Day 16: Japanese Sencha

Happy Wednesday, folks!

We hope your December has been filled with peaceful moments and clarity- something that today’s tea almost demands of you from your first sip. Remember to give yourself breaks this holiday season that are just for you. You’re worth it. And so are we- ready?

Tea: Japanese Sencha

Description: Japanese monks were writing about tea in the 9th century, but the world had to wait until 1740 for Sencha, when a tea merchant named Nagatani perfected a new process of steaming, rolling and heat-drying green tea. The result? An emerald-green tea that’s refreshing and smooth. No wonder it’s Japan’s most popular drink.

Ingredients: Steamed Japanese green tea from Mount Fuji, Japan.

The first time Stacey and I had this tea was two years back- it was a cold blistery day and as soon as we took our first sips we immediately craved sushi. So, we did what any sane people do when in the dead of winter in the capital- we bundled up with our hats, mittens, and scarves and hustled into the cold wind to the nearest sushi restaurant. With our maki on its way, we indulged in this simple and delicious, light and caring, perfect green tea (Read about it here).

Today, however, we’re at it again with busy schedules and barely enough time to spend a few minutes together over Skype.

Brooke: Mmm- this one is so zen! I wish I was somewhere more peaceful.
Stacey: I am so brought back to our sushi adventure two years ago in the Byward Market. This is the kind of green tea you want to have in your cupboard.
Brooke: I appreciate its simplicity- very unlike DAVIDsTEA on the whole, yet so exceptional.
Stacey: It’s refreshing, really. Not everyone likes the crazy flavours. Though, not everyone likes this flavour, apparently. My mom said it tasted like smelly socks.
Brooke: What?! Was she drinking the same tea?
Stacey: I have no idea. I thought she would have liked it, it’s a green tea. I love it.
Brooke: Me too. It’s so lightly steeped, and so few leaves are needed to get the flavours you want. Mmm. I would want to have this at Spa Nordik .
Stacey: Oh yes!! You would want to have this in a bathrobe and get a massage afterward. I really like this one.
Brooke: I love how easy going it is. Can teas be easy going?
Stacey: Fun fact- while the tea is the same from two years ago, it looks like it’s from a different part of Japan!
Brooke: They’ve always got to change something…

Final thoughts:

Stacey: This tea is seems good for productivity, it’s a simple green tea which all you really need.  While my family may not enjoy it, I give it a thumbs up. Now I really am craving sushi again…

Brooke: This tea hides nothing and ask nothing in return. It’s simple, delightful, and would go perfectly with a warm hot bubble bath (if you aren’t feeling a glass of merlot). Cheers, David!

Twitter seemed pleased, too:

 Organic sencha is delightfully bright green! Smooth and vegetal, maybe a little fruity?
Day 16! Only eight more days of tea, I’m so sad. Today is a great, light green tea.
Day 16 tea is organic Japanese sencha and it’s a wonderful green tea! ❤
Don’t forget to take a moment for yourself, readers!
Until next tea,
Brooke and Stacey

Ahhhh.

Japanese Sencha

Hello friends!

So usually when Brooke and I review teas, we do so in the warmth of our cozy apartment. Especially with -39C weather. Today… we made an exception. We ventured out on a freezing cold day in Ottawa to drink and review our tea elsewhere. Why? As soon as we smelled our Organic Japanese Sencha steeping, we could only think one thing. SUSHI.

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Tea: Organic Japanese Sencha

DAVIDsTEA Description: Light and Brisk

Japanese monks were writing about tea in the 9th century, but the world had to wait until 1740 for Sencha, when a tea merchant named Nagatani perfected a new process of steaming, rolling and heat-drying green tea. The result? An emerald-green tea that’s refreshing, smooth and high in antioxidants. No wonder it’s Japan’s most popular drink.

Ingredients: Fine organic steamed Japanese green tea from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

To get started we put 2 tsp of tea into a tea pot and let our leaves steep in 74°C for 3 minutes. With one whiff, our stomachs were in the mood for a full on sushi lunch, so we poured our tea into travel thermoses and were off!

Stacey: Want to have a quick sip before we head out?
Brooke: Yeah, let’s do it!

*Sip*

Stacey: Oh yes, definitely a sushi green tea.
Brooke: Sushi!!!

On our way to our favourite sushi joint, Sushi Zone in the Byward market, Brooke dropped her thermos (of course). Luckily she had a Contigo thermos from Costco and not a drop of tea was spilled. (Shout out to Brooke’s Mom for that wonderful buy!)

Our walk to the market was not a long one but we were very  happy to be sheltered from the elements after being exposed to wickedly cold wind. Once we began to thaw, we took our order and we were ready for an all-Japanese experience.

Adorable Woman Behind the Counter: Would you like a drink with that?
Brooke: Oh no, thank you. We’ve got that covered.

*omnomnom* …*sip*

Brooke: Mmm, this tea has a bit a more flavour than the tea you would typically get at a sushi place. I think they steep their tea for less time, so it’s usually a bit more watered down. With ours you can really taste the  difference in the sencha preparation.
Stacey: Yeah, I wish we had it in little cups like sushi places though, it would complete the experience.
Brooke: It’s a great strong flavour, perfect with our salmon and tuna rolls. Wow. Best tea review ever. I wish every tea made us have the urge to go eat out!
Stacey: The question is, would we be drink this without sushi?
Brooke: …I would. Totally. A small amount, though. Not a whole cup.
Stacey: I think it would depend on the day for me. I wouldn’t take it to work but I would enjoy this at home.
*pause to eat more sushi*
Stacey: This is way too big; I mean, how do they expect you to put ALL that in your mouth? Really?!
Brooke: LOL…. Hey, you know, it’s been 40 minutes since we steeped the teas and the flavour is still just as strong. I say we try putting our brews in a thermos for the next teas that we review. Spencer, an avid reader of ours, suggested we try this to maintain the flavour and temperature of the tea. After this experience, it seems like it does wonders for both!

Brooke went on to say how happy she was that we were out eating sushi together and she was grinning from ear to ear. While I was also pretty happy, I was less…uh…expressive with my emotions.

Stacey: Brooke, I don’t know how you do it, being so animated when you’re happy. I would get so exhausted.
Brooke: Well Stacey, I say if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!

Tea Vibes:

Brooke: Great green tea. It’s got a wonderful aroma that fits perfectly with you. I’d love to have some of this in our cupboard as long as we’re not constantly rushing out to get sushi. Bam. Also, shout out to Contigo thermoses, you kept my tea hot and safe when battling Ottawa weather. Win! 9/10

Stacey: I have to agree with Brooke on this one, this was one tasty green tea. It was the perfect match for sushi but don’t worry if you find yourself without this tasty dish; this tea stands on its own. Its toasty flavour will have you feeling good and ready to conquer the day (even if involves cold Ottawa weather). I would be interested in having more of this tea more often. 9/10

Mmm, looks like Brooke and I are back on track. Tune in next time, when we hopefully review another tea that prompts us to dine out. Yum! Yum!

Until next tea,
Stacey and Brooke

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