Welcome Spring with Superior Sencha

March 2, 2013

It’s finally here…Spring!  Warm weather, bright days, freshly sprouting herbs and flowers the whole Spring she bang. After browsing my blogs after a few busy days of work I saw that Butiki Teas are hosting a competition. http://www.butikiteas.com/Contest.html

They are looking for pictures of their teas and I remembered I have their Sencha Superior to review so I may as well add my pictures to the contest and do a review (I dislike the saying ‘to kill two birds with one stone’ but cannot think of anything as fitting for this situation).

Sencha Superior packaging

Sencha Superior packaging

Here is what Butiki says about their Sencha -

This superior sencha originates from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan and is a light-steamed sencha that has a savory flavor and semi-brisk finish that’s almost sweet. – Taken from Butiki website

Sencha is very Spring like for me with it’s sweet and grassy tones so this will be my first teapot to commemorate the start to a wonderful Spring time.

Sencha Superior in raw form

Sencha Superior in raw form

Sencha Superior in raw form

Sencha Superior in raw form close up

This Sencha is a wonderful dark green colour and forms very crisp and dry leaves that are thin and long and oh so fresh. They have a vegetal and floral scent in it’s raw form.

I’m brewing this in my diffuser teapot which is light green in colour and fits in with my Spring theme at around 80°C for three minutes.

Whilst steeping

Whilst steeping

Once steeped the tea forms a yellow coloured liquid that has a sweet grassy aroma that reminds me of fresh cut grass. Ahhh :) Lovely.

My tea before and after :)

My tea before and after :)

In short and simple terms this tea is: grassy, sweet, floral, fresh, light and smooth.

In longer terms the first sips have a little sweetness that has floral undertones before a thick grassy mist appears and very quickly mellows itself to create a light and refreshing finish. There is a little dryness in the after taste that leaves a somewhat perfumey taste amongst the grassy remains on the tongue. The more I drink the sweeter it becomes and also with a little more dryness.

It has beautiful body and form which proves it’s quality (when they say superior they mean it). Two cups in and it’s still keeping the same light and fresh qualities that really make this tea wonderful. Plus I have a slight green tea boost from it’s caffeine which always happens when I have a nice pot of green tea.

I have rated this as 8/10.

Sencha Superior after steeps

Sencha Superior after steeps

Sencha Superior after steeps close up

Sencha Superior after steeps close up

This was another tea that caught the interest of both my boys :) Great minds think alike.

My cat Ebony investigating the loose leaves

My cat Ebony investigating the loose leaves

My cat Ivory loved the smell of the raw leaves

My cat Ivory loved the smell of the raw leaves

Categories: Green Tea.

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