Ah, now this is a nice green, very refreshing.
I am growing very amused that every time I find a tea I particularly like, the company describes it as “basic” or “introductory”.
What we mean by that Cait is merely that the general western palate generally has a distaste to green tea flavors, which hold vegetal notes of alfalfa, asparagus, spinach, seaweed etc. Also many green teas seem to be weak, almost like warm water to the developing tea drinker. Furthermore, flavored greens use a basic green tea, in this case Bancha, which in fact is a summer tea made up of rejects from the spring pickings of Sencha. Teas like Citron Green, Bangkok, Tropical Green are great ways to get tea drinkers used to the lighter bodies and subtle nuances of flavors, as even flavored green teas are subtle.
I strongly recommend trying Tencha or Lung Ching next. Tencha is a flakey leaf Japanese green tea with a smooth, light body and a hint of citrusy sweetness. Lung Ching is a Chinese green that is sweet like spring grass on a backdrop of toasted walnuts.
Oh, it’s not a complaint! It’s interesting to learn about these teas, and apparently they’re described well, if the same description across various companies appeals to me.
I will definitely keep these recommendations in mind; they both sound very good! Thank you for them.
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I like tea!
Since joining Steepster, it’s become apparent that this statement desperately needs further refinement.