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    Green teas on bean bay - which one to recommend?

    Im no tea drinker but Im considering getting some green tea to keep at home in case friends or relos come over and for some insane reason, they dont want coffee but prefer green tea instead. Between the Siaou Chu Pearls and the Sencha, which would you recommend? I am already unlikely to use up even 3/4 of the 1/2kg that it comes in so getting both of them is out of the question...

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    Re: Green teas on bean bay - which one to recommend?

    I had a laugh... ;D

    This is a tough question mate, not knowing what your relos are likely to prefer. The "Sencha Green Tea" makes for a milder brew that has a nice fresh and sweet cup and is very more-ish. I havent tried the one that Andys got up for grabs though, got some as a gift a couple of years back but from the same region so it might be comparable..... ::)

    On the other hand, the "Siaou Chu Pearl Tea" has more presence on the palate, especially towards the rear of the palate (for me) and the slight smokiness resonates in the finish and therefore makes for an overall more interesting cup. Youve got to be really careful with this tea though... Really easy to overdose the teapot if youre not careful as each little ball (pearl) of tea is a whole tea-leaf and if youre used to dosing the teapot with a teaspoon full for each person and one for the pot, youll end up with a brew that is way too strong :o. Probably only need to use about half the quantity you would normally use for other teas.

    Why dont you buy 500g of each? You could then make a gift of small packets of each of them for your relos to take home with them. Its all extremely high quality tea you know and Im sure will be well received by those who enjoy a tea or two. All the best mate :)

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    Re: Green teas on bean bay - which one to recommend?


    Well answered by Mal...

    If it really had to be one I would pick the Pearls, really nice tea... and take Mals advice, you dont need much.


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    Re: Green teas on bean bay - which one to recommend?

    Thanks for the recommendations and ordered! :)

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    Brewed a few cups of the Siaou Chu (shouldn't it be spelt zhu cha?) since it arrived with my latest order.

    This is a typical Chinese green tea, quite grassy and a little sweet, with a moist kind of light smokiness. It always reminds me of cut grass on a field a couple days later. It is quite tolerant of brewing too hot and leaving the leaves for too long, unlike e.g. the Darjeeling I've also bought from Andy which takes on a bitter profile and loses most of its complexity.

    The sencha is no longer offered (as far as I know the gunpowder tea is the only green left on BeanBay) but in my limited experience Japanese green teas are sharper, drier with a more obvious aroma if a little less complex. Grapefruit juice to Chinese tea's red orange.

    I think the price is pretty good. I've been looking for a source of cheap but decent Chinese green tea for a while and found it surprisingly hard to source - most specialty shops charge an order of magnitude more than Andy per weight. I'm not a tea specialist by any measure, though - happy with a bog standard offering to drink often without thinking too much about it, with whole-ish leaves that can stand a few re-brews.

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