Second tasting of the day, and im very impressed. I had heard both good and bad things about Tevanna but decided the only way to know for sure was to buy a few and test them out for myself. With that in mind, and a sale at the store in hand, I bought a nice little collection of sample sizes.
The first one I will be tasting is Jeju Island green tea, and using my glass teapot and a short steeping time of 30 seconds with 175 degree water. I got a very smooth, buttery, grassy tea with slight floral scents and no hint of bitterness. The taste and scent is somewhere halfway between a chinese green tea and a sencha, if you like sencha you will absolutely adore this. I know I do.
I highly recommend a short steep in a small amount of water, even if you have to resteep it, as it seems to eliminate the bitterness that is often reported with this tea. Now the glass teapot bleeds heat very quickly and is ideal for teas that get bitter easily. And in this case, I got absolutely none.
Second steeping had a slight bit of bitterness and an impression in both scent and taste of asparagus. Still very nice on the second steeping, that butter and sweetness is slightly diminished on the second steeping.
I HIGHLY recomend a bit more leaf and short steeps for this tea, in a very small pot or Gaiwan.
Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Floral, Grass, Sweet