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drank Gyokuro Imperial by Teavana
3 tasting notes

My favorite tea and a treat to have every now and then (too expensive to drink every day) – I’ve steeped this many times and found that temperature for this green tea’s critical if you want to maintain the complex, sweet flavor. For those who want to re-steep this, it’s possible to steep for 30 sec-1 min longer for that second cup while maintaining the same temperature.

Amount used: 1.5 tsp (best if you want to steep twice with a stronger flavor)

Dry tea: Fragrant, grassy, slightly sweet aroma; appears like dark-green grass clippings

Method: Avoid boiling the water since that will alter the flavor of the tea; if temperature’s between 160-180 degrees, cool it off by waiting or adding cool, filtered water in increments til it reaches about 155 degrees. Pour some cool, filtered water on top of the leaves in the basket before steeping which should bring the temperature down to 150 degrees. Steep until 90 sec passes, using the remaining 5-10 seconds to flash steep.

The tea itself: Jade-green/green color liquid (the color reminded me of matcha green tea); Lovely sweet, grassy aroma. Complex, grassy, buttery, sweet flavor and has an aftertaste that sits well on the palate.

Second steep: the color is a lighter green than the first steep, the flavor will be more neutral but maintain the buttery sweetness. This tea will be a lighter tea to drink with a nice aroma.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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