Japan Bancha

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Dry Grass, Fruity, Herbs, Mineral
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190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec 12 g 34 oz / 1000 ml

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Bancha – “coarse tea” – hardly deserves its humble name. Plucked in the summer, after the prime Sencha season, Bancha has a more subtle vegetal profile, with pleasant toasted notes and low astringency. It is an ideal tea to pair with food and presents an excellent choice for those seeking to minimize caffeine intake.

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After work today my girlfriend and I ended up at Tea Haus, a tea shop a few doors down from where we work. This is a fantastic place to end up at any point in the day. While browsing I asked about any green teas that may be considered similar to a current personal favorite, the China Lung Ching. I was given a sample of this Japan Bancha to try. The aroma of the dry leaves is just so inviting. Such an earthy warmness fills the nose. My favorite!!! Plus the tea itself is just so pretty. The color is slightly darker than the China Lung which I was told is due to how each is dried differently. Once the steeping is done and poured into a mug that earthy green smell carries on with a little more umpfh. The taste is quite similar to the China Lung but its earthy vegetal taste stays consistent throughout. Where as the China Lung begins as such then ends with a slight sweetness. Overall this tea is quite enjoyable and upon my next visit to the Tea Haus I am going to have to get a bag of this to add to my collection.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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335 tasting notes

It is TG’s cheapest Japanese tea, and I got try a sample. I made the water hotter and brewed it longer than what’s on the package. After doing that, I had to change my review! This tea is very yummy once I changed that! It’s good for a second brew, too. I would buy again.

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

This may or may not need a longer steeping time… if you have any left, you may want to play around w/ less and hotter water. Den’s Tea (which I trust highly for the steeping parameters for my Japanese greens) suggests a heaping tsp (2g) in 4oz boiled water for a 30 second steep. Let me know what you think!:) P.S. I have family in Rockford, cool!:)


Yep, Den’s Tea steeping parameters are on my fridge at all times. The boiled water did make this tea steller! Thank you!

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This is not your tea for a special afternoon;
this is your tea to drink along while eating, working or doing stuff.
Sencha-like, but not so grassy, more rough but mild, a little bit herbal and fruity.
It’s your ideal tea to accompany a meal or your day in general, if you just want an easy tea to drink.
The amount of coffein in bancha is lesser than in other green teas, because of the older leaves, so it’s good to drink at evening too.

Flavors: Dry Grass, Fruity, Herbs, Mineral

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 12 g 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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Not my favorite green in the cupboard. While its color and aroma is inviting, the flavor falls a bit flat.

200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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6 tasting notes

The cheapest of Tea Gschwendner’s Japanese Green Tea. Has a light vegetal flavor and good quality.

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