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!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

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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