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by Chip
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Tea Swap
Topic: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)
Replies: 31
Views: 1433

Re: Kobiwako clay kyusu, current generation (Chip)

I brewed O-Cha's Sae Midori 20TH Anniversary Shincha in my new one first time out of the box.

Brewed like a champ, all the nuances were right up front. No break in. I just rinsed it out right before using.
by Chip
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Gyokuro recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 803

Re: Gyokuro recommendations

Also been a while, the Yamashito (I have to look up the spelling) collection from Maiko has good gyokuro at 5ish price points.
by Chip
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Gyokuro recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 803

Re: Gyokuro recommendations

Been years since I bought it, but Kevin always recommends the Yame at around 25$. It was not what I wanted in a gyokuro, but it is quite popular.
by Chip
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Gyokuro recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 803

Re: Gyokuro recommendations

... having said all that, I personally tend to focus on sencha until Winter when my interest naturally begins to lean towards gyokuro.

I consider this a ... logical approach since I want my sencha fresh and my gyokuro aged.

YMMV ...
by Chip
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Gyokuro recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 803

Re: Gyokuro recommendations

New year, I base this on purchases made late last year. When buying Gyukuro, I look at "value" more than "price". For a few dollars more at 35.10$, Gyokuhō from O-Cha is really quite good for the price. Brewed right, it is like a 40-50$ Gyokuro. An excellent value. The Fujitsubo (sp?) is around a do...
by Chip
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 8755

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

Sadly, O-Cha's 20th Anniversary Sae Midori is now sold out. I was going to order a few more. Glad I ordered 6 previously ... have 2 unopened remaining.
by Chip
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Wistaria Teahouse
Replies: 26
Views: 2835

Re: Wistaria Teahouse

OTTI stands for ‘Official Tea Tasting Initiative’ created by Chip. Is it this one? That's what google gave me anyway ;-) doesn't seem like the right one ;-) https://globaltea.ucdavis.edu/ No, that is not it. I believe most of the old OTTI threads were deleted. ... deleted by Adagio. Which is a big ...
by Chip
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Show Off Your Pets
Replies: 59
Views: 2428

Re: Show Off Your Pets

Jo wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:58 pm
teachronicles, thanks for posting your puppies. But I have an error message, I can't see them😢
... hmmm, oddly I cannot view them either.
by Chip
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 555
Views: 69057

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

OK... So I am not proud of this but it seems I must play a round of "Infuse or Refuse" . As I was digging in the depths of my tea cabinet today I happened across a brand new, unopened bag of Organic Shizouka Tenryu Misakubo. How this one slipped by me I have no idea, but it is what it is. Bare in m...
by Chip
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 555
Views: 69057

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Today's Japanese lesson was especially tough and left me a bit grumpy so decided to order yet more tea to lift my mood. Checked out a new-to-me vendor with some interesting all-organic offerings but their weirdly passive aggressive 'about the company' page put me off so much I just ordered some sam...
by Chip
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 8755

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

Asanoka asamushi from O-Cha. 15.30 USD per 100 grams. I had Asanoka last harvest from O-Cha, but this year's is a completely different experience. Last year's was a rather ... hmmm ... extreme example ... extremely assertive to the point I found myself using it for blending. But I enjoyed it and reo...
by Chip
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 8755

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

My overall impression of the rare yet very affordable Kirari 31 from O-Cha. We really flew through the 100 grams. Dry leaf aroma might be the number 1 memorable feature of this selection. Incredible! I could literally smell the intoxicating aroma a few meters away. Price point of $14.40 makes the se...
by Chip
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 8755

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

New tea day! Kirari 31 asamushi. A cultivar I have not tried before. VERRRRY aromatic dry leaves are captivating ... can this be this good at only $14.40 per 100 grams??? Answer, yes. Might be the best I have had at this price point. Very flavorful, deep mouth feel, lots of umami, very low astringen...
by Chip
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 8755

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

plus 3 more bags of 20th Anniversary. You must really be enjoying that one, Chip! I have a bag that I ordered but have not opened yet. I have been under the weather so I don't want to venture into it without all of my senses being at their best. Hope you get well soon! This one is just so easy to b...
by Chip
Fri May 31, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 8755

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

Kevin also informed me that Miyabi is very good this year. It has been over at least 12 years since I purchased Miyabi from O-Cha, just did not wow me back then. Quite intensely grassy. Seemed one dimensional to me, but maybe I was either not ready for it yet or was not brewing it quite right. But K...