There is a certain, textbook flavour that we all associate with ‘green tea’ – that grassy brew that seems common to all cheap green teabags yet few actual varieties of ‘real’ green tea. Well, now I have found the tea which exemplifies this flavour! And I’m less than impressed…
Aroma: Slightly smoky with a pervading deep grassiness and a herbacious edge.
Palate: Rich and grassy, with good depth and length. Subtle smokiness. Slight astringency. Fresh but bold. Similar to a gunpowder green but with less of a smokey earthy richness.
Overall: This is a green tea that is full of flavour. Unfortunately, it isn’t a flavour that I am particularly keen on. Despite the blurb saying it doesn’t have a grassy flavour, I get it in abundance. I’d recommend this for those who ‘like green tea’ but haven’t really strayed from the supermarket brands. To me it is a finer quality (less bitterness, due to whole loose leaves not cut pieces) example of the same flavour spectrum. Think that classic, grassy, slightly astringent brew that we all associate with our first cup of green tea (unless you were lucky enough to grow up in Asia, of course). Frankly though, I don’t like this tea. Why drink ‘nice’ tea if it just reminds you of the cheap stuff?