19 Tasting Notes
I liked this tea more than I thought I would since I don’t usually drink flavored black teas. I received this as a gift and found that it makes a pleasant cup. The black tea is quite smooth with just a hint of dryness. It isn’t very brisk. The berry notes in the tea are delicate but held up well with a spot of milk.
The strength of this tea is the balance between the black tea base and the berry flavor. They complement each other well, with neither being overpowering. In a way, this is a straightforward tea. What you see is what you get — there is no “complexity” to it, no varying flavors or aromas with each steep. But what it does, it does well. The bottomline is: it’s a good berry-flavored black tea that makes a lovely cuppa.
This sencha has quickly become one of my favorites. The dry leaves have a strong, sweet scent. It makes me look forward to opening the package each time I prepare this tea. The tea itself is sweet and refreshing with a pleasant grassy flavor. I highly recommend this tea!
This matcha is superb. I prepare it as usucha, but it is also suitable for koicha. The dry powder is a bright, luminous green and has a fine consistency. It smells sweet and creamy when dry.
I prepare this using 1 1/2 to 2 scoops using a chashaku (around 2 grams), with approximately 70 ml of water, at 80 C.
When whisked, the tea smells fresh and grassy. It produces a thick froth. It tastes very smooth and creamy with some umami. It also has a sweet, lingering aftertaste. I love having this in the morning as its taste stays in the mouth for some time.
Overall, I am very happy with this matcha. It will be a mainstay in my cupboard.