1113 Tasting Notes
I finally opened this sencha! I was trying to finish my Sencha Fukamidori from Den’s first, since these types of greens apparently spoil rather quickly.
This is very different from the senchas I’m used to. It is still buttery and spinachy, but there’s a haylike or grassy quality as well. Kind of like sencha with some white tea thrown in? I find it interesting that this is the summer harvest sencha, because the hay notes really make me think of summer time!
There is a little sweetness but not as much as other senchas, so this one seems pretty savory to me. No bitteness at all though (I made sure to steep at a nice low temp) and very little astringency. Nice sencha, very glad I won it from a Yunomi.us giveaway! :)
I got this as a bonus in a swap with CK quite a while ago. I’m already pretty caffeinated, so I wanted something light this afternoon!
I generally like hibiscus…this tea is somewhat bitter though, and I’m not getting any honey flavor. There is a weird artificial element going on here, too. Meh, not very good, sorry! :)
I can’t believe I hadn’t tried this one yet! I was gifted this tea by a local friend, and just sort of forgot about it, I guess!
I really like this actually. Citrus and floral seem perfectly matched here. Unfortunately I let this steep just a little bit too long so it is slightly more astringent than I prefer my greens. Still totally drinkable though.
What I’m drinking is a sample from Mandala Tea. The package said-
Noble Mark 2013 fermentation tea nugget
I knew as soon as I woke up this morning I wanted to drink a shu today. I’ve been waiting for a shu craving to hit so I could try this sample! It was exactly what I needed. I find it very grounding. There are never any funky or “off” odors or tastes in any of the Mandala puerhs I’ve tried so far! First steep was earthy, and the 2nd steep is similar but a little sweeter. Very nice :)