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by Chip
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 361
Views: 63143

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Interesting. I have purchased 4 Ito Gafu kyusu over the last 4 years. They are all very Japanese in style ... no resemblance to Yixing. Each are very finely crafted. I'll likely continue collecting his work. I became interested in his work due to his indirect albeit connection to Yamada Jozan III. H...
by Chip
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 361
Views: 63143

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

Student t, I purchased a Mokusen shudei kyusu and liked it so much that I purchased several more! Yes, because it is sculpted versus wheeled, the walls are thicker but not clunky thick. The direct wall filter has handled every sencha I have thrown at it. Something about this kyusu makes it very appr...
by Chip
Wed May 27, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Victoria ... the Yame. The dry leaf is so aromatic that it is hard to believe this is just shincha. Reminds me of Asanoka dry. The selection is from www.hoshitea.com Brewed tea is very nice for a few steeps. But seems like perhaps I could brew it better. There has to be more flavor hiding behind th...
by Chip
Wed May 27, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

... asamushi Shincha arrivals today. Insanely fast FedEx Express delivery.

Kirameki X2
Yumesuraga X2
Aoi X2
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Also an extra bag of Sae Midori and Yutaka Midori.
by Chip
Tue May 26, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

If you time your Artistic Nippon order just right, Toru includes an awesome gift! Yame Shincha. Had his selection 2 years ago, and we really enjoyed it ... very Yame in character. Potent aroma that blew me away, rich brothy umami. Surprising Jo in the morning with this year's selection ... and some ...
by Chip
Fri May 22, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Florent just posted an interesting article about Kagoshima tea. I also feel the same way as what he wrote here. “...They are essentially shaded fukamushi sencha with a rather strong roasting in general. Kagoshima does not highlight an old “tradition” or style, but produces tea according to market d...
by Chip
Thu May 21, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Kettl Mebuki . Sae Midori cultivar. Ok, this has not been what I expected of a Sae Midori. Each sencha including shincha goes through a brief roasting as part of its final processing. Too little, and a sencha can be lackluster. Just right, and you will not notice it but the roast adds to the select...
by Chip
Thu May 21, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

The tea has a lot of broken fragments and dust. It smelled great. Honestly, It was not very good. I have very little experience with green tea, so I dont know how it is "supposed" to taste, but this was super thick and almost salty. I will try using less tea and cooler water. Also, I will not prehe...
by Chip
Sat May 09, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

How much was the shipping price difference (if you compare with similarly heavy order made with Japan Post)? Japan Post is usually super affordable (at least when I order from Thes du Japon, which is my goto-shop for all teas Japanese..) and reliable, at least to Europe. I have limited experience w...
by Chip
Fri May 08, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

And let the Shincha good times roll.. got my FedEx shipment also this morning. That’s the fastest shipping ever from Japan, it left Japan Thursday at 12noon got here at 9am Friday. Wow 💥 I’ll wait 24hrs before opening a pack since it was in the cold belly of the plane, and another day to acclimatiz...
by Chip
Fri May 08, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Shincha 2020 direct from O-cha, Japan!

Thrilled!!!

And delivered by some guy who looked just like Tom Hanks ... he said, "This packaged saved my life!" :mrgreen:
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by Chip
Fri May 08, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Pretty surprised and very happy! A week ago, I still was uncertain whether I would be able to obtain Shincha 2020 direct from Japan. Then, I was really uncertain how long a package via FEDEX would in reality take ... if it would face delays, etc. Today much to my amazement, Shincha from O-cha arrive...
by Chip
Wed May 06, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Fedex tracking of O-cha package initiated around 18 hours ago ...

"Scheduled delivery:

Friday 5/08/2020 by 10:30 am"

This is incredibly great news!

Edit: though checking history, I am a bit skeptical.
by Chip
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

... kettl uses de-oxygenator packets.
by Chip
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 105
Views: 5845

Re: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"

Kettl arrival today! First package of the Year of COVID-19 Shincha. Hopefully more to come asap! 20200430_124340.jpg I have 2 pairs ... what do you have? 20200430_124422.jpg Perfect timing as I just emptied a bag of 2019 Kabuse-cha from O-cha just prior to its arrival. I'll open 1 bag ... Mebuki or ...