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drank Sencha by Teaopia
1311 tasting notes

This is the flavour I always associated with “green tea”… and the reason I never really enjoyed it much. For awhile there I was thinking, hey green tea isn’t so bad, it must have been the jasmine that was throwing me off! but no, now I remember… it’s the plain sencha’s that threw me off. I’ll try the genmaicha later and see if that fares any better.
Overall, the quality is not terrible, but it certainly does not appeal to me in any way except for when it cools and there is a sweet, yet incredibly tart finish. The nuttiness that emerges just prior is nice as well, but needs to be stronger for any lasting impression to form.
Otherwise, it leaves me mildly nauseous and craving that added complexity I so love in other teas. I could see this one being served in a restaurant- bland enough to go with most any food.
So: Points for the acceptable quality leaf, and surprising finish (but only half because it’s absent when hot) and points for nutty flavour (but half because it lacks any punch) BUT negative points for nausea and a generally boring profile.
I will not be purchasing this again.

Sara

I love green tea but mostly avoid sencha, it doesn’t really appeal to me either. Gunpowder green might work for you, if you haven’t tried that yet – it’s much more complex and soothing.

Indigobloom

I think I’ve tried it but can’t be sure… I’ve heard it’s quite metallic in flavour. I was thinking maybe gunpowder taffy from Davids

Brittany

Has your experience with green tea been mostly Japanese greens? You mentioned you liked nuttiness, which is very characteristic of many Chinese greens. Oftentimes people are divided in the green tea spectrum. If you don’t like sencha, I’d stay away from Japanese tea and delve into Chinese territory – you might be pleasantly surprised.

Indigobloom

I think you’re right Brittany- Dragonwell seems to be a green I really enjoy so it seems I lean more towards the Chinese side!
It makes much more sense now!!

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Sara

I love green tea but mostly avoid sencha, it doesn’t really appeal to me either. Gunpowder green might work for you, if you haven’t tried that yet – it’s much more complex and soothing.

Indigobloom

I think I’ve tried it but can’t be sure… I’ve heard it’s quite metallic in flavour. I was thinking maybe gunpowder taffy from Davids

Brittany

Has your experience with green tea been mostly Japanese greens? You mentioned you liked nuttiness, which is very characteristic of many Chinese greens. Oftentimes people are divided in the green tea spectrum. If you don’t like sencha, I’d stay away from Japanese tea and delve into Chinese territory – you might be pleasantly surprised.

Indigobloom

I think you’re right Brittany- Dragonwell seems to be a green I really enjoy so it seems I lean more towards the Chinese side!
It makes much more sense now!!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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