I had several cups of Japanese Wild Cherry sencha Tuesday afternoon/evening.
I brought this tea awhile back as a sample from the Teavana tent at the Farmer’s Market. I was probably steeping it with boiling water in the beginning and I remember it as being bitter and vegetal tasting with a cherry flavor and I liked it for awhile. Then it fell out of favor. The cherry taste seemed a bit odd and I tired of the bitter.
After I realized that water temperatures made a BIG difference in the taste of green teas, I tried this tea again. I was kind of blah about it and drank it a few times. It ended up in the back of the cupboard.
I haven’t had this tea since I got a thermometer and started using more precise water temperatures. But I saw something about cherry flavored something or cherry flavored tea, possibly on here or elsewhere online, and started thinking about this tea. The next day I pulled it out. It was light, it was green, I could taste the cherry, I could taste the sencha, it was not bitter at all. I liked the tea! I drank it quickly. I wanted a second cup.
2nd steep: 175° F, 1 min.
Was very similar to the first and also quite enjoyable.
3rd steep: 175° F, 1 min 30 sec.
This steep was quite watery but still drinkable. It needs a longer steeping time.
I had meant to do a 4th steep but ended up not having anymore tea that day.
Good 1st steep parameters.