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drank Oi Ocha by Ito En
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Yay! I love it when coworkers bribe me with tea! \o/ Sure, it reminds me a bit more of a iced Chinese green than iced sencha and, like with most bottled teas, you can taste the ascorbic acid, but all in all, it pretty much works. Am I going to buy a pack and take it home with me so I can have it whenever I want? No. It’s a really good bottled tea but it is still a bottled tea. But if I’m out and about, I’d totally pick up a bottle to sip on while running around.

And speaking of bottles, can I just say I have an absurd but undeniable affinity toward Japanese plastic bottles? Their weight, design, caps, labels, everything – they just make me smile. Unlike Japan’s steel coke cans that always tricked me into thinking I had another swallow or two in the bottom when I did not. Mean coke cans. Nice tea bottles. Pardon me while I pet the empty bottle for a moment, k?

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RE: “Sure, it reminds me a bit more of a iced Chinese green than iced sencha” Could it be an iced Chinese sencha? Then it’d be both:)

Auggy

I suppose it is possible. After all, why not use lots of poorer quality Chinese sencha for bottled teas which aren’t going to be high quality leaves anyway? Makes sense, though I’m not sure how much production of sencha they have in China… might not be enough to supply Itoen. They’re probably a bit like Lipton – there’s not set formula for types of leaves used or where they are from, just whatever combination gives them their distinctive taste.

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RE: “Sure, it reminds me a bit more of a iced Chinese green than iced sencha” Could it be an iced Chinese sencha? Then it’d be both:)

Auggy

I suppose it is possible. After all, why not use lots of poorer quality Chinese sencha for bottled teas which aren’t going to be high quality leaves anyway? Makes sense, though I’m not sure how much production of sencha they have in China… might not be enough to supply Itoen. They’re probably a bit like Lipton – there’s not set formula for types of leaves used or where they are from, just whatever combination gives them their distinctive taste.

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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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