in search of a high quality loose GREEN tea
This question has been asked, but not really answered… I’m searching for a NON-VEGETAL/NON-GRASSY loose leaf GREEN TEA that’s NOT flavored, roasted, etc. Yep, a straight green sans the grassy/vegetal notes that I dislike. There must be a high-quality alternative here that I’m missing. Help! Thanks!!!!
Would’ve helped if you told us what you tried and why you didn’t like it
maybe more off a yellow tea? if i’m not wrong yellow is less grassy then most green
Welcome! What you’ve tried and haven’t liked would be helpful. Vegetal/grassy are pretty subjective, and to me they cover almost every green I’ve tried.
Liu an Gua Pain is the most mellow green I’ve had, Teavivre has a good one http://www.teavivre.com/liu-an-guapian-green-tea/
You might also be interested in green oolongs like Ti Guan Yin, Dong Ding, Jin Xuan, etc.
Maybe dragonwell? The dragonwell teas I have tried aren’t very grassy/vegetal.. at least in my opinion.
Perhaps Jedi Master, you do not like green teas? Vegetal and grassy are what makes a green tea a green tea, for the most part. The best I can offer is to try one of two things: 1) try a lighter green tea like a dragonwell or Rishi’s Ancient Emerald Lily green tea or 2) try Verdant’s Laoshan green tea. Verdant’s teas are more expensive, but their Laoshan green tea is more greenbean/soybean vegetal, it’s more creamy and smooth and not like asparagus or spinach vegetal like other green teas.
I just purchased Upton’s sencha, Shizuoka #2. I don’t like it precisely because it doesn’t have that vegetal flavor I love so much. You may want to get yourself a sample.
Have you tried houjicha – roasted green tea? To me it’s not grassy or bitter.
tealet’s kyobancha is quite savory and brothy. also, have you tried any Gyokuro?
Try Rishi Ancient Emerald Lily. It’s light and pleasing. Not vegetal or grassy at all.