I Dread The Greens

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Yesterday, after the 16-inches of snow had been plowed and the cars de-iced, I settled in with a pot of Gyokuro Imperial from Teavana.

I had been putting off trying this green tea since October, the day I purchased it at the Teavana store at the Mall of America, simply because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it.

I realize that the above may sound quite absurd, but I tend to not be a big fan of green tea. Yet, I really do want to like it.

Of course, my familiarity with green tea is quite limited. I’ve only had two loose green teas my entire life, both of which I surprisingly liked: English Tea Store’s Jasmine with Flowers and Pinhead Gunpowder.

Despite this agreeable encounter, however, my aversion to green tea continued to linger. I’m not sure of the primary cause, but I seem to dread the greens.

Although, my recent scare (drove to work in a bizzard and almost went into the ditch several times) seemed to have given me the chutzpah to finally give the Gyokuro Imperial a try.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked the flavor in my cup; it was quite vegetal tasting. But then the flavor started to grow on me, the creamy finish certainly helped.

The color of the liquor was a beautiful greenish-yellowish hue, which I attempted to capture via my digital camera. While I was doing this, my pot of green tea went cold and turned a dark, piss yellow. This wasn’t very appetizing, so I ended up throwing the rest away.

I could have done a second infusion with the leaves, but decided against it because it was getting late.

Hopefully, someday I will start to appreciate green tea more fully and stop dreading them!

For now, I think I’ll stick with my robust black tea and venture every so often in green territory.

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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Are there any types of teas that you dread or are afraid to try?

10 comments on “I Dread The Greens

  1. Nina February 12, 2011 10:39 PM

    At the teashop where I work there are 3 green teas that I’m fond of – and they’re the only ones! For the most part I’m NOT a green tea fan, though I’d like to be.
    First one is a Jasmine Haze that is just a really nice jasmine tea… not too subtle but not too overwhelming, it’s pretty perfect.
    Another is a ginger lemon sencha that is great! It’s subtle but it’s OK, because there are 3 prominent flavors and they’re not competing with each other.
    The last is the most delicious and most popular green tea at the shop… we call it green garden of even but it’s chamomile, cinnamon, cornflowers, sencha and mmmmgoodness. If you’re still dreading the greens I’d love to send you a sample of these and see what you think? They’re pretty wonderful.

    • a girl with tea February 13, 2011 7:36 PM

      Thank you so much for the offer, but I’ve got a cupboard full of several green teas I haven’t tried yet! Although, the other day I did try a Citron Green from Adagio, which I actually really liked…I think I need to drink green tea that is mixed with another flavor to really enjoy it…at least for now, until I get used to the taste.

  2. Jen January 10, 2011 11:47 PM

    I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about. I avoided the greens for years. I really dove in this year, however, and with very pleasant results. I found that Chinese Green teas were much friendlier, and I really enjoyed discovering Long Jing – it’s kind of a gateway green. Best wishes my fellow tea conquistador!

    • a girl with tea January 11, 2011 1:24 PM

      Thanks for the Long Jing suggestion!

  3. Alex Zorach December 20, 2010 11:22 AM

    I find that Gyokuro is too vegetal for me unless I use water that is 160F or lower; that’s pretty cool: much cooler than that and it’s starting to get into “luke warm” territory rather than “hot”.

    Green teas can be very diverse; if it’s the vegetal qualities you object to, there are certainly numerous green teas that do not have those qualities. There are also teas like hojicha (a Japanese roasted green tea) which are technically green teas, but have very little resemblance to other green teas. And have you tried bancha? I’ve found I often prefer to sencha, even though it’s “lower grade”. What about the smoky greens, like gunpowder? Or green tea from Yunnan, Darjeeling, or Nepal? Or green (sheng) Pu-erh? Or a Ceylon green?

    These green teas are all quite different from each other, and they also are all quite different from what I think of as a “typical” green tea (gentle, vegetal, grassy). I like teas with a lot of kick and a lot of greens (including Gyokuro) don’t excite me that much, but once I started branching out to the more “atypical” greens (which is crazy, there is no such thing as a typical green but there is definitely some sense of what is “typical” on the western market) I realized that I liked them a lot more.

    • a girl with tea December 26, 2010 2:10 PM

      Thanks for all the wonderful information about green tea! I think I just need to keep experimenting…

  4. Jeanine Byers Hoag December 15, 2010 1:22 AM

    I avoid green teas, too, I confess.

    Like you, I’ve only tried a couple but I didn’t like them. And like you, I *want* to like them but am afraid I won’t.


    • a girl with tea December 19, 2010 11:15 PM

      I am hoping that the more I try green tea, the more I’ll like it 🙂

  5. Jackie Gamber December 14, 2010 10:02 AM

    Assam teas have definitely risen to the top of my favorites list. I, too, am a fan of a dark, robust drink, in general. You might find a good matcha green tea blend suited to your tastes; it imparts a stronger character, and I like to use sweetener to soften the bitterness, but even adding cream to a good matcha tea is fabulous!

    • a girl with tea December 14, 2010 2:15 PM

      Thanks Jackie! I haven’t tried Matcha yet. I think I’ll need to start investigating this mysterious green powder a bit more…

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