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Happy snow day to all affected! :) It’s really blowing out there, first decent storm in my area in the last three years… Hence… I’m sitting home and sipping on green tea.

It’s sencha time! I got this with my order yesterday and couldn’t wait to get my paws on it after today’s breakfast.

Dry leaves smell delicate, mild and vegetal.

I steeped it at 74C for about 3 minutes. To my horror I forgot to set the timer but it felt like about 3 minutes.

After steeping the aroma was mild, vegetal with hints of cooked spinach in butter. There was some other aroma I couldn’t put my finger on…

Taste wise very pleasant, full bodied with a welcome hint of astringency at the back of my tongue. My taste buds are getting their workout. Similar to the aroma, I’m tasting something besides the spinach, but what?

Second steep, 74C for 5 minutes. Still lots of flavor left but noticeably less than in first steep. Definitely prefer the first steep but won’t turn my nose on the second one.

Overall very delicious tea. I have to say I prefer sencha ashikubo taste wise but when you take into consideration the price and the taste together, this could definitely take a spot as my everyday tea. :)

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Lala

I feel like ever since I started making tea appropriately (ie. correct time and temp), that I have an internal time clock for 1 min, 2 min, 3 min, etc. Its not really useful for anything else other than timing tea. But I am more than OK with that!

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Lala

I feel like ever since I started making tea appropriately (ie. correct time and temp), that I have an internal time clock for 1 min, 2 min, 3 min, etc. Its not really useful for anything else other than timing tea. But I am more than OK with that!

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It’s been a while since I joined Steepster and I think it’s time to write up a bio.

I’m a stay at home, married mom with 5 kids, most of them grown up. Only one remains with us now, my 7 year old sunshine which I push out of the house to school every morning and it’s not an easy thing to do.

I’m an avid gardener during a growing season and my goal is to grow most of the food we eat and save some for winter too. I’m also an artist and a huge nerd. I read books, I play computer games. My very first game was World of Warcraft (was addicted to it solid for a year, lol), then came Skyrim, Minecraft (with my 7 year old) and few others less memorable along the way.

I began drinking tea on regular basis just over 2 years ago when I decided to kick my morning coffee habit. It wasn’t pretty… I couldn’t function for 3 days straight but survived. A year ago I discovered loose tea and found Steepster… The rest is history.

Some of the staples in my cupboard are Dragonwell green tea, Japanese sencha, Silver Needle white tea, green roobois, darjeeling and pu’erh. I also drink variety of flavored teas for fun and I like to order tisanes and mix them with straight teas for even more variety.

Recently I found out how much I love oolong so will be stocking up on that as well.

There are few other tea lovers in my family: my mom and dad, my oldest daughter, my son and my youngest 7 year old. She loves when I try out different teas and I always have to remember to make enough for her to have a little taste.

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