I had several cups of Japanese Wild Cherry sencha Tuesday afternoon/evening.

I brought this tea awhile back as a sample from the Teavana tent at the Farmer’s Market. I was probably steeping it with boiling water in the beginning and I remember it as being bitter and vegetal tasting with a cherry flavor and I liked it for awhile. Then it fell out of favor. The cherry taste seemed a bit odd and I tired of the bitter.

After I realized that water temperatures made a BIG difference in the taste of green teas, I tried this tea again. I was kind of blah about it and drank it a few times. It ended up in the back of the cupboard.

I haven’t had this tea since I got a thermometer and started using more precise water temperatures. But I saw something about cherry flavored something or cherry flavored tea, possibly on here or elsewhere online, and started thinking about this tea. The next day I pulled it out. It was light, it was green, I could taste the cherry, I could taste the sencha, it was not bitter at all. I liked the tea! I drank it quickly. I wanted a second cup.

2nd steep: 175° F, 1 min.
Was very similar to the first and also quite enjoyable.

3rd steep: 175° F, 1 min 30 sec.
This steep was quite watery but still drinkable. It needs a longer steeping time.

I had meant to do a 4th steep but ended up not having anymore tea that day.

Good 1st steep parameters.

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no


Charleston, SC

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