1764 Tasting Notes
I was feeling like something cold when this caught my eye in the international foods section of the grocery store. It tastes very ‘clear’ and refreshing, even if I doubt the highest quality sencha was used as it was a little on the harsh side – more like a bancha maybe. Even so it was a nice cold drink, with zero sugar or other additives.
The leaves are big, even curled up as they are. I’m not actually sure if I’m getting the full amount in my scoop. In fact I’m sure I didn’t, as the tea is pretty weak and tasteless after a 3 minute steep.
Resteeped for 4:15 and it didn’t really improve things much. I guess I’ll have to try again with more leaf next time. :/
It’s neat to the point of being mesmerizing watching the pearls open. It starts with the white tea leaves slowly unfurling from around the pearls. And these are proper, suculent-looking white tea leaves/buds, not the chopped, torn-up bits you get with some teas. Then the green tea, which is in smaller pieces, sort of puffs up and slowly drifts apart.
It feeds the eyes aswell as my sense of beauty and art, because to me tea is more than just drinking a cup of tea leaves in hot water.