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drank Yanagi Bancha by Obubu Tea
486 tasting notes

This tea was pretty meh all around, I would say. Now, I’m not saying that because it compares unfavorably to nicer sencha or even gyokuro, because that wouldn’t make sense. This one didn’t stack up particularly well with a couple other similarly-priced and underprocessed teas I’ve tried from Yunomi.

The leaves were very interesting in appearance – you could say ugly or just “different.” They had a crisp grassy and nutty aroma when dry – after the first steep, they smelled like steamed spinach.

The flavor was pretty weak really. Some crisp grassy notes, along with a bit of a green spinach-y flavor. Getting three steeps out of it was a bit of a stretch, but they were all decent tasting. This tea wasn’t much more than drinkable. I think it might have done better on a warm summer morning, but even then I’d likely prefer even a cheap sencha.

Flavors: Grass, Spinach

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
tanluwils

I’ve never had bancha yet, but kind of expected it to be underwhelming. Sounds like it needed more roasting time.

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tanluwils

I’ve never had bancha yet, but kind of expected it to be underwhelming. Sounds like it needed more roasting time.

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