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Hi,

I'm a lover of black teas, mainly chinese. I have tried green tea a
while back and can't find any that I like. I was wondering if anyone
could suggest some green teas that a person like me might enjoy?
Mark


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Mark wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'm a lover of black teas, mainly chinese. I have tried green tea a
> while back and can't find any that I like. I was wondering if anyone
> could suggest some green teas that a person like me might enjoy?
> Mark


It depends, I'd say to try some decent sencha and bancha, and possibly
some Dragonwell (long jing, lung ching, etc.) I also like to have
people try a roasted (not green) kukicha (twig tea) since it is almost
a bridge between black/oolong and green tea. Then if you prefer the
fresher taste of the sencha/bancha or the roastier/nutty taste of the
dragonwell/kukicha that will guide you to many more green teas you will
enjoy. Teaspring.com or uptontea.com have tons of greens and samples
available with cheap shipping to try a few without breaking the bank. I
really enjoy jasmine green (loose or pearls) tea as well, if flowery
tastes are not your bag, then never mind these.

Pi lo chun or even a uncooked puerh may be a nice option as well for
something different but a little upper-end.

- Dominic

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Mark,

In order to give you a useful suggestion, I need to know what green
tea(s) did you try that you didn't like?

Phyll


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> Mark


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Hi Phyll.

It's been a long time, but as I recall they where hi end Japanes tea
Gyokura
I found them very grassy in taste Hope this helps.
Mark

> Mark,
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> In order to give you a useful suggestion, I need to know what green
> tea(s) did you try that you didn't like?
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> I'm a lover of black teas, mainly chinese. I have tried green tea a
> while back and can't find any that I like. I was wondering if anyone
> could suggest some green teas that a person like me might enjoy?
> Mark
>

Mark,

I drink Black and oolong tea almost exclusively, but one green I do like is
Lu An Gua Pian. It's available from Teaspring, among others, and can often
be organic.

Regards,
Dean





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Hi Mark,

Ah, if grassiness is something you dislike, then most green teas I know
of invariably have the "grassy" notes to it, some are pleasant, some
are too much. As Dominic suggested above, do try some Long Jing
(Dragonwell) from Xi Hu or other **mainland** China areas. They tend
to have a certain nutty character and not so grassy if brewed
carefully. I stressed on the word "mainland" because my limited
experience with Taiwanese long jing shows it to be more grassy and less
nutty (at least the one I had from Ten Ren is).

Another green tea that I've been enjoying recently is Mt. Emei Bamboo
Green Tea (Emei Shan Zhu Ye Qing). It's not as "grassy" and it has
this rice-y, malty kind of taste.

If all unscented green tea fails you, then the jasmine dragon pearls
might work.

Hope this helps.

Phyll


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Without going cold turkey you can move down the roasting/baking scale
to a Taiwan pouchong which is more green than oolong.

Jim

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> Mark


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> It's been a long time, but as I recall they where hi end Japanes tea
> Gyokura
> I found them very grassy in taste Hope this helps.
> Mark


OK, well then scratch the sencha and bancha as they are "grassy" as
well. Try the Dragonwell, Pi Lo Chun, Kukicha, and any other green that
is "roasted" (genmaicha?) or described as nutty instead of vegetal. I'm
actually not a big fan of the nuttier/roasted greens personally... and
even though I really enjoy green tea, it may just not be for you. If
this is the case look into oolong's as they are much more of an
in-between and have a great amount of depth. Green tea isn't for
everyone, and I really don't push it since I'm not a green tea health
nut who thinks it will do everything from cure cancer to scrub your
dog's undercarriage for you. Also, I still would advise trying a green
(uncooked) puerh.

- Dominic

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"Mark" > writes:

> Hi,
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> I'm a lover of black teas, mainly chinese. I have tried green tea a
> while back and can't find any that I like. I was wondering if anyone
> could suggest some green teas that a person like me might enjoy?


There's a Chinese green tea called Yong Xi Huo Qing that reminds me
of smoky, chocolaty Chinese black/red teas.

If the astringency is what's bothering you about green teas, you might
want to try brewing them cooler (as low as 140F) or for shorter steeps.

/Lew
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Mark wrote:

> I'm a lover of black teas, mainly chinese. I have tried green tea a
> while back and can't find any that I like. I was wondering if anyone
> could suggest some green teas that a person like me might enjoy?


You're received some good suggestions on this thread from others,
but one thing I would add would be to perhaps try some gunpowder
green teas, so named because the leaves are rolled up tight and
resemble pellets of old-style gunpowder. Gunpowder greens are
"low end" teas, but some people really like them. If you buy one,
go right for the best available, as it will still be quite cheap.
(Example: Upton's Special Grade Temple of Heaven Gunpowder).
Although I'm fond of senchas and long jing, I get a gunpowder green
occasionally and enjoy the contrast.


Randy

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