I have not explored green teas much, and I have been trying to taste more of them. This tea addresses both that deficiency and my lack of ever trying a Korean tea. I have to say that I enjoyed it. The tea does not really have the pronounced sweetness to it that I have enjoyed in some of the greens I have had so far, but it does have a very full and buttery mouth feel that I enjoy. Also, the tea has a very well-defined character of corn silk. That is Upton’s description. I was going to say vegetal or asparagus, but I think corn silk nails it more on the head. They have you infuse it at 180° for 3 minutes, but I would suggest closer to 160° for no more than 2 minutes for the first infusion, increasing time and temperature for each subsequent infusion. This tea strikes me as a good value, and I don’t really feel the effects of the caffeine on my stomach for as much as I drink. I will have this bag finished up quite quickly, and I will be ready to order the other Korean tea offered by Upton next.

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Library director living in Spencer, Iowa. Trying to spread the good news about tea. Focused on camelia sinensis, only marginally interested in tisanes.

My favorites (so far) are congou and pu-erh (both types). I like some greens, lots of oolongs, and whites and yellows, but I enjoy drinking black tea day in and out.

Besides, oolongs are best enjoyed prepared in a manner that demands a little more time and care. So, I like to save those times for when I can fully enjoy the experience.


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