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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Bancha from Harney and Sons

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

82 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 29th, 2017

This may be the best bancha I've ever tried. It's better than a number of lower-end sencha's I've bought in the U.S.

The dry leaf is green for bancha and has the most delightful aroma, the best yet of any bancha I've tried. It smells a lot like coffee cake, a sort of sweet, baked good smell with hints of cinnamon,...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Bancha Suruga from Den's Tea

Style: Bancha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 9th, 2013

This is truly an "upgraded" Bancha, picked just after first flush from the larger, thicker base of the leaves. More astringent than sencha, but well balanced in flavor and aroma. I love the grassy flavor and feel it leaves in your mouth.

Den's Bancha Suruga is wonderfully refreshing when brewed as per their instruct...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Bancha Tea from Frontier

Style: Bancha – Region: ?????

63 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 11th, 2013

A drinkable and inexpensive green tea with a mild flavor. I tried this shortly after Wegmans' bancha; the leaf of this tea is more intact, but the dry leaf is not particularly aromatic. I prefer Wegmans' offering even though it is more broken.

Brews a golden color cup with a lot of dust at the bottom. Mild aroma....

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Bancha Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 11th, 2013

This was a surprisingly good tea, the best broken-leaf bancha I have ever tried. Finely broken leaf looks unimpressive, and has a mild grainy aroma, like porridge or grits.

I brewed considerably longer than Wegmans recommended--their 1-1.5 minute guide seemed on the short side. This produced a mild, smooth cup tha...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Yanagi Bancha from Obubu Tea

Style: Bancha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 12th, 2011

This tea was a very pleasant surprise, being extremely refreshing and full of nice green tea flavor. This is a true 'aracha' or farmer's tea, made from leaves and twigs of the same tea bushes used to make Obubu's excellent sencha teas. It has a mild sweetness and an aroma that is very much of green vegetal quality. Not...

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Alex Zorach

(1310 reviews)
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Ban Cha Green Tea from Hime

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 2nd, 2011

An inexpensive, fairly finely-broken Bancha that is of surprising quality for its price. I purchased 8 ounces for $4.39. The only downside is that it is a little tricky to brew well. Contains a lot of stem and broken pieces of large leaves.

Very rich aroma and flavor, but light and fresh. Strongly vegetal, but w...

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Bancha from McNulty's Tea & Coffee

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 11th, 2011

This tea takes on a very different character depending on how much leaf you use and how you brew it. If you break it more weakly, is light, simple, and eminently pleasing, with a fresh, slightly vegetal aroma, and clean taste. Brewing it stronger, it takes on considerable bitterness and a very astringent aftertaste.
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Bancha from Rishi Tea

Style: Bancha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

81 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Oct. 30th, 2010

I found this tea to be very different based on how it is brewed.

The light, flat quality of the dry leaf reminds me of dragon well, but the similarity ends there. This tea brews a very clear greenish-yellow color. Regardless of how strongly you brew it, it comes out completely transparent: there's almost no opacit...

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Japan Bancha Organic from TeaGschwendner

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2010

aroma: grassy, vegetal, somewhat sweet.

flavor: somewhat toasty as described. vegetal, mellow. will become bitter if steeped too long.

this is a tasty tea that i like revisiting from time to time.

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