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by swordofmytriumph
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 14
Views: 139

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

I’m continuing my foray into sencha! I ordered 3 shinchas from O Cha. I got the Chiran, Aoi Uji, and Karou Fukamushi. Eagerly awaiting their arrival.
by swordofmytriumph
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Vietnam Oolongs
Replies: 18
Views: 1502

Re: Vietnam Oolongs

has anyone tried any of the teas from Siam Teas (www.siam-teas.com)? They have a few Vietnam teas, mostly processed Pu-Erh style. They seem to focus on Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, India, Nepal and seem to try and be very transparent about their standards. I have not... but I see it in my future. Just ...
by swordofmytriumph
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 363
Views: 40561

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Yeah the Chiran is amazing, I ordered it because one of the reviewers on o Cha said it “It has the same green umami taste of sencha with a rich hint of a floral, honeyed- toastiness”, which I think is spot on. It arrived yesterday, and I’m so glad I decided to also pre order this year’s shincha when...
by swordofmytriumph
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 363
Views: 40561

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Drinking Chiran sencha from O Cha, I just got it in the mail, perfect timing because the last of my other sencha has been going fast! Anyway, the Chiran is fabulous. Steeped it in the kyusu Victoria was kind enough to send me. And just...wow. This is one of my faves now, I love it. Grassy, hint of n...
by swordofmytriumph
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Smelly teacup
Replies: 23
Views: 484

Re: Smelly teacup

Sounds like it might just be the clay itself then. It’s a very mineral/ceramic smell. I feel better though knowing others have detected the same thing as me.
by swordofmytriumph
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 808
Views: 68391

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Drinking the metal cask 1998 aged oolong from floating leaves today. I’ve never had aged oolong before. It. Is. Amazing. Kinda leathery, has a dried fruit flavor, but also kinda toasty, and something else I can’t quite identify. I love it. Edit. I’ve gotten around 10 steeps out of it so far at boili...
by swordofmytriumph
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 363
Views: 40561

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Yeah, not sure. Well, either way, now that I’ve figured out I simply need to reduce the temp for the gaiwan I’m enjoying sencha a lot more now. It’s amazing how much difference five degrees makes!
by swordofmytriumph
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 363
Views: 40561

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

So I've played around with it some. It seems that with the large gaiwan I need to reduce the temp by 5-7 degrees, even though it's half the volume of the glass, and the porcelain is much thinner than the glass. Go figure.
by swordofmytriumph
Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Smelly teacup
Replies: 23
Views: 484

Re: Smelly teacup

It had the odor to start. And it's more of a really strong ceramic/mineral/hot stones smell. Not the type of smell you get if stuff was growing in it.
by swordofmytriumph
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Smelly teacup
Replies: 23
Views: 484

Re: Smelly teacup

Baisao wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:06 am
Do you have a photo of the cup? Perhaps there is something we can see in its makeup that can unwind this mystery.
Here’s some pictures.
by swordofmytriumph
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 363
Views: 40561

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

I’m using this. The glass is 400ml, so that should tell you how big the strainer is. Lots of room to expand. Same exact temps for both glass and gaiwan. What’s odd is that it’s only the bigger gaiwan, not the smaller ones. I’d put it down to an off day except that I got consistent results with each ...
by swordofmytriumph
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 363
Views: 40561

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Had a little bit left of the Satsuma Sae Midori and the Oku Yutaka sencha, so I mixed them together and steeped sorta western style (by this I mean I used gongfu proportions and put it in a strainer, fill a tall glass with water then put strainer and tea in and get 2-3 infusions this way). Really ta...
by swordofmytriumph
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Tea Vendors
Topic: Leafy Green Tea
Replies: 40
Views: 3994

Re: Leafy Green Tea

So excited to see what you have lined up!
by swordofmytriumph
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Characteristics of good gaoshan?
Replies: 37
Views: 718

Re: Characteristics of good gaoshan?

Have fun in Taiwan!
by swordofmytriumph
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Characteristics of good gaoshan?
Replies: 37
Views: 718

Re: Characteristics of good gaoshan?

Lol, ecstatic dance is wonderful and so is high quality gaoshan. I've never bought from Floating Leaves because the prices were too low, but have been considering placing a small order this Spring to cement my opinion. Their Da Yu Ling and Hehuan Shan are both excellent. If you’re gonna get somethi...