35 Tasting Notes


I’m learning the Korean greens are different again from the Chinese and Japanese greens, in another distinctive way. This will take some experimentation to brew right, but so far it responds to brewing cooler and weaker than I’d do a Chinese green.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Salty, Spinach, Sweet, Umami

170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 g 3 OZ / 90 ML

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Good but not a rush to get again. Lovely sample to get though. I can only describe it as a green somewhere between Chinese corn/grass/hay and Japanese broth/vegetal/soupy.

Edit the second: Just having this with some sweets (coconut ice, which for non-UK folx is basically tablet with shredded coconut; for non-Scots tablet is condensed milk and sugar boiled solid) and it works really well. Moved the score from 65 to 69
Edit: Revisiting I’m getting definite sweet chestnut from this today. It’s still not really my thing, but it’s my brew for the day.

Flavors: Chestnut, Grass, Nutty, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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Quaffable enough. I don’t get much taste on the front at all, but going down pleasantly like nettles (if you’ve had nettle soup – like brighter spinach). I think it’ll take a while. I often need others here to taste a tea first because then their descriptions help me home in on the flavours to be alert for.

Flavors: Green, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Agreed, other people’s tasting notes help me pin down some flavours.


Marsh P, your note about Heavenly Drop gyokuro helped me out :)

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I finally cracked how to brew Sencha right, so I thought it was time to try Gyokuro. I like it, but it’s as different from Chinese greens as you can get. Good though, really good.

Flavors: Melon, Peas, Sweet, Thick, Umami

155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 0 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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The last time I tried a Sencha it was nasty, but seeing other love them I decided it was my brewing. This time I looked up some YT vids on brewing. The secret for me was low and slow. Cool water probably around 70c and a first steep of more than a minute, all with minimal fussing the leaves.

I was rewarded with the delicious brothiness everyone talks about. Fantastic. Not quite one I’d seek out again, but it has made me look anew at Japanese green.

Flavors: Alfalfa, Beany, Vegetable Broth

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

Japanese greens can be quite finicky. Glad you stuck with it and made some adjustments!

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Inoffensive, quaffable black tea. Not much of any taste, but far from bland. I won’t get it again because it hints at tastes I get more of in other black teas. But it’s still really drinkable.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Walnut

195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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The vegetal taste I get is peas. Sweet, then peas. Sweet peas, if you like. It’s definitely peas you pick from your parents’ garden off a trellis and eat fresh and bursting right there, but… A lot is going to depend if you like those vegetal notes in tea. It turns out I don’t much.

I now know I love corn and grass notes in green tea, not all vegetal notes. I wouldn’t have known that before this, because none of the greens I’ve tried before were so purely green-veg. It’s not a do again for me, but it’s very different from some other Chinese greens and should be tried.

Brew it cool! It was definitely better well below 80, even. The 70 on the packet is about right.

Flavors: Peas, Sweet, Vegetables

160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 110 ML

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Gosh, this is bland! First steeping has maybe the merest hint of peach. Someone below said ‘peach mineral water’ and that feel right. Second steeping and beyond picked up some of the fruit notes and I got a hint of jasmine. But there isn’t much to this. But it would be a perfect palate cleanser between courses of a meal.

Flavors: Jasmine, Peach

205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Honey as advertised, a little. Fruity notes. Pleasant but too ethereal for me in a black tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Honey

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 6 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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Was keeping this as I don’t get on with most oolong. But I discounted their variability. Broke it out to finish a box before the new delivery comes and it’s lovely. Summer meadows early on, dry grasses later steeps.

Update: revisited again now my taste has developed. Also tried rinsing to open up before steeping. It’s even better. More floral hints. Close to a jasmine taste but pure tea.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Floral, Jasmine

200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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I gave up alcohol in 2013. When my taste buds came back I discovered tea.

75+ I’ll seek this out again.
50+ I enjoyed this.
25+ Not for me but may be for some. I’ll take a cup if I’m your guest.
0+ I’ll politely decline if you brew this.

I brew gongfu style – lotsa tea, brief brew, then into a sharing cup. It really changed tea for me after not quite “getting it” from western style brewing.


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