Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Organic Sencha

Tea: Organic Sencha
Vendor: Plymouth Tea
Price: $12.50 / 4 oz
Vendor Description: An organically grown superfine grade of Sencha. It has an intense fresh vegetal bouquet and a dry ending. The organic method of raising these bushes seems to intensify all the qualities of Sencha that make it a regular choice of green tea lovers.

Leaf: The leaf for this tea is a very matte colored dry leaf. There is a fair amount of brown specs and stem pieces to this tea. These are somewhat indicative of bancha, but this tea was labeled as a sencha. The leaves are quite veiny and have lots of brown stems. Most of the leaf is chopped up and in small pieces

1st Infusion Parameters: 2.5g, 2.5 oz, 185F, 90s

1st Infusion: This tea was quite foul. The color was a yellowish hue and no particular aroma. The tea tastes somewhat chemical like in flavor. It feels like it was a flavored bancha, but there is no flavoring. I couldn't even finish the 2.5 oz of this cup.

Rating: 1/10

Conclusion: This tea was probably the worst sencha I have ever tasted. In all rights there is no reason to ever get this. I can't think of any redeeming qualities to this tea. Unfortunately my rating scale is 1-10 so it gets a 1. It almost gives othe 1 rated teas a bad name. Thank you to Jessica at Authoritea for providing this sample though.


Jessica said...

lol. Glad to provide you with tea you hate! Good to know, though, I don't remember what I thought of this tea.....:)

Eric said...

Interestingly enough though, trying bad tea is useful to remind us all of how good the good stuff we drink is. It helps define a scale of quality.