Sencha from Urban Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Urban Tea

Product Information:

Japanese Sencha is a classic Japanese green tea enjoyed daily.  Grown in meticulously managed tea gardens, these flat, deep green leaves yield a light green-gold liquor with a slight sweet vegetal flavor.   These leaves will satisfy for multiple infusions.

Taster’s Review:

I was very saddened to learn that Urban Tea was closing their doors.  I have greatly enjoyed the teas that I’ve tried from them, and this Japanese Sencha is no exception.  This is a great Sencha!

The flavor is rich and sweet, with a nice vegetative taste that reminds me a bit of steamed spinach that’s been lightly buttered.  I’ve tried this twice, the first time, I used a little extra leaf, and I found that the leaves REALLY expand – a little goes a long way!

But, not wishing to waste the tea, I tasted it, and it was quite lovely when brewed strong.  It had a very brothy kind of taste.  Sweet with a taste that reminds me of steamed spinach that’s been lightly buttered.  It was quite satisfying!

The second time I steeped it, I used considerably less leaf and this – obviously – produced a much lighter infusion.  This cup was less broth-like, and had a lighter taste and texture.  I noticed that the stronger brew had a little bit of bitter taste toward the tail – not a “hey I scorched the green tea with water that was too hot” kind of bitter or a “I forgot to set the timer and oversteeped the tea” kind of bitter, but a pleasant bitterness that is a nice contrast to the sweetness of the tea.  With the second, lighter brew, the bitterness was less pronounced.

These leaves also produce multiple infusions – each quite delightful!  As I sit here enjoying this tea, I can’t help but be a little sad about the closure of such a fine company.  I recommend stopping by Urban Tea today and picking up some of this – if it’s still available!  You won’t regret it!

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