The other day, a customer came into the store to ask a question about one of the teas I had talked to him about a couple of weeks prior. He had been drinking genmai cha and was wondering what the difference was between that and the genmai hoji cha that we carry here at The Drink Station. Once I explained the difference, which is essentially just the addition of roasted green tea, he was intent on trying it. So, I whipped him up a cup so he could enjoy the aroma and he was instantly sold. He purchased 2 ounces of the genmai hoji cha to take home with him and was shocked at how much less expensive it was than the genmai cha he purchased at a competitor's store when it had so much more flavor. Well, the secret is in our packaging - we don't spend money on fancy packaging! It's all about the functionality and then we're able to pass the savings on to you, the customer, which helps us spread good tea to more people. Buuuut, that's not the purpose of this blog post.
Once I packaged his tea and was about to hand it to him, I asked him if I could prepare him some samples to take with him. Usually, people are happy to take home as many samples as they can get away with but this particular guy didn't want any. He said, and I quote, "I got what I came here to get."
But, of course, I cannot take no for an answer. So, I asked him if there was nothing else in our catalog that interested him. He said that he was only interested in the tea he purchased because it was a Japanese tea and he recently discovered that he liked the roasted Japanese teas. It was that moment that I knew I would have to force some of our Sencha onto him. I told him that he would likely enjoy the Shizuoka Sencha that we stock and I quickly packaged him a small sample to take home after explaining the differences between shaded and non-shaded Sencha varieties.
I already had the tea sitting out so I decided to make myself a quick cup just to remind myself of why I just recommended the tea and also why I purchased it in the first place. Holy guacamole! That sencha was really remarkable. I mean it. It's amazing that it steeps so quickly yet has so much flavor which can be extracted over and over again. I drank the first cup rather quickly since I didn't have to wait for it to cool down and then made to cups of iced sencha to take with me on me errands.
I was really impressed with the flavor of our sencha tea and see now why I purchased it in the first place! It may be light in color but it packs a ton of delicious flavor into the tea and the aroma. If I could only recommend one tea for this month, it would be the sencha which is strange for me since I'm such a fan of Taiwanese teas. I was so impressed that I apparently felt the need to blog about the experience. Haha I don't really have anything else to say about the tea other than it's really delicious. I hope you have the chance to swing by and try some or simply purchase a sampler or an ounce to experience it for yourself. Have a nice day! :o)