Backlogging from earlier today.
The smell of this is so potent, it’s amazing, almost make me want to eat the pearls themselves. The smell definitely stays when you steep… but one thing that doesn’t seem to stay, is any sort of flavor. I don’t really know how this is considered green tea with how light it is, by the taste of it and sight of the tea, you’d think it was a white tea. I definitely think the steep time on this is way off. I originally steeped it for 3 1/2 minutes which didn’t seem like enough. I went about it again with new tea, this time for 7 minutes, definitely got more flavor with no bitter aftertaste like you’d normally get with greens from over-steeping. I think I just need to get better at steeping this one and it will turn out fine.
I’ve made this many times before in the past, but it has always been in much larger quantities and steeped for sometimes up a few hours or even overnight. The flavor of those always turned our really nice, but it was being made for a semi-sweet ice tea (made with a half cup of sugar and 1 gallon of tea ratio). Even when I sampled it at Teavana it tasted much different than it did when I brewed it this time.