Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Mhaidiva
Mhaidiva, the Lady of Tea, is the personification of everything that makes life worth living. She is the muse giving everyone who drinks her tea the gift of beauty, health, peace, harmony and creative thinking. She speaks to you in haiku, seventeen syllable poems written in three lines of 5-7-5. She shares philosophy, or lessons of life, expressed in one breath. She uses images of tea, evoking a mysterious solitude and meditative presence with romantic images of austere beauty.
The aroma of this Sencha is quite grassy, like the air just after the lawn has been cut. It smells fresh and green. And this fragrance tells of the flavor of the cup – this is one of the grassier-tasting Sencha teas that I’ve tasted.
But that isn’t a bad thing. In fact, this tea – to me – epitomizes the very base of green tea flavor. It is light. It is sweet. It is crisp. It is vegetative. And it is good. The sip starts with an introduction of the vegetal notes with a pleasant undertone of sweetness, and ends with a lightly drying astringency.
This Sencha is one of those teas that works well as either a hot or iced tea. Hot – it needs nothing added. It is pleasantly sweet and flavorful. Iced – try adding a thin slice of your favorite citrus fruit. It is quite refreshing without anything added, of course, but I found that the citrus fruit helps to bring out some of the distant fruit tones that are inherent in this tea.
This is one I’d recommend to the green tea enthusiasts out there who are looking for something pure and clean tasting, but with the convenience of a teabag. This tea is a perfect departure from the typical “office teabag” while keeping things simple and convenient. It’s a good one.