Ugh, this one actually went in the trash after several attempts to brew it with various techniques, none of them resulting in a cuppa I could finish, let alone take more than 3 sips of. Tasted of chemical cherries and bitter green tea that’s been put in a pot of water and boiled for 30-45 minutes. At first I tried my usual 175F/1min/2tsp-cup “let’s meet” brew and got an industrial-chemical-bitter liquor that looked like green tea. OK, maybe its a bit delicate so change to fresh leaves, bring the water down to 160, a quick rinse to recover the leaves and then a 30-sec infusion. Now I had watery/diluted industrial-chemical-bitter liquor that almost looked like green tea. Definitely not a gyokuro so no need to try 120F@10sec, so I switched gears and followed the recommended steeping instructions on the label — 200 F for 3-5 mins??! Ummmmmm OK, what have I got to lose.. I hit the “200” button on the kettle and stop myself from reflexively reaching for a tin of black tea, say a little prayer to the tea gods they don’t strike me with lighting for this blasphemy, and prepare to soak this sencha for 3 minutes. Now I had concentrate of industrial-chemical-bitter liquor that looked like massively over-brewed green tea, the bitter receptors on my tongue cried out in horror as a sip washed over them. I knew it was coming but no amount of preparation could have steeled my taste buds for that sludge.
I hate wasting tea, but what I threw in the trash wasn’t tea so no sweat.
Flavors: Ash, Grass, Iodine, Peat Moss, Tannin