Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Urban Tea
Japanese Sencha is a classic Japanese green tea enjoyed daily. Grown in meticulously managed tea gardens, these flat, deep green leaves yield a light green-gold liquor with a slight sweet vegetal flavor. These leaves will satisfy for multiple infusions.
I was very saddened to learn that Urban Tea was closing their doors. I have greatly enjoyed the teas that I’ve tried from them, and this Japanese Sencha is no exception. This is a great Sencha!
The flavor is rich and sweet, with a nice vegetative taste that reminds me a bit of steamed spinach that’s been lightly buttered. I’ve tried this twice, the first time, I used a little extra leaf, and I found that the leaves REALLY expand – a little goes a long way!
But, not wishing to waste the tea, I tasted it, and it was quite lovely when brewed strong. It had a very brothy kind of taste. Sweet with a taste that reminds me of steamed spinach that’s been lightly buttered. It was quite satisfying!
The second time I steeped it, I used considerably less leaf and this – obviously – produced a much lighter infusion. This cup was less broth-like, and had a lighter taste and texture. I noticed that the stronger brew had a little bit of bitter taste toward the tail – not a “hey I scorched the green tea with water that was too hot” kind of bitter or a “I forgot to set the timer and oversteeped the tea” kind of bitter, but a pleasant bitterness that is a nice contrast to the sweetness of the tea. With the second, lighter brew, the bitterness was less pronounced.
These leaves also produce multiple infusions – each quite delightful! As I sit here enjoying this tea, I can’t help but be a little sad about the closure of such a fine company. I recommend stopping by Urban Tea today and picking up some of this – if it’s still available! You won’t regret 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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