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Sencha Overture

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Brand:Adagio Teas
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This tea's info last updated: Oct. 11, 2009

Commercial Description

Green tea from the Shizuoka region of Japan. Sencha translates as 'common,' but there is nothing ordinary about this exquisite 'spider leg' tea. The latter refers to the leaves' long, slender shape. Our 'Sencha Overture' is a wonderfully delicate second flush (summer) tea whose soothing taste and fresh green scent make it a perfect everyday treat.

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65 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
(4 reviews) on
I'm not a fan of the "grassy" flavored green teas, and this one has that fresh scent without reminding me of newly mown grass. The flavor is medium bodied, when I steep for 3-4 minutes, not overpowering or bitter, A nice green tea for a mostly black and oolong drinker
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87 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
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This was the first green tea I ever tried, and I liked it quite a bit.

It tastes like spinach, but in a fresh, pleasant sort of way. Also some grassy and fishy tastes. It's rich and savory. Pretty sweet. Pretty astringent. Very slightly bitter. I found it very relaxing.

I've only ever tried Adagio's green teas so far, but I liked this one second-best after their hojicha.

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57 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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A very bold sencha that has a full body and pleasant aroma, but is easy to oversteep, and I find is a bit harsh no matter how I prepare it.

Dry leaf is very dark and smells strongly fruity, and has little of the vegetal or seaweedy tones I usually expect from sencha.

Brews a surprisingly bitter cup, but rather clear and with little astringency. Not terribly complex or aromatic. Often this is a sign that the water temperature is too high--but I was very careful to use lower temperature water and it still came out this way.

This tea was able to brew up a second cup which tasted almost exactly like the first, but had greater astringency (I steeped it longer, about 5 minutes).

I liked E. Alex's recommendations to use short steeps, starting with 1 mintue or less. This produced much better results and I was able to get 3 cups from it. Thank you to E. Alex for the sample too!

Regardless of how I prepared it though, I wasn't crazy about how I felt after drinking it. I felt that this tea was harsh on my stomach, a bit like coffee is.

This isn't the worst tasting sencha, but I think I would avoid it. I think I'd prefer blander or worse-tasting tea that was gentler on my stomach and made me feel better after drinking it. I've had much better experiences with a number of other teas from Adagio, including their Kukicha and Sencha, which I have yet to post reviews of but am planning to do soon.

Last note, I thought this tea was very expensive for its quality. 4 ounces for $16...I can get some pretty high end teas for that price. I think this is overpriced.
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77 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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In short steeps, I find this sencha much better than if you you steep for the full 2 minutes recommended on the package. Nice aroma and flavor with grassy notes, and prominent brothy (umami) qualities that make it rich yet refreshing. The second and third steeps off the leaves always seem better to me. Affordable quality.
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