I’m back for another installment of this series! In case any of you are wondering, when I don’t post here, I am still drinking tea, but it’s usually one I’ve already written about. No use in rehashing old ideas, eh?
Today’s brew is: Japanese Sencha Green Tea
This is my first experience with proper green tea. Oh, I’ve had the Lipton stuff you buy at the supermarket, nice and cold and admittedly a bit refreshing, but as a tea enthusiast I have never considered that proper green tea.
In an effort to learn a bit more about green tea, I have discovered that the Japanese Sencha is but one variety of green tea. According to the Wikipedia entry, Sencha is a decocted tea and is “[t]he first and second flush of green tea made from leaves that are exposed directly to sunlight. This is the most common green tea in Japan. The name describes the method for preparing the beverage.
I don’t know if this is true of all green tea or just this variety I bought, but before steeping, the bits in the tea bag looked like dried bits of chopped up grass. After steeping, it looked like a clump of greens you’d find on the bottom of your mower after cutting the grass. Not an appealing image, I’ll grant you, but so far, it’s a definitely a tea I like.
It doesn’t have much flavour nor does it have a strong aroma, but you do get a sense of something clean and pretty straightforward when it’s brought to your mouth for a sip. I have not mastered the art of drinking tea without sweetener, but I think Splenda works as a nice lightweight compliment to the equally light tea.