Monday, March 18, 2013

The Persimmon Tree Sencha

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: deep green, somewhat flat and needle-like
Ingredients: organic green tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teapot
Liquor: pale gold

Last year I really enjoyed The Persimmon Tree's Chocolate Banana so I was looking forward to trying some of their unflavored teas. First up to bat was this sencha. I brewed it in a small ceramic teapot with a built in metal sieve. This worked well because it caught all of the small leaf particles. The taste was sweet and vegetal with a clean, somewhat dry finish. Although there were definite grassy notes they were not as strong as I might have expected. There was no bitterness or astringency to speak of. My second infusion was not lacking in flavor at all but that is probably as much tea as I would be able to get unless I was using a gaiwan. I found this to be on the mellow end of the sencha spectrum, making it perfect for newbies that are testing the waters of Japanese green teas. At just $8.99 for 2oz, it would also make an economical daily drinker. I'll be reviewing a black tea, oolong and white tea from this company soon so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

You can find out more about this tea here.