Review: American Tea Room Special Reserve Midori Sencha

American Tea Room, Calendula Tea, Green Tea, Hibiscus Tea, Lavender Tea, Melon Tea, Rose Tea, Safflower Tea, Sencha Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up!"It really does taste exactly like melons less that slightly acidic taste that accompanies eating actual melon."
Laura’s Teaview: 9/10
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lepalaismidorisencha"The taste is smooth, balanced and only lightly sweet, as anything more would overshadow the nuances of this delicate interplay of green melon and green tea. The paper-thin aftertaste subtly echoes the flavor of this astounding Special Reserve tea." ---American Tea Room website.

I must confess that I have a weakness for good melon tea. I recently placed a rather large sample order with American Tea Room and one of the reasons for my order was to check out this Special Reserve Midori Sencha. One thing about American Tea Room is that most of teas that I have tried from them have been good if not impressive.

When I tore open my sample, I was immediately greeted by a rather intense melon aroma. It smells delicious and made my mouth water with anticipation. I prepared this using water cut short of steaming and infused for 2 min. The sample is pretty to look at with lots of pops of color from a number of different flower petal shreds used in the blend. American Tea Room lists the ingredients in this one as light-steamed Japanese green tea, Japanese muskmelon, Japanese ibari melon, Chinese safflower, Egyptian hibiscus fruit and calendula, French lavender, and Chilean and Pakistani rose petals. The flavor is spot on the melons and the green tea base pairs perfectly with them. The flavor profile is full and I had an internal argument as to whether it erred more on the side of cantaloupe or honeydew melons. In the end, I decided it is more honeydew than cantaloupe. The light vegetalness of the Sencha gives authenticity to the melon flavor. It really does taste exactly like melons less that slightly acidic taste that accompanies eating actual melon. This blend has a lot of natural sweetness to it and no sweetener is required to enjoy it so I would hold off on any sweetener until after you taste it. I also prepared a cup of this iced and found it to be very enjoyable.

Overall, this is a very well done offering from American Tea Room. While this blend is a bit of a splurge if you love melons and green tea, then I doubt you will be disappointed. The green tea base is slightly vegetal, mild and smooth. The flavor profile is robust and it tastes exactly like melons. It tastes so legitimate that it almost seems like someone dripped melon juice directly into your cup! Thumbs up!

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