REVIEW: Fortnum & Mason – Sencha

Fortnum and Mason - Sencha

Tea: Sencha tea from the Zhejiang Province, China.
Purchased at: Fortnum & Mason (December 2012).
Retail price: £7.25 (125 gram tin).
Link to sencha tea on Fortnum & Mason site.

My comments:
The dry leaf of this tea is light green in colour, leafy in appearance, and has been well sorted to remove sticks. It, however, lacks a great deal of aroma to form a strong first impression.

I tried brewing this tea numerous ways: various water temperatures, tea to water ratios, and brewing times. Using a slightly hotter water temperature (around 90C degrees) and a longer brew time (2 to 2.5 minutes) seemed to work the best. However, even when using this method, I would have to say that this tea was not to my liking. The liquor is pale and lacks taste and aroma. It only vaguely contains the kind of sweet and grassy characteristics that make sencha a unique drinking experience.

My review: 2.5/5

Steeped two minutes


About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)
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