Posted by happygaiwan

Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. This was a weird journey, to be sure.

Now, before I begin, take a look at the picture below…



Now, I’m going to ask you a few questions:

1) Does the above photograph accuratly represent, to your mind, the Japanese green tea called “sencha”?

2) Does the above photograph of green tea demonstrate that aforementioned green tea was processed with due diligence and care about leaf appearance or consistent leaf size?

3) Does the above photograph remind you of dried out lawnmower bag contents?

The TeaForte website describes this tea as “Chinese green tea in the Japanese style”. On a superficial level, yeah, that’s probably true. The tea looks steamed, Japanese style. But a more accurate descriptor would be “Crummy Chinese tea in a half-assed Japanese style because you won’t know the difference”. Possibly wouldn’t sell as well.

I brewed the tea in the provided mug with the provided brew basket with the not-provided brewing instructions (nothing like having to go to a website and dick around for a bit to brew a cup of tea). How did it turn out? It was boring, really. I was expecting a disaster and I got a whimper. Imagine a cheap green tea bag, brewed weakly.

The brewed tea itself is not offensive, but the lack of attention to detail in processing the leaf really is. Whatever factory produced this tea clearly didn’t care too much about this particular product, and TeaForte certainly didn’t care about it, either. This certainly doesn’t bode well for the rest of the line. I’m especially afraid of the “Estate Darjeeling”…which I’m going to tackle next, I think.

Stay tuned.

-Happy G

3 Responses to “Christmas Gift Tea Experiment Part 1 (“Sencha”)”

  1. Profile photo of thedevoteathedevotea said:

    Looks like steamed, dried spinach. Are you sure you opened the right packet.
    They gave you a filter mug, though?

  2. Profile photo of lazyliteratuslazyliteratus said:

    Okay, Devil’s advocate time:

    I, for one, am a fan of Chinese sencha-style green tea. You are right that it is a very generic-seeming tea. Reason being, it’s used quite often as a base for blending. Cheap blending.

    However, I’ve had some that are truly wonderful.

    Taiwanese sencha’s even better.

  3. Profile photo of xavierxavier said:

    I am not sure how it is supposed to look but if it doesn’t taste good, it is disappointing.
    Perhaps a bad draw (both for Chinese sencha and Tea Forte).

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