Review of Organic Decaf Sencha Green Tea Bag

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6 of 103 of 52 of 550 of 100
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Standard decaf green tea. I would not distinguish this as a special "sencha" one might look for. I was hoping Yamamotoyama's decaf sencha would taste like sencha, but it just tastes like standard chinese decaf bulk cheap teabag tea. The taste of every decaf green tea I have tried is the same. The process of de-caffeinating it must yield the same result in taste, be it Chinese or Japanese green tea. If this variety is common near you, it is may be affordable. For me, I specially ordered it. Locally, I will just go back to buying the huge box of Salada decaf green tea.

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Comments:

Alex Zorach wrote:
on March 6th, 2020

It makes sense to me that you wouldn't be able to taste the particular characteristics of sencha in a cheap decaf tea. Cheap sencha can be pretty bad on its own (I find it is often better to buy "lower grade" teas like bancha from a more reliable source) and decaffeination frequently results in nearly-flavorless teas.

If you're looking to avoid caffeine, and like Japanese teas, you might want to look into kukicha and/or hojicha. The stems have less caffeine than the leaf and the roasting process destroys additional caffeine. I can drink roasted twig tea right before going to bed and sleep just fine, and I tend to be more sensitive to caffeine and usually need to avoid tea several hours before bedtime.

It's also harder to find, but I also love an herbal tea made from mulberry leaves; it is the closest I've been able to get to the flavor of green tea among caffeine-free herbal teas.

pocketroid wrote:
on March 10th, 2020

Thank you for the feedback! Caffeine is definitely a consideration for me during weekdays. I like hojicha for sure, and kukicha has been on my to-try for a long time. Mulberry tea is news to me, so I will add that to my list.

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