Reviews

Ippodo Tea Co. Unro Sencha – Take Two

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: small, deep green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: kyusu
Liquor: bright green

When I’m craving a really good Japanese green tea, Ippodo’s NY shop is always my go to place. I was super psyched when they recently sent me samples of two of their senchas. I reviewed this tea previously back in March but I thought that it would be interesting to do a second take, using different parameters, as this is most likely a different year’s harvest. Part of a set of two, the Unro stood out to me again because the brewing directions called for boiling water. That’s never something I expect of a Japanese green tea since they tend to be finicky. The resulting brew this time around was different but just as enjoyable. This tea really packed a punch! It was a incredibly bright and astringent with umami for days. There were heavy vegetal notes but a lot natural sweetness to. Dare I say it, I actually prefer this method to my usual standard sencha treatment. After three kyusu’s full, I was fairly tea drunk. I really want to try this in my cold drip brewer as I think it should make a fantastic iced tea.

Unro Sencha sample provided by Ippodo Tea Co.

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Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.