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I am eating the most delicious bread before I get into my tea. It is a Ciabatta that is baked with Feta cheese and Kalamata olives and it is to die for. I also gained enough points using Bing’s reward thingy (I do a lot of searches related to tea, no surprise there) to get a gift card for Amazon, so I bought a (used) book I have had my eye on. Read and Write Chinese by Rita Mei-Wah Choy, I like it because it is really well organized, has both Mandarin and Cantonese, and you can look up character by Chinese, English, and stroke count. It will be so useful for translation. It has been a good day and I am happy.

Today’s tea is Spring Sencha Teabags from Takeo Family Tea Farms and Yunomi.us. As I am sure you can glean from the name this tea is harvested in spring time (first harvest actually), but who wants to just stop at that little nugget of information. The tea was harvested in the Mie Prefecture, which is part of the Kansai region on the island of Honshu. This beautiful coastal prefecture is home to the Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks) which is really high on my list of ‘must see places’ list. The aroma of this tea that is in a bag is faint but distinct. There are notes of gentle sweetness, spinach, and fresh grass. Primarily the aroma is more of a savory sencha quality than a sweet one with a very slight finishing note of fresh pine needles. Luckily I did not notice the teabag itself adding any aroma to the tea, it is always so annoying when I can smell bag.

Once the tea gets a steeping in some nice warm water the aroma becomes stronger and quite spring like blending vegetal spinach and grassy green with a bit of kelp. There is also a slightly sweet citrus finish as the teabag is pulled away from my questing nose. The liquid is quite sweet, smelling more like fresh hay than veggies of any sort. There is a very slight hint of kelp hiding under the hay.

The taste is at first that of kelp giving it an umami quality that is quite appealing, especially as it fades to a fresh grass sweetness in the aftertastes. Of course there is a midtaste in between, and it is a blend of spinach and kale, but without the bitter quality that kale has when raw. This tea is quite good for bagged tea and is, of course, the quality I expect from Yunomi.us. I received the teabag as a sample in a previous order and could see myself ordering more for when I travel or don’t feel like breaking out the Kyusu and making a big deal of drinking my Sencha.

For photos and blog: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2014/02/yunomius-and-takeo-family-tea-farm.html

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

That bread sounds yum!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

It was quite delicious! It is by Farm to Market and they carry it at Hen House luckily :)

Nicole

sounds like a stop by HH tomorrow is in order!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

They also have an asiago ciabatta that is really good…but I am a sucker for cheese bread :)

Nicole

If you can get there early, Fervere bakery on 17th & Summit has absolutely to die for cheese bread. All their breads are amazing. But they sell out every day and although they are open till 7pm, I’ve rarely found their more specialized breads after about noon. You can call, though and have them hold one for you to pick up. Saturdays you definitely want to get there right after opening or call. But they are sooo worth it. Plus, Chez Elle creperie is across the street. They have pots of tea (mostly bagged) that aren’t bad – I can’t remember the brands at the moment but I seem to recall that they carry some of Shang’s teas.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Oooh I will definitely have to go sometime! Chez Elle is delicious, Ben’s dad is fond so we go ever so often, I really like their London Fog steamers :)

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Nicole

That bread sounds yum!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

It was quite delicious! It is by Farm to Market and they carry it at Hen House luckily :)

Nicole

sounds like a stop by HH tomorrow is in order!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

They also have an asiago ciabatta that is really good…but I am a sucker for cheese bread :)

Nicole

If you can get there early, Fervere bakery on 17th & Summit has absolutely to die for cheese bread. All their breads are amazing. But they sell out every day and although they are open till 7pm, I’ve rarely found their more specialized breads after about noon. You can call, though and have them hold one for you to pick up. Saturdays you definitely want to get there right after opening or call. But they are sooo worth it. Plus, Chez Elle creperie is across the street. They have pots of tea (mostly bagged) that aren’t bad – I can’t remember the brands at the moment but I seem to recall that they carry some of Shang’s teas.

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Oooh I will definitely have to go sometime! Chez Elle is delicious, Ben’s dad is fond so we go ever so often, I really like their London Fog steamers :)

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My Rating Guide, This is a personal rating and not necessarily a reflection of the tea’s quality
100-Must have on hand, it is one of my favorite teas
85-99-Really good teas, like exquisitely good
65-84-Not bad, they can be good but generic, or just teas that I found enjoyably ok.
40-64-Not a favorite, but not terrible. I would drink it if it was in front of me but I doubt I would seek it out on my own.
20-40-Not the best tea ever, either it was not to my liking or it was really bland. Chances are I would turn this one down unless I was really thirsty.
0-19-No, just no. Either there was something wrong with this tea or it was utterly undrinkable by me.

I am a nerdy, obsessive, crafty, tea blogging, gaming nut. Yeah, that about sums me up! Ok, you want something more informative….

I am a Geek, hardcore fan-girl Geek. It shapes my life. I spend a lot of time making things out of perler beads and I bet you can guess what inspires them. Other than the obsessive pixelizing of things I spend a large portion of my time doing origami (especially Lucky Stars and modular geometric designs) it is an equal obsession. I hoard dice, get obsessed with games, and will talk about whatever fandom, game, etc that I am obsessed over until I am blue in the face. I am not just a gamer girl type Geek, I also fit in the collecting knowledge and spending way too much time reading, category of Geek.

But there is more to me than just being a giant nerd. I love tea, always have and have just gotten more and more obsessed as I get older. I love trying new teas and then writing lengthy descriptions about them on my blog, I love reading and researching the history and culture of tea, I love collecting tea pots and fancy tea tools.

When the weather allows it, I love to go mushroom hunting. I don’t eat them, instead I use them for photography and spore prints. It is my dream to one day become a Mycologist studying slime molds.

I have Fibromyalgia, it sucks, but I feel people who are going to interact with me should know since I tend to vanish because of it. So fair warning!!

I also have cats, love the ocean and all aquatic life, love cheese, and collect hats.

My favorite tea is definitely Oolong, but I also love Japanese greens and…ok I just love tea actually :P I am not a huge fan of lemony teas or tart fruit teas. I also loathe hibiscus (usually)

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