|"This green tea offers a very enjoyable, long-lasting gingery aftertaste. I am also impressed with its delicate balance of flavours, ranging from broth-like vegetal notes to sweeter, spicier tones. Well worth it!"|
I followed the instructions provided by the folks at Tea Adventure, infusing 3 grams of leaf in 8 ounces of water heated to 80 degrees Celsius for 1 minute. Everything about this tea seems light and delicate. The resulting pale gold cup has a bit of sediment at the bottom – mostly down it seems. It's scent is an appealing mix of broth and baked bread. The sip begins with well developed buttery green bean notes, followed by a subtly sweet finish. I finally decide that it tastes like unripe pears, with a hint of ginger root. The feel is a little dry, like a crisp white wine. All in all, this tea makes for an elegant first cup.
I steep the leaves again for 1 and a half minutes. This time the tea is darker and more robust. The ginger root has a sweeter presence throughout the sip, making the cup less vegetal overall. The finish is now almost bitter but verges towards a pleasant spiciness.
After 2 minutes, my third cup feels rough, astringent and peppery, yet somewhat bland. The flavour is mostly mineral, with just a hint of leafy greens and grass. It's drinkable but a far cry from the previous two steeps.
This green tea offers a very enjoyable, long-lasting gingery aftertaste. I am also impressed with its delicate balance of flavours, ranging from broth-like vegetal notes to sweeter, spicier tones. While I had no problems with the parameters I used, I suggest brewing the leaves carefully, as they seem to want to go bitter if steeped too long. Well worth it!
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