78 Tasting Notes
Happy spring! I miss Japan and I have a cherry tree blooming in my backyard, so I went with a cherry sample today.
It’s a little more bitter than I was expecting, and I’m finding that it has kind of a treeish flavor to it, which is really interesting. It’s not treeish the same way an oolong is; it’s just got a nice sweet cherry scent, a tart cherry flavor, and…tree. It’s almost like this is cherry blossom flavored rather than cherry flavored.
I like it, but I’m not missing Japan any less now.
Flavors: Cherry, Cherry Blossom, Wood
Not a whole lot to say about this. Very lightly sweet, first half of the sip is smooth and last half is astringent, very slightly bitter. I think I’m just spoiled for greens after Omaesama. It’s good, though.
Does anyone use this website anymore? I feel like it’s just me shouting about tea into the ether.
Silonibari is surprisingly tasty. I have to admit that I’m not awesome at telling Indian black teas apart unless they’re flavored, and I sort of expected this to taste slightly sharp and slightly like raisins like every other unflavored Indian black tea, but it’s actually really good. It’s very smooth, lightly astringent, and a little bit sweet, and it’s got a sweet and fruity smell that I like a lot.
This is probably one of my favorite estate teas from Book of Tea. It caught me completely off guard because I wasn’t expecting to enjoy an Indian estate tea this much. Yum, to sum up.
Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Smooth, Sweet
Wow, this is a really interesting sencha! I don’t really get the same “nori” taste from Omaesama that I do from a lot of other senchas, but I think it’s really interesting. It might actually become my favorite of the senchas I’ve had from Lupicia, not counting Uji, because Uji is my wife.
It has kind of a thick mouthfeel, and it’s roasted, but kind of lightly sweet, almost. There’s a little bit of a grassy lingering aftertaste, too. Also, Omaesama is probably one of the least astringent senchas I’ve ever had, which I wasn’t expecting given how thick it is—I think it’s thicker than Kirara, honestly, and Kirara had matcha in it. This is honestly one of the neater senchas I’ve tried.
Flavors: Grass, Roasted, Smooth, Sweet, Thick
Slightly astringent, and it kind of has the full mouthfeel of straight-up matcha. Like a really light genmai with matcha thrown in. This is the first time I’ve had matcha that wasn’t in a latte for a while, and I’ve missed it. c: It’s probably not my favorite of the genmai that I’ve had, but it was nice, and today was a good day for genmai anyway.
Flavors: Rice, Toasted
Light Chinese black tea. I completely forgot how much I love Chinese black tea, and I need to get more of it. Well, maybe not this particular one; it’s tasty, but it’s not very exciting.
Earthy, smoky, astringent, but lighter than I expected.
Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Smoke
So, I was a little bit of a moron. I got this mixed up with Tokyo from Harney & Sons. I thought that was what I would be drinking. I literally read the blurb on the bag that said “Popular green tea that’s completely easy to drink and has a faint fragrance of sweet berries” and went “Oh, they must have put the wrong description on the bag”. Whoops.
Anyway, I do like it. It’s sweet and light, and it has a nice, really fresh berry scent and taste. It almost reminds me a little bit of that goji tea from Teavana. Or maybe currants? I’m not really sure. It’s really cute. I think I’ll probably order more of it come spring.
Flavors: Berries, Candy, Sweet
This is exactly what I needed today. It smells like bittersweet chocolate and the dark cocoa taste really jumps out. It’s not terribly complex, kind of like Framboise (ooh, blending idea), but I needed a chocolate tea today and this delivered.
Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate