45 Tasting Notes

I followed package instructions, 3 minutes in 12 ounces of boiling water, and it’s pretty weak. There’re almost no aromas at all (mostly a vague green tea aroma), and the flavor has slight notes of leafy greens. No bitterness. I’m going to cut the water to 8 ounces next steep to see if that makes a difference.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Yame Shincha #3 by Kettl
45 tasting notes

I was in love from the moment I tore open the package! The aroma was sweet, with scents of green peas and grass clippings. It actually looks like grass clippings, so maybe that part’s just in my head.

Anyhow, I steeped it according to package instructions, and enjoyed the vapors while it steeped. The first sip was a complete surprise, as the sweetness in the nose did not come through on the tongue at all. It was almost salty. It’s just the slightest bit bitter at the end, so on the next steep, I may shorten up the brewing time.

What I love most is how the flavor continues to develop after the sip’s been swallowed. It lingers and morphs in ways I wish my vocabulary was equipped to describe.

From the May 2014 Select box.

Flavors: Grass, Peas, Salty, Sweet

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I like it! It’s got a mild (if artificial) coconut flavor that works with the black tea. I like it black, I like it with coconut sugar, and I like it with milk.

Most importantly, it picks me right up.

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ALRIGHT. I found a use for the brisket-in-a-cup tea! Brewed it up and used it to add smokiness to a pot of pinto beans I made! So much win!

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I don’t think I prepared this correctly. . . it’s so mild it’s almost not there at all. I pick up a vague vegetalness that clings to the tongue a bit after I’ve swallowed. I do adore the currrrrrly little leaves, though!

I’m gonna hafta make another cup before I decide whether or not I like it; indeed, or if there’s even anything to like.


I noticed there was very big difference in flavor just between using 2g of leaf per 100ml water and 2.5g leaf per 100ml. One was almost flavorless and the other was almost too flavorful. It is a kind of picky tea, I think.

Jilly Beane

Thanks, I’ll add more tea :)

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The liquor brewed up a pleasing bright red. It smelled juicy, but indeterminate. The tartness was satisfying, but the watermelon tasted artificial, like a jolly rancher. It wasn’t bad, and I’d happily drink it again; I wouldn’t actually buy it, though.

I received this as a sample in the Republic of Tea catalog.

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