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I got this as a Christmas gift from my brother, who knows I’m interested in tea. I’m usually skeptical about mixing anything sweet like flowers or fruit with such a delicate green as Sencha, and even more skeptical about the packaging steeping instructions (fully boiling water, 3-7 minutes). I resorted to my knowledge of traditional Sencha, and steeped as follows:

1 heaping teaspoon
175 F
1.5 minutes

The result was a very flowery-smelling tea, with a rather bitter non-sweet flower/cherry flavor that rests high on the tongue. It was difficult for me to taste the grassy flavor usually associated with Sencha, and the actual tea flavor (as opposed to the flower flavor) was reminiscent of a simple, rather low quality green tea. Perhaps different steeping times or temperatures (such as the seemingly absurd ones on the package instructions) would result in a different taste.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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