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drank Kukicha by Samovar
911 tasting notes

Yes, because I need more tea today. And yet, I kind of do. Out of general shell-shock-ed-ness I’m not taking this one past two steeps.

This is a happy tea. I could stand for this to be a little stronger but then I probably should have used less water then, shouldn’t I? Yes. Regardless, this one is still fresh and sweet but a bit citrus-y refreshing and it makes me think happy thoughts. Which is sad because finishing this one off means I think I’m out of good Japanese greens. I’ll have to dig around to see if I have one more little bit hiding somewhere but I don’t think I do. But fortunately at least Maeda-en has started to accept shincha pre-orders so I have a feeling my lack of Japanese greens won’t last for long.
5.9g/12oz

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec
S

Ooh, this sounds yummy. adds to shopping list

Oh, I have a question about the Zojirushi…say you want 195 degree water. Does it first have to boil and then cool down to 195, or does it just heat up to 195 and stay at that temperature? Also, about how long does it take for it to get to that temperature?

Gah, I want/need a hot water maker so bad!

Auggy

No problem – I love my Zojirushi and enjoy talking about it! :) Basically, here’s how it works: Dump the water in (mine is 4L and I typically fill it up), it clicks over to boil. I’ve never actually timed it but it might take 10 – 15 minutes (though the times I’ve added just 1L, it’s boiled much faster). Anyway, it boils for a few minutes (3 I think?) to dechlorinate the water. Then it switches to either warming (if you have the temp set at 208°) or cooling (if you have it set for 195° or 175°). It doesn’t take that long to cool to 195° (15 minutes? maybe less?) but it can take a while for a full Zojirushi to go from boiling to 175°… I’m talking an hour. So it isn’t good at all for a quick cup of tea if you are starting from an empty, off Zojirushi.

The Zojirushi works best always on, always with water in it. And there are a few ways to get around the longer heating/cooling process if you need something quick. Say you have it set at 175° but need to add more water. If it drops down too low, the Zojirushi will try to reboil and then cool which can take too long. However, if you let it start heating up and it gets within 5° or so of the target temp, you can unplug it for about 15 seconds and then plug it back in. It will switch to warm so you won’t have to go through the reboil and cool process. Or if you need it to cool quickly from say 208° to 175° you can set the temp and wait a while or take some cool water and add it into the Zojirushi until the water temp drops enough and ta-da, no wait.

One disadvantage of the Zojirushi (or maybe not a disadvantage but something to keep in mind) is that the water that comes out initially will be a little cooler than the temp display. The reason for this is that that water is sitting in the less insulated view window and doesn’t stay as warm. However, that water is good for preheating pots and cups – or if you are lazy, like me, use it and just know that it will make the temperature about 5 – 10° below the readout for a small cup. Once the first ounce-ish of water comes out, then you get the stuff kept in the tank and it is usually only +/- maybe 2° from the readout.

Unless I am asleep or at work, my Zojirushi is on. Even then it is plugged in but on the timer. So I pretty much have water for tea ready all the time. I’m spoiled. Last year the husband and I spent a week at his parents and I had to boil water each time I had tea. It made the process longer for each cup so I drank a lot less tea! (And I’m thinking that since my Zojirushi has a nifty little handle, it’s going to be carried with me the next time as long as we drive).

And if that insanely long note didn’t answer your questions (or raised more) just let me know!

takgoti

I just got more of this in. Between being out of it and Ryokucha I was having little freak out sessions in the morning.

I am also going to need to remember where this comment is, should I begin looking seriously at Zo’s.

Auggy

Ha! Or you could always ask me about mine again – I apparently like writing novels about my Zojirushi usage. I’m seriously planning to take it with me on the next vacation I go on (assuming I don’t fly, of course).

teaplz

Love the Zo-love, because I know next to nothing about that water heater!

Also, didn’t get this from Samovar with my order, and now I’m sort of regretting it. BOOOO. I might try Rishi’s when I make my next order (which is going to be pretty soon, because I have a 20% off coupon, and I want Kukicha and the Sencha Sakura and the Iron Goddess of Mercy and YEAH EVERYTHING y0!)

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S

Ooh, this sounds yummy. adds to shopping list

Oh, I have a question about the Zojirushi…say you want 195 degree water. Does it first have to boil and then cool down to 195, or does it just heat up to 195 and stay at that temperature? Also, about how long does it take for it to get to that temperature?

Gah, I want/need a hot water maker so bad!

Auggy

No problem – I love my Zojirushi and enjoy talking about it! :) Basically, here’s how it works: Dump the water in (mine is 4L and I typically fill it up), it clicks over to boil. I’ve never actually timed it but it might take 10 – 15 minutes (though the times I’ve added just 1L, it’s boiled much faster). Anyway, it boils for a few minutes (3 I think?) to dechlorinate the water. Then it switches to either warming (if you have the temp set at 208°) or cooling (if you have it set for 195° or 175°). It doesn’t take that long to cool to 195° (15 minutes? maybe less?) but it can take a while for a full Zojirushi to go from boiling to 175°… I’m talking an hour. So it isn’t good at all for a quick cup of tea if you are starting from an empty, off Zojirushi.

The Zojirushi works best always on, always with water in it. And there are a few ways to get around the longer heating/cooling process if you need something quick. Say you have it set at 175° but need to add more water. If it drops down too low, the Zojirushi will try to reboil and then cool which can take too long. However, if you let it start heating up and it gets within 5° or so of the target temp, you can unplug it for about 15 seconds and then plug it back in. It will switch to warm so you won’t have to go through the reboil and cool process. Or if you need it to cool quickly from say 208° to 175° you can set the temp and wait a while or take some cool water and add it into the Zojirushi until the water temp drops enough and ta-da, no wait.

One disadvantage of the Zojirushi (or maybe not a disadvantage but something to keep in mind) is that the water that comes out initially will be a little cooler than the temp display. The reason for this is that that water is sitting in the less insulated view window and doesn’t stay as warm. However, that water is good for preheating pots and cups – or if you are lazy, like me, use it and just know that it will make the temperature about 5 – 10° below the readout for a small cup. Once the first ounce-ish of water comes out, then you get the stuff kept in the tank and it is usually only +/- maybe 2° from the readout.

Unless I am asleep or at work, my Zojirushi is on. Even then it is plugged in but on the timer. So I pretty much have water for tea ready all the time. I’m spoiled. Last year the husband and I spent a week at his parents and I had to boil water each time I had tea. It made the process longer for each cup so I drank a lot less tea! (And I’m thinking that since my Zojirushi has a nifty little handle, it’s going to be carried with me the next time as long as we drive).

And if that insanely long note didn’t answer your questions (or raised more) just let me know!

takgoti

I just got more of this in. Between being out of it and Ryokucha I was having little freak out sessions in the morning.

I am also going to need to remember where this comment is, should I begin looking seriously at Zo’s.

Auggy

Ha! Or you could always ask me about mine again – I apparently like writing novels about my Zojirushi usage. I’m seriously planning to take it with me on the next vacation I go on (assuming I don’t fly, of course).

teaplz

Love the Zo-love, because I know next to nothing about that water heater!

Also, didn’t get this from Samovar with my order, and now I’m sort of regretting it. BOOOO. I might try Rishi’s when I make my next order (which is going to be pretty soon, because I have a 20% off coupon, and I want Kukicha and the Sencha Sakura and the Iron Goddess of Mercy and YEAH EVERYTHING y0!)

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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