Tea: Sencha du Vietnam Bio

A Sencha from Unami - O Organic

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Review of Sencha du Vietnam Bio

7 of 104 of 52 of 564 of 100
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I drank this tea in the Unami Maison de Thé in Lille. It was served prepared in a small teapot. This means it was made exactly as it should, though I didn't get to see any leaves.

I don't have any prior experience with senchas, so I can't compare this with others. I have tasted a few other Vietnamese green teas, and this is a lot like them (e.g. Yen Bai Groen from Simon Lévelt): fruity with sweet notes and a strong background that I'm not sure how to describe. Maybe grassy. It's not as sweet as Simon Lévelt's Yen Bai Groen, though, and the bold background is stronger. It's got a similar almost brownish yellow colour to other Vietnamese green teas.
It's a very good tea, but comparable to far cheaper ones. I have an unbranded tea sold simply as "Vietnam FOP" which is about a half or a third of the price of this one, which is the main thing dragging the rating down.

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Alex Zorach wrote:
on July 2nd, 2017

The picture of the leaf on this one, shown on the website looks totally different from what I'd expect for a sencha, or any steamed tea for that matter. Both the color and the curly shape and leaf texture suggest a pan-fired tea, like in the Chinese tradition.

I've even tried Sencha produced in Vietnam before, and although it does look noticeably different from Japanese sencha, it still has the flat, flakey leaf texture that most Japanese teas have.

Did the leaf actually look like the picture here, or do you think the picture could be wrong? Unami's website looks very slick, but this makes me wonder if they recycled an image from some other green tea. I have seen companies do that before.

Teuvo wrote:
on July 2nd, 2017

No, unfortunately I didn't get to see any leaves, I just got a teapot with brewed tea. It's a shame, because I really like seeing the tea leaves.

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