I am getting nothing done at work this afternoon. My order came from o-cha today. Since I am working alone today I washed all my cups and my Ingenuitea and started a fresh pot of water so everything would be great.
I ordered Houjicha from O-cha after having ordered organic Houjicha from Rishi three months ago. Loved the Rishi Houjicha. OPened my O-cha Houjicha today. It's gorgeous, irridescent green and a little gold color to it. SMells fabulous, smoked, carmelized and almost good enough to eat from the pkg!
However, after brewing it for the 2 min suggested time at 175, I drained the tea into my cup and smelled the spent leaves. . . YUCK!
OMG, this wet/soggy cardboard odor and slight hint of spoiled veggies hit me in the face. Smells nothing like it did dry!
Water temp was not my problem, maybe too much tea, though. I will take it home and temp the water and brew it in my tokoname teapot.
Now that it has cooled, the smell/taste isn't as nasty. This ever happened to anyone?
I also have my daily sencha to look forward to trying.
I'll have to go see how low my postage scale goes and try weighing next time.