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drank Japanese Sencha by Harney & Sons
471 tasting notes

I think this came in the SF Tea Fest goodie bag.

The dry leaf inside the sachet looked quite dark and shiny and smelled like anise, pine, seaweed, grass and a nutty note. The brewed aroma was very similar and also had a pungent umami presence. Following Harney’s brewing recommendation, the very pale yellow-green liquor tasted of grass, seaweed, nuttiness and wood that was a little bitter on the sip. The finish was sour in the back of the mouth and drying, reminding me of granny smith apple skins.

This seems like a pretty solid sachet. It was easy drinking and I was able to get two steeps. I don’t think I’d seek it out but if offered a cup, I would gladly accept.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Wuyi and Taiwanese oolong, GABA oolong, sheng and shou puerh, Yunnan and Wuyi blacks, Laoshan green. I also appreciate Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Darjeeling and Nepali teas, bagged tea and herbal teas/tisanes.

I take my teas without milks or sweeteners except sometimes chai and the rare London Fog or matcha latte. I generally steep a tea until it has no more to give.

I’ll try anything once because it helps me learn. Not opposed to well placed herbs, flowers, fruity bits and flavorings. Just nothing cloying especially banana, caramel, coconut, cinnamon or maple. And no added sugars, sweeteners, candy or chocolate.

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100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.
89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again. Some could be daily drinker teas.
79-70: Not a preferred tea. I might buy more or try a different harvest. Would gladly have a cup if offered.
69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.
59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possess off flavors/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.
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