What Green Are You Drinking

Non-oxidized tea
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debunix
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Sun Jan 28, 2024 11:24 am

Obubu Summer Sun sencha. They describe it as a summer harvest tea with a pleasant astringency. I find it veers from astringent to bitter, but it also has a captivating roundness and warmth like summer in the vegetable grassy notes that is very pleasing and that helps me to put up with the touch of bitter. It really does feel like a summer... when there are so much good liveliness happening in the garden, seasoned with the unpleasantness of too much heat if the time of day is off just a little bit.
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Darrel
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Sun Feb 04, 2024 6:28 am

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Yame Gyokuro. Hard to get the brewing parameters down with this one. Not as bitter today but still need some work!
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Mon Feb 05, 2024 2:16 pm

Gyokuro should be very forgiving and not prone to bitterness.... what parameters are you using?
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Darrel
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Sat Feb 10, 2024 8:13 am

debunix wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2024 2:16 pm
Gyokuro should be very forgiving and not prone to bitterness.... what parameters are you using?
This vendor recommended steeping for 2.5 to 3 minutes which seems kind of long compared to what I’m used to. I lowered the steeping time to 1 minute and 1.5 on the second cup and the taste is much better with no bitterness. I have the water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit and use about 5 grams of tea.
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Sat Feb 10, 2024 4:27 pm

Darrel wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2024 8:13 am
debunix wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2024 2:16 pm
Gyokuro should be very forgiving and not prone to bitterness.... what parameters are you using?
This vendor recommended steeping for 2.5 to 3 minutes which seems kind of long compared to what I’m used to. I lowered the steeping time to 1 minute and 1.5 on the second cup and the taste is much better with no bitterness. I have the water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit and use about 5 grams of tea.
Try 120-125 F - about 40-50 ml for 5g and start at 1 min 30 seconds - then 1 min - then 2 min - then either eat the leaves or proceed with 3 min at 140 F - and so on. If this is too bitter - either gyokuro is not for you or it is subpar tea
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Darrel
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Sun Feb 11, 2024 6:32 am

LeoFox wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2024 4:27 pm
Darrel wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2024 8:13 am
debunix wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2024 2:16 pm
Gyokuro should be very forgiving and not prone to bitterness.... what parameters are you using?
This vendor recommended steeping for 2.5 to 3 minutes which seems kind of long compared to what I’m used to. I lowered the steeping time to 1 minute and 1.5 on the second cup and the taste is much better with no bitterness. I have the water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit and use about 5 grams of tea.
Try 120-125 F - about 40-50 ml for 5g and start at 1 min 30 seconds - then 1 min - then 2 min - then either eat the leaves or proceed with 3 min at 140 F - and so on. If this is too bitter - either gyokuro is not for you or it is subpar tea
I will try that lower temperature. Looks like I will have to bring out my shiboridashi.

Thank you for the tips!
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