I have been loving green tea for a few years now, and usually have been steeping at two minutes the first time, then four minutes the second time. Then I went to china this summer, and discovered that they steep much differently: only about 10 - 30 seconds, and this is after they "wash" the tea by steeping it briefly and tossing out that cup.
I think that includes dragonwell and other types I've tried here. I haven't figured out if it is an American taste preference, or if the varieties are truly different than we are drinking. On the other hand, they also keep the same leaves in a glass all day and keep refilling it. The way we steep here seems to create a fuller bodied tea.
I'm curious to hear any thoughts on this! Thanks