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Chiran Sencha from O5 Tea

January31

SenchaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Amoda Tea

Tea Description:

Sweet, thick and full-bodied. A grassy and vegetal green tea with refreshing astringency and light cream aroma.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

This Chiran Sencha from O5 Tea is the second tea from my January Tea Tasting Box from Amoda Tea.  I won’t be reviewing the third tea from this box, because I’ve already reviewed it here.  However, I certainly didn’t mind receiving more of that tea in this month’s box, because it is a tea that totally rocks my socks!

And … this Chiran Sencha is rockin’ my socks too!  It has a surprisingly thick, full body for a Sencha, which are usually a little lighter than this.  This has a very smooth, rich mouthfeel, and a lovely grassy note that tastes very refreshing.  It isn’t a bitter grassy note, instead, it is pleasantly sweet.  The thick mouthfeel adds a sense of creaminess to the cup without tasting “buttery.”  And while I do like those buttery notes … sometimes, it’s nice to have something that is different!

And this is a different Sencha than what I usually drink.  And I am really enjoying it.  My first cup, I brewed at 160°F for just 1 minute, and I’m getting so much flavor!  With the second infusion, I added 15 seconds to the brew time, and find that no flavor has been lost, in fact, I think the second cup was my favorite.  It was a little lighter, but still very smooth and lightly vegetative.  It had a very refreshing and invigorating quality to it.  It seemed to renew me from the inside out.

A very lovely Sencha, I am happy this was in my Tasting Box this month.  (And … a note to Amoda, I love that all three selections were TEAS this month.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the tisanes, but when two out of the three selections are tisanes, it’s a little disappointing.  No disappointment this month, though!)

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Our mutual love for tea and writing about it inspired us to start this blog so that we could better share this love with others.

One thing I (Anne) learned very early on in my career as a tea artist is that everyone has different preferences, and every single tea tastes differently on every single palate.  So just because one of us doesn’t happen to like a tea, doesn’t mean that YOU (the reader) will not.

We try to be as impartial as we can.  We do have our favorites.  We are human.  But we do our very best to be as fair and as honest about a tea as we can be.

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What a beautiful world it is that we have so many teas to suit so many tea enthusiasts!

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