Already received the green tea sampler pack from Den’s which I just ordered a few days ago – what quick service! I’ll agree with Micah below that they’re good on customer service and providing interesting reading material with the order. I’ll also agree with the tasting hint from the company – this is a mild but complex sencha that reveals a little bit more with each sip. The leaves are light and thin.

1st steep: 180 degrees, 30 seconds. The scent reveals a pronounced vegetal note, and the first taste confirms it. About every other sip (how do they do that?) there is a hint of seaweed rumbling about in the background. There is a faint but persistent aftertaste, grassy and green.

2nd steep: boiling, 15 seconds. A more grassy scent this time, and more astringency in the flavor. A pleasing amount of umami makes it feel more robust the second time around.

180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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Grandma introduced me to tea as a kid (lipton with milk and sugar; a bit poured into the saucer to cool it down and then sipped from there), and I’ve never looked back. Still have a slight preference for teas that go well with milk (or even better, cream) and sugar, but since Grandma’s day I’ve branched out to appreciate green and white teas, rooibos and pu erh. Absolutely love Mariage Freres!


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