I’ve never had a Japanese green that I didn’t like….until this one. Although I guess since I typically DO like sencha, I still like all Japanese greens.
The smell of this tea was so promising – nutty and sweet, not at all grassy. After brewing, however, I was a bit confused. The wet leaves had swollen up a lot and were sticking together like a clump of wet grass. The tea was very cloudy and murky. There was also a very distinctive grassy scent along with the sweet scent from the dry tea. The tea tasted like sweet grass and not in a good way at all.
Now, I don’t typically think Japanese greens taste overly grassy, I actually usually enjoy the grassy aspect, but this one was way overdone. I was able to make it through 4 sips before dumping both the tea and the leaves in my infuser. I’m a bit disappointed and now I have a very strong grass aftertaste lingering. On to more tea!