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drank Oi Ocha by Ito En
112 tasting notes

Wow, I’m not sure if I got a bad one but this is pretty awful. It still has about a year left until expiration, so I don’t think that’s the issue.

It doesn’t taste like green tea. It certainly isn’t a #1 green tea. In fact, it tastes closer to a Lapsang Souchong than anything. I’m getting a ton of smoke, lots of bitterness, and it generally tastes kinda dirty. It doesn’t taste like it was sweetened, so that part of the label was correct (that’s about all it has going for it). Really awkward after taste too; tastes slightly of vinegar and brine. Can’t finish the bottle.

I’m assuming I just got a bad bottle because I’ve had other bottled Ito En teas that were good. I’d try this again (hesitantly) just for the sake of seeing if this was a fluke bottle. Maybe this was mislabeled…

Jason

My stomach is actually starting to hurt a little…

LissaMarie

yikes— hope you are alright. maybe you got a bad batch of bottled tea?

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Sounds like it went bad.

Jason

I actually washed the taste out of my mouth with some DQ ice cream cake! :D Feeling better now.

Auggy

Ice cream cures all! :)

extrarice

Definitely sounds like a bad bottle. Oi Ocha isn’t exactly a delicate Japanese green tea, but it should not be smoky and bitter. Glad to hear your stomach is feeling better.

Suzi

Definitely sounds like a bad bottle, the Ito En teas are usually pretty nice for pre-bottled!

Nicole Martin

I definitely think it was a fluke. This is one of my faves. I always get it with my lunch from the supermarket by work :)

srtasabelocasi

Wow awe striking how you literally described what I tasted from this bottle in words LOL Yeah this one does suck. I expected something better than that. I’ve learned my lesson from this about pre (plastic) bottled green teas for sure.

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Jason

My stomach is actually starting to hurt a little…

LissaMarie

yikes— hope you are alright. maybe you got a bad batch of bottled tea?

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Sounds like it went bad.

Jason

I actually washed the taste out of my mouth with some DQ ice cream cake! :D Feeling better now.

Auggy

Ice cream cures all! :)

extrarice

Definitely sounds like a bad bottle. Oi Ocha isn’t exactly a delicate Japanese green tea, but it should not be smoky and bitter. Glad to hear your stomach is feeling better.

Suzi

Definitely sounds like a bad bottle, the Ito En teas are usually pretty nice for pre-bottled!

Nicole Martin

I definitely think it was a fluke. This is one of my faves. I always get it with my lunch from the supermarket by work :)

srtasabelocasi

Wow awe striking how you literally described what I tasted from this bottle in words LOL Yeah this one does suck. I expected something better than that. I’ve learned my lesson from this about pre (plastic) bottled green teas for sure.

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