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?