You butter believe it…
(Green tea, natural roasted butter flavouring.)
DAVIDsTea currently offers around ten different straight green teas, with four of those being of the “sencha” variety. Including Butter Sencha, which is brand new as of today. Now you may be wondering what exactly sets this particular Japanese sencha apart from the others… well, the answer is located in its name. Butter. Most green teas of this variety already possess an innate butter-like quality to them, so why not amplify that? With the addition of some natural flavouring, this tea really shines. Never mind it’s plain Jane look, there is an aroma that is super rich and almost irresistible. It basically commands your attention and appeals to the senses. I’d say it bares slight resemblance to Movie Night and Gyokuro Yamashiro. The colour? A standard yellow-ish green that deepens as it brews and the leaves start to expand.
As is the case with a lot of green teas, Butter Sencha is a little tricky to get just right. The recommended steeping time is between 2 and 3 minutes (I opted for the former option), but even that might have been too much… The initial flavour was a tad bit too strong for my liking. Quite astringent too. But once some more hot water was added to dilute the cup somewhat, I found the tea to be a lot more enjoyable. The butter notes come through perfectly, you can even smell the caramelization to a greater extent once steeped. I can’t say that the thought of drinking melted butter is the most appealing thing in the world, but that’s kind of what this tea is like, and I am kind of surprised at myself for being as fond of it as I am, especially with a touch of honey added. Butter Sencha is really an exceptional green tea. It’s bold, crisp, and smooth going down. A satisfactory choice for those who are still getting a feel for straight green teas, but want to try something a little different at the same time. But be prepared to drop some serious cash… this one is pretty pricey!