What Tea Are You Drinking Today? (Part 1)
Posted 17 September 2009 - 11:59 AM
So, what's brewing in your part of the eGullet Society universe today?
Posted 17 September 2009 - 01:35 PM
Will have to see if I can get more from these leaves later on, because at this rate I'll run out before the end of my evening.
Posted 17 September 2009 - 03:48 PM
Posted 18 September 2009 - 07:08 PM
Still an hour plus to go of paperwork, next up, some medium grade jasmine from wing hop fung.
Posted 18 September 2009 - 08:27 PM
Posted 19 September 2009 - 07:10 PM
Posted 20 September 2009 - 04:27 PM
But next week, Dan Congs, here I come!
Posted 20 September 2009 - 06:41 PM
Today I started with the Assam Napuk from TCC - one of several regular morning Assam for me. This has been an eclectic tea drinking day: the Assam was followed by an Anxi Ba Xian from jingteashop.com, a matcha smoothie and the Cultured Cup's Kukicha Fukamushi that was featured in a Tea Tasting and Discussion in this forum.
I used the Kukicha as part of my evaluation of the brewing effects of two Japanese kyusu with different clay composition. More on this later in the week.
Posted 21 September 2009 - 10:28 AM
Posted 21 September 2009 - 12:11 PM
Edited by Naftal, 21 September 2009 - 12:12 PM.
"As life's pleasures go, food is second only to sex.Except for salami and eggs...Now that's better than sex, but only if the salami is thickly sliced"--Alan King (1927-2004)
Posted 21 September 2009 - 09:30 PM
Brewing tea today in your part of the world?
Posted 22 September 2009 - 04:32 PM
Posted 22 September 2009 - 04:42 PM
The Tea Companion recommends a 20-second steep at 203F, but instructions on the package say 2-4 minutes at that temp, so who knows?!
I did 170 F for 3 minutes and it was great, so maybe I'll risk the off boil.
It's quite wonderful, very low in caffeine/theophylline (5mg/cup), and is relaxing and enjoyable. If it didn't say green tea on the label, I'd think it an oolong.
Edited by fooey, 22 September 2009 - 05:14 PM.
Brünnhilde, so help me, if you don't get out of the oven and empty the dishwasher, you won't be allowed anywhere near the table when we're flambeéing the Cherries Jubilee.
Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:20 PM
Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:21 PM
Today I opened a bag of Organic Kumamoto Sencha Yabe Supreme from kuuki-cha.com. Brewed in a Banko kyusu, this is a very nice sencha. More on this in the Japanese Green Tea topic after I have had a chance to brew it another time or two.
I have brewed this a second time tonight following the kuukicha.com directions explicitly. All I can say is, "Wow!" Okay, that's not all I can say, but I'll do that later in the Japanese Green Tea topic.
Posted 23 September 2009 - 07:14 AM
I liked it, but I'll give it a few more tastings before posting a tasting note.
Posted 23 September 2009 - 06:48 PM
I had not read the label closely enough before I opened it up and started to weigh out the delicate pale dry leaves--I was expecting a dark earthy puerh--it was delicate, sweet, and floral. I brewed up 4.5 grams into nearly a quart of tea with relatively cool water, and it was delightful. Unfortunately, it is now sold out, so I will have to wait until next year to get some more!
Posted 23 September 2009 - 10:58 PM
Tonight I have been continuing my Japanese Green Tea explorations, brewing the yuuki-cha.com organic sencha from yesterday in a different kyusu. Interesting differences - more about all this later in both the Japanese Green Tea topic and the Japanese Teapot topic.
Posted 24 September 2009 - 08:29 PM
So, what teas are you all drinking today?
Posted 24 September 2009 - 11:29 PM
Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:10 AM
Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:25 AM
I just bought 100g of wulong from the tea shop across the street. The source notes were handwritten, so I couldn't quite take down the information, but it's from the 2009 harvest, from Anxi Fujian province - I suspect it might be a Tieguanyin, but didn't confirm that. I'm enjoying my first infusion - it's very floral and light, with hardly any of the smokiness I usually associate with oolong. I also had my first pu'er tea last week, which was transformational - who knew tea could have such a rich flavour?
Were the leaves of the oolong very green? It's probably one of the more lightly oxidized new style oolongs that I've been discovering recently. They're just remarkable teas, and I've cut way back on my jasmine drinking because they're so floral that I don't crave the jasmines the same way I used to. Yesterday I drank another batch of the Diamond Grade Tie Guan Yin from Norbutea.com which is quite amazingly floral.
And watch out for the pu-erhs. They can be habit-forming!
Posted 25 September 2009 - 03:52 PM
I'm gonna go bake something…
Posted 25 September 2009 - 05:12 PM
Early today it was the Assam Panitola from teasource.com for me. It's a delicious, well-priced Assam. I'm running low and this is one I'll re-order.
Then I had a little of the Diamond Grade TGY Oolong, Spring Harvest 2009 leftover from yesterday. After a good hot rinse. Still good today, very good. Very amazingly good.
Now it's the 2007 Guoyan 'Golden Peacock' from norbutea.com. It's been relaxing here for months and now tastes even better than it did when I first got it. Gong fu cha brewing, but no measuring today. More intuitive brewing with a little over 1/4 of the Yixing pot filled with the compressed leaf. More on this later in the Pu-erh topic.
Any more tea drinkers out there today? What's in your cup?
Posted 25 September 2009 - 05:24 PM
I'm gonna go bake something…
Posted 25 September 2009 - 06:40 PM