I have been gone a long time. Lack of motivation and need for a change of venue have lead me to move my tea area again and its back in the basement in hopefully a nicer photo envirenment. well on the expirement.
so before i get ahead of myself today we are going to be experimenting with the idea that back in the say 7th centruy tea was prepared by roasting the tea wich was packed in brick form pu erh style and then grinding it up and boiling it wile stiring with a wisk. i am going to deviate from this slightly and prepare it japanese matcha style. (which was aparently invented in the Song dynasty iirc 1200ad?) anyways
6.1g of shoupu of 10years old menghai in production.
put in a pot
roasted over an open flame.
after getting a sore arm.
sifted in a super fine tea strainer.
now onto the matcha prep utensiles
soaking the wisk.
dosing the tea 3 scoops
adding the watter 100c (it is shou pu erh so better be safe\)
well derp too darn hot to hold. aroma is of genmaicha like toastedness and tastes kinda like dirt or charcoal. ... perhaps a failure. will come back to this experiment some other time with a better tea and perhaps not roasting it. perhaps a oolong or a black tea.