Today - I took my first step into Japanese greens. Yes hard to believe! I have been waiting for the right time, and after receiving my Den's order last night, well I could wait no more.
I did buy the green starter kit that is so recommend here and something else. The order came so fast, since I live close by. I am so excited! Being somewhat unconventional I decided to go for the Hannari - sencha as my first official taste. The geisha tin is just sooooo gorgeous! If you do not have this tin I would recommend adding it to your collection. Even my boss commented on it. Wow!
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Ok, inside the tin was a sealed foil pouch which contains 5 silk tea bags of sencha. I could not believe how fresh and green it smells. Wow, it blew me away! Now I realize this is not the finest quality and it is a tea bag, but still exciting stuff (for me). There were no instructions so with the help of a friend I stumbled through the brewing.
My thoughts? The aroma was a little malty, a little like green beans at one point. The color was more yellow than I was expecting and slightly hazy. I neither loved it nor hated it. The finish was drier than I expected and reminded me of a very light ceylon.
I'm very anxious now to try some higher quality greens and well; just jump in!