Sei Mee Tea
Recent Tasting Notes
Aroma when Dry: crisp, light, grassy, sweet (eastern)After water is first poured: smooth, creamy, grassy
At end of steep:
Tea liquor: opaque deep grass green
At end of steep: same
Time of day preferred: any
first notes: Rich smooth sweet (eastern) bright grassy notes. Grainy if not blended well.
As it cools? bitters quite a lot, briefly, then balances out again, getting a bit richer. Stays bright, creamy and grassy throughout.
Additives used (milk, honey, sugar etc)? No, but have used it successfully mixing with my chai blends, in cooking, and both stovetop and smoothies.
Lingers? Yes, with grassy, no bite aftertaste.
While this isn’t the best sencha powder I have had, it is quite enjoyable. Just be careful not to go overboard on the amount of powder, a slightly rounded (not heaping) spoonful (the spoon is included with the tin!) is perfect for a 6-8oz cup.
It is slightly bitter, fruity, a little earthy, and grassy. Even when it is overly strong, it isn’t bad, I’ve found it always drinkable, which is saying a lot because powdered green tea can easily become overwhelming. However, at the right balance, it makes for a tasty cup of sencha. Not to mention it is quite easy to make.
I purchased a tin of this in a health food store. I wondered why it was not simply listed as Matcha. Can someone elighten me?
I made a latte with it last night, whisked some of the powder in a cup of warmed milk. A little sweetner was needed for my taste. I found it very green, not grassy. The taste was rich in sencha flavor, but not overpowering. This morning I added it to hot water with some sweetener and it dissolved much easier. Both the latte last night and the tea this morning were more like brewed coffee as far as texture goes. I got a little grit or undissolved leaf but not a problem with me as I used to drink my coffee like espresso…thick. This is my first Matcha or gound edible tea or whatever. I like it.
It is too costly for every day though. Now I am going back to the Clouds and Mist. :)