Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sencha Extra Fine

Tea: Sencha Extra Fine
Vendor: Dragonwater Tea Company
Price: $20.25 / 4 oz.
Vendor Description: Extra fine grade Japanese green tea yielding a smooth, aromatic cup.

This is the higher end version of the two specifically sencha varieties that Dragonwater offers.

When brewing this tea the aroma had hints of grassy tones, but these were overpowered by something more unusual in the scent. There is something rather pungent about the smell that I could not put my finger on.

The flavor of this tea was very sweet for a sencha. It had a bit of an odd flavor, it felt heavier than most senchas that I have had. It had a very high sense of bitterness, that was not a rapid peak of bitterness, but rather a slower growing plateau. It finishes off with a light sense of astringency.

Rating: 7/10

Conclusion: While this is not a bad sencha, for the highest grade they offered I somewhat expected a more refined taste. It is very different than a typical sencha making it very unique.

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