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Yamama Masudaen Co.'s Japanese Sencha Green Tea - Review

Treat for the Senses

Yamama Masudaen Co. green tea leaves

With so many green tea options out there — from gentle to strong; hot, flavored, or iced—it's sometimes hard to tell what sets a particular brand or type apart. With Yamama Masudaen Co.’s Japanese Sencha, which costs $20 for 100 grams of tea (about 16 pots), the answer is obvious: beauty. Everything about this tea is a treat for the senses. First, the eyes: opening the pretty, decorated pouch reveals vibrantly green leaves which look almost impossibly fresh for something that’s traveled all the way from Japan’s Makinohara Plateau. Next, the nose: a rich, grassy scent wafts up from the leaves as you pour a small amount into the strainer. Then, the eyes again: the tea steeps to a lovely spring green after only 30 seconds. And finally, the mouth: with a delicate flavor accented by just the right amount of sencha-kick, this tea will leave you feeling healthy and restored. As Yamama Masudaen Co.'s Sencha shows, green isn't just the color of ordinary things.

Rating: 14/20

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