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drank Tencha by Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
593 tasting notes

Another unique tea from Cameron’s Obubu Tea Farm’s collection. I’ve always been curious to try tencha, the precursor to matcha, but it’s not an easy tea to find.

The familiar smell of matcha, those deep vegetal and umami notes, greet you upon opening the pouch. The leaf looks like a typical sencha although it has more broken leaves and small particle than other Obubu teas. The steeped tea tastes indeed like matcha. Soft peat moss earthiness, umami, and assertive notes of broccoli and spinach. It tastes like a thin matcha but without the intensity and chalkiness. As someone who finds straight matcha too aggressive, I appreciated the lighter, more delicate flavor of this tencha.

Thanks Cameron for once again expanding my experience!

Flavors: Broccoli, Earth, Grass, Spinach, Umami

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
Mastress Alita

I’m with you, I like matcha but find it too assertive/bitter to take it plain. Since I have to have it in baking, lattes, or smoothies, I rarely see the reason to get “fancy” matcha over culinary.

LuckyMe

I usually buy the cheapest ceremonial grade for lattes as I haven’t found a good culinary grade matcha yet. What culinary matcha do you recommend?

Cameron B.

I still need to try this one, I’ve never tried tencha before either! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)

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Mastress Alita

I’m with you, I like matcha but find it too assertive/bitter to take it plain. Since I have to have it in baking, lattes, or smoothies, I rarely see the reason to get “fancy” matcha over culinary.

LuckyMe

I usually buy the cheapest ceremonial grade for lattes as I haven’t found a good culinary grade matcha yet. What culinary matcha do you recommend?

Cameron B.

I still need to try this one, I’ve never tried tencha before either! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)

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My Rating Criteria:

95 to 100: Top shelf stuff. Loved this tea and highly recommend it

90 to 94: Excellent. Enjoyed this tea and would likely repurchase

80 to 89: Good but not great. I liked it though it may be lacking in some aspects. I’ll finish it but probably won’t buy again

70 to 79: Average at best. Not terrible but wouldn’t willingly drink again

60 to 69: Sub-par. Low quality tea, barely palatable

59 and below: Bleh

Fell into tea many years ago and for a long time my experience was limited to Japanese greens and flavored Teavana teas. My tea epiphany happened when I discovered jade oolongs. That was my gateway drug to the world of high quality tea and teaware.

For the most part, I drink straight tea but do appreciate a good flavored tea on occasion. I love fresh green and floral flavors and as such, green tea and Taiwanese oolongs will always have a place in my cupboard. After avoiding black tea forever, Chinese blacks have started to grow on me. I’m less enthusiastic about puerh though. I also enjoy white tea and tisanes but reach for them less frequently.

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