I’m a green tea idiot, so keep that in mind. I’d always thought green tea was horrible, bitter and undrinkable. Until about 30 seconds online taught me that I’d been brewing it all wrong. I just chucked a bag of it into a cup, covered in it boiling water, steeped it to death, and then tried to drink it. And failed. Because I’d made it taste like a cleaning product.

So, on my last Upton order, armed with the new knowledge that tea cares about brewing time and temperature, I got samples of some greens and oolongs and whites. This was the first one I tried. I brewed it per instructions at 180° for just under 3 minutes.

And I didn’t like it. I didn’t turn it into bitter stew, but it was kind of pale and thin and asparagus-y. I resteeped and the flavor was different, and better, but still a bit too delicate and a bit too brothy to suit my tastes. My girlfriend said it tasted like grass, but not in a bad way. Neither of us found it unpleasant and we drank a number of cups, but we weren’t wowed either. I think I like my tea more astringent.

I’m going to refrain from rating this one until I have more green tea tastings under my belt.

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Here are the things I drink: Tea, water, coffee, beer, whiskey, wine.

I’ve been drinking tea since I was a little girl, but only recently began learning about tea and drinking loose leaf.

I prefer unflavored tea to flavored, tea leaves to tisanes, but I’m not inflexible and will try nearly anything.

I’m still learning, so thank you in advance for your patience and your help.

Also, I had to come up with a way to quantify my ratings because I was being really inconsistent:

100-90: Delicious, must keep in stock.

89-80: Excellent, a definite reorder.

79-70: Good, an occasional reorder.

69-50: Pleasant, but it was a one night stand.

49-30: Not good, but drinkable.

29-20: Bad, but I finished the cup.

19-10: Terrible. Couldn’t finish a cup.

10 and below: Undrinkable, requires mouthwash and counseling.


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