Thursday, July 11, 2013

Aiya Tea Premium Sencha

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: dark green, needle-like
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 1.5 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: kyusu
Liquor: greenish gold

I was impressed with this tea before I even opened the canister because it had a pull tab top. This kind of container is usually only seen with matcha but it was appreciated. The leaves were very dark green and had a wonderfully fresh aroma. The taste did not disappoint in the least. It was full bodied and vegetal with notes of nuts and citrus. It had a buttery mouth-feel with no bitterness. Sencha is usually quite grassy but I was reminded more of baby spinach or asparagus. A very mild astringency kept added a pleasant crispness and the sweet aftertaste lingered long after each sip. This was probably one of the best senchas that I have ever had. As much as I prefer to drink organic teas, I actually think that I enjoyed this version more than their organic sencha. This is the ninth tea that I have reviewed from +Aiya America Organic Matcha green tea and every one of them have been stellar.

You can find out more about this tea here.