Review: Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Orange Sencha

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Thumbs up!"A harmonious blend of a smooth yet light sencha and refreshingly tangy Italian red oranges."
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two-leaves-orange-sencha.jpgTwo Leaves and a Bud's Organic Orange Sencha marries Italian red oranges with full leaf Japanese green tea in this harmonious fusion of Eastern and Western flavors. The second I opened my tea tin, I was greeted by a strong tangy aroma, followed by rich floral notes. However, I thought that the tangy aroma overpowered the more delicate florals. The loose tea leaves were comprised mainly of rather large and long leaves, with a fair amount of sunflower petals and the occasional twig.

On to the tea liquor itself, it was somewhat of a finicky brew, but tasted amazing when prepared correctly. First, I used a gaiwan to brew 5 grams of tea with 8 ounces of water at 175F for 90 seconds. I was unimpressed with the subdued, lackluster flavor this brew yielded. Second, I brewed a fresh set of leaves with an increased steep time of 120 seconds. These parameters produced a superb liquor - a slightly tangy top note, followed by a smooth yet light body, and a refreshing floral aftertaste. The second infusion (for 130 seconds) yielded a cloudy liquor with a more pronounced sencha taste and subdued orange accents.

Overall, I would rate this tea 8.5/10 - a harmonious blend of a smooth yet light sencha and refreshingly tangy Italian red oranges.

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One Response to “Review: Two Leaves and a Bud Organic Orange Sencha”

  1. Tea Manski Says:

    Thanks for this review, it helped a lot in finding a delicious blend from Two Leaves and a Bud. I must say too that of all the black tea I’ve tried, they have it spot on, with two good flavors: Assam Breakfast Tea and my favorite Organic Darjeeling, great with a little cream, even Bailey’s..wink wink..Enjoy!

    My Rating: 9/10

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