely. Much more engaging and memorable, leading me to want to try it again.
1st steep: 5gr/ 2oz/ 130F/ 90sec: lime green liquor, super interesting, mild background astringency that adds depth, lingering flavor palate, sweet, mellow but not boring, artichoke notes?, slight vegetal, warmth...smooth rich soft flavors, medium/ full body.
2nd Steep: 140F/ 60 sec : like 1st but richer, cloudier, smooth, Unami lingering palate, sweet upper palate.
3rd Steep: 150F/ 2min : slight metallic background (but not brassy), slight astringency, nutty warmth, background upper palate Umami lingers in upper palate. My upper palate is in a state of lingering joyful meditation.
4th Steep: 160F/ 3min : liquid clearer, sweet, slight astringency
Bottom Line: Really rich Gyokuro, very well proportioned, nice umami and flavorful lingering palate.