Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Golden Moon Tea
Sencha is the most famous of Japanese Green Teas for a reason. It is made from tea leaves shielded from the sun for at least two weeks before they are harvested. This increases the level of caffeine, while magically limiting the development of bitter catechin, offering it a sweet flavor.
Wow! Color me surprised! I had heard mixed reviews on the Sencha from Golden Moon Tea, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t think I expected this Sencha to taste this good! But then I remembered that last year, Marcus from Golden Moon Tea had mentioned choosing better teas for their pure (unflavored) line of teas, which would include – I suspect – their Sencha.
And this is a wonderful Sencha. (Great choice, Marcus!) It has such a rich, sweet flavor. It’s quite broth-y in texture: it is thick and smooth. It has a vegetative taste – slightly grassy and also tasting a little like lightly buttered, steamed vegetables. In addition, it is quite an invigorating brew, making it a great choice for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Golden Moon Tea is one of the best tea companies that I’ve ever had the pleasure to deal with. They provide awesome customer service, which is of key importance to me. I might get the best deals on delicious tea somewhere, but if the customer service is poor, I probably won’t be back. Golden Moon Tea is very responsive to the needs of the customer, offering prompt replies to customer questions and concerns, as well as fast processing and shipment of orders.
I also like that they maintain a strong presence online on sites like Steepster. By doing so, it keeps their finger on the pulse of the customer, learning what they like and don’t like about some of their products. This ties back to the start of this review, when I asserted my surprise at how delicious this Sencha was. Some of the folks at Steepster were unhappy with the Sencha that Golden Moon used to carry, so Golden Moon did something about it! They made changes to their line-up of teas, and brought us a new Sencha … THIS Sencha! Things like that really mean a lot to me as a tea enthusiast.
This is a great Sencha from a great company!
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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