Green Tea, Japanese Sencha from Supple Skin Boutique

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Supple Skin Boutique

Product Description:

Sencha green tea is one of the most popular teas in Japan and know for high antioxidant content. Sencha is said to have more antioxidants than other greens teas that is why we use this for our mixtures.

Taster’s Review:

This is an excellent Japanese Sencha.

Overall, this cup is impressive in its mild flavor.  It doesn’t try to overwhelm me with its grassy tones.  The grassy flavor is soft and mellow.  It is lightly sweet.  There is a background note of floral tones that remind me of the air on a breezy day in a flowery field.  A pure and simple tea.

There is a buttery note to this tea that develops as I continue to sip it.  It was barely there when I first started sipping this cup, and now that I am nearly finished, that creamy buttery taste has developed nicely.  There is also a light astringency at the tail of the sip that cleanses the palate.  The aftertaste is sweet and lightly vegetal although it does not linger long.

This is my first tea tasting from Supple Skin Boutique, and I’m very impressed with the quality of this tea.  It is delicious and I like that it is certified organic.  To be truthful, I do not drink tea because it is good for me or because it offers healthful benefits to my skin.  I drink it because I like the way it tastes – and this one tastes great.  That being said, it is nice to know that tea is good for me and helps maintain skin health!  It’s like having my cake and eating it too – but without all the guilt and calories!

Rogue Wave from White August Tea Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: White August Tea Company

Product Description:

Bold Japanese sencha tea, creatively entwined with toasted coconut and ginger to create a cone of a kind experience.

Tasters Review:

The aroma of Rogue Wave from The White August Tea Company before and while infusing reminds me of coconut cookies! It’s a wonderful smell, indeed!

The Green Tea is a powerful one and a tad on the grassier side of things but the coconut brings this to a whole new level!  It’s sweet and tropical and nearly cookie-like it’s a unique taste and glad White August Tea has this one available!

In addition, the ginger is noticeable but very nicely done.  It meshes well with the coconut and green tea!  This is a bold brew and I like it!  This is very tasty both hot and cold!

Japanese Quince Green Tea from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Byron Bay Tea Company

Product Description:

A brightly-coloured infusion, with jade green undertones, this exotic blend balances the sweetness of quince with a delicate base of Japanese green tea. Green tea is prized for its antioxidant constituency and subsequent benefits to health (particularly digestion). The result is a rejuvenating, aromatic and refreshingly palatable tea that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Tasters Review:

I can’t say as I have had too many or any Quince flavored teas YET but after tasting this one from Byron Bay Tea Company I surely want to try more!

The sweet green tea taste is delightful – the quince was MADE for this tea and it’s juicy but not tart in the slightest – and the Jasmine isn’t over the top or even that strong at all but gives it an overall ‘pretty’ factor that completes the cup.

The Quince is the key and it is good!  Overall, it’s a gentle, fruity, sweet, yet pretty flavored green but I like this!   I really like this!

Genmai Matcha from Shizuoka Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Shizuoka Tea

Product Description:

Genmai Matcha is a very tasty combination of Sencha, Genmai (toasted brown rice) and Matcha (high-quality tea leaf powder). The Genmai gives the Sencha tea a wholesome, nut-like flavor. The Matcha gives it a deep green color and very pleasing aroma.  This combination makes Genmai Matcha one of our best selling teas.

Taster’s Review:

I really enjoy Genmaicha teas, and I also enjoy Matcha, so when these two are brought together in one blend – well, you know that old commercial about two great tastes that taste great together?  Yeah, the commercial is about a candy bar, but it works here too.

I steeped this Genmai Matcha in my gaiwan.  I don’t usually steep Genmaicha in my gaiwan, but I don’t know why!  I think I may start though, because, I am finding it to be the perfect vessel for this tea. 

The flavor is sweet, nutty and toasty.  There are hints of bitterness from the Matcha which enhance the overall profile of the tea – this tea seems to please the whole palate with its complex collection of flavors.

The Matcha coats the palate softly with a delicious, almost powder-like feel.  There is a pleasant level of vegetative taste to this cup.  It doesn’t taste too grassy.  The toasted taste of the Genmaicha gives the cup a more “roasted vegetable” flavor rather than a grassy tone.

This is a very energizing cup, it is a great choice to sip later in the day to help offset that sluggish sort of feeling!  It not only excites the palate but invigorates the body and helps to clear the mind!  What a splendid tea!

Premium Sencha Fuji Green Tea from Shizuoka Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Shizuoka Tea

Product Description:

Premium Sencha tea bags have the same outstanding taste as the loose leaf teas. The pyramid-shape fine-mesh teabag makes brewing quick and easy. Each tea bag is individually packaged in a foil wrapper to insure freshness.

Taster’s Review:

This is a delicious Sencha tea.  The flavor is light yet rich.

This Japanese Sencha has a clean, vegetative taste – not quite grassy, but more like steamed vegetables.  Broccoli!  As the sip approaches the finish, a slight grassy tone presents itself, although it isn’t a bitter grassy taste.  The aftertaste is sweet with notes of butter that deliciously coats the palate.

The overall flavor is sweet with a slight creaminess from the buttery note, and a fresh, leafy kind of taste that is both vegetable and grass.  I like this Sencha very much, while it does have a lot of flavor to the cup, it has an enchanting lightness to it.  It isn’t overpowering, making it the perfect cup for mealtime… or any time!

Top Leaf Green Tea from Mellow Monk

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Mellow Monk

Product Description:

This is our top-of-the-line honcha, or traditional green tea. Top Leaf™ Green Tea is specially pampered in its own separate corner of the tea orchard. Not only does this tea receive extra fertilizer (organic, of course) during the growing season, but at harvest time, the growers pick only the top layer of young tea leaves. The result is a distinctive, more subtle, gentler flavor. This tea is always first flush. Top Leaf™ is a winner in the 2010 North American Tea Competition.

Taster’s Review:

Wow!  Just… WOW!

This is one of the best green teas I’ve ever tasted.  The flavor is stunning!

The dry leaf looks a lot like a Gyokuro – it is deep green in color and has a very fine cut.  As it steeps the leaves expand quite a bit – it is best to brew this in a tea pot which will allow for plenty of room to achieve the fullest flavor.  And believe me – you want as much flavor as you can get from this tea – it’s really remarkable!

There are notes in this tea that remind me of a Gyokuro, and notes that remind me of a Sencha, and still other notes that remind me of neither of these types of teas.  It is a very complex tea.  I can taste the note of grapefruit as described by Mellow Monk, it is a subtle note, although still quite distinct.

It has a vegetative taste, but not a grassy one, if that makes sense.  That is to say that it doesn’t taste like grass; it tastes like freshly steamed and lightly buttered vegetables.  The taste falls somewhere in between broccoli and asparagus, but a bit more mild. It has no bitter aftertaste to it.  There is a very mild astringency that doesn’t start to feel dry until well into the aftertaste.  The tang of citrus sits upon the tongue in the finish.

This is the first tea that I’ve had the opportunity to try from Mellow Monk, and it has certainly piqued my interest to try others from them.  If you like high quality Japanese green teas, you really MUST try this one.  It quickly became a favorite of mine – after just a few sips, I was hooked!

Citrus Appeal from Talbott Teas

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Talbott Teas

Product Description:

All natural premium ingredients: Full leaf Japanese Sencha green tea, hibiscus, grapefruit peel, pineapple pieces, calendula petals, lemon and natural grapefruit flavor.

Taster’s Review:

When I first approached this tea, I didn’t have high expectations.  To be honest, I was like, “Oh, another citrus tea.”  But this tea blows me away!  It is really delicious.

The flavor of the Japanese Sencha is gentle and unassuming, with a pleasing buttery backnote.  Not grassy, not vegetative, just soft and fresh-tasting tea.  The green tea base allows the flavors of this tea to become the main focus while still maintaining its presence in the cup.

There is such a unique and delicious combination of flavors.  All at once, I can taste the flavors of grapefruit, lemon and pineapple swirling on my palate.  I can taste the hibiscus, but it is so very gentle that if I were not focusing intently on trying to pinpoint the various flavor notes, I think I probably would miss the hibiscus.  Probably the place where the hibiscus is most prominent would be in the color of the tea – because it brewed up to a pretty – albeit unusual – pink-ish green color.

I think what I like best about this particular tea is the grapefruit!  For those of you familiar with my tea reviews in the past, you know about how I’ve been searching for the ideal grapefruit green tea, and even though this one has other flavors in it, I do believe I have FOUND my grapefruit green!  I think it is the presence of these other flavors that makes the grapefruit flavor so incredibly delicious for me.

This is THE BEST grapefruit green tea that I’ve tasted, and I think that may even go for the grapefruit green tea that started me on this quest!  This is YUM!

Shizuoka Black Tea from Den’s Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  This tea is currently not available, contact Den’s Tea for more information.

Product Description:

As you may know, 99% of the current tea production in Japan is green tea. However, about 130 years ago Japan tried to produce and export black tea as a government policy.
Tea scholar, Mr. Tada (1829-1896), was sent to China and India to acquire black tea manufacturing skills in 1875.
Upon his return, he established a tea farm at Mariko in Shizuoka and since then, Mariko has been a mecca for Japanese black tea. However, black tea never did become a major industry in Japan as some peopled had hoped.

One tea farmer in Mariko, Mr. Matsumura, has been manufacturing black tea since the 1950’s as well as growing high quality green tea. Our parent company, Shirakata-Denshiro Shoten, has done business with Mr. Matsumura for a long time. Mr. Matsumura even created the manufacturing machine for black tea and is considered the father of modern black tea production in Shizuoka. His tea is made with the tea species “Beni Fuki”. The cup is mild with very little bitterness and is highly aromatic. Its flavor is different from the black teas made in major Asian and African producing countries.

Taster’s Review:

I love this tea – and yet, I am disappointed!

Not by the tea itself, but by the fact that this tea is not currently available for purchase.  This is one that I wouldn’t mind keeping on hand. I could see myself happily drinking it every day.

This tea has a wonderfully complex character.  A deep, rich, fruity quality approaches the palate first, with hints of a bitter tone toward the middle of the sip.  This is not an off-putting bitter, though, it is quite pleasant!  This tea als has a scrumptious sweet note that is making it irresistible.  I want to keep sipping it just so that I can experience that sweetness.

This tea has a toothsome quality to it as well that is somewhat bake-y … like a lightly sweet pastry.  The malty note in this tea further accentuates that pastry kind of taste.   There is a drying astringency in the finish, not a strong astringency, but just enough to give the palate a sense of having been gently patted dry, readying it for the next sip.

Yes, I really enjoyed this cup, and I hope that Den’s Tea decides to start offering it.  It’s really rather wonderful!

Organic Green Tea Ginseng Maté from Maté Factor

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green Tea & Yerba Maté

Where to Buy:  Maté Factor

Company Description:

Ingredients: American Ginseng root, Fresh Green Yerba Mate, Premium Japanese Sencha Green Tea, Echinacea Angustifolia Root and Echinacea Purpurea leaf.

Our most powerful tea ever.

One taste will enlighten you to the delicate but powerful blend of this tea.

Taster’s Review:

I was a little nervous to try this blend.  I’m not crazy about the flavor of echinacea or ginseng; I find the flavor of these two herbs to be rather off-putting.  So, needless to say, I don’t usually select teas with either of these ingredients, and this particular blend has both!

Fortunately, however, neither of these herbs presents a strong flavor to the cup.  The strongest taste to the cup is the green Yerba Maté, which is earthy and vegetative.  Less than a year ago, I would have told you that I don’t care for green Yerba Maté because of its strong earthy and vegetative taste, but I really like Maté Factor’s green Yerba Maté!  I contribute this change of taste preference to the fact that Maté Factor is dedicated to providing the freshest Yerba Maté possible.  It isn’t smoked or aged Yerba Maté, and I’ve come to realize that this really makes a difference!

I can also taste the fresh, bright flavor of the Japanese Sencha in this blend. It lends a sweetness to the blend that is distinctively green tea.

Because of the green tea in this blend, I don’t recommend bringing the water to a boil like you might normally do when brewing Yerba Maté.  This may scorch the tea leaves and cause the tea to taste bitter.  Instead, I pull my kettle just as the water is producing a good amount of steam and there are tiny bubbles beginning to rapidly form at the base of the kettle – rapidly forming but not yet rising to the surface.

As the tea cools slightly, more of the Ginseng and Echinacea tastes come through, but, surprisingly, it isn’t off-putting because the flavor of the Yerba Maté seems to offset it just “so” and gives it a very appealing taste.  That being said, I think this tea is much tastier when it’s hot, served with a drizzle of honey.

I’ve tried quite a few teas from Maté Factor now, and I’ve been very impressed.  If you’ve been interested in trying Yerba Maté, Maté Factor is a good place to start.  If you’ve tried Yerba Maté in the past and found it not to your liking, I suggest trying it again – but this time try a Maté Factor Yerba Maté!  You may just change your mind about Yerba Maté.  I know I have!

Organic Sencha Green Tea from Byron Bay Tea Company

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Byron Bay Tea Company

Company Description:

This organic sencha green tea is made from the prized, young, tender spring leaves near the top of the bush. Sencha green tea is a beautiful light green colour when steeped. The traditional handling methods of this tea help to preserve and enhance the tea’s flavour and nutrients resulting in a fine quality green tea.

Taster’s Review:

This is a tea that would earn Popeye’s endorsement!

The vegetative flavor of this tea tastes a little bit like – yes, you guessed it – steamed spinach.  Fortunately, I like steamed spinach!  But unlike the strong, powerful taste that you might get when eating spinach, this tea’s flavor is gentle.

That gentle vegetative character is enhanced by a natural, delicate sweetness.   This sweetness is counteracted with a slight nip of bitterness which cuts through the sweet flavor just enough to keep the flavor interesting and not-too-sweet.

Interestingly enough, one characteristic that this Sencha seems to be missing is the creamy buttery note that I often taste in a Sencha tea.  And while I do enjoy that buttery flavor – I don’t feel like this Sencha tea is lacking in flavor just because that buttery note isn’t there.  This is just different.  And sometimes, different is good – it makes for a more interesting cuppa.

This tea is one that I recommend serving hot – it just doesn’t taste as good when it cools.  It doesn’t really need any sweetener, but it is quite nice with a thin slice of lemon or lime.

This Sencha tea is smooth and agreeable – just the right amount of vegetal sweet and bitter.  I like it.

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