It’s been a while since I reviewed a sencha, but thankfully Ippodo sent me their Hosen Sencha.
This sencha blend is of premium quality according to Ippodo, and above it there’s extra-premium and ultra-premium.
The tea leaves come in a 100 gr bag, as you can see in the picture.
Inside, there are fresh green tea leaves that are shiny and tightly rolled into a needle shape. It’s without a doubt a high quality sencha.
With such a tempting tea, I was having a hard time waiting for the water to boil 🙂
Tasting Hosen Sencha
As I do for every sencha, I used 4 grams of tea leaves for 1 minute in 60 ml (2 oz) of water at 80°C (176°F).
The wet leaves smell like seaweed. It’s quite good.
The tea itself still has a creamy aroma to it, while still having the fresh smell of sencha.
This tea is definitely rich, with a fresh aftertaste.
I also made another infusion, this time the tea had a brighter color and the taste was similar except that it was a little more bitter. Still enjoyable, though.
Conclusion: A refreshing green tea with a rich taste and a wonderful aroma.