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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Review: Persimmon Tree Tea’s Sencha

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The Subject:  Sencha
Company:Persimmon Tree Tea. [More info]

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About the rating designation.

Water temperature:175° F
Steeping time:1-3 mins.
Tea type:Green
Dry leaves:  Big leaf pieces, fresh grassy aroma, rich green color

1st Infusion:  
Steeping time —  1 mins.
Aroma, plain —  Grassy
Taste, plain —Mild, grassy
Color, plain —Yellow-green
2nd Infusion:
Steeping time —  1 min. 15 secs.
Aroma, plain —Grassy
Taste, plain —Mild, grassy, but slight edge
Color, plain —Yellow-green

This is one of several versions of senchas hubby and I have tried. Generally, senchas are Japanese green teas, processed fairly gently by steaming and drying. The steaming stops the leaves from oxidizing and turning black. It also preserves a wonderful grassy flavor typical of this type of tea.

Here you can see the nice green color of both the dry and steeped leaves:

Treat this delicate green tea with care. Heat the water no higher than the temperature above and steep a short time. We stuck to 1 minute for the first infusion and 1 minute 15 seconds for the second infusion. If you do likewise, you will be rewarded with a tea gentle on your tongue with a mild, grassy flavor and aroma.

Only one problem here: I wish we had had some of those pseudo “sushi” rolls on hand to enjoy with this tea. Try some lightly flavored seafood dishes and raw or gently sautéed vegetables with steamed white rice. Mmmm… sounds like it’s dinner time!

Disclaimer: This tea was provided by the company named. However, the rating of the tea and any opinions concerning it are always strictly objective.

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