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drank Grape Sencha by Den's Tea
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This has grapes cranberry raspberry and sencha. This smells mostly like grape. In the leaves there are purple shreds and pink buds. I did not steep this very long and I added sugar. But I am only getting a medium grape taste with the green tea. I do think this is good. Does anyone have any advice on steep time?

Cofftea

I haven’t tried this one (and don’t really want to), but I’ve found I love their apple sencha steeped in a ratio of 4.5tsp in 6oz of water heated to 160 degrees for 1.5 min so maybe give that a try. Hope that works for you!

silvermage2000

Thank you I will keep that in mind.

Carolyn

I use 170 degree temp and 30 seconds steep time.

silvermage2000

Thanks Carolyn.

~lauren.

The package says 190°F for 30 seconds steep while the website says boiling for 30 sec steep for the first infusion.

Cofftea

I do know they changed some of their steeping parameters, maybe the packaging just didn’t get changed yet?

Cofftea

Maybe I would like this after all since it also has cranberries and raspberries… although that makes me very disappointed they don’t call it “mixed berry sencha”/

~lauren.

Oh, you think that’s the case with the steep/water temp? How would I know if they changed the parameters? The website just mentioned boiled water – which I thought pretty high for sencha.

TeaEqualsBliss

Interesting comments and suggestions here, ladies, thanks for contributing to this!!!

~lauren.

This is such a visually pretty tea (plus the aroma, yum) – it deserves to be done right (plus I have rest of the packet remaining) and I really want it to taste good, you know?

~lauren.

You are right, of course, about the name because grape (while a strong component) is not the only standout, cranberries and raspberries are present as well and can be tasted, too.

Cofftea

Lauren, this is taken from the homepage of denstea.com

“New Tea Descriptions, Brewing Recommendations and more
We have noticed that North American tea drinkers have developed a deeper appreciation for the taste Japanese green tea. The past year has brought many requests for more information on the traditional and authentic ways to enjoy Japanese teas. As a result of these requests, we are providing more detailed information about each tea. We have also revised the brewing parameters for each tea to brew a more authentic cup. Other new items on our website are a “Tea Navigator” to help you select teas to suit your needs and more IFAQs for those who want information on teas and tea culture. Enjoy our updated website."

~lauren.

Huh, I went directly to the tea page instead! And you were right, they didn’t update the packaging and not knowing any better, followed that! Thanks, Cofftea!

~lauren.

Followed all the trails on the den’s tea website to the ‘perfect brewing guide’ and still found suggested 4oz water/1tsp tea/boiled water/30 sec steep. weird. But will play with parameters to get a nice cuppa!

Cofftea

Lauren, that’s because the package suggestions are probably the old ones.

~lauren.

No no, I got that off the perfect brewing page on den’s website! Seriously! To recap from website http://www.denstea.com/index.php?main_page=perfect_brewing: Premium Sencha 2-3oz water/1tsp tea/160°F/45-90sec steep depending on variety; grape sencha 4 oz water/1tsp tea/boiling/30 sec steep (on bottom 1/4 of chart); package says 190°F/30 sec steep. All parameters that can be changed for individual taste.

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Cofftea

I haven’t tried this one (and don’t really want to), but I’ve found I love their apple sencha steeped in a ratio of 4.5tsp in 6oz of water heated to 160 degrees for 1.5 min so maybe give that a try. Hope that works for you!

silvermage2000

Thank you I will keep that in mind.

Carolyn

I use 170 degree temp and 30 seconds steep time.

silvermage2000

Thanks Carolyn.

~lauren.

The package says 190°F for 30 seconds steep while the website says boiling for 30 sec steep for the first infusion.

Cofftea

I do know they changed some of their steeping parameters, maybe the packaging just didn’t get changed yet?

Cofftea

Maybe I would like this after all since it also has cranberries and raspberries… although that makes me very disappointed they don’t call it “mixed berry sencha”/

~lauren.

Oh, you think that’s the case with the steep/water temp? How would I know if they changed the parameters? The website just mentioned boiled water – which I thought pretty high for sencha.

TeaEqualsBliss

Interesting comments and suggestions here, ladies, thanks for contributing to this!!!

~lauren.

This is such a visually pretty tea (plus the aroma, yum) – it deserves to be done right (plus I have rest of the packet remaining) and I really want it to taste good, you know?

~lauren.

You are right, of course, about the name because grape (while a strong component) is not the only standout, cranberries and raspberries are present as well and can be tasted, too.

Cofftea

Lauren, this is taken from the homepage of denstea.com

“New Tea Descriptions, Brewing Recommendations and more
We have noticed that North American tea drinkers have developed a deeper appreciation for the taste Japanese green tea. The past year has brought many requests for more information on the traditional and authentic ways to enjoy Japanese teas. As a result of these requests, we are providing more detailed information about each tea. We have also revised the brewing parameters for each tea to brew a more authentic cup. Other new items on our website are a “Tea Navigator” to help you select teas to suit your needs and more IFAQs for those who want information on teas and tea culture. Enjoy our updated website."

~lauren.

Huh, I went directly to the tea page instead! And you were right, they didn’t update the packaging and not knowing any better, followed that! Thanks, Cofftea!

~lauren.

Followed all the trails on the den’s tea website to the ‘perfect brewing guide’ and still found suggested 4oz water/1tsp tea/boiled water/30 sec steep. weird. But will play with parameters to get a nice cuppa!

Cofftea

Lauren, that’s because the package suggestions are probably the old ones.

~lauren.

No no, I got that off the perfect brewing page on den’s website! Seriously! To recap from website http://www.denstea.com/index.php?main_page=perfect_brewing: Premium Sencha 2-3oz water/1tsp tea/160°F/45-90sec steep depending on variety; grape sencha 4 oz water/1tsp tea/boiling/30 sec steep (on bottom 1/4 of chart); package says 190°F/30 sec steep. All parameters that can be changed for individual taste.

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Hi my name I’s ashley I am a female. I am 26 years old. And I enjoy tea. My birthday I’s december 31.

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