Le Palais des Thés Sencha Ariake (Gourmet Tea Bag)
Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: small, dark green
Ingredients: sencha green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 165 degrees
Preparation Method: ceramic teacup
Liquor: very pale
This tea was grown in the province of Kyushu, which is the third largest island of Japan. The taste was delicately vegetal and sweet with no bitterness. There were light floral notes along with a slight roasted element that lent a nice bit balance. It wasn’t nearly as grassy as other senchas that I have had. I can see this tea going over well with those who don’t like a very vegetal green tea (like my boyfriend). I loved that it came packaged in their signature woven teabag. I keep a few Le Palais des Thés tea bags in my purse and they always get oohs and aahs when I take them out at a restaurant or a friend’s house. I think that I will definitely have to try the loose leaf version of this tea soon. The warmer weather is on its way and I’ll be cold steeping lots of green tea.
You can find out more about this tea here.