drank Japan Sencha by Nina's Specialties
871 tasting notes

I was super excited for this one but now that I had it, I am disappointed.

I used to love sencha green tea, well I still love it. A long time ago, I used to drink Tetley’s bagged sencha green tea, and loved it. Then they stopped selling it in my area so I searched forever to find a decent alternative. So fast forward a few years, I was out on a family vacation and stumbled upon a small family owned tea shop in a small town. I asked if they had any sencha, they served me a delicious, buttery, creamy, brightly coloured sample of sencha green tea, so I bought (what I assumed to be) a package of the same sencha tea.

Upon opening it today, I was disappointed, many of the tea leave were broken and there were a lot of “sticks and stems” mixed in it. There is not much smell to the dry tea. Now to be honest it has been languishing in my cupboard for about a year and a half. I kind of forgot about it, then I wanted to finish my other opened green tea first before I opening this one. But it was in a well stored and sealed package though.

The brewed tea is pretty lacklustre. I kind of anticipated that as it is not as fresh as it could have been, but there is also no sencha taste. I mostly get a metallic type taste. A slight vegetal sweetness. The colour is very pale darkish yellow brown. I usually get a bit of a salt taste with sencha tea, but not getting that with this one. It is not like any other sencha I have tried. To be honest, it is not like any Japanese green tea I have ever tried. I am going to try it a few more times. I am at work so my steeping method may not have been great. But I am pretty sure any variations in steeping is not going to change the stems in the tea, or the lack of sencha taste.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

oh bummer :(

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oh bummer :(

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.


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