In Japan, green tea is a pretty big deal. Hojicha, gyokuro, genmaicha, matcha, and who could possibly forget about sencha? Momo Tea is a local company that specializes in bringing high quality tea (including all of those previously mentioned) directly from Japan for the masses to enjoy. This past February, I had the pleasure of meeting Momo Yoshida (founder of Momo Tea) at the 2019 Toronto Tea Festival where I was able to preview her inventory in-person. Even though peach is one of my favourite fruits, after one taste of Ringo Sencha, I wound up buying a whole bag immediately after. Today’s post is an in-depth look at Momo Tea’s Ringo Sencha, which translates to ‘apple’ in Japanese.
The packaging for Ringo Sencha is incredibly simple. The tea is enclosed in a resealable foil pouch with two stickers: on the front and back. At the front is Momo Tea’s company logo (coloured red, as opposed to the pink elsewhere), as well as the tea name (in both English & Japanese). At the back is the tea name repeated, website, ingredients list, best before date, and production location. The dry leaf is made up of bits of dried apple and thin, needle-shaped tea leaves that are of a rich, deep dark shade of green. It’s comparable to dried seaweed (also known as nori) that has been roasted. The listed ingredients are: green tea and dried apple. Upon cutting the bag open and breaking the seal, a potent green apple scent rushes out. I love how natural and sweet this flavoured sencha smells. None of that fake stuff here!
Online, Momo Tea demonstrates how to make sencha (in a teapot) using water heated between 80°C-90°C (176°F-194°C) and brewed for just one minute. At 175°F, I steeped Ringo Sencha for a minute exactly.
The scent of Ringo Sencha once it has been steeped is nothing compared to when it’s dry, the smell has waned/died down considerably, but is definitely still intriguing. It reminds me of applesauce, ironically enough. The colour of the brew is that of a muted yellow-green. It’s actually lighter than I imagined it would be. Although somewhat subtle, the flavour of the ringo (apple) is not one you have to search super hard for. It tastes exactly how it smells - 100% natural and sweet, which speaks volumes for the quality of this tea! For all my purists out there, the sencha is still prominent in each and every sip. A very typical Japanese sencha experience, but with the bonus of fruit and minus the bitterness. Three words I would use to describe Ringo Sencha would be: clean, crisp, and refreshing.
This is my second time trying this tea, and I’m honestly impressed all over again. I really like how the apple flavour translates, it doesn’t come off artificial in the slightest. It really adds a bit of dimension to this tea, and I would definitely recommend Ringo Sencha if you’re a fan of straight teas, but want to try something a little different. I personally don’t love green apple flavoured products, but this one completely won me over…I’m already dreaming about how good it’s going to taste iced!
This could be a tough question for some, but… Do you prefer green tea from Japan or China? Sound off in the comments below!
Stay tuned for a post that features a company with tea-licious teas!
Until we steep again…