Bancha is picked in the later summer in Japan. Broader leaves are used, with a slightly higher level of oxidation that brings out tones of hay and sea breeze. A more robust tea than Sencha, Bancha is an everyday tea consumed at most meals. The majority of tea consumed in Japan is green, with Bancha making a significant percentage of that proportion. Fresh, crisp and clean, our organic Bancha allows for a more mellow tea suitable for all times of the year. Banchas are often overlooked in favor of Senchas, but we feel that our Bancha offers a classic brew well worth exploring, especially as it gives a good idea of the diversity of Japanese teas. With all green teas, we would strongly suggest not using boiling water. Let the water cool for a couple minutes, which will ensure a less bitter brew.
Leaf Type: Green
Where to Purchase: Single Origin Teas
Suggested Brewing Tips:
Serving Size: 3 level teaspoons
Water Temp: 175°F
Steep Time: 30 seconds + 15 seconds each resteep
Suggestions from the vendor:
Traditional Japanese brewing style is to use more leaves (around 3-4 teaspoons), and brew it for shorter times of around 30 seconds. After the 3-4 infusion you can increase the brewing time to over a minute.
Single Origin Teas sent me several generous samples some time ago and I've been meaning to share the reviews with you. Today I'll be reviewing their Organic Bancha and over the next week or so I'll be sharing three additional reviews on Steepster so make sure to come visit me over there and check them out.
Despite my love of Japanese green teas I've never had the opportunity to try Bancha before. I know very little about it other than it is considered to be more mellow flavored than Sencha. I'm not particularly a fan of Sencha, it tends to be more bitter than I care for, but Bancha is another story entirely. When brewed using traditional Japanese methods this tea has a mildly sweet flavor and buttery texture that becomes more pronounced as the tea cools. The flavors aren't nearly as bold or astringent as many other Japanese green teas that I've tried, making it a great tea for beginning tea drinkers or anyone looking to pair their tea a meal. By waiting this long to try Bancha I've been missing out, this tea is one I could enjoy every day and never tire of.
My Rating: 90/100
Would I order this again? Absolutely. I loved the subtle sweetness of this green tea and think this will make an excellent iced tea this summer.
In an effort to be open with my readers I want to let you know that this sample was provided to me free of charge by Single Origin Teas for my review. As always, all opinions are my own.