The Otsuka family, who supply several of the Japanese green teas, did a great job with this Sencha. Scent of the Mountain comes from Kawane, which is the highest tea region in the massive Shizuoka tea region. Although not as high as Darjeeling or Uva, it is high for Japanese tea gardens. The cooler air helps make for the lovely aroma.
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. (Posted on 4/29/16)
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. (Posted on 9/15/15)
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. (Posted on 2/28/15)
I ordered a sample of this on a whim, mainly because I liked the name. Wow, I'm so glad I tried this. I don't like green teas that have a "marine" or "seaweed" note, and this tea has none of that. It just tastes like buttery, sweet veggies. No bitterness at all when I steep it for about 1 to 1.5 minutes. It also resteeps very well. Definitely plan on buying a tin of this wonderful treat! (Posted on 12/21/14)
I sampled this tea shortly after I came home from living in Japan for a few months. It really was nostalgic! The name is aptly given and closing my eyes while drinking it reminded me of being up in the mountains near Kyoto. The flavor is light yet satisfying, very vegetal (which I like). (Posted on 12/18/14)
I've always been a green tea drinker. I admit freely that I love the grassy, vegetal scents that put some folks off. If you're like me and appreciate the clean grassy aromas, I think there is no better tea available, ...certainly not for this price point. There are some great Gyokuros, but I can't call them significantly better. I can call them much more expensive. I don't find the slight difference worth the price. If you love the vegetals of a clean green tea, you should at least try this one. (Posted on 10/31/14)
The first thing I noticed when I opened my sample of this is that its vegetal scent reminded me of Gyokuro, which I love (but is more expensive than I'd like). The first time I brewed Sencha Scent of Mountains, I must have overbrewed it (165 for 2 minutes) because it was pretty bitter. I tried brewing again, this time at 150 for a little over 1 minute, and it was perfect! Lesson learned: don't overbrew and err on the side of underbrewing! Doesn't quite have the same umami finish as Gyokuro, but it still has a delightful vegetal grassy flavor. At half the price, Sencha Scent of Mountains has earned a place in my tea cabinet! (Posted on 11/8/13)