75 Tasting Notes
Wow, this is a really interesting sencha! I don’t really get the same “nori” taste from Omaesama that I do from a lot of other senchas, but I think it’s really interesting. It might actually become my favorite of the senchas I’ve had from Lupicia, not counting Uji, because Uji is my wife.
It has kind of a thick mouthfeel, and it’s roasted, but kind of lightly sweet, almost. There’s a little bit of a grassy lingering aftertaste, too. Also, Omaesama is probably one of the least astringent senchas I’ve ever had, which I wasn’t expecting given how thick it is—I think it’s thicker than Kirara, honestly, and Kirara had matcha in it. This is honestly one of the neater senchas I’ve tried.
Flavors: Grass, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Thick
Slightly astringent, and it kind of has the full mouthfeel of straight-up matcha. Like a really light genmai with matcha thrown in. This is the first time I’ve had matcha that wasn’t in a latte for a while, and I’ve missed it. c: It’s probably not my favorite of the genmai that I’ve had, but it was nice, and today was a good day for genmai anyway.
Flavors: Rice, Toasted
Light Chinese black tea. I completely forgot how much I love Chinese black tea, and I need to get more of it. Well, maybe not this particular one; it’s tasty, but it’s not very exciting.
Earthy, smoky, astringent, but lighter than I expected.
Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Smoke
So, I was a little bit of a moron. I got this mixed up with Tokyo from Harney & Sons. I thought that was what I would be drinking. I literally read the blurb on the bag that said “Popular green tea that’s completely easy to drink and has a faint fragrance of sweet berries” and went “Oh, they must have put the wrong description on the bag”. Whoops.
Anyway, I do like it. It’s sweet and light, and it has a nice, really fresh berry scent and taste. It almost reminds me a little bit of that goji tea from Teavana. Or maybe currants? I’m not really sure. It’s really cute. I think I’ll probably order more of it come spring.
Flavors: Berries, Candy, Sweet
This is exactly what I needed today. It smells like bittersweet chocolate and the dark cocoa taste really jumps out. It’s not terribly complex, kind of like Framboise (ooh, blending idea), but I needed a chocolate tea today and this delivered.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate
Surprisingly light for a black tea. It almost tastes floral? I’m used to black teas punching me in the face, but I don’t really mind this. It wasn’t really the breakfast tea I was looking for and it isn’t something I think I’d seek out, but I think it’s kind of cute and I’m glad I tried it.
Bedtime for me, and so: decaf Momo. This smells really great. It tastes fine, too—it’s kind of a lighter, almost thin taste for a black tea, which surprised me, but I’ve never had decaf tea before, so maybe that’s a feature and not a bug. I don’t think I’m going to get this again, since low-caffeine tea is a before-bed thing for me and I like my bedtime teas sweeter and creamier, but it’s a pretty great fruity decaf tea, as they go.
This shares the baked goods note from White Christmas! Oh, White Christmas. Why can’t I drink you all the time.
Buttery, a little coffee-like, nutty, sweet, and full-bodied. I’m not really getting the almond, but I can see where it comes from. This is great. If I get a hankering for White Christmas out of season, I know what I’m ordering.
Flavors: Astringent, Butter, Nutty, Sweet