|"There is not a grand amount of complexity, nor is there a memorable aftertaste, but all of what composes the liquor is quite rewarding. "|
Never have I encountered a rolled green tea such as this. Of course, there are plenty of varieties (gunpowder green notwithstanding, for example) that are rolled as opposed to twisted or pressed, but Tea At Sea’s Indonesian Green resembles more of a very green oolong. The flavor profile, however, very much warrants the label of green tea. Tea At Sea’s descriptor of a “seaweed aroma” is dead on, and it is in every way a pleasant one, as the fragrance of the leaves both before and after initial infusions is enjoyably sweet and thankfully devoid of and sea-like funkiness.
The palate is equally pleasant and original. Tasting just as much of seaweed (or perhaps more exactly, nori) as it smells, this Indonesian Green features as well a sweetness that directly accompanies the aforementioned characteristic more than it exists on its own. There is not a grand amount of complexity, nor is there a memorable aftertaste, but all of what composes the liquor is quite rewarding.
Brewing lightly more accentuates this sweetness and to the drinker’s benefit. Moreover, this allows for a longer steeping session. As such, it is hard not to recommend a “delicate” water temperature around 160°F. But this quirky green is quite sturdy and yields enjoyable results with any temperature customarily used for green teas.
Even with the above recommendations, expect no more than three or four infusions, unless brewing gonfu style and according to a very high leaf-to-low water ratio. Cups following the first two soon give off little more than slightly vegetal body along with a stark reduction in sweetness. In other words, the eventual product of this green isn’t unlike many other greens. Even so and comparably, the tea gives out somewhat quickly and the notable positives aren’t enough to make up for this.
— To purchase Tea At Sea Mountain Organic Indonesian Green, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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