For some reason, I bought an inhumane amount of China Sencha Dong-Bai green tea a while back. I've complained about it here before. Well, it's not bad tea. But each time I've brewed it, it's been rather bitter.
Have tried steeping it with water of different temperatures. I used to steep it much longer, but have incrementally lessened the time and it still retains its flavour when it's steeped for as short as three minutes. So that's what I do.
But I've decided to lay this out for those of you who know green teas better. By varying the steeping times and lengths, how much influence can you have on the way the tea tastes? Although I drink a lot of green tea, I read again and again that green tea is more sensitive than other tea.
Am I not being careful enough?
I've also read that you should soak green tea and discard the water before steeping it. The explanation was that many green teas are still dirty from the processing. I've never washed tea before I drink it. Do you? Does it make a difference?
One of the things I like to do most here is to help people who are curious about or new to tea. If you've had similar problems/questions regarding green tea, please say something in the comments and I'll write more about this in the future.
If you've got some advice about the particularities of green tea, please let us know. What's been your experience?