What Makes a Great Green Tea?

High-quality Green Tea Bags deliver a moderate green tea intensity expressed by grassy, leafy, floral notes. The beverage has mild bitterness and astringency, and a light mouth weight.

Specifically, the beverage is clear and can have a yellow, brown, or green color.

The aroma and flavor profiles deliver moderate green tea notes of grassy, leafy, and floral. Other notes may be present, but these must be secondary. The list includes tobacco, hay, woody, and toasty brown rice. The tea has mild bitterness and perhaps a very slight sweetness.

The texture is mildly astringent and the tea has a light mouth weight.

The tea has mild bitterness and perhaps a very slight sweetness.

The texture is mildly astringent and the tea has a light mouth weight.

Tasting terms

  • grassy

    A natural flavor or aroma suggesting grass. Example: Green tea, olive oil and some dairy products can have grassy notes.

  • floral

    A natural, flower-like aroma or flavor. Example: High-quality vinegar, vanilla, honey, Mandarin oranges and dark chocolate can all have floral notes.

  • astringency

    The tendency of some foods to cause the mouth to pucker; often associated with the presence of tannins or acidity. Example: Red wine, tea, grapefruit juice and pickles can be astringent.

  • bitter

    One of the basic tastes; often considered harsh and unpleasant in abundance, but a key basic taste for foods like coffee and dark chocolate. Example: Unripened fruit, aspirin and coffee all have bitter components.