12 tea samples arrived the other day! I’m going to participate in a tea tasting contest next month. So, I bought tea samples for the contest.
I immediately tried them for practice. These are seven sencha with different breeds. I can spot some differences, but it is pretty difficult to tell which one is which for the first try (^^;; As I was repeatedly trying each of them; one here, one there, the teas were getting stronger and stronger. That makes things more difficult. What I tasted was nothing but bitterness. My mouth was filled with bitterness. Yuck! I almost hated tea, hahaha. I need more practice to tell quickly before they get so bitter.
My favorite breed among the seven was Sayamakaori. But, based on my memo from past tea tasting, it seemed to me that Sayamakaori was strong and I didn’t like it. The taste seem to differ according to region and production.
I will definitely keep on practicing before the contest. And for sure, I will be loving tea more than I do now.