How can I get the right strength of tea?

I recently have been trying Gyokura Imperial, a Japanese tea, experimentally, but it is hard to know whether I have the dosage correct because I don't know what it's supposed to taste like.

I guess if I had a color card maybe, but it would have to be for this particular type of tea, which has a somewhat yellowish color.

  • If you do a Google search on Gyokuro Imperial Tea, you will find a ton of information about the tea, how to brew, etc. I did an image search also and it seems that brewed, most were a pale yellow or pale green color. (Gyokuro is a green tea.) – Cindy Jan 18 '17 at 13:12

O-Cha.com says that a good ratio is 1g of tea leaves to 30g (i.e. 30mL) of water.

Also keep in mind that, since Gyokuro is such a delicate tea, you want to brew with water that's between 120º and 140º F (50º to 60º C). This is much, much lower than regular black or green teas.

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  • What are the consequences of brewing it too hot? – Drisheen Colcannon Jan 18 '17 at 18:23
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    Green teas tend to get bitter and fishy when you brew them too hot. – bot47 Jan 18 '17 at 19:15
  • wow 120-140 F is really really low, I've never tried that with any tea. Except when I'm 'cold-brewing'. – Lisa at Teasenz.com Mar 15 '17 at 9:03

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