Japanese tea has a soothing effect. Since people drink it every day, they want to choose quality tea. Below, we'll outline some tips for choosing good tea.
When choosing a tea, it's important to note the color of the leaves, glaze, and scent.
When making it, water color and getting the most nutritional nourishment are what's important.
With Sencha, try holding it first and choose one that feels heavy. Try to drink with tea leaves that are full of green as well as ones that are thin, hard, round, have a glaze, and feel good to touch. Having a clear, gold water color with the perfect balance of taste and bitterness makes for good Sencha.
Gyokuro must also be judged by its appearance and smell. Carefully twisted leaves made of soft wakame (sea mustard) is the key. Choose Gyokuro with leaves that have a rich, green color and ones that are as pointy as needle tips (or the edge of knife as they say). Good Gyokuro should have a distinct, nori-like (seaweed) smell and lots of flavor you'll actually feel when tasting it.
Tea is sold at grocery stores and convenience stores, but if you want to get good Japanese tea,
it's recommended to go to a tea expert where you can taste test, get advice about what to look for in products,
and how to make tea.
It may feel a bit awkward to do this, but you'll learn about comparing leaf samples that are in the same price ranges, judging based on smells, and most importantly, become able to choose tea a whole lot better with the help of an expert.
It's also possible to buy via mail order or online from tea farmers or small retailers. A vendor that doesn't expose the tea leaves to the outdoor air and light and one whose facility is topnotch and whose products are meticulously taken care of is highly recommended. The amount of tea you purchase at any given time can help retain the quality as well. You'll always have delicious, good quality tea if you don't let it sit out more than two weeks.