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drank Tsugaru Green by Lupicia
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I made this one cold-brewed last night for lunch today. Cold brewing is one of the only ways I still enjoy flavored greens, but I’ve still been having issues with them being too strong or grassy after only 8 hours of steeping in the fridge. This time I tried cold brewing this tea with the same leaf:water ratio I would use for hot brewing, and leaving it for 8 hours.

At first this morning when I pulled it out I was unsure; the liquid was colored lightly on the bottom but was pretty much clear on top. However, pouring it into my bottle to take to work mixed everything up and resulted in a lovely yellow-green, non-cloudy liquid. It also seems to have worked well for the taste as well; this was light and refreshing, with a crisp green apple flavor that really suited the tea. No grassiness or bitterness. I think this will be my go-to for green teas (though with black I still prefer double the amount of leaf), and expect I will be drinking down a lot of the flavored greens I have this summer.

Stephanie

I need to give cold brewing a try. I still haven’t!

Fjellrev

Stephanie, definitely give cold brewing a try! It’s how I always enjoy iced tea now.

This tea sounds like a great cold brew.

Dinosara

I, on the other hand, can’t seem to figure out hot steeping a tea for icing! Cold brewing is just so dead simple, it just requires a bit of advanced prep.

Stephanie

I’ll have to try cold brewing tonight with my pineapple sencha! I’ve been hot brewing for iced tea since I was a kid, though I’ve graduated to finer things than the Lipton we drank growing up, heh. I just hot brew double strength and add ice or water to make up the difference :)

Fjellrev

I find cold brews taste much better anyway, and it is definitely much simpler, so we win!

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Stephanie

I need to give cold brewing a try. I still haven’t!

Fjellrev

Stephanie, definitely give cold brewing a try! It’s how I always enjoy iced tea now.

This tea sounds like a great cold brew.

Dinosara

I, on the other hand, can’t seem to figure out hot steeping a tea for icing! Cold brewing is just so dead simple, it just requires a bit of advanced prep.

Stephanie

I’ll have to try cold brewing tonight with my pineapple sencha! I’ve been hot brewing for iced tea since I was a kid, though I’ve graduated to finer things than the Lipton we drank growing up, heh. I just hot brew double strength and add ice or water to make up the difference :)

Fjellrev

I find cold brews taste much better anyway, and it is definitely much simpler, so we win!

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

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89-85: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
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