91

Update: I’ve now infused this tea three times in 1 day. Thoughts on the multiple infusions are below.

1st infusion: my first tasting note was based on the first infusion. Light, fresh-tasting green with lots of floral notes.

2nd infusion: I steeped the second infusion for the same length of time as the first. It was a bit weaker, and while the floral notes were there in the scent, they weren’t as strong in the liquor. There was also a good amount of dust in the tea from the first steep, which lent the liquor a darker green colour.

3rd infusion: I steeped the third infusion for 5-8 minutes. The floral notes are back now due to the longer steep, but they’re still not as strong as the first steep. The liquor is a darker yellow-green than the first steep. There’s also a scent of seaweed (which I don’t find unpleasant).

This is still a light-tasting, enjoyable tea, but perhaps it’s best to stick to only 2 steepings.

Flavors: Seaweed

sherubtse

It would be interesting to hear your leaf-to-water ratio as, as well as the brewing temp.

Joel had /has some good senchas, certainly as good a value as anything you could find in a tea shop in TO.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Christina

Hi sherubtse,

Unfortunately, my methods in regards to ratio, brewing time, and temperature are all fairly unscientific. I used about 700 mLs (24 oz) of water to just under 1 spoonful of leaf (using a David’s Tea Perfect Spoon, which according to this thread is much larger than a regular spoon). I don’t have a thermometer to test the water; I just boil it and let it sit in the kettlevfor 10-15 minutes afterwards.

Thanks for vouching for this particular vendor, though. I’m only now starting to take off the Teavana/David’s Tea training wheels and move into the larger world of tea.

Christina

Sorry, I meant to link to the following thread regarding the David’s Tea Perfect Spoon: http://steepster.com/discuss/5905-davids-perfect-teaspoon-dot-dot-dot

sherubtse

Yes, if you are moving beyond Davids et al, then Capital Tea would be a good first stop. Joel has a good selection of teas across almost all major categories. (He doesn’t sell matcha or puer.)

In addition, he will sell all of his teas in sample packages of 25g., though you have to arrange this via phone and e-mail.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

sherubtse

I should add that I have been considering placing an order with Joel as well. He is offering a 15% discount this month via a coupon attached to the catalogues given out at the Tea Festival. It is good for online orders, and probably e-mail / phone orders as well.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Christina

Yes, I’m considering buying some more of this type of tea using the discount code. Any other recommendations as to particular blends?

sherubtse

It depends: which types(s) of tea do you like? Or, you could choose a broad cross-section of teas from several categories and then go from there.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

People who liked this

Comments

sherubtse

It would be interesting to hear your leaf-to-water ratio as, as well as the brewing temp.

Joel had /has some good senchas, certainly as good a value as anything you could find in a tea shop in TO.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Christina

Hi sherubtse,

Unfortunately, my methods in regards to ratio, brewing time, and temperature are all fairly unscientific. I used about 700 mLs (24 oz) of water to just under 1 spoonful of leaf (using a David’s Tea Perfect Spoon, which according to this thread is much larger than a regular spoon). I don’t have a thermometer to test the water; I just boil it and let it sit in the kettlevfor 10-15 minutes afterwards.

Thanks for vouching for this particular vendor, though. I’m only now starting to take off the Teavana/David’s Tea training wheels and move into the larger world of tea.

Christina

Sorry, I meant to link to the following thread regarding the David’s Tea Perfect Spoon: http://steepster.com/discuss/5905-davids-perfect-teaspoon-dot-dot-dot

sherubtse

Yes, if you are moving beyond Davids et al, then Capital Tea would be a good first stop. Joel has a good selection of teas across almost all major categories. (He doesn’t sell matcha or puer.)

In addition, he will sell all of his teas in sample packages of 25g., though you have to arrange this via phone and e-mail.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

sherubtse

I should add that I have been considering placing an order with Joel as well. He is offering a 15% discount this month via a coupon attached to the catalogues given out at the Tea Festival. It is good for online orders, and probably e-mail / phone orders as well.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Christina

Yes, I’m considering buying some more of this type of tea using the discount code. Any other recommendations as to particular blends?

sherubtse

It depends: which types(s) of tea do you like? Or, you could choose a broad cross-section of teas from several categories and then go from there.

Best wishes,
sherubtse

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

I’m a writer and editor who, after years of bagged-tea purgatory, has finally seen the light and glory of loose-leaf teas. I’m still just starting my journey, as it’s been only in the last 2 years that I’ve started drinking loose-leaf tea, and only in the past few months that I’ve been trying different varieties in earnest.

Likes: Green tea, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger.

Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender.

Things I’m on the fence about: Oolong, vanilla (I prefer it mixed with black teas or rooibos rather than green tea), white teas.

Still need to do my research on: unflavoured black teas, pu’er teas.

For those interested, here’s my scoring system, though I don’t score teas as often as I used to:

100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

Website

http://www.christinavasilevsk...

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer