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drank Sencha by Golden Moon Tea
224 tasting notes

My 1st sencha. Judging by the previous review I didn’t pick the right one to start with but it’s worth a try. Lets see if I like this.
Leaves look quite similar to Kukicha tea I got home. Dark green. Not sure if that’s how they’re supposed to look.
Tea is deep yellow. Smells similar to that Kukicha again. Just less strong. I’m really not an expert on these. For me it smells quite nice.
OK I kinda get the reviews now. This is not as good as it smells. That Kukicha I keep comparing it too is so much better. This is bitter first of all. Not smooth enough. Just not very good. The after-taste is let’s say OK but still not very good.

Wouldn’t buy this one…
Gotta try some different Sencha’s.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Jillian

Maybe try cooler water and shorter steeping times? I usually see reccomendations for steeping sencha at around 70-75 degrees celcius and only for a minute or two. It’s supposed to have a clean, grassy taste, but it’s generally not supposed to be bitter (which could be the fault of the tea itself as much as it could be ‘operator error’).

malomorgen

water was quite cooled down. idk. will try to do it in even milder. but I was not the only one that had bitterness issues with this particular tea… I think this was the most bitter green tea I’ve tried so far…

argus

yeah, you should use 70-80c water temperature for japanese greens

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Jillian

Maybe try cooler water and shorter steeping times? I usually see reccomendations for steeping sencha at around 70-75 degrees celcius and only for a minute or two. It’s supposed to have a clean, grassy taste, but it’s generally not supposed to be bitter (which could be the fault of the tea itself as much as it could be ‘operator error’).

malomorgen

water was quite cooled down. idk. will try to do it in even milder. but I was not the only one that had bitterness issues with this particular tea… I think this was the most bitter green tea I’ve tried so far…

argus

yeah, you should use 70-80c water temperature for japanese greens

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born with a bit of a restless, curious and exploring spirit ;) love to travel and i do it a lot lately. enjoy good food and drinks. love trying out new stuff. just about to start exploring the world of teas and i’m really enthusiastic about it ;)

EDIT 4 months later:
still a n00b here but starting to get it ;) i try to buy loose tea but i got a lot of teabags too cuz it’s easier to find here. from not liking black tea ended up love it. green can be quite good too but waiting for more real ones to try. whites are sometimes awesome, sometimes not, rooibos and fruity blends are a good replacement for juices… and so on… still excited about every new tea… loving it more every day :D

since my favorite hobby is photography i take photos whenever something is interesting. including my tea making process…

Rating system (i’ll try to use it from now on):
0-20 sorry, can’t do it. ewwy
20-50 i’ll drink it if i have to, i f not no ty
50-70 its not bad, quite drinkable
70-85 i like it, might buy more
85-100 gimme more of this stuff

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