200 Tasting Notes
I have had a chinese sencha for a while but thought I’d get a japanese one this time. There’s not much of my chinese one left but enough that I can compare them both side by side. The problem is, I don’t know if any differences I taste come from differences in how I made it or whether they are from the different teas. I made them in two different teapots so judging the amount of leaves was difficult. Maybe I’ll have to put a few leaves in a mug then I can make two identical cups.
On this first attempt I used the same water (at 80 degC) and brewed for the same time, but they were made in different size pots so I guessed at the amount of tea leaves. I couldn’t tell much difference. I’ll have to try again and see whether I can train my tastebuds because I’m sure I’ve been told the two are quite different. I’m a bit disappointed but then I was also scared the japanese one would be too bitter and strong for me, so it’s good that it’s not
After picking up a few tips from the forum, I took their advice and used 1tsp or just under of leaves, dampened with cold water, then added boiling water. I added cinnamon (prob 1/2 tsp) and it tasted okay. On the four steep, it’s tasting nice even without the cinnamon, but it’s only very weak now. It’s still not my favourite, but it’s a big improvement on what I had before and I will probably finish the 50g I bought before I retire (in 35 years’ time)
The first time I’ve made my massive pot for ages but then I came in at 7.45 and have an evening ahead of sorting my bedroom and doing jobs, so I need a big pot. This is a gret one because it’s hard to treat it wrong. I try to put in water that’s just off boiling and not to put in many leaves, but it’ll taste good anyhow