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I’ve had students since 3:00, which is when I started steeping this lovely green tea in my Gaiwan. I followed the instructions (3 sec for the first 3 steepings, 6 for the rest):
First off, the dry smell is like green beans (which for wierdos like me means it’s appealing…lol)

The first steeping of this was luscious! It was like creamed baby spinach, with butter melted on top. It really had the mouth feel of melted butter. I don’t mean that in an oily way, but it made the taste buds that would have tasted butter sing.

I combined the next 2 steepings in my small glass teapot (that looks like a miniature koolaid pitcher from the old commercials) & they were like spring peas & butter on a bed of oatmeal. Not as buttery of a mouth feel as the first one, but it’s still there. The color is a beautiful bright yellow green.

With steepings 4 & 5, it’s more of a green bean flavor, a hint of bitterness at the very back of my tongue, & a creaminess.

Steepings 6 & 7: Bitterness fading, a little astringent, but still has a bright green flavor!

This tea has a brightness to it, like a smile on a sunny day! At the end of steeping, I added a few drops each of toasted sesame oil & fish sauce to the leaves, & it was a tasty, mildly bitter but flavorful appetizer before dinner!

gmathis

Sesame oil! Will wonders never cease - I will have to try that with a veggie-ish green tea.

Terri HarpLady

mathis, the sesame oil was suggested on the verdant page. I’ve never eaten tea leaves before (well, unless you count drinking matcha). The fish sauce was my idea!

MsWhatsit

Actually, green beans are kind of perfume-y, so can see in a way how that would be appealing. Of course, as I was reading down through your post I started thinking though that the taste of green beans might be better with sesame seeds and soy sauce. Looks like we turned out to be on a similar wave length :o)

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gmathis

Sesame oil! Will wonders never cease - I will have to try that with a veggie-ish green tea.

Terri HarpLady

mathis, the sesame oil was suggested on the verdant page. I’ve never eaten tea leaves before (well, unless you count drinking matcha). The fish sauce was my idea!

MsWhatsit

Actually, green beans are kind of perfume-y, so can see in a way how that would be appealing. Of course, as I was reading down through your post I started thinking though that the taste of green beans might be better with sesame seeds and soy sauce. Looks like we turned out to be on a similar wave length :o)

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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