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by Vanenbw
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 283
Views: 44287

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

When I tried Laoshan black tea, I loved it. Only several months later I was moving on to other black teas that I preferred which does not mean I will forget how much better the Laoshan was than what I had been drinking before I tried it. Enjoy! Thank you. I have always enjoyed tea, but it never tas...
by Vanenbw
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 283
Views: 44287

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

Thanks, @Bok. I guess I never really knew for sure what kind of tea they serve at Chinese restaurants. I also tried an oolong tea from verdant that I liked. It was a sample they sent me with another purchase. I liked it so much I bought a 50gm package of it.
by Vanenbw
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Black Tea
Topic: What Black Are You Drinking
Replies: 283
Views: 44287

Re: What Black Are You Drinking

I tried some Laoshan black tea from Verdant tonight. It's sweet and fruity. I really enjoyed it. I don't recall if I ever had back tea before. I used to think the tea they serve in most Chinese restaurants is back tea, and perhaps it is, but it doesn't taste anything like this black tea. I ordered s...
by Vanenbw
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: CostCo goes Japanese
Replies: 11
Views: 532

Re: CostCo goes Japanese

Guess I'll have to try this tea as well. I just received my package of Kabusecha from O-cha today. I'll place an order on Amazon for the Kabusecha from Birouen. I finished a bag of O-Cha’s organic kabusecha as I was starting this bag of Birouen’s, so it was a good opportunity to compare them. I fou...
by Vanenbw
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spoiled Rotten
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Re: Spoiled Rotten

I'm looking forward to trying it. I haven't tried kabusecha before.
by Vanenbw
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: CostCo goes Japanese
Replies: 11
Views: 532

Re: CostCo goes Japanese

Guess I'll have to try this tea as well. I just received my package of Kabusecha from O-cha today. I'll place an order on Amazon for the Kabusecha from Birouen.
by Vanenbw
Thu Feb 13, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spoiled Rotten
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Re: Spoiled Rotten

Phew...I was just about to start having withdrawal symptoms, when mercifully these two welcome friends arrived from O-cha today.
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by Vanenbw
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spoiled Rotten
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Re: Spoiled Rotten

I have been in a similar situation and purchased some sencha from Whole Foods. It actually cost more per gram than ordering from Japan... so I became even more spoiled and now keep a decent stash of tea in the fridge so that it never happens again... telling myself that doing so is more reasonable/...
by Vanenbw
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spoiled Rotten
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Spoiled Rotten

No, I'm not referring to tea that's been sitting around my apartment in an unopened bag for the last ten years. I'm calling myself spoiled rotten. You see, I used to be an ordinary old chap. I dunked bleached tea bags in piping hot water in my trusty Starbucks coffee mug (I don't even drink coffee, ...
by Vanenbw
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103657

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

I cannot say if preheating is "right" or "wrong" for any given tea or vessel. I can say, however, that it makes a difference (probably a bigger difference the smaller the teapot is). In my tests, I would say it is worth about a 5 degrees Celsius difference in water temperature in my teapots. Not pr...
by Vanenbw
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103657

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Most of the time, I use my (rather small) teapot full, so I do not measure water. However, if I need to, I find using a scale is nice : it is already out on the counter (I always use it to measure leaves), and it avoids having another vessel to take into account in water temperature control. Recent...
by Vanenbw
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103657

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Victoria I wonder if using fewer tea leaves may help alleviate some of the bitterness from the Futsumushi sencha. I really can't comment on it because I'm not familiar with this particular tea. I'm constantly adjusting my tea leaf to water ratio and keeping notes so I can achieve the optimal flavor...
by Vanenbw
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 756
Views: 103657

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Enjoying a kind gift, an Oku-Midori cultivar, futsumushi steamed sencha, from Thes du Japon; Miyakonojo, Miyazaki, Oku-Midori. As in it’s name, it is from Miyakonojô Town, Miyazaki Prefecture in southern Japan along the Pacific. Biscotti bakery aroma is coming off the preheated kyusu. The liquor is...
by Vanenbw
Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Sencha: what water temp do you use for the second cup?
Replies: 51
Views: 3772

Re: Sencha: what water temp do you use for the second cup?

@Baisao You are like an enlightened yogi. I would surely climb the highest peaks of the Himalayas to seek out your sage advice on brewing tea.
by Vanenbw
Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: Your day in matcha
Replies: 196
Views: 27480

Re: Your day in matcha

If I'm using my smaller pots, I would have to stack infusions to fill cups that size. I usually brew in my 360ml kyusu when drinking from my 300ml cup. It was my first chawan that broke me of this belief, as I've written about before, because at the time Petr Novak sent me this piece https://live.s...