drank Sencha "Nara" by Lupicia
333 tasting notes

This is a very good sencha. While I’m not the biggest fan of sencha and have somewhat limited experience, this one was more enjoyable than most of the others I’ve tried. The aroma is deeply fragrant, a little roasty as well as creamy, with something fresh and intensely green that reminds me of a forest. (I keep saying that teas smell or taste “green” or “purple”—maybe I should just say they taste like chlorophyll and anthocyanins!) It brews up to a bright green color, and tastes quite lovely—with an infusion of 1 min as recommended, it comes out to a very mellow, balanced brew. It has a rich and savory, almost buttery mouthfeel, verging on umami. The grassiness is light and not bitter. The aftertaste is bright and fresh, almost citrus-like. The description on the package said it was reminiscent of a moonlit night, and in a way it is very soothing and brings up images of nature. This is one I would be happy to keep on hand!

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I grew up in a tea-loving family, and tea has always been a part of daily life. I’m still astounded by the amount of tea and teaware back home every time I visit! While I’m most familiar with straight Chinese teas, I’m growing to explore and appreciate other types of tea, including blended and flavored ones. A good blend can reflect the thought and creativity that was put into making it, instead of being too sweet or busy in a way that gives the “genre” a bad rap.

-most black teas (even lapsang)
-most oolongs, especially Fujian teas, baozhong and dancong
-straight white teas

Variable (some are great, some not so):
-most green teas
-tie guan yin
-flavored white teas

90-100: definite repurchase if possible, recommended
80-90: enjoyed, possible repurchase
70-80: fair to good
60-70: fair with some shortcomings
50-60: there’s still a chance I’d take this if it were free
under 50: absolutely not


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