Sencha: King of green teas
It originates in Japan and is overflowing with beneficial properties.
This is a very pleasant and invigorating tea perfect for hot spring and summer days. It is also ideal for our wellbeing especially when our thoughts turn to trying on those swimsuits and bikinis!
Let’s take a closer look at this delightful tea’s characteristics.
Sencha tea loves the heat of the spring which is why it grows best in sun drenched lands. In many regions this tea is picked between March and May when the luxurious fields release all the scents of spring. After picking, Sencha tea leaves are immediately steam cooked in order to block the oxidation. This method which allows the preservation of all the beneficial properties in the leaves of this green tea is rarely found in other parts of the world.
A cup of Sencha a day
But exactly how good for you is this green tea? Even though in Italy we only seem to have cottoned on very recently, in many other countries it is a known and accepted fact.
In Japan for example, for centuries “tea is drunk like water”. However in Japan tea takes on a wider, more philosophical significance. It is in Japan that the ancient tea ceremony takes place, known as Chanoyu. This ceremony dates back to the Zen Buddhist Masters of the XIV and XV centuries.
Then, as now and second only to water tea is the most drunk beverage in Japan. But which is the most sought after variety?
Well Sencha of course! On a national level Sencha tea holds 80% overall production. Whether it is because of the fresh and balanced flavour or for its numerous beneficial properties, the fact remains that the Japanese enjoy a cup of Sencha tea a day.
And we can do no other than agree with the Japanese peoples. Sencha tea is rich with antioxidants, it stimulates the metabolism and is also a diuretic.
As with all our teas this is of the highest quality and because of its low caffeine content it can be drunk throughout the day and into the late evening.
Babingtons Sencha Tea
Have we made you curious to try this tea? At Babingtons you will find our fabulous blends based on Sencha tea and enriched with natural aromas.
And remember, you can choose to drink this tea in the comfort of your own home, or in our historic Tea Rooms. Perhaps during an afternoon tea with an old friend, or a light lunch with one of delicious fresh salads. Sencha Tea is slightly salty and is therefore ideal to take with either sweet or savoury foods.
A Stroll through the Forum
Let us begin with the fourth in our luxury line, The Seven Teas of Rome. A Stroll through the Forum is a fine and delicious blend, where we have taken three highly selected Sencha teas and enriched them with natural ingredients.
So we give free reign to the citrus fresh flavours of orange and lime zest, cedar and bergamot; to the scents of wild red berries, hibiscus and rosehip and finally to the sweetness of 100% natural orange, lemon, vanilla and bergamot essential oils.
A Stroll through the forum is prepared by using 2 – 3 gr of tea leaves to 200 ml of water at 90°C. Allow to infuse for 1 or 2 minutes and savour in its natural state.
Citrus Blossom Tea
Citrus Blossom tea is one of our scented blends, a selection of white, black and green teas enriched with petals, fruits and spices.
We have chosen to blend Sencha green tea with seven citruses and the result is a refreshing and invigorating tea which is perfect for hot summer afternoons.
Citrus Blossom tea is prepared by using 2-3 gr of tealeaves with pre-boiled water at 85°C. The perfect brewing time is 2-3 minutes. This tea is best in its pure state or with a little sugar.
Cherry Rose Tea
This is a Babingtons iced tea blend, perfect for hot summer days. Cherry Rose Tea is a delicate blend with flowery aromas. Based on green Sencha tea we have enriched this blend with cherry and rose petals, this iconic bloom gives it an irresistible scent.
Cherry Rose Iced Tea is prepared by allowing 10 gr of tea to infuse for 5-6 hours in 1l of water at room temperature. Alternatively you can make iced tea on the rocks by infusing 4gr of Cherry Rose in 250ml of water at 85°C for 2-3 minutes then pour over an ice filled glass.
Whichever technique you prefer, whether it be on the rocks or the cold method we advise you to savour this tea as is or with a small amount of liquid sugar.
These are our Babingtons Sencha teas, we look forward to welcoming you to our tea rooms to try them all!