266 Tasting Notes

95

Considering how many senchas there are out there and how many I’ve tried, I am a real newbie to any Japanese tea. Here’s my review anyway.

The dry leaves are a dark green. First bewing was 6 oz, 185F, 30 sec. The first cup was a light green colour. It was very pleasant and I could have had every cup just like the first. It was a sweet, grassy with just a bit of umami. The caffeine level was fairly low on the first brew too.

2nd brew was 6 oz, 185F, 10 sec. Wow, only 10 sec. I tried to get it out of the tea pot fast enough but the leaves had expanded and kept covering the little infuser over the spout. As a result it took a few seconds of shaking the pot and squeezing out all the water. This brew was stronger than the first! Yunomi explains why the second brewing is only 10 sec. The leaves have opened up and there is leftover water clinging to the leaves from the first infusion. This cup was very good too. A much stronger umami note than from the first infusion. Much greener & grassier but this time with a hint of bitterness.

I have a feeling there are probably no bad senchas at Yunomi. I don’t know where this one falls in quality of senchas but it seems to me to be a very high quality one. I can see how sencha could be part of my everyday tea but I still prefer the lighter caffeine from the Chinese greens. Sencha seems to have more infusions than Chinese greens before losing it’s flavour. Will follow up later when I have more infusions.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet, Umami

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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92
drank Mao Feng Yunnan by Tealux
266 tasting notes

Love this tea. I’ve reviewed it before but this morning I’m almost getting a slight carmel note from it. Caramel/Nutty? And so smooth. Nothing astringent about this tea. From Tealux “Unlike other green teas this is not rolled and the leaves and buds stay largely unbroken”.
Anyway, this is a tea I would definitely get again

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty, Sweet

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

It seems I am the first to leave a review for this Autumn tea but it’s still pretty much the same tea from Spring of 2014. I’ve had this tea few times already but was too lazy to set up a new tea on Steepster.

I brewed western style for this morning at 200F . This is a pretty good tea for early mornings. It’s got a bit of caffeine kick to it but not overly strong. In fact I can’t tell too much of a difference in caffeine compared to having my green.

I love the bready/molasses sweetness of this early morning. There’s also a floral note but I haven’t figured out what it reminds me of. What appeals to me about this black tea is that it’s a bit lighter than I expected a black tea to be. The milder brew and light floral notes are things I enjoy in some greens. This tea is dark enough and strong enough to give to my Hubby (He likes it too) but light enough for me to enjoy as well.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Molasses

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Tiger Monk by Temple Road
266 tasting notes

This tea is pretty old in my cupboard – about a year but I had it this afternoon and it’s still flavourful. I did about 4 infusions on it and probably could have squeezed out more.

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87

The last of my Cedar Ridge sample. It’s been nice and I will consider ordering more of this when I place a future order.

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94

I didn’t know where to post this tea review. It’s a new tea sample. I ordered the sample pack of Japanese teas on Ebay from Ebay seller yuu.choose. This tea is Suizawa Tokujou Kabusecha. All the little sample packets came with only Japanese writing on them and I didn’t know what was what. So I brought up the Ebay auction sample pack and matched symbols to their English translation and figured it out. I couldn’t find a company name anyway unless it’s Ise Tea.

No brewing instruction either so I used Yunomi brewing instructions. The first cup was very light (30 sec) but I loved it. A light grassy sweet tea. So delicate and tasty. Second brewing was 1 min and the tea brewed stronger. Still soooo beautifully sweet. Not a hint of bitterness. The colour of the tea was a bright green, like a matcha tea and tasted very grassy. I have to go back for another steep. This is so good. I definitely will consider buying more of this tea.

For those that are interested , the shipping was a bit slow with this seller but otherwise a good transaction.

Flavors: Grass, Sweet

Preparation
0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Toffee Caramel Rooibos by Tealux
266 tasting notes

This tea makes me laugh. I bought it awhile ago but haven’t had it because I normally don’t like ooey gooey sweet stuff. It had some pretty good reviews on the Tealux website so I thought I’d try it out.

It is quite tasty. Definitely a caramel yumminess to it without being overly sweet. This is one rooibos tea that seems to be fairly hidden underneath the caramel creaminess. I like rooibos in general but for those that don’t they might like this tea. I’m okay with the flavouring too (no tongue tingling). I didn’t really expect to like it but I am enjoying it.

A good tea to grab when craving something sweet!

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Green Gold by Mandala Tea
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86

I know I left a review on this tea before but feel like leaving another one. I dreamed I was having jasmine tea last night so woke up wanting jasmine tea. I botched the first brewing. Got the temperature right but put in too many pearls. Too strong. Ditched that and brewed 1/2 tsp, 8 oz, 185F, 3 min. Perfect. Or at least the way I like it. Balanced jasmine notes, good astringency without being bitter. Love it. Had a second cup too.

Flavors: Astringent, Jasmine

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85

I might have botched the brewing on the infusions a few times but this tea is still very good.

The first infusion, I followed their directions but think I cooled the water just a tad too much and had a bit too much water. It was still very grassy and sweet. Nice and rich and perfectly balanced for a deeply flavoured sencha.

2nd infusion was supposed to be 10-20 sec but I botched and it went a minute. I was glad because it was still a flavourful cup.

3rd infusion. Used their instruction and did 30 sec but this brew was way too weak.

4th – Went back to longer infusion of 1 min but it was already becoming a weaker version of the tea.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 3 OZ / 103 ML

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I’ve loved tea since I’ve been a kid. Back then it was Old King Cole black tea with milk in it. As the years went by I added in all kinds of teas and moved away from the blacks to more green, white,pu-erh rooibos,& herbal. Just recently I’ve started to enjoy a few blacks again along with oolong. Mostly I would just get my teas from the grocery store, Whole Foods, craft shows with small tea vendors, or when travelling. I did order online from a company years ago but only did the once. It was just in 2013 I joined Steepster and have started some online orders. Love love love Tealux but am hoping to try some different places.

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