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drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
911 tasting notes

This note is probably much too long for the tea. But you have to understand, I have been out of sencha for what feels like ages. I don’t know how much longer I can wait on my shincha pre-orders to get harvested and turn into actual orders, especially since the weather has virtually been begging me to have sencha. Thankfully, Lupicia to the rescue! This little teabag of joy came in the mail with their newsletter – a bright spot of green in an otherwise black and murky landscape.

Opening the packaging was delightful. The smell was so sweet! Ah! Even if the tea was horrid, just having such a delicious whiff made my sencha-less existence easier to bear. The sweet smell plus the tea being in tiny little dusty particles makes me think that this is a fukamushi. Which is awesome because I much prefer fuka- to asamushi. So not only do I get random sencha in my time of need, I get random fukamushi sencha in my time of need! Rejoice!

With much anticipation, I popped the teabag in a half-way preheated cup, poured in the water and did a little I’ve-got-sencha dance for 45 seconds, pulled out the teabag, gave it very gentle hug to stop the dripping and yay! Sencha!

Oh yes. Yes. Fukamushi. Oh. How I’ve missed you. Sweet, pungent, thick. Ahhh. Just give me a moment…

This is a nice, standard (though not really stand out) fukamushi – thick, strong and sweet. I could have dealt with it being a little thicker but that’s a personal taste thing… I sometimes enjoy my sencha the consistency of used motor oil. But you can do that with a fukamushi since they tend to lack astringent, just like this one – zero astringency or bitterness. Just delightful sweetness.

Okay, it’s probably not the absolute best sencha I’ve ever had but as a teabag, it totally rocks. And I’d even pick this up loose if there was nothing else that just screamed “BUY ME!” when meandering through the virtual aisle at Lupicia. It’s not really a special tea but rather a solid daily-type tea. And considering when it came, this was probably my most perfect cup of tea ever.

Though now that I have used my free teabag, I am once again sencha-less. So sad.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec
teaplz

I have some Sencha Sakura from Rishi to send you very, very soon! <333 Then you will have some sencha! I have to say, I do get pretty bad cravings for Japanese greens sometimes.

Auggy

Speaking of sakura flavored things, the Lupicia newsletter had sakura matcha. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big matcha fan but I found that pretty intriguing! There seems to be a lot of sakura flavored teas around (though I suppose it is that time of year) and the more I see, the more tempting they become – I had no idea Rishi had one!

Ricky

Funny, everyone seems to be intrigued by the sakura matcha. It caught my eye as well! I miss Lupicia, I need to place an order soon, but there are too many tea companies to try :(

Auggy

Hmm, I wonder why that it? Maybe because it is so unusual? (Or maybe I just think it is since I haven’t seen it before.) If they still have it when I do my next Lupicia order (which will be a few months, I’d guess), I’ll probably grab some. Any idea if it is only seasonal?

Ricky

I actually think it’s a seasonal thing because a few months ago Den had the Sakura Sencha and now Harney has cherry blossom teas for a limited time as well. I think once it hits the summer, this tea won’t be available. =(

Auggy

Boo! That’s kind of what I was fearing since I knew Den’s was seasonal. Since I have about 400g of sencha coming at some point, I probably don’t need to buy any greens right now… but I dang it, I kind of want to.

Ricky

Woah, that’s a lot of sencha! A small 50g bag of this wouldn’t hurt =]

Auggy

Oh sure, then that will make it an even pound of green tea coming all at once! ACK! I’m so glad I didn’t order all the shincha I wanted to!

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teaplz

I have some Sencha Sakura from Rishi to send you very, very soon! <333 Then you will have some sencha! I have to say, I do get pretty bad cravings for Japanese greens sometimes.

Auggy

Speaking of sakura flavored things, the Lupicia newsletter had sakura matcha. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a big matcha fan but I found that pretty intriguing! There seems to be a lot of sakura flavored teas around (though I suppose it is that time of year) and the more I see, the more tempting they become – I had no idea Rishi had one!

Ricky

Funny, everyone seems to be intrigued by the sakura matcha. It caught my eye as well! I miss Lupicia, I need to place an order soon, but there are too many tea companies to try :(

Auggy

Hmm, I wonder why that it? Maybe because it is so unusual? (Or maybe I just think it is since I haven’t seen it before.) If they still have it when I do my next Lupicia order (which will be a few months, I’d guess), I’ll probably grab some. Any idea if it is only seasonal?

Ricky

I actually think it’s a seasonal thing because a few months ago Den had the Sakura Sencha and now Harney has cherry blossom teas for a limited time as well. I think once it hits the summer, this tea won’t be available. =(

Auggy

Boo! That’s kind of what I was fearing since I knew Den’s was seasonal. Since I have about 400g of sencha coming at some point, I probably don’t need to buy any greens right now… but I dang it, I kind of want to.

Ricky

Woah, that’s a lot of sencha! A small 50g bag of this wouldn’t hurt =]

Auggy

Oh sure, then that will make it an even pound of green tea coming all at once! ACK! I’m so glad I didn’t order all the shincha I wanted to!

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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