Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Himalaya Green Tea from Choice Organic Teas

Scent in package: slightly grassy, typically green
Brewed in: came as teabags
Steeped: 3-4 minutes @ steaming
Cup: porcelain teacup, café mug

I was contacted shortly before Christmas by this company asking if I’d be interested in sampling a couple of their teas. Being broke, I said sure, and a week later or so, I received an envelope with two samples of teabags in them – Himalaya Green and an herbal tisane.

I’m not big on China green teas…but I’d never tried a Nepalese green, and thought I should. I brewed this up last night for the first time (since I can finally mostly taste again), and I have to say, I thought I must have done something terribly wrong. I used tap water, and brewed it at “steaming” for about 4 minutes. The brew was dark gold, rather than yellowish as one might expect from a green tea, and I was apprehensive about tasting it.

It was awful – I had two sips of the bitter soup, so astringent that it actually felt like it left a film on the roof of my mouth. Needless to say, I tossed the rest of it.

This morning, I grabbed the second bag and used filtered spring water at a lower temperature…just steaming for only 3 minutes steeped. And I hate to report that while the color is much better (a light golden brew typical of green teas), it’s still very bitter, like green tea steeped too long or too hot (or both). While I’m not fond of green tea in general, I know they’re not generally so bitter when brewed correctly…and I have to wonder if the fact that this particular tea is macerated into little tiny bits in a teabag is the crux of the problem. I suppose I could have steeped it for only one minute, but it hardly seems worth the effort. Unfortunately, this tea doesn’t seem to be offered in loose form, so there’s no way to find out how the original form stacks up to this teabag.

While I’m sure we all want to help save the Himalayan Kingdom (10 cents per box sold is donated to the cause), do yourself a favor. Make a donation directly, and skip this particular tea.

1 comment:

  1. First off - great blog!

    I have noticed that certain teas, especially bagged ones should only be steeped for a minute or so - if you wait for the recommended time you will get whats called "chiffir" in Russian - an oversteepped tea used to give the drinker a caffeine rush.


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