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Monday, January 11, 2010

Review: Two Leaves and a Bud’s Orange Sencha Green Tea

The Subject: Orange Sencha Green from Two Leaves and a Bud.


Water temperature: 180° F
Steeping time: 3 minutes (should have been only 2 minutes – see comments)

Tea type: Green
Scents, flavorings, etc.: Supposed to be orange
Aroma, dry: Strong dill scent (the herb used to make dill pickles)
Aroma in the cup, plain: Dill and something sort of like orange zest (grated peel)
Taste, plain: Dill, slight orange tinge, some bitterness (see comments)
Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Dill, slight orange tinge
Taste, enhanced: N/A

2nd Infusion: Slightly cloudy, taste and aroma about the same

Chilled: Don’t recommend

Little Yellow Teapot was so excited to try this tea. The name makes it sounds yummy, a real citrus fest. Unfortunately, he, hubby, and I were disappointed. The tea should have been named “Dill Pickle Sencha” because of the strong dill aroma and the tea leaf pieces were smaller than expected. (I’m partial to full leaf green teas.) Despite the initial let down, we soldiered on with the tasting and were relatively pleased.

Be sure to heat the water to around the temperature above The tea pieces are rather small, so steeping time is reduced. We steeped for 3 minutes and got a somewhat bitter “liquor.” Try steeping for no more than 2 minutes. The 2nd infusion was more cloudy and a bit stronger tasting.

To me this tea was like drinking warm dill pickle juice, but hubby thought it was very drinkable (and finished off both the remainder of the 1st infusion and the entire 2nd infusion). I would have gone with a rating of 2.5 teapots, but hubby wanted to stick with 3 teapots. He thinks the tea has possibilities and tastes at least as good as the bagged green teas he has tried. I sure hope those clear plastic bags they shipped the samples to me in aren’t what they use normally. The bags let in light and alter the taste of the tea, imparting a slight “plastic-ness.”

Another organic tea (deducted half a teapot). Even if you like organic, this tea is not necessarily a good choice. Organic is questionable; I am concerned about people buying something just because of that word on the label. You need to know more than that. Buyer beware.

Disclaimer: The teas reviewed here were provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are strictly objective.

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