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88
drank Fukamushi Karigane by Miroku
2463 tasting notes

This tea is very good today – I think it is green twig tea made from fukamushi sencha. It’s very green and sweet. Grassy but not very astringent at all, very pleasant. I should go on another Japanese green tea kick, I certainly have enough of it already. Den’s Tea recommends you store your Japanese green teas in the refrigerator – does anyone else do that? I moved mine last night…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Tamm

I’ve heard of this before but I’m unsure how effective it is. shrugs I know some people also store coffee in the fridge, but after taste testings that I read most people can’t tell a significant difference between the fridge stored coffee and the ones just kept at room temp.

TeaBrat

yeah I don’t know either but I got a lot of Japanese green tea for Christmas and I don’t seem to be drinking it fast enough, maybe this will help prolong its shelf life. I guess it can’t hurt anyway.

Uniquity

I remember a thread about this at one point. Part of the controversy about storing the tea in the fridge (or freezer) was that when you inevitably take it out for any length of time, condensation might occur which would be bad for the tea. I think that for most it doesn’t matter if it is in a cupboard or fridge.

ashmanra

My Japanese neighbor keeps her tea in the refrigerator. She gets her tea from a sister who still lives in Japan and sends it to her.

Charles Thomas Draper

I froze my TGY from Verdant ….

ScottTeaMan

I don’t think you’re supposed to freeze teas!?!

TeaBrat

The Japanese guy in my office froze his green tea…. i’ve never tried it though

ScottTeaMan

Oh….I remember reading somewhere…here it is:

http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/information/INFOstoring.asp

I’m just trying to help here, but if you want to try it, of course that’s up to you. :))

Here’s another link:

http://www.luhyutea.com/main.asp?page=storage

TeaBrat

my freezer is way too small to keep any tea in there. thanks though!

ScottTeaMan

So Amy….what did you think of the articles? Personally I’d probably screw my teas up if I put them in the freezer, but I like the articles because they give you different info, or come at the issue from a different angle.

TeaBrat

The articles were interesting – I’m just keeping the Japanese green teas in the refrigerator, the rest are staying in the cupboard. I’ll let you know if that ruins them or anything. :)

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88
drank Fukamushi Karigane by Miroku
2463 tasting notes

This is really hitting the spot today. A yummy sweet green broth like infusion…
upped the rating just a tad.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

It is lighter than Sencha, and I still got three quality steeps each time from the Fukamushi I had (from Hibiki-an).

TeaBrat

Mine looks like it has twigs in it, did yours?

TeaBrat

Ah, karigane is stem tea, I just looked it up…. :)

ScottTeaMan

I don’t think mine was karigane. Look here:

http://www.hibiki-an.com/product_info.php/cPath/36/products_id/399

I also bought mine a couple years ago, so I’m not sure if it was blended with Gyokuro, like this years crop. I don’t think it was.

ScottTeaMan

It also was $4 cheaper when I bought it, but it’s still really worth it. I mean c’mon, tea directly from the tea fields of Japan to my house! :))

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88
drank Fukamushi Karigane by Miroku
2463 tasting notes

An impulse buy in Japantown. I don’t know that much about Fukamushis but did a little research on the internet that it is a type of sencha that is deep steamed and this removes a lot of the bitterness. Sounds ok to me, so far so good.

I admit I feel I am getting a cold today and my taste buds are off. In addition, with the first steep my water was too hot and this made the tea kind of unpleasant although beautiful to look at. It is a vivid beautiful deep neon green.

The second cup, with water temp around 160 and steeped for 45 seconds or so is quite lovely. I am getting a lot of flavors here, grass, seaweed, a slight tartness, very full-bodied with a lingering aftertaste. Not very buttery but definitely vegetal. I will try to update my notes when I am feeling healthier.

I have been loving japanese green tea lately, they seem like the elixir of Gods.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec
CHAroma

Feel better soon!

TeaBrat

thanks! :)

ScottTeaMan

Get well…..I don’t drink as much high end greens when I have a cold (I should), but I can’t smell/taste it much. I feel like I’m wasting the tea experience.

I’ve only had Fukamushi a couple times, and it is lighter and not as tempermental as “normal” Senchas. I really enjoyed it. :))

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