Originally posted by Godzilla
I just bought a traditional cast iron teapot for my office. I am using loose green tea leaves. I love it but need more suggestions for teas that taste good. Any suggestions?
I work at a Japanese grocery store, and we sell a lot of green tea. If you are looking for a nice green tea, try to find something called "Gyokuromatsu". It is the tender tea leaves from new shoots, grown on smaller select lots in Japan. If you find some, do not boil. Only simmer. As a side note, you can decaffinate your green teas by steeping them for a minute, pouring off the liquid, then adding more hot water to the same tea leaves. Side note number two is that if the enamel on the inside of your pot starts to come off, and you are having rust problems, boil green tea in the pot for about 20 minutes. The oils (?) coat the inside of the pot and inhibit rust.
A tasty alternative to straight green tea is "Gen-mai cha" which is roasted brown rice blended with green tea. It has a nutty flavor and is milder than green tea. A lot of Japanese prefer to drink that as it is more palatable and not as expensive as green tea. If you have an asian market near you, you should be able to find both of these. If not, let me know and I can hook you up.