drank Ichiban Sencha by Harney & Sons
2816 tasting notes

This was a sample I purchased from Harney and Sons with my last order. No, I do not need any more green tea but I couldn’t resist a few samples anyway!

I tend to like fukamushi senchas. I find overall they seem to be less astringent and bitter due to the steaming. I did infuse this at work today via regular infuser mug method. One problem is I don’t have a thermometer here at work and brewing Japanese greens can be a bit tricky. Also not sure of the age/freshness of this one – but since I was just buying a sample pack and not a tin I didn’t care that much.

I did find this to be a very flavorful tea. Steeps up to be a beautiful greenish gold color with those “tiny little bubbles” I like a lot in Japanese tea. The flavor is very umami. I am getting some nice vegetal/grassy notes along with some sweetness, a bit of nuttiness and finally a light palate cleansing astringency in the finish.

I probably won’t be buying a tin of this anytime soon, I already have more green tea than I can probably drink before it all goes stale. I did find this to be quite tasty, however.

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

Tiny bubbles and Sencha…….I know I’m in for a treat when that happens. :))

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Tiny bubbles and Sencha…….I know I’m in for a treat when that happens. :))

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I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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59-50 Ick

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