I have been curious about high quality Japanese green tea bags for a long time. However, as they typically come in quantities of twenty, I have never taken the plunge. Fortunately for me, in a recent tea order I received a couple samples of Organic Green Tea Bags. 🙂
These organic green tea bags are from the teashop Tsuen, and distributed online by O-Cha.com. Each bag contains 2g of organic Uji sencha.
Rather than being flat like paper tea bags, these are pyramid shaped and made of nylon. The interesting shape appears to give the leaves more room to expand and infuse.
As you would expect from green tea bags, the brewing technique is relatively easy. Use 1 bag per 100ml, 80-85C water temp, and steep for 1 minute. These parameters are very forgiving.
An interesting difference between the parameters on the packaging and on the vendor’s site are the brewing temperatures. The packaging suggests using boiling water, while the vendor suggests water that is 77C (170F). In my short experience with these bags, I settled on 82C (180F). This temperature is approximately equal to freshly boiled water that has sat for a moment or two.
Thoughts and Observations
There is almost a matcha-like creaminess to the flavour. The liquid is emerald green and slightly cloudy. The overall taste is mellow with a smooth, subtle richness. Only a minimal amount of astringency is present.
These tea bags yield three good infusions. For the second infusion, steep for 30 seconds with water that’s 10 degrees hotter than the first. For the third infusion, brew for 1 minute at a near boiling temperature. A fourth infusion is possible, but it is really light on flavour and somewhat astringent.
Final Thoughts on Organic Green Tea Bags
Any fan of Japanese green tea who is going on a trip or is pressed for time will greatly benefit from these tea bags. People who enjoy Grandpa Style Brewing will likely see the value in them as well. While I find their taste to be slightly muted, the convenience definitely makes up for it. I implore anyone who tries to make due with loose leaf on the road or in the office to give these a shot. 🙂