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by LuckyMe
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Huangshan Maofeng
Replies: 12
Views: 738

Re: Huangshan Maofeng

Teavivre has huang shan mao feng. Both regular grade and “nonpareil”. I liked it it but it isn’t really my cup of tea. I prefer grassier Japanese greens and Laoshan green tea. I know Mei Leaf has a well curated selection but no idea how it compares to Teavivre.
by LuckyMe
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 11137

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

DHL option is great. I just tried the DHL option at Thes Du Japon... $40 shipping for a $120 order. :shock: Nope. I can't do that no matter how much I love their tea. TDJ I will be here waiting for you once things get back to normal. That does seem rather pricey. DHL shipping cost half that amount ...
by LuckyMe
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 11137

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

Noonie , I managed a few winks as I underleafed and split the tea with my better half. Smaller teaware also helps when you want a late night fix and still need to sleep at night. My 50ml shibo is really good for this but ironically it struggles with Japanese tea. Go figure. Need a metal or sasame s...
by LuckyMe
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 11137

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

My shincha (and other Japanese tea) from Yuuki-Cha arrived from DHL in less than a week. Ended up getting almost a kilo of tea to last me at least through the year. Shipping was $20 which was a lot less than what I was initially quoted. Picked up the following teas: Shincha Kagoshima Sencha Shimofur...
by LuckyMe
Sat May 30, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 947
Views: 172443

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

The first greens of spring 2020 arrived yesterday from Yunnan Sourcing. Anji bai cha was the first one I tried and it was delightfully fresh. Today I had Liu An Gua Pian "Melon Seed" Green Tea from Anhui, a new one for me. Nice snap pea and asparagus flavor, a bit similar to Dragonwell but less refi...
by LuckyMe
Thu May 28, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 947
Views: 172443

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Anji Bai Cha from my Yunnan Sourcing that just arrived. It’s got a nice freshness to it but I may have brewed it too light.
by LuckyMe
Thu May 21, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags
Replies: 31
Views: 3029

Re: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags

I experimented with Food Saver some years ago and do not recommend it for tea. It can work for fukamushi or balled oolong but as @faj mentioned, it leads to crushed leaf. The consumer grade vacuum sealers lack pressure adjustment which the professional ones have that can avoid this issue. Food Save...
by LuckyMe
Wed May 20, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 947
Views: 172443

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

To me, I would say it is a matter of how "rich" the tea is. If its taste is not strong but it is otherwise well balanced, with good aftertaste and nuances, that can be wonderful. Some teas can be better when infused lighter, because I feel there is a tendency for the brain to extrapolate on weak sm...
by LuckyMe
Wed May 20, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 947
Views: 172443

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

@Janice Beautiful shot! Tai Ping Hou Kui has the most stunning leaves of any tea.

@faj, my experience was similar to yours. It’s a good tea but quite delicate in flavor. I ordered it from Yunnan Sourcing last year but didn’t reorder this year as I like greens with a more assertive flavor.
by LuckyMe
Wed May 20, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Taiwan Tea Crafts?
Replies: 9
Views: 2648

Re: Taiwan Tea Crafts?

Been ordering from them for quite a few years now. They are my go-to for Taiwanese oolongs. Massive selection and good quality overall.
by LuckyMe
Mon May 18, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Resting gaoshan?
Replies: 10
Views: 1349

Re: Resting gaoshan?

Bok , yes I see it all the time especially with vendors outside of Taiwan. Presumably they buy the tea in bulk vacuum sealed from Taiwan and then resell in ziplock pouches. I can’t tell you how many gaoshans I’ve bought that immediately had to be thrown out after the first sip because they were ran...
by LuckyMe
Mon May 18, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Storage & Organization
Topic: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags
Replies: 31
Views: 3029

Re: Oxygen Absorbers & Laminated Storage Bags

I experimented with Food Saver some years ago and do not recommend it for tea. It can work for fukamushi or balled oolong but as faj mentioned, it leads to crushed leaf. The consumer grade vacuum sealers lack pressure adjustment which the professional ones have that can avoid this issue. Food Savers...
by LuckyMe
Mon May 18, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Resting gaoshan?
Replies: 10
Views: 1349

Re: Resting gaoshan?

When I open it, I generally want a cuppa right away. But I know it will usually not be the best if it was a vacuum-sealed package. If not vacuum-prepped, if may well be the best infusions first time around. More often than not, gaoshan that’s not in oxygen free packaging tends to be stale. I don’t ...
by LuckyMe
Sun May 17, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1490
Views: 259094

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Do unopened packs of slightly roasted high mountain oolong store better in the fridge or at room temp? I believe the shop owner said to not refrigerate the tea after opening but I forgot to ask about storage before opening. I keep lightly roasted teas at room temperature and they do fine. How are t...
by LuckyMe
Sun May 17, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Shincha 2020, "the Year of COVID-19"
Replies: 110
Views: 11137

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

In the past I found the Uji Shincha Kirameki asamushi to be on the lighter side, like a delicious sweet pea liquor. I haven’t tried Yukki-Cha yet, did you order this years 2020 Shincha from them? They have a huge Shincha selection, did you order any others as well? How are they shipping from Japan?...