Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Choosing Japanese Tea 3

These are the few suggestions for choosing Japanese tea for beginners.

 Try sencha first
 What grade to choose
 Two major types of sencha
 Good leaves and bad leaves
 Reliable tea shops

I talked about fist three tips in the past two days. I recommended you to try some futsu-sencha and fukamushi-sencha of nice middle grade. The next tip is …

 Good leaves and bad leaves
Even if you are buying green tea from online shops, I believe you could have a chance to compare the leaves by photos in most cases. I will show you some tips on how to tell apart good leaves from bad ones based on the appearance.

** Good sencha leaves **
Shape: tightly rolled in spindle form, uniform in shape and size, It’s okay to have some tiny broken pieces for fukamushi-sencha, but not too many.
Hue: profound dark green with luster on the surface, yellowish-green for fukamushi-sencha

** Bad sencha leaves **
Shape: flat or crooked pieces, uneven in form and size, contains too many broken pieces or stems
Hue: dry or powdered skin, brownish, reddish, yellowish or any dull color

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When you shop around for sencha on the internet, do not determine the quality just by the price, look for good looking one with profound color and uniform thin spindle-shaped tea. I’ll write one more post regarding to choosing Japanese tea. Talk to you soon (^-^)

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