Thanks to ScottTeaMan for the remainder of this sample!
Okay, I am a little sencha shy, I’ve had the experience of a few that got kind of astringent and made my stomach hurt so I have the tendency to avoid them.
I wanted to be gentle with this so I only steeped it for around 45 seconds at 175 F. I got a very nice golden-yellow color, a bit thick, vegetal, brothy and clean tasting with a nice sweet aftertaste.
I did a second steep at around 160 F and that was also quite good! I like the fact that it is super flavorful but also mild in the finish. Not bitter at all – yay!
I enjoyed this one but since I’ve never seen a sencha quite this color before, if perhaps this tea is a little past its prime? How can you tell? Sorry, I know I should have tried it sooner!