drank Sencha by Teavana
18 tasting notes

A lot of people seem to like this one, but I’m not a huge fan. I’ve tried this particular Sencha a variety of ways – steeping shorter, steeping longer, covered cup, uncovered cup — it just never excites me. I can’t get a good flavor out of it without steeping it too long (and then it gets bitter, of course). If I steep it for the recommended time it’s not very good.

I’m going to try another cup at some point with lots of extra tea and a very short steep time to see if it helps. I don’t think I’ll be buying this tea again.

EDIT: Lots of tea and a shorter steep time did help – a lot! I think I need to stop trusting Teavana’s claim of 1 tsp for their teas… it’s really closer to 2 or 3 for the best flavor. Maybe they only do that so they can claim more servings? Unfortunately it’s still hard to time it right.

Anyway, increasing my rating, but I still prefer the Sencha from Peet’s.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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Mmm, tea. I am very sensitive to caffeine, so I mostly drink decaf, herbal, and white teas with the occasional green when I’m feeling feisty.

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