297 Tasting Notes
1.3g tea, 2oz water, 160F, 60sec
Brewed this is very cherry scented.
It’s flavor isn’t very robust at all. Nothing like the Sakura Sencha from Den’s that I just had a bit earlier today.
It’s very light with no bitterness. It has a not-overwhelming cherry flavor to it and a bit of what I guess is the rose (I’m not good at recognizing that taste yet, no real experience with it so far). Basically, it tastes like a middle of the road cherry green tea. Nothing special or catching about it.
The scent of this steeped tea is very green. It has a slight hay-like sweetness.
This is a rather good tea. Moderately sweet, green in the throat, a touch of the generic “tea flavor” to it (barely, but there).
I would say it reminds me a bit of honey. It has that same sort of sweetness and a bit of the coating feeling that honey gives you.
2oz water, 1.3g tea, 160F, 60sec
This is quite similar to my first batch and steep, except it’s a bit more buttery/sweet. I’m surprised such a little difference in temp made a difference!
Second steep: followed Den’s directions -boiling water for 15sec
It smells very floral and rich.
The bitterness is almost completely gone… just the faintest touch of it in the finish. The mouthfeel of this is quite buttery. It’s lightly floral with a lot of green flavor.
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.