Help...new to tea and don't really like it!

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Help...new to tea and don't really like it!

Postby cherylromig » Mar 31st, '08, 12:29

If anyone has any suggestions on how to ease myself into the flavor of tea I would really appreciate the help. I want to get off of Diet Coke and start my day with some green tea. I ordered Casablanca Twist. Thanks so much!

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Postby auggy » Mar 31st, '08, 12:32

Make sure you brew at the right temp. Green teas get very bitter when brewed with boiling water. I loved green tea when I lived in Japan but hated it when I came back to the US. I just thought it was the quality of tea here. Nope - I was brewing it too hot! Once I fixed that, I started liking greens again.

Good luck with your switch!

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Postby olivierco » Mar 31st, '08, 12:33

There are many kinds of tea. Perhaps ordering some samplers from adagio will help you to find a tea suitable to your tastes.

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Postby Pentox » Mar 31st, '08, 12:34

Try different forms of tea. If you don't like the taste of green, try something else. Like a black or oolong. Maybe try some flavored teas.

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Postby tenuki » Mar 31st, '08, 13:36

I would recommend the Adagio starter set found here:

http://www.adagio.com/misc/no_risk.html ... d8d8945fad

Then getting a couple of samples. Resist the urge to buy anything other than samples for a year. ;)

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Can I add something to the tea to make it taste better?

Postby cherylromig » Mar 31st, '08, 15:29

Like Milk or cream or sugar or something???? Thanks! I really want to stick with green tea.

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Postby auggy » Mar 31st, '08, 15:35

I haven't personally tried adding milk or sugar to green tea since I love the taste of plain green, but I have read of others that liked a splash of milk occasionally. You can always try it. Other than that, I have no clue what could be added to make the taste work for you.

What is it about the taste you don't like? Maybe there is something you can add that will cancel the particular taste you dislike.

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Re: Can I add something to the tea to make it taste better?

Postby olivierco » Mar 31st, '08, 17:06

cherylromig wrote:Like Milk or cream or sugar or something???? Thanks! I really want to stick with green tea.


What kind of green tea are you drinking?

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Re: Can I add something to the tea to make it taste better?

Postby Pentox » Mar 31st, '08, 17:52

cherylromig wrote:Like Milk or cream or sugar or something???? Thanks! I really want to stick with green tea.


From what I have tried, milk does not go well with green tea. I'm a bit of a purist personally, but I know a few people who enjoy sugar or honey in their green tea.

What is it about the green tea that you do / don't like? Why the particular choice to stick with green?

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Postby devites » Mar 31st, '08, 19:28

Sencha Premier is the best from Adagio. Frankly, I think that Casablanca Twist sucks ,but I think that is because I don't like mint teas. A big mistake when I started with tea is going to Teavana and other places that offer stale low quality tea as well as not steeping/ using right amount. Use TeaMap to find a teahouse near you. If you have one go to it and hopefully they will have samples and very informative owners that can teach you technique and what is good.

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Postby Sydney » Mar 31st, '08, 20:09

The "I'll have the buffet" approach is always an option:

    Adagio Green Tea Sampler
    Adagio Sencha Premier
    Adagio White Monkey
    Den's Green Tea Kit
    Den's Fukamushi-Sencha Maki
    Long Jing from TeaSpring
    Uji Sencha Miyabi from O-Cha
    At least one or two of some other type, like yellow, white, or light oolong.

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Postby Mary R » Mar 31st, '08, 22:19

"I'll have the buffet..." Padre, you crack me up.

There's some serious wisdom in the buffet approach, though. One of the things a lot of people don't like about some green teas is that they can taste 'grassy.' My father, for instance, avoids my teapot like the plague when I brew some majorly awesome pedigreed sencha. He says it tastes like lawn clippings. But when I brew some year-old, cheaper-than-dirt gunpowder, he can't get enough. He likes the smokier, nuttier profile.

To each his own...just experiment until you find it.

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Postby GeoffK » Apr 2nd, '08, 12:00

You could always start your day with a cup of black tea. Something that you can put some sort of creamer and sweetner in. It may be a good transition from Diet Coke and give you a starting point to explore tea.

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Postby jim109 » Apr 3rd, '08, 22:29

Geo and Padre....hello everyone, I am new to tea and Tea Chat. During the week I have a hard time deciding between yunnan gold and keenum to start the day. Then I enjoy a green tea with toast before I go to work or on the weekends. I like green anji, gyokuru with my toast. It's nice to be here and see you all in the morning!!!! Jimn

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Postby olivierco » Apr 4th, '08, 00:55

Welcome here.
Keemun, Yunnan Gold and Gyokuro: very nice choices!

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