564 Tasting Notes
After hearing about how lovely this tea resteeps, I brought it to a full day of classes yesterday. Got bored of taking notes on lecture, so I started jotting down tasting notes for this tea instead, haha. At least it kept me awake!
So for the first steeps, the tea starts of sweet and transitions into a more savory, chocolate-y, roasted taste. It also has a really strong aftertaste that was kind of harsh for me. Don’t know if that’s quite the right word to use, but it was a strong roasted/smokey flavor, maybe? Anyway, around the third steep, the aftertaste was much more subdued or I just got used to it. I actually prefer this tea after a couple of steeps because it seemed sweeter and a weaker aftertaste. There was no bitterness and only slight astringency.
Overall, the resteeping capabilities of this tea made it perfect for a long day of classes (8:30 AM – 5:30 PM). I feel hesitant about reordering because I’m a little scared of the intense aftertaste from the first few steeps. The good news is that I have 2 sample packs from Verdant to really sort out my feelings about this tea.
I think I used water that was too hot because following the brief sweet, spinach taste, I can taste that strong bitterness that turns me off of Chinese greens. Last time I drank this (didn’t write a tasting note), I remember it being surprisingly sweet. Thankfully, I have more of the sample left to make more, so I will pay better attention to the temperature next time.
My second free oolong from Teavivre! This one was much more up my alley than the previous. The dry leaves smelled very vegetal/green, but the taste was much different.
1st steep: Texture is creamy, and it has a kettle corn-like sweetness with a light roasted flavor. No bitterness/astringency as far as I can tell.
2nd/3rd steep: Same sweetness/roasted flavor, but slightly less creamy and has a tiny hint of bitterness.
4th+ steep: Still sweet, but the flavors are getting weaker and the tea is tasting more watery.
Overall, I’m very happy with the flavors and resteeps with this tea. I don’t know if I will reorder yet (depends on my other samples, etc), but it’s definitely high on the list!
Had this at dinner at a nearby sushi restaurant. I suspect that the water they used was a little too hot or maybe the leaves weren’t great, but it did taste a little more burnt than other genmaichas. Anyway, I think it went well with our assorted fish and other delicious Japanese foods. Got quite a few refills until the waitress just kept checking on my tea almost on a schedule, haha. Followed up dinner by watching Thor 2, so all in all, a pretty good night :)
Very nice roasted, savory taste from this one. Definitely has a stronger flavor than the light/basic houjichas from Yunomi. I seems similar to the dark roast, but I can’t remember for sure. I would have to do a side by side comparison to really tease out the differences I think. Anyway, I resteeped this throughout the day, but it did start to just taste like flavored water around the 4th/5th steep (wasn’t keeping a strict count really). Anyway, I will try to taste this one close in time to the dark roast to decide which one to reorder. Both are great, but it seems a bit redundant to get both.
Noo, my crazy internet ate my tasting note. Well, here were my main points.
1. First steep, drank while eating really spicy food, so the tea tasted very sweet.
2. Second steep later was still sweet, can taste the nuttiness.
3. Thank you to Single Origin Teas for the sample! Wish they had steeping instructions on their website/packaging, though.
4. Will give rating later when not eating spicy foods and steeping less haphazardly.
I got this at Starbucks during my lunch break today and was pretty disappointed. The matcha tasted overly seaweedy and artificial to me. Now, I love roasted Japanese green teas that taste slightly seaweedy/fishy in a nice, roasted sort of way. This, however, seemed like a weirdly artificial, overly sweet, fresh seaweed. I’m not sure that this is making any sense, but bottom line, will not be ordering again.
Had this in the late afternoon and resteeped throughout the evening. The only other time I’ve had bancha was in a flavored tea, so I was surprised to find that this bancha alone was so sweet! It had a cheery, almost-neon-yellow color. It was also less grassy than I expected. The Single Origin website didn’t have a steeping time on it, so I just googled “bancha steeping time” and the internet consensus seemed to be ~30 seconds. I may have left it in a little longer, but there was only the slightest hint of bitterness. In fact, it was so slight that I’m starting to think I may have imagined it… Anyway, thank you to Single Origin Teas for the free sample! I’m definitely keeping my eye on this one for a reorder.
I wanted something a little more delicate but still comforting this evening, and this is what I came up with. It has that nice roasted houjicha flavor without being completely overwhelming. When my sample runs out, though, I think I will opt to restock on a houjicha with a stronger flavor (like the dark roast). Enjoying it while it lasts, though!