282 Tasting Notes
Tea courtesy of swapping with Kaybee!
2oz water, 1.3g tea, 60sec, 170F
This is my first try at sencha and am going off the Den’s instructions on how to brew it, with the exception of the temperature. With that I went down to 170F for starters, due to Kaybee including a note that 180F seemed its upper limit.
The scent is slightly sweet and floral. Very pleasant.
The flavor is very green in the middle back of the tongue. It is very floral around the middle front of the tongue. The finish is floral and a touch sweet around the nose. There’s a solid bit of bitter, too… not in an off-putting way, but rather in a way that ties the whole flavor of the tea together.
As said, this is my first sencha and if the taste of it is at all representative of how sencha will be, then I’m going to be a fan. I really like this tea and would definitely buy some; it’s going on my Shopping List.
The steeped tea smell sweet, a bit bitter, too with a hint of tobacco scent (of the plant, not of cigarettes or cigars, in case anyone was unclear).
In sipping, it has that tobacco scent turned to flavor that wraps around the sides of tongue up into the nose.
It is a bit bitter, especially on the middle of the tongue it feels. The bitterness isn’t great but isn’t terribly off-putting either. It’s not bad, I’m just not sure I like it.
That’s about it… Maybe a faint mustiness to the scent and flavor, too.
Another quality tea I wouldn’t buy more of.
So I’ve now tried all of them and only really liked the Blueberry Merlot, all others were “okay” except the Kiwi Lime Ginger which is like drinking Vicks Vapor Rub.
As to the sampler set itself, I liked the easiness of the single-cup pouches. Though, I would ordinarily like two of such size as, unless I get a strong first impression, it takes me a couple cups to tell if I like a tisane. So, since they are single-serve only, my reviews of each are first impression and not fully rounded reviews.
All in all, I’m glad to have had the sampler and to have tried the variety; but only one drink stood out as one I’d buy more of.
The dry and steeped tisane smells more like something you’d rub on you than drink.
The taste isn’t far off, either. Not horrible though, but quite strange. I can’t taste any of the fruit in this, just moderated Vicks.
The ginger makes my stomach warm/burn as though I’d swallowed Vicks, too. Not in a good way.
It’s not so bad as to want to spit out, but I probably won’t finish the cup and definitely won’t be buying it.
The name “Cherry Cosmo” described the scent of this right… it smelled of red cherries, alcohol and something else I couldn’t place.
The steeped tea is lighter in scent and you can get a hint of the raspberry and what I assume is the hibiscus others have mentioned since I don’t know/recognize that flavor/scent on its own.
The flavor isn’t very mouth-filling… it’s rather watery. It brings to mind cherry Sucrets. It’s also lightly tart. The taste that I’m learning is Hibiscus is rather strong as it cools.
It’s not bad by any means, but not delivering on its name nor that great in general. I’d not bother buying it.
Now that I got the safety go-ahead from 52teas, I’m trying this drink.
The scent is very much the name. Dry and steeped it smells like a sweet cinnamon roll.
I’m not sure about the taste. It’s nice tasting, but I’m unsure about the flavor itself; not sure how to describe it.. hmmmm…
It doesn’t have the sweetness the scent does. There’s no real sweetness to the flavor at all.
It has a bready taste mostly around the back of the tongue, but without the yeasty side of bread, if you can imagine that… it’s medium-dark and does have a hint of cinnamon to it.
I’d say it fits its name as is very pleasant, but not a buyer for me. I can see how others would really like this, so will rate it well based on quality because it delivers what it advertises!
The steeped scent is mostly spearmint. I can’t really pick up anything else. But it’s pleasant so far.
On first sipping, I’m getting much more mojito than marmalade. There’s no noticeable citrus or sweetness, just a pleasant spearmint flavor.
I was thinking that as it cooled more of the other flavors would come out to balance it, but so far no. I would just rate this as a decent spearmint tea.
The steeped scent is very yummy. Blueberry berriness with a strong kick of the sage. It mixes strangely but well.
It’s so far been my experience with most flavored teas and tisanes that, at best, the scent is wonderful but the taste is quite lacking. Not with this.
The flavor is strong and not watery. The blueberry is strong on the tip of the tongue and up around the top of the back of the mouth. The sage is strong but not overwhelming, giving the tea a very tasty zippiness. Each sip fills the mouth pleasantly, leaving nothing of the lacking feeling I get from all but two tisanes I’ve had.
I’d buy more of it.