Sencha from Shizouka

My Sencha story

Sencha tea was introduced to me by a friend of mine only 2 years ago. Before that, I used to drink Earl Grey and Lipton. My tea drinking habits were not that healthy before because I used a lot of sugar (because Earl Grey and Lipton teas dry my throat), when I say a lot I mean like 3 or 4 tablespoons of sugar. No wonder I was close to being diabetic. My blood sugar was high so my doctor strongly advised me to cut down on sweets. Good thing that my friend invited me to her place one day and served a pot of Japanese green tea. From the first time in my life, I drank tea without sugar. My throat did not get that dry sensation and the aroma is just really good. I fell in love with Sencha instantly so I ordered my first pack of Sencha from our Japanese friend who is selling snacks and drinks from Japan. Sencha tea is also my very first loose tea.

Moving on,

I received the teas which I ordered from my friend a week ago. This is one of the Japanese teas, Sencha from Shizouka. A pack weighs 100 grams and it costs 85 NOK.

I transferred around 1/4 of the tea leaves into the tea can and kept the rest in the coldest place in the flat. As much as possible I want my tea leaves to remain fresh and to last longer. And then I brew a pot to myself. I used a teaspoon full Sencha leaves and filled the pot with water (80 degrees C) and brewed the tea for max 2 minutes.

When it comes to the taste, it is sweeter and a bit milder compared to other teas that I have tasted. But you can of course adjust the strength by brewing it longer, adding more tea leaves or using hotter water.

 

Sencha tea
Cool green packaging
Sencha tea
Instructions with pictures. Good for those who cannot read kanji like me.
Sencha tea
My tea caddy given by a friend.
Sencha tea
Sencha leaves.


Sencha tea
A peek inside the teapot.
Sencha tea
The set up today.

Letter T(ea)

Drinking tea is a part of my lifestyle and my diet. In fact, I drink at least a pot of tea everyday. My favorite tea is Sencha (green tea from Japan) followed by Genmaicha (green tea with roasted rice) and then Oolong tea  (from China). I love teas because of its health benefits and because they bring back some childhood memories.

When I was younger, I used to drink those teas in teabags like for example Lipton and Twinings. Those teas are good but when I was introduced to Japanese loose tea, I fell in love with it instantly. From that moment, I knew that I have to order Japanese tea right away.

My partner introduced Oolong tea to me. Oolong’s aroma and taste has captivated my senses too and some memories from my past came back (I got a bit sentimental then.), like when I was sick my mom or grandma used to give me this kind of tea to me. I am not Chinese but I grew up with some Chinese culture in me because first I was surrounded by Chinese friends. Second, my great grandfather (according to my grandpa) was 1/4 or 1/2 Chinese. Then last, my grandfather’s business establishment was just a couple of blocks away from Manila’s China Town so he had lots of Chinese customers and made friends from that community too. So every year I got lots of Chinese stuff/gifts like moon cakes, hongbao (red envelope) and li hing mui (red salty dried plum) from my grandpa’s friends. I learned some Chinese words and characters/alphabets as well but too bad I cannot remember them anymore.

 

I cannot read what the tea packet says here. Well, some of the packets has the Latin alphabet translations but not this pack in the picture. How I wish we had Chinese at school! I thought that it was Oolong tea but when I opened the packet it was not Oolong leaves inside but red tea. At first I did not know what kind of tea it was but thanks to Mr. Wikipedia I found the answer. Here it is:

In Chinese and the languages of neighboring countries, black tea is known as “red tea” (Japanese 紅茶 kōcha; Korean 홍차 hongcha, Bengali লাল চা Lal cha, Assamese ৰঙা চাহ Ronga chah), a description of the colour of the liquid; the Western term “black tea” refers to the colour of the oxidized leaves. In Chinese, “black tea” is a commonly used classification for post-fermented teas, such as Pu-erh tea; outside of China and its neighbouring countries, “red tea” more commonly refers to rooibos, a South African herbal tea.

 

 

Chinese Red Tea
Chinese characters/symbols.Too bad I cannot understand what it says. Can someone translate to English? Thanks!
Chinese Red Tea
Still Chinese symbols. What are you telling me?
Chinese Red Tea
You are not my good fried Oolong, but I like you. You smell nice! 🙂

 

Chinese Red Tea
Ooh.. You got one sexy color. 😛

Moving on, this post is by the way my take on this week’s The Daily Post’s challenge, Alphabet.