Masters Teas’s Shincha Sencha

Shincha Sencha by Masters Teas
Green Tea / Straight
$29.00USD for 1.5oz (43g)

Masters Teas has provided me with Shincha Sencha for the purposes of writing an honest review.

First Impressions

When you get asked if you’d be open to trying out brand new, just harvested this year teas, the answer is always a resounding yes. Even if I wasn’t a fan of green teas, I would have said yes – because it’s a rarity and a treat to get to experience such a new tea. So this is Shincha Sencha from Masters Tea by way of Shizuoka, Japan. Like all of Masters Teas’s products, when you head over to the Shincha Sencha product page, you’ll find out information about the tea farmer that grew this tea – which I think is so amazing.

The leaves of this Japanese green tea are beautiful – dark green, thin, flattened leaves. There’s a light fruity note and something about it that reminds me of a sharp burst of citrus brightness. Whatever it is, it’s smells like summer.

Preparation

Masters Teas recommends steeping Shincha Sencha with 165°F (74°C) water for 2 minutes. Now, my variable temperature kettle doesn’t accommodate 165°F, so what I did was heat to the lowest possible temperature (175°F/79°C) and allowed it to cool for about 5 minutes prior to steeping the tea for 2 minutes.

First Taste

Shincha Sencha steeps to a beautiful spring yellow-green color. The aroma is a mix of grass, citrus, and other fruity notes. There’s a nice sweetness to it, that mingles with some umami qualities that I find delicious. For the initial steep of just 2 minutes. I found zero bitterness or astringency, and a nice crispness to the tea and it made for a smooth cup of tea.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Shincha Sencha five times, adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found the flavour got bolder in the first two resteeps, and started to wane after that. The remained pretty consistent with the initial steep, I think you could probably successfully go beyond five resteeps if you wanted to.

My Overall Impression

I loved Masters Teas’s Shincha Sencha. It’s such a lovely cup of tea with some great spring/summer flavours and aromas in it. It’s very light tasting, a bit delicate, and certainly resteeps well – which is something I would highly recommend doing, especially given the cost of the tea being on the higher end. So tasty, I would recommend resteeping it or even cold steeping it for an even sweeter, crisper cup of tea.

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Dessert by Deb’s Lemongrass Milk Pudding

Lemongrass Milk Pudding by Dessert by Deb
Green Tea / Flavoured
$6.00 for 25g

First Impressions

I got Lemongrass Milk Pudding as part of my subscription box from Dessert by Deb (the March-April box). The tea itself came in a clear plastic resealable pouch, so I can see all the ingredients inside. Lemongrass Milk Pudding is part of the Garden Tea Party collection.

This green tea blend has a beautiful dry leaf ,especially with the aroma. Lemongrass Milk Pudding consists of certified organic: jasmine green tea, sencha, lemongrass, coconut, toasted coconut, and ginger. The aroma of the dry leaf is primarily the toasted coconut, lemongrass, and some floral creamy notes. Surprisingly, I don’t really smell the ginger at all – but because it’s at the end of the ingredients list, I don’t expect it to be a majority player in the blend.

Preparation

Because this is a sample pouch, there were no steeping instructions. But I was able to easily find information on the Dessert by Deb website. Dessert by Deb recommends steeping Lemongrass Milk Pudding in 200°F (93°C) water for 5-6 minutes. I opted to do an initial steep for 5 minutes at the recommended water temperature.

First Taste

Lemongrass Milk Pudding steeps to a beautiful golden yellow. There’s some beautiful aromas from this steeped green tea – I get the aroma of lemongrass, vanilla, cream, and floral notes. It’s really quite pleasant. The tea itself is smooth, and none of the flavours are overpowering the other one. I get that sweetness, floral, vanilla, buttery cream, and lemongrass flavour all at once and it’s really quite pleasant. It’s a really delicate feeling tea because it’s just a pretty and decadent feeling tea.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Lemongrass Milk Pudding twice, adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found it did pretty decent with each steep, and the balance of flavours got a bit more towards the floral sweetness as I resteeped it, which I quite enjoyed.

My Overall Impression

I loved Dessert by Deb’s Lemongrass Milk Pudding. The balance of flavours was just so well done with this blend that has two green teas as its base. I found the mix of flavours to be pleasant and delicate feeling, and it just makes for a really feminine feel in how delicate and feminine it feels. I think that’s in part with the floral notes from the jasmine green tea and the garden party feel to it. I could definitely picture myself serving Lemongrass Milk Pudding at an afternoon tea party and seeing it be well received.

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Tielka’s Jade Mist

Jade Mist by Tielka
Green Tea / Straight
$13.00 for 56g

Tielka has provided me with Jade Mist for the purposes of writing an honest review.

Until June 28th 2020, when you order a pouch of Jade Mist from Tielka, you’ll receive a free storage tin with your order when you mention One More Steep in the comments of your order!

First Impressions

Jade Mist comes in a white cardstock box with a printed the label (that has a handy dandy perforation that goes right over the box flap. The tea leaf itself comes in a vacuum sealed pouch that is not resealable (but I solved that easily with a zip top baggie). The leaves are Wulu green tea from Hubei Province, China. These leaves are harvest in the spring time (April to May) and are “hand harvested and crafted by organic artisan tea farmers”. Huge bonus, Tielka highlights that their tea is certified free trade and organic.

The leaves of Jade Mist are dark to light green, short and wiry. The aroma is really fresh – there’s some grassy and cucumber notes that are just really enticing and remind me of the crispness after a nice rainfall. Very much a light aroma, but it’s inviting.

Preparation

Tielka recommends steeping Jade Mist in 70°C (158°F) water for 3 minutes. My variable temperature kettle (Breville’s the IQ Kettle) doesn’t quite go down that low… So I heated my water up to the lowest setting 79°C (175°F) and allowed the water to cool for 5 minutes before steeping my tea.

First Taste

Jade Mist steeps to this brilliant yellow colour. The aroma of the tea is bright, grassy and fresh smelling. The tea itself is smooth with a very mild astringency and slight umami notes. I found the tea to have some cucumber notes n the flavour as well, which is really nice. It just had a nice freshness to it that makes it really tasty.

A Second Cup?

I resteeped Jade Mist twice, adding an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent steep. I found the flavour to be fairly similar throughout and it held up really well to resteeping. Plus it was just really fun to see the changes in the leaves as they opened up and revealed such a lovely olive green colour.

My Overall Impression

I loved Tielka’s Jade Mist. There was just something so pleasant and fresh about this green tea – from the dry leaf to steeped tea to admiring the spent leaves at the end. I would highly recommend making sure you follow the temperature suggestion so you don’t burn the leaves and end up with a bitter cup of tea, because it’s just so pleasant! I really enjoyed the crispness in this tea and the umami notes.

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