When I finally drank it (especially the last of the brewed tea, which had by that point been steeping for a half an hour or more), lo and behold, I did detect a slightly "seaweedy" smell. I hadn't detected it when brewing it in a teapot or cup.
When I used an over-the-cup strainer for the first cup, I let the tea brew for only five minutes. After removing the strainer and taking a sip, the tea had the taste and aroma I'd expect from a green tea.
So what could be responsible for the difference?
The strange aroma could be because:
- the water was too hot the first time. ("Cooking" the tea could alter it somehow, just as coffee kept in a thermos for too long tastes different than freshly brewed joe.)
- I used too much tea. (Although I sometimes brew super-strength green tea but have never noticed a strange taste or amora.)
- I let the tea steep too long. (For instance, there could be unpleasant-tasting substances that take a long time to seep out of the leaves.)
Oh, there's one more possibility: I went too long without washing the cup!
If anyone has had similar experiences, and has an idea of what the cause of the strange aroma was, please drop me a line .