Blizzard Blues

Smack dab in the middle of winter, it’s hard to keep up hope for Spring. Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and the excitement has sadly worn off from it. With all the winter storms and blizzards coming and going, the world outside the window becomes white and colorless and the only reason to come …

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June Tea of The Month – Sencha Japanese

Quick Blurb: Sencha is Japan's most popular type of tea. Sencha is traditionally a Japanese green tea that is made from leaves of the Japanese tea bush. In recent years, Sencha teas have been known to be produced in China, South Korea, and other countries. In 1740, a Kyoto tea master named Soen Nagatani developed …

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Sencha from Sri Lanka? Yep!

A vendor posted on Twitter that they carried in their product line a sencha that was grown and processed in Sri Lanka. Needless to say, that raised a few eyebrows, especially among those carrying and selling sencha from Japan. Time to take a closer look. First, what is “sencha”? Some sources say it simply means …

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Tea and the Olympics: Track and Field

Track and Field is an extensive Olympic sport, consisting of 47 separate events: 26 running events, 3 walking events, 16 field events, the decathlon (men) and heptathlon (women). They are spread over ten days during this Olympics, but if you are only going to watch one, I would suggest the 11th of August, as all eight …

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The Many Moods of Sencha

As I mentioned to my esteemed editor when I proposed this article, some of the worst teas I've ever tasted were sencha. On the other hand, some of the best teas I've ever had the pleasure to sample were sencha. Which is something that could probably be said about many varieties of tea - Assam …

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Japanese Teas Revisited

Recently, I revisited some teas from Japan that I had tried previously and had reacted to with less than a positive and enthusiastic manner. The results were a revelation. Part of learning and growing is re-trying something you tried years (or maybe even only months, weeks, or days) ago all over again to see if …

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Making Sense of Sencha

Making sense of Sencha (a style of Japanese green tea) can be a bit tricky for many of us tea drinkers used to Indian, Ceylonian, African, and Chinese teas. Where tea is concerned, Japanese teas seem a world unto themselves. Processing Sencha is the “secret of its success” for the most part. The first Senchas …

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Cha Cha Cha: Japanese Tea

When it comes to quantity, Japan is not a top producer or consumer of tea, but tea drinking is still an integral part of Japanese culture. One of Japan’s greatest contributions to tea drinking, the Japanese tea ceremony, is renowned the world over. Tea came to Japan by way of China. Tea seeds may have …

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Review — Japanese Sencha Tea

The Subject: Japanese Sencha Tea from The English Tea Store. Water temperature: 180° F Steeping time: 3 minutes Tea type: Green Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A Aroma, dry: Pleasant grassiness, a hint of spinach Aroma in the cup, plain: Mild, grassy Taste, plain: Mild, grassy, no bitterness or spinach taste Aroma in the cup, enhanced: N/A …

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Green Tea to Go

The ideal tea situation for me means sitting at my table outside, listening to birds chirp as I pour small cups from my cast iron tea pot, the leaves having plenty of room for their gentle unfurling and floating. But of course, the reality quite often falls short of the ideal, and I’ve got to …

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