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Deep Steam Sencha Green Tea from Aiya


deep_steam_senchaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Aiya

Tea Description:

This special green tea goes through a longer steaming process, allowing the natural flavors and colors to imbue the tea leaves. And although the steaming process decreases the tea’s aroma, it also cuts the astringency creating a richer and more full-bodied flavor compared to regular Sencha. The difference in the process leads to a unique blend of a cultural favorite.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

The dry leaf aroma of this Deep Steam Sencha Green Tea from Aiya is interesting … it’s different from other Japanese Sencha teas that I’ve experienced.  Usually, I experience a strong grassy note from Japanese Senchas, but here, I notice more of a roasted seaweed kind of scent, reminiscent of the roasted seaweed snacks that are gaining in popularity.  Me … I’m not a huge fan of the seaweed snacks, although I seem to be part of a minority on that one.  Oh well.

But, even though I don’t particularly enjoy seaweed snacks, I didn’t let the aroma of this Deep Steam Sencha deter me for two reasons:  1) it isn’t the aroma that I dislike about seaweed snacks; and 2) I trust Aiya.  They’ve not let me down before, and I trust that I’ll really enjoy this Sencha based on past experiences with them.

The brewed tea maintains that toasty scent … it isn’t that warm, roasty-toasty scent that you might experience with a genmaicha, it’s more like the aroma that I’d notice if I were to roast fresh asparagus.  It has that fresh vegetative note with warm, toasted nut tones.

The flavor is much like that too … it is less vegetative than the typical Sencha … the steam process has mellowed that strong vegetative tone.  Oh, I still taste a grassy note here, but, it’s lighter.  There is a fair amount of astringency to this. Warm, freshly roasted nut flavors.  There is a hint of savoriness to this too, almost like someone added a few flakes of Kosher salt to the brewed tea (I didn’t, I promise!) Not salty, exactly, but it does have a certain broth-y quality with a whisper of brine to it.

I find this tea to be very energizing.  It would make a great alternative to the usual morning tea, it’s very refreshing, crisp, and yet invigorating.  I like this unique Japanese Sencha … different from the usual cup of Sencha.  Different, but just as enjoyable!

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