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by Chip
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 40
Views: 696

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

I've never heard of doing this before, but its interesting. I wonder how it applies to other types of tea as well. And does it mean it needs to be drunk more quickly to avoid degradation. It certainly works as well for high mountain Oolong. Freshly opened is tasting not as nice as the day after, I ...
by Chip
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 40
Views: 696

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

Shine Magical wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:36 pm
I’m sick so it will take me a while to get to the tasting. Have fun everyone :D
Get well soon! You definitely want to have your "tasters" in tip top shape for this!
by Chip
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 40
Views: 696

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

Which brings up the question, are these nitrogen flushed? Years ago, Ippodo did not but may have changed. I do not think it is as critical to nitro flush gyokuro since it is best when aged at least several months. Sencha on the other hand retains its freshness and intensity generally better when ni...
by Chip
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 40
Views: 696

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

To hou or to shib ... that is the question! Lid on or lid off to brew? I'll try both shib and houjin for this tasting event. I personally prefer houjin but there is no absolute right answer IMHO. I typically brew gyokuro lid off as do masters in Japan though I am sure it is not universal. 20191011_1...
by Chip
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 40
Views: 696

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

If you have not done this, please do!

After you preheat your brewing vessel and pour the water off.
... wait about a minute.

Put your dry leaves into the brew vessel and swirl them around gently ...

Smell the warming leaves!

Wondrous!
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by Chip
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 40
Views: 696

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

After 1 day open packet, re-seal with a bag clip or sim and wait +-12hr before using tea. This allows the needles to breath a little before steeping. I've never heard of doing this before, but its interesting. I wonder how it applies to other types of tea as well. And does it mean it needs to be dr...
by Chip
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Special Events & Offerings
Topic: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro
Replies: 40
Views: 696

Re: Inaugural Group Tasting: Sinensis Yokkaichi & Ippodo Tokusen Gyokuro

Yay, package arrived! Thank you again, Victoria, for putting this all together.
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by Chip
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 578
Views: 72844

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

And with the Gyokuro tasting set to begin in a day or two ... and not having brewed Gyokuro since last Winter, I found myself craving Gyokuro! Practice brewing would be helpful as well. Brewed up Yume (not the Yame) gyokuro from O-Cha this morning to start the TeaDay. This selection is a perennial f...
by Chip
Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 578
Views: 72844

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Q: What could possibly be better than receiving a package of Japanese green tea???!!! A: Receiving 2 packages of Japanese green tea!!! Gyokuro tasting put together by Victoria and an O-Cha package. Especially when supplies were dwindling with mostly uninspiring selections remaining in the TeaFridge....
by Chip
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki
Replies: 46
Views: 628

Re: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki

I did mention that I have a first generation and a later generation of both Junzo Kobiwako and Tachi Shigaraki kyusu. I did want to clarify this a bit. My 1st gen Tachi Shigaraki is around 12-13 years old. The clay looks and feels much different than my later generation versions that are around 7-8 ...
by Chip
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki
Replies: 46
Views: 628

Re: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki

Tachi Shigaraki Asanoka round. First gen kyusu. 20191001_151310.jpg First steep was quite pleasant. Yes, it was quite bold, indicative of the highly reactive clay. More bold and intense and less noticeably sweet than the Kobiwako yesterday ... again indictative of this clay bringing a lot to the cup...
by Chip
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki
Replies: 46
Views: 628

Re: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki

First up, Kobiwako by Junzo. Did 2 tastings yesterday, 1 official and 1 unofficial. I'll discuss the official tasting although both were comparable to each other. I used the most recent gen version. 20191001_151437.jpg I love to smell Japanese green tea, the aroma was nothing short of devine in the ...
by Chip
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki
Replies: 46
Views: 628

Re: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki

Sencha #2 for my testing is Asanoka asamushi from O-Cha. This is a bit of a sleeper at around 15 USD per 100 grams, I consider it a bargain! Asanoka is a very distinct cultivar with a bold flavor profile, deep mouth feel, robust aroma dry and in the kyusu after brewing. Its flavor is hard to describ...
by Chip
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki
Replies: 46
Views: 628

Re: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki

Victoria Yet equal leaf and water ratio does not compensate for heat retention. For that the larger would probably need slightly shorter infusion times. True! One reason brewing a large pot of gyokuro the same way as a very small shib will likely not work well. I even considered a shorter brew time...
by Chip
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki
Replies: 46
Views: 628

Re: Junzo Kobiwako vs. Tachi Shigaraki

I wish I had plans to visit LA again sometime soon so that I could help you with these tests :( I've found it very rare for kobiwako clay to allow bitterness through into the final brew, it usually does an excellent job at absorbing all of that while enhancing the mouthfeel as well. Yes ... YES! Bu...