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by S_B
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 7509

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

I "finally" received my order of Shincha from Thes Du Japon. Sent via EMS on May 12, received here in Canada on June 25. I feel exhausted for this tea. In hindsight I should have sent via a faster service, but I had luck on my previous order so figured I would take my chances. After letting the tea...
by S_B
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay
Replies: 102
Views: 14936

Re: Hokujo, Kobiwako & Iga Clay

I wanted to add to the thread something I was experimenting with just today in Kobiwako. I can't say that this works across the board, but my recent experience is as follows: With my sencha, I'll admit I usually only go for 3 steeps. I can often squeeze out 4, but I often really find myself less kee...
by S_B
Thu May 28, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Matcha Tea Newbie...
Replies: 20
Views: 1441

Re: Matcha Tea Newbie...

Whenever someone asks me about the health benefits of tea, my answer is that it's not bad for you, probably good in fact, but that they should drink it because they like it and consider anything else a (slight) bonus. So after a good bit of reading and searching I stumbled onto a site talking about...
by S_B
Wed May 13, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 381
Views: 67611

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

permit me just one more post to display optimal leaf observation technology :lol:
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by S_B
Wed May 13, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Ode to the Kyusu
Replies: 381
Views: 67611

Re: Ode to the Kyusu

I'm going to throw some more love at hiramaru kyusu. I am sure that many members love taller and beautifully round kyusu, but the awkward little brother hiramaru kyusu certainly has its place. As far as kyusu come, I'd say it is a wonderful construction for brewing Gyokuro and any other teas you'd l...
by S_B
Mon May 11, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Teaware Artisans
Topic: Akira Satake
Replies: 54
Views: 5360

Re: Akira Satake

Really nice additions S_B. Are they a similar weight and size to your other artisanal guinomi from AN? Can’t remember artisan’s name. They are. All can hold roughly 85ml if filled close to the brim, but closer to 80 at a comfortable "full" fill. They are roughly the same size and weight to the Shib...
by S_B
Mon May 11, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Teaware Artisans
Topic: Akira Satake
Replies: 54
Views: 5360

Re: Akira Satake

The collection grows....



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by S_B
Fri May 08, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 7509

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 S_B
Wed May 06, 2020 1:48 am
Forum: Japan
Topic: Determining the right size kyusu pot
Replies: 50
Views: 3718

Re: Determining the right size kyusu pot

Hopefully this will help though it is mostly a description of what I’ve found works well. I drink bancha and inexpensive sencha from a yunomi (a type of mug) at work and use a smaller cups for the good stuff. The smaller cups range from 40-70ml. Typically, I make sencha (and higher grade bancha) wi...
by S_B
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 7509

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! ./download/file.php?id=4997 I have 2 pairs ... what do you have? ./download/file.php?id=4998 Perfect timing as I just emptied a bag of 2019 Kabuse-cha from O-cha just prior to its arrival. I'll open 1 b...
by S_B
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 900
Views: 140196

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

I decided to have some Sencha before my morning walk and my first round of Teams meetings with students. Today I had Honyama Tamakawa Yamakai Cultivar 本山 玉川 山峽 from TDJ. I decided to brew this within vendor recommended parameters. I brewed 10g for 150ml of water at 60C in a preheated Kyusu. ./downl...
by S_B
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 7509

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

I was just allowing readers to figure that part out ... 😉 Did I just voluntarily lose my edge up here? :lol: Maybe ... I remember an incident on TC years ago where a member was discussing on the IM a limited "buy now" one-off Korean teaware item offering. Another member ... just so happened to buy ...
by S_B
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 7509

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

I was just allowing readers to figure that part out ... 😉
Did I just voluntarily lose my edge up here? :lol:
by S_B
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 900
Views: 140196

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Today I had Honyama Tamakawa Yamakai Cultivar 本山 玉川 山峽 from TDJ. I decided to brew this within vendor recommended parameters. I brewed 10g for 150ml of water at 60C in a preheated Kyusu. The resulting tea was incredibly brothy and sweet. I went through a bag of this tea a couple of months ago. Read...
by S_B
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 7509

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

He told me no newsletter, no preorder ... when he has it, he will post it. Should be Friday. Very small window to potentially beat the weekend - no shipping and Golden Week (May 3-6) - again no shipping. Sooo ... "When he posts it, will they come ... " Tea Field of Dreams 2020 :mrgreen: Not trying ...