I decided to give this another chance tonight, since I have a little bit left in my sample bag. This time I tried steeping it for 2 minutes at 175, instead of the usual time I give greens (about a minute).
The leaves for this tea are really beautiful and live up to their description, dark green, long, and slightly curled. I just wish they had some flavor. I’m not sure if there’s something I’m doing wrong or if this is just an incredibly mellow variety of green tea. I get a little vegetal and grassy flavor out of it, but even that is barely there. The tea gets a little bitter as it cools.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I mostly drink straight tea, and some of my favorites are green teas and oolongs. I almost always have some sencha and tieguanyin in my tea cupboard (and if I run out, awesome, an excuse to buy tea). I do like some flavored teas, but can’t stand really sugary stuff so if it’s very sweet I probably won’t like it. I can’t drink milk so all my reviews are of tea without milk and sugar!
I’ve been getting into puerh the last few months.

Outside of Steepster I’m an English Lit major, and will FINALLY be graduating after the Fall 2013 semester. After that I plan on applying for graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Library Science. Currently I work as a student assistant in the Archives and Special Collections department of my school’s library.
I also like reading (of course) and playing video games when I have time for them.

I’m happy to send samples to anyone in the US or Canada. Just ask. :)


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