Yunomi Monthly Mystery Tea Sampler’s Club: NaturaliTea #11: Organic Autumn Bancha Tea


Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Yunomi

Tea Description:

Grown under the strong summer sun and harvested in autumn, this bancha tea has stronger astringency and less caffeine than sencha.

Learn more about this tea here.

Learn more about Yunomi’s Monthly Mystery Tea Sampler’s Club here.

Taster’s Review:

The Monthly Mystery Tea Sampler’s Club package from Yunomi promises to be FUN!  In addition to this Organic Autumn Bancha from NaturaliTea, there is also a package of Genmai … which is just the toasted rice!  I get to custom blend my own Genmaicha!  Yay!  I look forward to that … so, that review will be coming later.  (I’ll probably be using some of this Bancha to make my first cup of custom Genmaicha!)

Before I do that though, I think I’d like to sample this Bancha on it’s own and give you my thoughts on the tea.  And my thoughts?  This is a really nice Bancha!  The dry leaf is cut small, and I noticed a couple of stems in with the leaves.

I like Bancha … it’s less celebrated than Sencha tea, but, I find that the two are really quite similar.  It is as the description above implies, though, it does have a bit more astringency than a typical Japanese Sencha.  But here’s what else I’m noticing … this is deliciously sweet, vegetative, and has less noticeable bitterness – at least to this taster’s palate – than a typical Japanese Sencha.  This is perhaps a little less sweet than a Japanese Sencha, but it has a nice, buttery taste and texture to it that I quite enjoy.

It’s a smooth, delicious green tea with a brothy mouthfeel – reminiscent of the broth of a soup that might have been crafted with mild green vegetables.  It has a sweet yet savory taste to it … and I find that the sweet and the savory notes are well-balanced.  It’s a mellow, lovely cuppa, and I look forward to blending this Bancha with the Genmai that was provided in this month’s Mystery Tea sampler’s Club package for a tasty Genmaicha!

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