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drank Sencha by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

The dry leaf makes me sad. Not shiny, not a pretty green and the needles have a few full ones but a lot of broken ones – and this has no indication of being a deeply steamed sencha so we should have longer, full leaves. I wasn’t really expecting anything more, but one can hope, you know? The smell was interesting… faint but sweet but dry and not rich or buttery or vegetal at all. Once put in my preheated Tokoname pot, they did smell better but I’m not going to take that to mean too much because my pot alone smells nice when it’s been heated because it’s been used for sencha so much. The tea does smell stronger than my pot alone, so it’s not a total lost cause, but it’s still not looking good.

The resulting liquid is… yellow. And wet. That’s pretty much it. Very little smell and the taste is hot and… astringent at the end. And that astringency builds quickly to a salty taste that takes up residency at the tip of my tongue and just hangs on. That tastes adds a little thickness to an otherwise very thin bodied tea.

Problem one with this tea: it’s not the type of sencha I like. It’s obviously a lighter steamed sencha based on the clear yellow color and I prefer the richness from a deep steamed sencha. But problem number two: it’s not a good example of a lightly steamed sencha. It’s bland and has very little taste, only bitterness. The leaves are either old or weren’t stored well and that probably doesn’t help the lack of taste.

The only positive I’m going to give this tea is that I did finish my whole cup. But I’m not even going to try a second steep.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
teaplz

Yeah, I was figuring that this wouldn’t be the bees knees. Just because GM clearly is not the place for sencha. At least you finished the cup, though! There have been PLENTY of teas that I haven’t finished.

Auggy

I did toss out the remaining leaf I had though. Not going to do a take two with this one. No thank you!

Ricky

Seems they can’t do green tea! Ahh, sencha + organic green tea failure!

teaplz

Their gunpowder wasn’t that great either… are we seeing a trend? :O

Auggy

Green tea is a tough one to do for a general vendor it seems. I’d guess because of the freshness factor – you’d have to have a lot of turnover in those teas to make sure your stock is always fresh and a lot of non-specialized vendors just don’t get that. Meh. But they save themselves with most of their yummy flavored teas!

Ricky

Trying out gunpowder now! I couldn’t decide which tea to have!

takgoti

FROWNY FACE! I’d get more in depth, but I think that sums it up.

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teaplz

Yeah, I was figuring that this wouldn’t be the bees knees. Just because GM clearly is not the place for sencha. At least you finished the cup, though! There have been PLENTY of teas that I haven’t finished.

Auggy

I did toss out the remaining leaf I had though. Not going to do a take two with this one. No thank you!

Ricky

Seems they can’t do green tea! Ahh, sencha + organic green tea failure!

teaplz

Their gunpowder wasn’t that great either… are we seeing a trend? :O

Auggy

Green tea is a tough one to do for a general vendor it seems. I’d guess because of the freshness factor – you’d have to have a lot of turnover in those teas to make sure your stock is always fresh and a lot of non-specialized vendors just don’t get that. Meh. But they save themselves with most of their yummy flavored teas!

Ricky

Trying out gunpowder now! I couldn’t decide which tea to have!

takgoti

FROWNY FACE! I’d get more in depth, but I think that sums it up.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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