Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Byron Bay Tea Company
This organic sencha green tea is made from the prized, young, tender spring leaves near the top of the bush. Sencha green tea is a beautiful light green colour when steeped. The traditional handling methods of this tea help to preserve and enhance the tea’s flavour and nutrients resulting in a fine quality green tea.
This is a tea that would earn Popeye’s endorsement!
The vegetative flavor of this tea tastes a little bit like – yes, you guessed it – steamed spinach. Fortunately, I like steamed spinach! But unlike the strong, powerful taste that you might get when eating spinach, this tea’s flavor is gentle.
That gentle vegetative character is enhanced by a natural, delicate sweetness. This sweetness is counteracted with a slight nip of bitterness which cuts through the sweet flavor just enough to keep the flavor interesting and not-too-sweet.
Interestingly enough, one characteristic that this Sencha seems to be missing is the creamy buttery note that I often taste in a Sencha tea. And while I do enjoy that buttery flavor – I don’t feel like this Sencha tea is lacking in flavor just because that buttery note isn’t there. This is just different. And sometimes, different is good – it makes for a more interesting cuppa.
This tea is one that I recommend serving hot – it just doesn’t taste as good when it cools. It doesn’t really need any sweetener, but it is quite nice with a thin slice of lemon or lime.
This Sencha tea is smooth and agreeable – just the right amount of vegetal sweet and bitter. I like it.
Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!
Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!
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