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From Whittard of Chelsea

This is Japan’s No 1 favourite tea. The very healthy Sencha style green tea is steamed whilst being rolled to preserve the colour. Gently ‘green spinachy’ in taste; most enjoyable made light. Never add milk and never brew strong.

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A while ago I gave this a try in its teabag form- 50 teabags to one box, basically gave me 50 unsavoury, terrible tea experiences. However I’m hearing good things about the loose leaf version and I’m always willing to give teas another shot, so I caved and got the loose-leaf Sencha yesterday, thinking I could use this for breakfast.

Steeped to the pale gold colour the packet recommends (the leaves look… unimpressive, to say the least, like bancha rather than anything of a higher grade), it still has this foreboding, sharply tangy aroma to it. Part of this fresh citrus-y scent is what makes Japanese green teas so unique, of course, but too much of that gave me an entirely bitter experience last time I tried this tea. And onto the first sip…

Much better! Smoother, softer over the palate and nothing as astringent as how it smells or how the teabag tea tasted! I understand the main difference between this tea and the teabag version is the teabag version uses Sri Lankan tea leaf fannings, whereas this, as whole-leaf Japanese tea, is more delicate. I’d used about a level teaspoonful— I’d say the flavour, being so easily spoilt, is absolutely based on the quantity of tea used. In a teabag there’s simply too much to make one pleasant mugful…

As I’m getting through the cup the citrus astringency is slowly beginning to settle in, but not unpleasantly. It reminds me of drinking tea and eating maple-leaf dorayaki in the ryokan in Miyajima… definitely making me crave red bean paste, anyway. I had to take quite a bit of care with letting the boiled water cool before pouring it but I think I’ll make this part of my morning routine from now on. ♥

185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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200 tasting notes

The box holding the teabags says it should be brewed with boiling water for 4-5 minutes, but I found 1 minute and 80 degC was perfectly good. Maybe I’ll try their suggestion, after discovering how good my yellow tea is after brewing for 20 minutes, but I always go for a short brew time on sencha, because I find they can get bitter. This was perfectly good, although unsurprisingly not as nice as the loose leaf sencha I have

180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

I prefer mine a little cooler, 160. I also use 1.5 leaf and only 4oz water. I agree w/ the 1 min… 4-5 w/ boiling.. wow! That’s even way off for the "all greens are created equal theory that I hate. The flavor is amazing, but the volume takes some getting used to. Pu Erh is also becoming good practice for getting used to smaller cuppas:)

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Bathdown (115)!?

Are “bathdowns” a thing?

Regardless, I finally had my first tea bath! It was really soothing/comforting. I’ve had these teabags in my cupboard for what feels like years (though I don’t think it’s actually been that long) because I got them in a swap. I’m really sorry, but I don’t remember who the swap was with. Frankly, I just don’t like Sencha though so I put these to a different kind of use, and I’m actually really happy I did.

I didn’t expect two little ol’ teabags to infuse as much as they did but my bath water was a lovely chartreuse green colour and the aroma was really nice and marine/kelpy with a kind of floral edge. Not sure whether I can attribute this to the tea or not, but the bath felt especially comforting/relaxing. I wanted a face scrub type mask and cucumbers to complete the spa vibe so badly.

Of course, then I finally went to wash my hair – and I just dyed it a blackish purple colour yesterday afternoon so some of the dye bled out and my pretty green bath water became a gross brownish colour. Yuck. But a superb experience overall, truly. I may even go out and buy some grocery store bagged green tea just so I can do it again ‘cause I don’t have any other bagged teas that I think would work nicely for this.

Also, obviously no rating ‘cause I definitely didn’t drink my bath water…


That sounds really interesting. I may need to try that

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1731 tasting notes

Sencha is one of my favourite varieties of green tea, so I was interested to try these tea bags from Whittard of Chelsea. I used 1 bag (approx. 1.5 tsp of leaf), and gave it 2 minutes in water cooled to around 180 degrees. As with many bagged teas, this one looks to contain primarily fannings. They’re a very dark green (almost black) in colour, which seems odd for a Sencha, but the resulting liquor is a more characteristic medium yellow-green. The scent is mildly vegetal and a little musty.

To taste, this one comes across as a smooth, mild green tea. There’s a hint of pepperiness in the initial sip that’s very pleasant and distinctive, but this fades quickly to a light, sweetly vegetal flavour. There are hints of fresh cut grass, and a vague hint of spring greens, but the overall flavour lacks definition. A longer brew time doesn’t solve this problem; one cup I left for 3 minutes to try and eek out some extra flavour, but it resulted in bitterness and astringency. This one is clearly on the mild end of the flavour spectrum by nature.

See my full review here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/05/07/sencha-green-tea-whittard-chelsea/

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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This is part of a sampler pack and the box just says “green tea” so I’m making an educated guess that this is, in fact, sencha. The initial taste in my mouth is actually surprising, not like green tea at all before it settles into a standard green tea taste. Not sure how to describe it, it’s not strong. Finish is slightly metallic-tasting.

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Whittard green sencha sold loose or in tea bags. Drink black with
One spoon of sugar. Nice Green colour.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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