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Tête de Thé
12-02-2004, 01:52 PM
Hello all.
I'm writing from Los Angeles, CA. I recently bought some delicious Gyokuro Matsu, but when I make it, it always seems to come out tasting bitter. Am I doing this wrong? Basically I've tried running it through hot water, pouring some in a cup of hot water and let it simmer, using a filter, but it's not working. It smells and looks amazing though ;)
Any good tip from you genuine Japanese Green Tea drinkers?
Thanks and sorry if this is a little "off subject".

12-02-2004, 03:45 PM
According to one of my tea books, the water tempreature should be 50-60 C and lthe infusion time 1.5 to 2 minutes. The other says 60 C and three to five minutes.
But if it tastes bitter, a shorter infusion time will probably help.
(I was told once that the bitter taste comes from the tanines that are released when the water gets too cold.)

12-03-2004, 01:46 AM
Green tea definately gets more bitter the longer it sits around, i.e. cools down. At least on my taste buds :).



12-03-2004, 05:14 AM
Any tea I've ever had; the longer I steep it the more bitter in the tea. Short steep= not bitter.