Garden Bancha

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175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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A traditional green tea with a hint of sweetness and a medium astringency. Bancha is known for its earthy tones and scents.

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4847 tasting notes

I came down with a nasty bout of the flu and was out of it for a few days which is why you didn’t see me on here much. I didn’t really even have the strength to make myself a pot of tea, much less sit in front of the computer. And one thing I learned is that I know I’m REALLY sick if I don’t even have the strength to make a pot of tea! Last night, I brewed a pot and it tasted perfect, so I suspect that my taste buds are working fine now though. I’ll have to backlog a few different tea experiences in a bit, but for now, I thought I’d enjoy a cup of Garden Bancha and write about it as I sip it.

This is really quite nice. It starts out really mellow. Almost too mellow, because it got me to question my taste buds ability again. But after a few sips, the tea became more focused, although it is still quite mild.

It has a strong vegetal quality to it in both its flavor and its scent. Earthy. It is light to medium bodied, with a bit of dry astringency toward the tail of the sip. It is a little sweet and a little savory. Very enjoyable.


glad you’re feeling better!


Get well!


Thanks. I feel a lot better today than I did yesterday … it’s been a slow progression but I’m feeling pretty good today.


I’m glad you are feeling better!


Nice to see you back around! I was not a big fan of this one – will need to try again but I can see how it would be great when feeling ill!


Boo to the flu! The last time I had the flu, my brain was literally frying from the fever. My mom came to visit and according to her, I repeatedly asked to be taken to the hospital because I was convinced I was dying. :P Glad you’re feeling better and up to drinking tea again! :)


That was the part that was most disturbing to me. I didn’t even have the strength to make a pot of tea, nor did I find myself really wanting anything … even tea, most of the time. I just wanted to be put out of my misery. UGH!


Haha, the last time I had the flu, I repeatedly went to the doctor because my throat hurt so badly, and the day I spent feverishly in bed, hallucinating, I made my boyfriend sit next to me for hours because I was worried I was going to die. I wouldn’t even let him lie next to me, because I was too hot and it hurt to be touched. Man, does the flu ever suck!!! Glad you’re feeling better :)


ROFL, Krystaleyn! We are two peas in a pod!

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807 tasting notes

I guess I won’t rate this yet. I should try a fresh brew and see if I like it better. It just does not seem like anything special to me yet I see others rating it so high I feel I am missing something. I am not saying I can’t find the flavor notes they mention as much as it just is not that impressive to me.

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6770 tasting notes

Smells like leafy greens (near Spinach) and Chinese Food (maybe Rice Dishes) post infusion. This tastes REALLY NICE! Very “filling” sweet and slightly vegetal and earthy…but green-earthy not woodsy or muddy type earthy. LOL

YUM! Fairly Thirst-Quenching, too! This is darned dandy!


Now I want some – I’ve been looking for a good bancha!


Amy: I have Bangkok Blend (Harney & Son’s). Bancha, coconut, lemongrass, and ginger. Although I wasn’t picking up the ginger. Do you want some? :))


Thanks for the offer but I believe I am getting sick of coconut tea and just looking for a plain bancha. :)


OK…….but the coconut is secondary to the tea, and it is OK if you don’t want it. I wish I could find my Tokyo Blend…….bancha, toasted sesame seeds and caramel flavors! Did I drink it all?? No….I would remember…


Amy Oh: try Den’s for a plain Bancha. :)


I was looking at Dens Tea last night and their Bancha looks pretty good.


Thanks – will do!

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174 tasting notes

This is my first time drinking a plain Bancha, all others I’ve had are flavored, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I open the bag and smell a sweet vegetal tea with a floral hint. I apologize for being vague, but I can’t say exactly what the vegetal or floral notes were. The leaves were a darker green and flat and there were stems mixed in the bag as well. Wet the leaves smelled of cooked spinach with some of the floral notes and a sweetness.

The taste is surprising to me, this is probably because I’ve never had Bancha before. But I’m tasting sencha notes, the sweet, savory, smooth notes of sencha, just not as prominent. There’s a lightly roasted note, a hint of woodiness, and that floral notes that I can’t pinpoint what it is.

As the tea cools the roasted, woody notes become stronger and the sweet, savory notes mellow out more. The aftertaste contains more of the floral notes with some sweetness and a slight astringency. Overall I’m enjoying this tea, not something I would drink everyday, I still prefer sencha over this, but not bad at all. Perhaps I’ll develop more of a taste for this as I drink more.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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2246 tasting notes

Another from Momo’s TeaboxB! I love to be able to try so many… but it seems like I didn’t even make a dent in the box yet! (Though I will be taking out more than just random teaspoons.) This is a nice green. It is reminding me of mustard again like the green tea I had recently. Maybe it is my infuser? But otherwise it has lovely flavor — a bit nutty, a bit tangy. It’s mild though, after a two minute steep.

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882 tasting notes

A nice green from the Traveling Teabox B. It’s very mild and vegetal. There is a nice floral hint but it’s still pretty light.

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61 tasting notes

There is a pleasant vegital aroma after steeping the tea. There is a slight sweetness in the taste that I can’t quite place, but it isn’t overbearing making for a nice balance with the grassy flavor. It is also light on the drying astringency which some teas have.

175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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28 tasting notes

See TeaEqualsBliss’ review. Spot on ;)

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