What Green Are You Drinking

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Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:36 am

Another morning with Gyoku-Hou from O-Cha. So glad that a rummage through the tea chest last weekend (had to find space for a shipment from Yunnan Sourcing and to send a tea care package to my sister for her birthday) showed I have another package of this squirreled away for later in the year....there will be sweet and vegetal sparkling gyokuro when it gets hot enough again.

Meanwhile, it's a chilly morning (by local standards, at least), a big storm is on the way, and hot gyokuro is wonderfully warming.
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:41 am

I've been drinking Chinese and USDA certified organic greens: one from Guangxi and one from Yunnan! Both picked a little over a week ago. Really enjoying fresh greens and Darjeeling right now!
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:17 am

tealifehk wrote:
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Both picked a little over a week ago. Really enjoying fresh greens...
Seriously fresh, how delightful
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:51 am

debunix wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:17 am
tealifehk wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:41 am
Both picked a little over a week ago. Really enjoying fresh greens...
Seriously fresh, how delightful
Yes, first year that I've had teas this fresh! My Darjeeling was picked a week ago too! :o
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:38 pm

In a departure from the usual, today I'm drinking some flavored "Pure Leaf" green tea from bags, a gift. This is 'citrus green', very little green and very much citrus. I'm enjoying this one although I'll be glad to get back to my usual unflavored soon enough.
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Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:37 pm

Celebrating Spring with various very fresh greens:
  • Kagoshima Sencha, shaded 2 weeks; lots of umami and very vegetal sweet peas profile. So excellent I could drink it everyday.
  • TeaHabitat's 2018 Long Jing, picked 2 weeks ago; floral light and fresh. Gets bitter if over steeped though.
  • Tea Dealers (via Shine Magical) Korean Woojeon organic; high effervescent minerality, very lively and fresh green. Tea champagne goodness to celebrate our meeting. Thank you Shine Magical.


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Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:41 pm

Elise wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:47 am
Waiting for the spring to bloom here, I’m having Tamakawa Tōbettō from
Thes du Japon.
A beautiful Spring expression. Is that a Jozan III kyusu?
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Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:16 pm

Another round of Kagoshima Sencha Co. 2018 Kabuse (2 weeks shaded) Sencha. Oh so rich and full of umami.
Emu shudei pot is a perfect partner.

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Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:00 am

I live in a high fire hazard zone in my city, and I love annual wildflowers. So I am very careful to remove the drying stalks when the flowers are done, and some of the flowers, especially the Clarkia and Phacelia, seeded the paths where I'd be tossing the stalks and stems as they were pulled up, before gathering them to put in the yard waste bin.
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With our month of frequent rain, these out-of-place flowers have been growing like crazy, and some of them were big enough to be damaged when the bins were shifted last night for weekly pickup. So....first annual wildflowers for the tea table this morning, with a session of O-Cha's Gyoku-Hou in a Le Seul yunomi.

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Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:33 pm

Having 2016 Crystal White Longjing from Teahabitat. Victoria gave me some of her stash when I visited.

“Crystal” is a good name for this tea because it is crisp and a little dry. Later infusions remind me of lima bean. I am thinking of white quartz as I drink it. The leaves are very pale and have a white tint. They are from a mutated tea strain that grows white leaves which the farmer then started intentionally cultivating, which I find very interesting.
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Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:05 pm

debunix wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:00 am
I live in a high fire hazard zone in my city, and I love annual wildflowers. So I am very careful to remove the drying stalks when the flowers are done, and some of the flowers, especially the Clarkia and Phacelia, seeded the paths where I'd be tossing the stalks and stems as they were pulled up, before gathering them to put in the yard waste bin.
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With our month of frequent rain, these out-of-place flowers have been growing like crazy, and some of them were big enough to be damaged when the bins were shifted last night for weekly pickup. So....first annual wildflowers for the tea table this morning, with a session of O-Cha's Gyoku-Hou in a Le Seul yunomi.

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Your composition is always great debunix. Another set of beautiful pictures.
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Victoria wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:41 pm
Elise wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:47 am
Waiting for the spring to bloom here, I’m having Tamakawa Tōbettō from
Thes du Japon.
A beautiful Spring expression. Is that a Jozan III kyusu?
Not exactly, but from the family. Yamada Sō.
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Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:33 pm

Having Sumire Sencha from kettl. I tasted jackfruit in the first sip, and then some dried hay notes. Very fun and so lightly fruity, on the lighter steamed side, different from what I’ve been recently drinking. Reminds me of the beach.

The website says:
Sweet Grass / Cannabis / Wild Flower

A deeply fragranced tea from the famed Kirishima district of Kagoshima. This beautiful sencha boasts a deep jade hue, exotic floral overtone, and rich, silky mouthfeel.
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Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:03 pm

Shine Magical wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:33 pm
Having Sumire Sencha from kettl. I tasted jackfruit in the first sip, and then some dried hay notes. Very fun and so lightly fruity, on the lighter steamed side, different from what I’ve been recently drinking. Reminds me of the beach.

The website says:
Sweet Grass / Cannabis / Wild Flower

A deeply fragranced tea from the famed Kirishima district of Kagoshima. This beautiful sencha boasts a deep jade hue, exotic floral overtone, and rich, silky mouthfeel.
Sounds nice. I see they also have quite a few gyokuro. Have you tried any of those? Happy Easter.
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Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:09 pm

Victoria wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:03 pm
Shine Magical wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:33 pm
Having Sumire Sencha from kettl. I tasted jackfruit in the first sip, and then some dried hay notes. Very fun and so lightly fruity, on the lighter steamed side, different from what I’ve been recently drinking. Reminds me of the beach.

The website says:
Sweet Grass / Cannabis / Wild Flower

A deeply fragranced tea from the famed Kirishima district of Kagoshima. This beautiful sencha boasts a deep jade hue, exotic floral overtone, and rich, silky mouthfeel.
Sounds nice. I see they also have quite a few gyokuro. Have you tried any of those? Happy Easter.
Happy Easter Victoria!
I haven't tried their gyokuro. I tried a few of their sencha while visiting the store and they were all pleasant and different. I would say overall kettl has a lighter flavor profile than Ippodo.
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