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drank Sencha by Golden Moon Tea
80 tasting notes

I’m going to make up for the failure that happened yesterday with my golden moon sampler of sugar caramel oolong with this one. I haven’t actually made sencha for myself before, but I’m pretty sure the tea my host mother in japan made for me at night was sencha. I can tell by the familiar smell of this cup.

It’s a very bitter tea. I definitely didn’t put hot water in either, I just get the feeling that sencha is a very bitter tea, since every time I drank it with my host mother it was also almost unbearably bitter. This cup is pretty bitter in my opinion, to the point where its a little nauseating. I almost want to put some more water in it to dilute the taste a little bit. I can’t really compare it to much, but as my first experience with sencha outside of my host family, I’m not impressed at all.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I’m not sure what your temp was, but your steeping time may have been one of the factors of the bitterness. To (hopefully) cut down on the bitterness you might want to try 2g of leaf steeped in 3oz of 180 degree water steeped for just 1 min. Hope that helps!:)

Kathryn Ann

the water was way below boiling temperature for sure. it was left out of the microwave for a good while before i used it. and i used the golden moon steeping params since its a golden moon tea :x which says “2-3 mins in boiled water cooled slightly”

Cofftea

Yeah that’s definitely generic steeping parameters for ya. Japanese greens need to be treated like the individuals they are:)

Kathryn Ann

Yea but I’m almost positive the wAter wasn’t too hot. I don’t have a thermomater but still I made sure it wasn’t too hit. Maybe I steeped it for too long?I dunno it tAsted very similar to the way my host mother in japan made it so I can’t have messed up too bbad, unless she made it wrong as well….. Either way it was really bitter and I’m starting to think that’s just an aspect of the flavor profile of sencha . It’s consistently been the most bitter tea I’ve had.

Cofftea

Yes, if you don’t mind the suggestion, I’d go w/ the parameters I suggested above- at least give it a shot. But then again if it was bitter in Japan, then maybe my tongue is just different. Well, I know it can be. lol

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Cofftea

I’m not sure what your temp was, but your steeping time may have been one of the factors of the bitterness. To (hopefully) cut down on the bitterness you might want to try 2g of leaf steeped in 3oz of 180 degree water steeped for just 1 min. Hope that helps!:)

Kathryn Ann

the water was way below boiling temperature for sure. it was left out of the microwave for a good while before i used it. and i used the golden moon steeping params since its a golden moon tea :x which says “2-3 mins in boiled water cooled slightly”

Cofftea

Yeah that’s definitely generic steeping parameters for ya. Japanese greens need to be treated like the individuals they are:)

Kathryn Ann

Yea but I’m almost positive the wAter wasn’t too hot. I don’t have a thermomater but still I made sure it wasn’t too hit. Maybe I steeped it for too long?I dunno it tAsted very similar to the way my host mother in japan made it so I can’t have messed up too bbad, unless she made it wrong as well….. Either way it was really bitter and I’m starting to think that’s just an aspect of the flavor profile of sencha . It’s consistently been the most bitter tea I’ve had.

Cofftea

Yes, if you don’t mind the suggestion, I’d go w/ the parameters I suggested above- at least give it a shot. But then again if it was bitter in Japan, then maybe my tongue is just different. Well, I know it can be. lol

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Whether it’s hot or cold outside, there is a cup of tea in my hands. I love all teas, but white and oolong are my favorites. I tend to find one tea and drink it every day until I run out (or get sick of it).

There’s not much variety in what I drink, so tasting notes are few and far inbetween. I try to log every tea I drink at least once… and if I spend to much time perusing the many teas all you lovely people drink I would surely go broke trying to drink them all.

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