I don’t know why Japanese green teas don’t get more love. At their best, these teas are like matcha without all the prep and labour. Maybe the price is daunting for someone who isn’t really into green tea? I completely empathize with that. If I wanted 100g of this it would be a $40 CAD investment… which actually isn’t too bad, but I’m not in a place in life where I can justify that much right now.

Anyways, to my untrained palate this Uji Sencha is one of those aforementioned best- aka you can taste a hint of Matcha goodness! Buttery, floral, crisp, bright green powder goodness… I haven’t had a proper cup of matcha since my trip to Japan over a year ago (a pedestrian cup after hiking back down the Fushimi Inari trail), but this is the next best thing!

Steep Count: 4

90s, 30s, 40s, 60s~ It’s still going strong too.

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Green Apple, Seaweed, Sweet, warm grass, Umami, Vegetal

165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike or stay away from: apple, cocoa nibs, marine, peach, stevia, dairy products

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

90-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

85-89: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-84: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.


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