Organic Bancha

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180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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Bancha is picked in the later summer in Japan. Broader leaves are used, with a slightly higher level of oxidation that brings out tones of hay and sea breeze. A more robust tea than Sencha, Bancha is an everyday tea consumed at most meals.

Fresh, crisp and clean, our organic Bancha allows for a more mellow tea suitable for all times of the year. Banchas are often overlooked in favour of Senchas, but we feel that our Bancha offers a classic brew well worth exploring, especially as it gives a good idea of the diversity of Japanese teas.

With all green teas, we would strongly suggest not using boiling water. Let the water cool for a couple minutes, which will ensure a less bitter brew

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646 tasting notes

I’ve been wanting to have some more green teas lately. That might be do to visit a Tea House on Sunday. Pretty sure I’ve never had this type of tea before. Nice scent, kinda like veggies. The flavour is mild, and a little sweet.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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592 tasting notes

I cold brewed this one again. This time, 1 tablespoon in my water bottle for 5 1/2 hours. I think that it turned out pretty well. It was light and grassy, very refreshing on this unusually hot October day in California. I can’t comment much on subtle flavors or bitterness because I had this while eating my lunch. I find that when I’m eating and drinking tea at the same time, I notice bitterness much less. Anyhow, I’ll just have to cold brew it again some time and remember to try some before eating.

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Despite my love of Japanese green teas I’ve never had the opportunity to try Bancha before. I know very little about it other than it is considered to be more mellow flavored than Sencha. I’m not particularly a fan of Sencha, it tends to be more bitter than I care for, but Bancha is another story entirely. When brewed using traditional Japanese methods this tea has a mildly sweet flavor and buttery texture that becomes more pronounced as the tea cools. The flavors aren’t nearly as bold or astringent as many other Japanese green teas that I’ve tried, making it a great tea for beginning tea drinkers or anyone looking to pair their tea a meal. By waiting this long to try Bancha I’ve been missing out, this tea is one I could enjoy every day and never tire of.

I would like to thank Single Origin Teas for sending me this sample for review

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175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I love bold everyday teas and I love Japanese greens so getting some bancha was kind of a no brainer. Its leaves are lighter in color than the senchas I have and it brews up to a light green color. The brewed leaves range from small chunks to almost entire large leaves.

It’s taste is savory, grassy, and low in bitterness and astringency. It’s less floral than sencha and seems less caffeinated. I even did a second western style brewing and it’s still good.

This is definitely the type of tea I had while in various small establishments in Japan. It’s good with food and for cutting through sweets. One of my best experiences was being offered a cup of hot bancha with a matcha shaved ice. The contrast was so lovely, perhaps I’ll drink this with some ice cream?

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113 tasting notes

Water: 8oz

Leaves: medium sized flat leaves

Steep: 1m~2m

Aroma: Vegetable

Color: Light green

Taste: This is my second Japanese green tea, I was quite excited to try this one see that it was a good everyday type of tea from what i had read online. So i went a head to steep it the smell was nice and vegetable. One thing that I found quite surprising was the size of the leaves, they were larger than that other green teas I’ve tried. Overall this tea was very nice and packed quite a bit of flavor as well.

*Thank you Single Origin Teas for this sample!

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