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Green Tea flavor

Postby teachat » Jun 7th, '05, 17:09

I just purchased some sencha green tea. I had never drank loose leaf green tea but it had a very grassy, strong scent and a mild flavor. Is this normal or could I have made it too strong?
Can anyone make any suggestions for a light, mild, green tea?

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Postby teachat » Jun 7th, '05, 17:09

I experienced this same problem with my first cup of sencha. It is a Japanese tea, and the leaves are very small, so they infuse water more rapidly than other green teas. If you like, steep your tea for less time (I prefer about 2 minutes rather than the suggested 3 minutes), or use less than 1 tsp./cup of water. In my opinion, sencha is an acquired taste, as it is not quite as sweet as the other green teas; however, make slight adjustments to your liking, and if it doesn't work out, just try a different tea!
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Postby teachat » Jun 7th, '05, 17:09

The best way to make Japanese Green tea: Use more quantity then you are used to. Dont pour boiling water (let it rest slightly before pouring) as a rule the gentler the tea (usualy more expensive)such as Gyokuro,the lesser the temperature. Remove tea within 30-60 seconds if are using a single cup. Two minutes is too much and will bitter-up the tea. Best, dont use large teapots for Japanese tea, it will be difficult to control the flavor. Rule, use more tea with less time. Tea should have herbal nose and creamy texture.
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Postby teachat » Jun 7th, '05, 17:10

I had a rhubard green tea in Denmark and have been trying to locate it. Any ideas?
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Postby teachat » Jun 7th, '05, 17:10

Teresa,

A search on Google for "rhubarb green tea" will yield many choices. Here's the first entry on the list: http://www.e-teas.co.uk/product.php?xProd=660. Hope this helps.

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Postby teachat » Jun 7th, '05, 17:10

Has anyone heard of Wintergreen Tea? I need to find some for my tea party in June. I am having a hard time locating it.
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Postby teachat » Jun 7th, '05, 17:10

Wintergreen tea is not easy to locate. But has an interesting history of being favored by American patriots in times of the British tea boycott. Given this pedigree, it may wish to reschedule your party for July 4th. Sorry for not being more helpful.

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Postby teachat » Jun 7th, '05, 17:11

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Any health food store should have wintergreen herb available. Directions for brewing are on the package. You can also mix the herb with green tea for an intriguing combination.

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