Thanks to Roswell Strange for this one! Received it back during our Secret Santea event and finally got through my open greens to be able to give this a try. This is my first time having something from DAVIDsTEA.
I love my Japanese greens, but I don’t usually drink plain sencha. I usually drink something from the shaded green family like kabusecha or gyokuro, or something at another point in the spectrum, like houjicha. So every sencha is an experience in trying to really pay attention to the often more unassuming flavor profile that comes with them.
I selected this sencha on the particular day I drank it (Saturday before last) because I wasn’t feeling well, so I wanted something to help give me a bit of an energy boost that I could then make ochazuke with afterward. The description of this being umami and oceanic sounded like it would be perfect for that.
Unfortunately, that’s not the flavor profile I got. Perhaps I would have to play around with steeping this one more to get it right, or perhaps my sense of taste was already starting to get weird because I was on the downhill slope of getting sick.
I mainly got grassy vegetal out of it, and the flavor wasn’t particularly robust. I did get the slightest bit of astringency and bitterness, as well. It had an almost fired taste to it, as well. Made for an odd-tasting ochazuke. I will give this another try, though. Can’t judge from one try!
Flavors: Grass, Vegetal