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grassy – The Year of Tea

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Episode 033: Bancha

There are a lot of different varieties of green tea — matcha, sencha, gyokuro, etc. — and with these varieties come different flavor profiles. When someone says to me “I don’t like green tea”, I immediately think that they probably haven’t tried different ones.

Bancha is my green tea variety of choice — mellow and mature and suitable for daily drinking. It’s not as aromatic as sencha, but it has a nice robust flavor that goes well with a lot of different foods. Which green tea variety is your favorite?

Episode 034: Sencha

Yesterday, I drank bancha, and today, it’s sencha! It doesn’t take a sophisticated palette to discern between the flavors of sencha and bancha. Sencha has a light, sweet vegetal taste whereas bancha is a bit more robust and nutty. It tastes very “green”…if that makes sense.

Don’t break the bank buying sencha from those big tea vendors — hit up your local Japanese market!

Purchase Yamamotoyama’s Sencha

Episode 152: Ti Kuan Yin

I love a really good quality oolong, and this Ti Kuan Yin from Ocean of Tea is right up my alley. This is one of China’s most prized oolong teas! You can also find it under the names iron Buddha, iron goddess or tieguanyin.

There’s a lot of history and complex process behind ti kuan yin, but the end result is definitely worth it! The flavor is buttery and grassy (actually, a bit like collard greens), and there are a lot of health benefits. You can also get multiple infusions from this, so you really get a lot for the cost. What’s not to love about any of that?

Purchase Ocean of Tea’s Ti Kuan Yin

Episode 200: Matcha

200 episodes! We’re more than halfway on this tea journey, so I thought it would be a great time to finally give matcha a try. This fine powdered green tea can be drunk straight or added to a number of foods or drinks to give a green tea flavor. Check out my Instagram post and see what I used to prepare it!

This matcha from Zhi Tea is from Japan, and I found it very grassy with a bit of a chalky aftertaste. Matcha can be pricey depending on the quality (ceremonial grade or culinary grade), but it also has a lot of great health benefits. It’s worth giving a try if you’re into green tea!

Purchase Zhi Tea’s Matcha

Episode 319: Golden Oolong Tea

Oh…another bottled tea. I’ve got plenty of loose leaf teas left, but work has been busy and I’ve had a lot on my plate, so bottled teas have been my go-to drink for the past few weeks. Today, it’s Ito En’s Golden Oolong Tea. This unsweetened tea is a blend of huan jin hui (also known as Golden Cinnamon) and ti kuan yin (also known as Iron Goddess or tieguanyin).

Taste-wise, it’s really the best of both oolongs! The huan jin hui brings a nice toasty warm flavor with a whisper of cinnamon, and the ti kuan yin is nice and grassy with a bit of a stewed greens flavor. Together, it’s a pretty nice robust blend that would go well with food or on a hot day. Nice!

Purchase Ito En’s Golden Oolong Tea (12-pack)