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by gatmcm
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 16832

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

Ah thanks, went back to check if I had ordered the right thing :lol:
by gatmcm
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 16832

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

Chip wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:11 am

They also have the 20th anniversary special edition in stock ... but won't update their site to accept orders until preorders are done. So just have to be patient!
What do you mean? I ordered a bag of the 20th anniversary just now, or have they updated it since your post
by gatmcm
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 16832

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

Chip wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:35 am
That is great! Hope you enjoy it. Sae Midori is an excellent first time shincha selection ...
Thank you, it was my favourite from the ones I tried last year, added bonus of it being the easiest to brew too
by gatmcm
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: SHINCHA 2019!
Replies: 130
Views: 16832

Re: SHINCHA 2019!

Preordered a single bag of sae midori from ocha, first time getting shincha, last year I ordered later in the year.
by gatmcm
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: My new blog, tea secrets
Replies: 32
Views: 4754

Re: My new blog, tea secrets

gatmcm, you may have noticed that I have avoided the topic of taste and focused on the body of water. I am reluctant to go down the rabbit hole of how various minerals/chemicals/pH attenuate flavor as I have found the results to be much more complicated than "bicarbonate does x" and "calcium carbon...
by gatmcm
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Blogs, Podcasts, & Vlogs
Topic: My new blog, tea secrets
Replies: 32
Views: 4754

Re: My new blog, tea secrets

TDS and hardness are often conflated and there's a lot of misinformation around. Hardness pertains to the calcium and magnesium carbonate dissolved in your water. In and of itself, it is only valuable to us tea drinkers because of the deposits that can be left behind in our kettles and teapots. It ...
by gatmcm
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Vendor Discussion & Recommendation
Topic: Online Tea Vendors dispatching from within the EU (European Union)
Replies: 55
Views: 7384

Re: Online tea stores dispatching from within the EU?

u can mail the vendor and ask if they can mark the parcel for less than 22e. Most vendors do that by default except japanese ones, sadly thats not a solution a lot of the times, in my case customs requests further proof of the value, usually a receit, a bank statement of the payment and a print scr...
by gatmcm
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: Characteristics of good gaoshan?
Replies: 59
Views: 6876

Re: Characteristics of good gaoshan?

Pro-tasters also do not sip, but slurp the tea in with lots of air and then sort of gargle inside the mouth. No need to spit it out as with wine though! :mrgreen: This is a point I always found somewhat odd because in my own anecdotal experience slurping and over aerating tea in the mouth gives a s...
by gatmcm
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 851
Views: 119100

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Drinking the Satsuma Sae Midori again. Enjoying it more this time around, probably because I was expecting the oceanic flavors this time, not so much of a shock. :D Its quite a shock if you aren't expecting it with those umami rich senchas, my mom always asks me if im drinking shrimp broth again wh...
by gatmcm
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Fermented Tea
Topic: What Pu'er Are You Drinking
Replies: 945
Views: 143119

Re: What Pu'er Are You Drinking

Having some 06 xiaguan T8653 from ktm, blind ordered a cake and Im pleasantly surprised with it, brews red and the smoke has dissipated making it quite sweet, still a bit punchy and doesnt like to be oversteeped but its very much drinkable at this point
by gatmcm
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?
Replies: 264
Views: 43701

Re: Water Water Everywhere... What’s Your Water?

Here are the specs of the water I use for tea, Serra da Estrela brand, its good if a bit flat, feels the most 'neutral' out of the ones I tried
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by gatmcm
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 851
Views: 119100

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Been drinking Ocha's Satsuma Sae Midori, getting a lot of umami and overally brothy flavours, it also seems very forgiving of parameters, I'm predicting I'll go through it very quickly :D

Another success from monitoring this thread :lol:
by gatmcm
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Oolong Tea
Topic: What Oolong Are You Drinking
Replies: 1302
Views: 184217

Re: What Oolong Are You Drinking

Tried some of Tillerman's winter Lishan today, never had taiwan tea before so it was a treat, was surprised by the longevity, got quite a few steeps and put them in a bowl at the end to extract the last bits in there, beautifully floral and full.
by gatmcm
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Green Tea
Topic: What Green Are You Drinking
Replies: 851
Views: 119100

Re: What Green Are You Drinking

Jo wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:27 pm

Chip opened the Satsuma yesterday, today awesomely, deliciously sweet, full of umami , great brewing session.
Ordered some Satsuma as well after reading about it here, cant wait :D
by gatmcm
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: China & Taiwan
Topic: Yixing
Replies: 2349
Views: 127722

Re: Yixing

What do y'all do for single hole pots? I'm having trouble with the hongni that I got a while back, I can't use it without the tea getting stuck in the hole. Is there some really easy solution that I don't know about? There are a few things that help, pouring a bit slower instead of tilting it verti...