Organic Japanese Sencha - Organic

This tea has been retired/discontinued.

3 ratings
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Brand:Two Leaves and a Bud

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 17, 2013

Commercial Description

Our Organic Japanese Sencha is brisk and refreshing with a grassy-floral blend of flavors cleaning the palate.

Brewing Instructions: (from Two Leaves and a Bud)

One can brew 2.5g in an 8oz mug for anywhere between 1-4 minutes. Use a lower water temp (165°-185°) and a shorter steep time you can get several infusions.

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Reviewer pic53 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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I will start by saying right off, I am not a seasoned green tea drinker. I am learning. I found this at a local super market. Price was right, I felt, so I went for it. I will admit, I thought the packaging was 'cute', but the bag inside did rip easily as another reviewer noted, and was hard to keep the tea in. I made it work, but it was a little messy opening each time. I have drank this 3 different times. No sugar the first two and sugar the last. Compared to other green teas I have been trying, this flavor was a little off/not consistent with. It was stronger and the color bolder then most I have had. I will note, the last time I brewed it, with the sugar, I also threw in a wildberry hibiscus tea bag (from Tea Forte). I will have to say, I really enjoyed it this way. By itself, it was ok, with the wildberry hibiscus it was really ok.

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Reviewer pic40 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 3/5
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This is by far the oddest sencha I have tried. It completely lacked the fresh, herbal, almost "oceany" seaweed taste of an authentic sencha. It contained a stale off note that is hard to describe yet ruined the experience completely.

I cannot help wondering if something awful happened to this tea on its way to the supermarket where I bought it. After a few frustrating attempts, I tossed it away. The container serves pretty well as a pencil cup however...
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Reviewer pic47 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
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This tea was interesting; I brewed it for 3 minutes at 180 degrees. I found it was only good for a single infusion, which is why I settled on 3 minutes. Longer steeping made it too bitter and strong for me, and many people may like a shorter infusion.

Two Leaves and a Bud describes this as "brisk", and I think this is an apt choice of words. The rest of the description I did not find fit as well. This is significantly less grassy than most green teas, and I also found it to not be particularly floral either, nor would I describe it as earthy, sweet, smooth, or rich...all words the company uses on their website.

Rather, I found this tea to be bold, with a substantial kick...dark, deep, a bit sharp. Overall, though, the aroma was disappointing; the aroma was too weak for me, and it lacked the seaweedy and grassy qualities of sencha that I like. I think this is a "green tea for people who don't like green teas". The overall quality is much brews a deep golden color, almost tending towards brown.

One last question is about the price; I found this for sale in a supermarket, where it was priced reasonably (100 grams for $7), but the website shows an exorbitant price of 3 oz. for almost $24. What could explain this discrepancy? At the low price this is a decent buy but at the high price this is absolute price gouging...this tea is not exciting enough to warrant such an astronomical price, and honestly? I think there are better green teas that are substantially cheaper than the lower of the two prices I have seen.

As one final note, I found the packaging for this tea to be poor. It was packaged in a cardboard cylinder, with a thin foil bag inside it. The bag ripped in spite of careful opening, and was rendered unusable...but the container was not airtight, requiring me to transfer the tea immediately. A lot of companies have packaging that is more sustainable (like fully compostable) and yet higher quality and more practical, from my experience, so that was a bit of a disappointment too.
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