First sencha. I bought a sampler and it is an ok tea. I like the salt air smell and the slight veggie taste. I gather from the reviews, there are many better senchas out there.
“I can haz stealth tea! As in I once mentioned not being very familiar with japanese greens apart from some sencha way back when and a few assorted and barely remembered samples. And genmaicha, of...” Read full tasting note
“Continuing down my Japanese tea route I will be drinking this tea next. My husband prefers black tea or heavily oxidized Oolong but I am hoping he will eventually learn to appreciate green tea as...” Read full tasting note
“So I ordered a ton of Japanese green tea to try out in my new Kyusu that I bought myself for destroying finals. Dry Smell: Smells like fruit leather, strawberry fruit leather. Wet Smell: Smells...” Read full tasting note
“I’m pretty torn over this one. It smells good in the tin — to me, at least; I can definitely see how this flavor profile is one that people probably either love or hate — though I...” Read full tasting note
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Finally, I’ve found a green tea I like! For years I’ve not been the biggest green tea fan, or any kind of fan at all. Bitter and dusty would be the two words I’d have attributed to green tea before today. So, understandably, this tea came as a bit of a revelation.
The dry leaves are very long and thin, and look like they’ve been rolled. They’re mostly dark green, but there are some lighter ones in there. The smell is very pleasant — sweet and hay-like, like fresh cut grass.
Brewed, the smell is equally pleasant, like freshly steamed green veg. The liquor is very light yellow-green in colour, which took me completely by surprise as the leaves are so dark.
The taste is very light and delicate, slightly grassy. I think I was so shocked that I actually liked it to really absorb everything about the flavour. Sweet, grassy, maybe slightly vegetal — I think I might brew it a little longer next time. I feel the flavour could be a little more significant, but I’m sure it’ll be trial and error. Either way, I’m not complaining. I like it like this anyway!
Going into this tea I was expecting not to like Senchas, or any other Japanese green teas for that matter. I’m generally not a fan of seaweed. So far I prefer the Chinese green teas that are more nutty, more sweet, and more buttery.
I was surprised when I opened this tea and it really had a nose of hay. And I like hay, so I was happy. After 2 minutes of steeping the vegetal notes come out, but they are complimented by more hay and nuttiness that I expected. Bitterness is minimal. Not as sweet as some of the Chinese greens I’ve had but I actually really like this tea.
The second steep (2 minutes) was not as strong as the first, with the hay even more pronounced than the first go-round.
This is another one that I portioned out ahead of time that’s been waiting to be consumed. Steeped with probably too much water, as it didn’t have as strong a flavor as I would have liked. The liquor was a light yellow green and did exude that sencha smell, but upon tasting the first steep, it is extremely light. Faint vegetal flavor, not much umami, actually getting a bit of nuttiness out of it, which isn’t bad, just unexepcted. But I don’t rule out the possibility that it absorbed that from another tea.
For the second steep I up the temperature to 80C, reduce the water by about half and do a quick infusion. I do get some more flavor out of it but not a ton. All in all, this is a fairly lackluster sencha in my opinion. I don’t see myself revisiting it again.
This is my first real green tea. It has a very smooth taste, worlds better than the packaged green tea I am used to. It has a very fresh taste, with a buttery type of after taste. Hopefully I’ll be able to provide better descriptions as I go, but this is very good for my introduction. Nothing amazing to the flavor, but just a very fresh full bodied taste that is relaxing and refreshing.