A couple of years ago a friend of mine brought me a small gift back from the Orient: a little canister containing some “tea” that was vaccuum-sealed in a silver plastic bag. I say “tea” because when my pal gave it to me he just said, “Here, I brought you some tea.” No further details. The container and info sheet that came with the package was wall-to-wall Chinese writing, so I had no idea what variety/flavor of tea it was, nor how to prepare it.
Yesterday I decided to try the stuff. I cut open the bag and found a pile of dried, compressed leaf and stem bundles, each a little bigger than a pea. Now, I’m strictly a Lipton-type tea drinker, and this did not resemble the ground up tea powder you find in your average supermarket teabag. Thinking that “tea is tea” I measured out approximately the amount of tea you’d find in a teabag, and dropped it in a cup of boiling hot water.
My first observation was that this was definately not Lipton-type tea; the brew turned a weak shade of green, not brown. So, I concluded that this must be Green Tea.
Secondly, I soon realized that I must have used too much, because in short order the brew looked like someone had dropped a salad in my cup. All the tiny freeze-dried leaves swelled up to full size, virtually filling my cup.
Okay, I’m through with the experiments. Can someone tell me if, in fact, I have Green Tea here? If not, what kind of tea might it be? And, most importantly, how exactly do I prepare it?
Thanks all, in advance.