· 3 minute read Last updated: Nov 5, 2023
· Published: Sep 29, 2021
Japan Sencha Fukujyu
The first green tea that "clicked" for me. I like it a lot, especially with sweetener/sugar...though I'm not sure if that is how you are supposed to drink it. When brewing, the leaves open and it just looks beautiful. I like that you can brew green tea multiple times with the same leaves. Won't be my last green tea for sure!
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Earl Grey Blue Star
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Lord Nelson Klassik
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Very nice & quite strong fruit tea.
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Dallmayr Nr. 2 Asam GBOP (Golden Broken Orange Pekoe)
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How I brew tea
Nothing fancy. For a 250ml cup of black tea, I add ~3 tabs of sweetener (I drink too much tea to always add sugar) & most of the time milk. When using sweetener, we found out that the sweetener needs to be added & resolve before adding milk, or the milk will clot a bit. For green tea, I just add sweetener.
Regarding the water temperature, I currently always add boiling water. I recently learned that green tea should be brewed with 70°C. I will try that in the future. Maybe at some point I’ll get myself a water kettle with temperature control.