Sencha Overture

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 oz / 287 ml

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  • “I can haz stealth tea! As in I once mentioned not being very familiar with japanese greens apart from some sencha way back when and a few assorted and barely remembered samples. And genmaicha, of...” Read full tasting note
  • “Continuing down my Japanese tea route I will be drinking this tea next. My husband prefers black tea or heavily oxidized Oolong but I am hoping he will eventually learn to appreciate green tea as...” Read full tasting note
  • “So I ordered a ton of Japanese green tea to try out in my new Kyusu that I bought myself for destroying finals. Dry Smell: Smells like fruit leather, strawberry fruit leather. Wet Smell: Smells...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’m pretty torn over this one. It smells good in the tin — to me, at least; I can definitely see how this flavor profile is one that people probably either love or hate — though I was worried it...” Read full tasting note

From Adagio Teas

Green tea from the Shizuoka region of Japan. Sencha translates as ‘common,’ but there is nothing ordinary about this exquisite ‘spider leg’ tea. The latter refers to the leaves’ long, slender shape. Our ‘Sencha Overture’ is a wonderfully delicate second flush (summer) tea whose soothing taste and fresh green scent make it a perfect everyday treat.

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38 Tasting Notes

14 tasting notes

I thought I really liked green tea until I got the green tea sampler from adagio. It turns out that I like flavored green tea. I am sure that this tea, like many of the others in the green tea sampler, are very good for those who like the grassy green tea flavor, that person is not me. It was not bad. I just did not like it.

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9 tasting notes

Standard fare sencha. Not quite sure why I purchased this particular sencha because the name ‘overture’ implied to me that it would set the mood. Regrettably, it has not done so. However, I managed to do a swap with a co-worker for some kickass oolong. Waste not, want not.

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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30 tasting notes

I agree with other comments stating this sencha isn’t the best. To me, Sencha is a full bodied tea with a strong grassy flavor and pungent, almost seaweedy, aroma. The price is not horrible but, in order to get any flavor, I have to use a ton of tea which ends up being more expensive than a higher grade sencha.

The seaweed arome is there but I have to get close to the cup to smell it, unlike other senchas I can smell as soon as I pour the tea. If you like sencha don’t be a cheapskate and get a higher grade one, which will in fact be cheaper. I have no problem drinking what I have left as this tea is not unpleasant, but I will not get Sencha from Adagio again, there are other senchas I like better.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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59 tasting notes

In the tin it has a distinctly grassy smell about it. That isn’t too surprising and I ventured on to steep this tea.

First, I steeped according to Adagio’s guidelines for 3min @ 180. Not bad, but a bit one note. I definitely get the vegetal/grass taste and it wasn’t bitter. That’s about it.

Second, I steeped for a much shorter time— 1min @ 180. Pretty much the same, but weaker.

The tea is by no means bad, but it just doesn’t do much for me.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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4 tasting notes

bad. i’ve had many green teas, many japanese senchas in my days. my favorites come not from Adagio, but from a company called their premium sencha and gyokuro teas are fantastic. back to this mess of a tea: it tastes extremely bitter. the line between grassy and bitter is NOT even thin, it’s a clear delineation. this green tea, no matter the water temperature (lows to around 150-160F) tastes like someone brashly took scalding water and wrecked a brew of green tea. it’s very amateur. if you try this tea and do not like it, do NOT give up on Japanese Green Tea. JGT is some of the most distinct tea around, and there are plenty of places to acquire genuine green tea with a “vegetable/grassy” taste without or with a delicate inclusion of bite.

try shizuokatea.

170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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25 tasting notes

Tastes like a cup of grass clippings to me. Not a fan.

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10 tasting notes

A good, if not distinguished, sencha. Definitely worth a try. Go easy on the temp and time, and it will turn out right.

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67 tasting notes

I hate this tea. Steeped leaves smell like latex gloves and the tea tastes like liquid vegetables.

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31 tasting notes

The tea that turned me on to greens… I’m almost out!

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207 tasting notes

Somehow improved…and I’m brewing it better. With 160F water for 30 sec, this produces a juicy cup with some nice chestnut, warm milk, and bright greenness.

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