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drank Sencha by Harney & Sons
2307 tasting notes

This is a sencha sample I got from Harney and Sons so I thought I’d check it out this morning since I’m in the mood for a green tea again. I got the loose leaf sample and not the teabag version.

This was steeped via regular infuser mug method for about 90 seconds, I find the flavors of sencha are more enjoyable for me if I keep the steeps short and then they can be steeped 2-3 times.

A very vegetal steeped leaf that smells like spinach is what I encountered in this cup. The spinachy flavor continues in the tea, which is light and sweet but also has a tad bit of bitterness in the finish, and yes, seaweed in particular a bit of wakame.

I much prefer the Ichiban sencha from Harney over this one but it is also 3x as expensive!

This is a good choice for an everyday green if you don’t mind a bit of bitterness, I am sensitive to it due to my acid reflux issues. I personally prefer the milder Japanese greens like gyokuro and fukamushi senchas… but I will certainly finish off the sample that I have. :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
CHAroma

Wellllll, Ichiban Sencha does mean “The Best Sencha.” ;)

TeaBrat

It certainly is good! :)

ScottTeaMan

THIS IS A GOOD EVERYDAY SENCHA! [oops…….why am I shouting?].

TeaBrat

My favorite everyday sencha is still Sencha Chiran form Lupicia. :)

ScottTeaMan

HHmmm now I have to look that up :=))

ScottTeaMan

That’s more ’spensive, Lucy. Is it worth the price ^^??

Missy

Acid reflux is like heartburn except that its stomach being released into the throat right?

TeaBrat

@Scott – to me it is because it’s sweeter and mild
@Missy – yes. It doesn’t bother me all the time fortunately

Missy

err stomach acid^

ScottTeaMan

A good resteeper??

ScottTeaMan

Lucky Dog…….Lupicia is so close yo you.

TeaBrat

you should be able to get at least 2 good steeps out of it. I’ll send you some if you want to try it. :)

Missy

do you ever have problems with honeybush? I find that I can drink rooibos all day long but my first cup of honeybush generally cause lava to rise up my throat.

TeaBrat

Missy, I have not had problems with honeybush, peppermint and chocolate both bother me tho’

ScottTeaMan

I love Jalepenos, but they usually cause probs for me, and sometime chocolate. :-|

Missy

Very interesting. Thanks for answering. That was a personal question. :D
I’ll have to watch for the chocolate so far it doesn’t seem to bother me but that may just be my love of chocolate blocking that part of the experience out.

CHAroma

@Missy, Acid reflux and heartburn are two different things, so I wouldn’t be too concerned. I have acid reflux, and I really only get it when I drink a giant glass of water before bedtime (or eat chocolates or mints before bed). Then I’ll wake up with what feels like strep throat because acid crawled up my esophagus while I was sleeping and burned my throat. Sleeping on an incline helps acid reflux, but it wouldn’t do anything for heartburn.

Harney & Sons The Store

If you’re looking for a nice bridge between this Sencha and the Ichiban, I’d recommend you try the Kagoshima Sencha. It’s quite tasty.

TeaBrat

Dear Harney & Sons The Store, thank you for the suggestion. I am a regualar customer so I will try that the next time I order something. :)

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CHAroma

Wellllll, Ichiban Sencha does mean “The Best Sencha.” ;)

TeaBrat

It certainly is good! :)

ScottTeaMan

THIS IS A GOOD EVERYDAY SENCHA! [oops…….why am I shouting?].

TeaBrat

My favorite everyday sencha is still Sencha Chiran form Lupicia. :)

ScottTeaMan

HHmmm now I have to look that up :=))

ScottTeaMan

That’s more ’spensive, Lucy. Is it worth the price ^^??

Missy

Acid reflux is like heartburn except that its stomach being released into the throat right?

TeaBrat

@Scott – to me it is because it’s sweeter and mild
@Missy – yes. It doesn’t bother me all the time fortunately

Missy

err stomach acid^

ScottTeaMan

A good resteeper??

ScottTeaMan

Lucky Dog…….Lupicia is so close yo you.

TeaBrat

you should be able to get at least 2 good steeps out of it. I’ll send you some if you want to try it. :)

Missy

do you ever have problems with honeybush? I find that I can drink rooibos all day long but my first cup of honeybush generally cause lava to rise up my throat.

TeaBrat

Missy, I have not had problems with honeybush, peppermint and chocolate both bother me tho’

ScottTeaMan

I love Jalepenos, but they usually cause probs for me, and sometime chocolate. :-|

Missy

Very interesting. Thanks for answering. That was a personal question. :D
I’ll have to watch for the chocolate so far it doesn’t seem to bother me but that may just be my love of chocolate blocking that part of the experience out.

CHAroma

@Missy, Acid reflux and heartburn are two different things, so I wouldn’t be too concerned. I have acid reflux, and I really only get it when I drink a giant glass of water before bedtime (or eat chocolates or mints before bed). Then I’ll wake up with what feels like strep throat because acid crawled up my esophagus while I was sleeping and burned my throat. Sleeping on an incline helps acid reflux, but it wouldn’t do anything for heartburn.

Harney & Sons The Store

If you’re looking for a nice bridge between this Sencha and the Ichiban, I’d recommend you try the Kagoshima Sencha. It’s quite tasty.

TeaBrat

Dear Harney & Sons The Store, thank you for the suggestion. I am a regualar customer so I will try that the next time I order something. :)

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