This was rather a messy steep. I originally planned to do this in the Breville, but I forgot that the lowest water temp on the Breville is 160 and I needed 140 for this. Which meant using the Zojirushi, which does have a 140 temperature setting. I ended up filling the Breville from the Zo and pushing the basket down into the water, then timing it manually — otherwise I would have lost a ton of leaf in the Breville as it stuck to basket which was damp from use earlier this morning.
So I’m not sure this is really the best steep possible of this tea.
The smell of the leaves is softly, jucily, vegetal. How can a smell be soft? If you know what I mean, you know what I mean.
The tea is a light yellowish green color with a ton of particular matter floating in it. It smells like edamame to me.
The flavor is more watery and less intense that I was expecting. I’m not sure whether that is because of how I made the tea, or whether that’s what people mean when they call this mild. I taste the water in the tea, which I find distracting. The flavor that comes through, once I get past the water, is a bit like soy beans, but also a bit like snow peas.
I also find the tea drying to the mouth.
After this tasting, I find it ok but not a favorite. I’ll jigger the temperature and time some and see if that makes it better.
Flavors: Peas, Soybean, Vegetal