Just tried this at 185 degrees, 10 seconds. It was Very green and Very savory. There was a almost-not-there sweetness, too, but as said it was barely there. I like it much better than last try.
Second steep, 15 sec: bitterness is coming out strong, but it’s still good.
Third steep, 15 sec: The bitterness is lighter and I’m mostly getting the vegetal flavor.
Fourth, 15 sec: This one is a much gentler steeping. The flavors are more muted and lighter on the tongue.
And so on as I keep trying it! Fiddling with it this way I like it MUCH more than I did the first way I tried it. I’m learning to not follow the website’s steeping instructions and follow my “standard Japanese greens steeping” method of trials and errors.
This isn’t a favorite but I AM glad I got so much of it from my Club membership shipment. I can try it all sorts of temps and steeps and not worry about running out. A good tasting tea to play with!