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Ive been working of my senchas recently. As dry leaf the color of the
steamed green leaf is striking. However infused it is an ugly
mascerated abomination. How do they pick these leaves with a gingsu
columbine. I can see why they invented the tea ceremony to hide the
leaves. Is there any Japanese tea that is bigger in size than crushed
BOP.

Jim

PS I really like the Japanese Kona I got earlier this year in SD. A
very tasty thick cloudy brew. Its enough to make me want to try
sushi. Any tea recommendations for Lost Wages.

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Space Cowboy writes:

Ive been working of my senchas recently. As dry leaf the color of the
steamed green leaf is striking. However infused it is an ugly
mascerated abomination. How do they pick these leaves with a gingsu
columbine. I can see why they invented the tea ceremony to hide the
leaves. Is there any Japanese tea that is bigger in size than crushed
BOP.


In my experience, tamaryokucha is, shall we say, up to Chinese green
tea standards.[1]

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[1]I'm only being mildly sarcastic - Japanese broken leaves can be
delicious.
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On Jun 15, 9:04*am, Space Cowboy wrote:
Ive been working of my senchas recently. *As dry leaf the color of the
steamed green leaf is striking. *However infused it is an ugly
mascerated abomination. How do they pick these leaves with a gingsu
columbine. *I can see why they invented the tea ceremony to hide the
leaves. Is there any Japanese tea that is bigger in size than crushed
BOP.

Jim

PS *I really like the Japanese Kona I got earlier this year in SD. *A
very tasty thick cloudy brew. *Its enough to make me want to try
sushi. *Any tea recommendations for Lost Wages.


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have found quite a number
of senchas and gyokuros that are very nice leaves, also some variants
of sencha like the wiry "spider leg" type end as a nicer leaf. I
actually really like the slim broken blade-like look of the brewed
leaf, I find it interesting and a bit more interesting than just a
full round leaf or bud. I will say when all the liquor is gone though
and it is just a mass of flat green mush-like sludge with no
definition it loses some beauty. It is a pretty shade of green though.

Bancha and most cheaper sencha is pretty poor. There is one
inexpensive sencha that comes in a long plastic bag/tube thing and
that one often has very nice long flat pieces... but outside of the
few exceptions you need to get into the higher-end before you start
getting away from the "ginsu combine" look and even then there are no
guarantees. The taste is telling enough.

- Dominic


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