Harney & Sons first introduced me to fine Japanese tea and I am forever grateful. When I sip Sencha Scent of Mountains, it evokes images of being lost in the mountains...in spring time. (in a pleasant sort of way.) The aroma is hauntingly enticing, if there is such a thing. It makes for a very relaxing and enjoyable brew...
I normally steep for less than 160 degrees in 1 minute 10-20 seconds, and tea comes out wonderful; no bitterness, just wonderful. I re-steep for 3 more infusions with no loss of flavor. Wow, it is one of my favorites!!
Just so you have an idea, I also enjoy Matsuda's Sencha and Yanagi Premium Green. Feel like I've only just begun, and will be trying more of others...in good time.
I really like the flavor of this tea. The references to its "vegetal spinachy" taste is accurate. I may be subliminally influenced by the name, but it does remind me of hiking in the mountains.
I've been exploring green teas for some time, and this sencha is an example of what I (and many others) do NOT like about green tea. For me, there is something off-putting about the taste, followed by a mild, but distinct, queasiness after I swallow it. It is not a rewarding experience, and I've tried several similar teas. This is probably one of those genetically influenced chemical things, like a negative response to cilantro.
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