Sunday Tea and Books: Japanese Sencha Saga Green

Sunday Tea and Books: Japanese Sencha Saga Green

I’m writing this in a rush because I’ll be leaving soon to take part in Doors Open in downtown Toronto today. My husband and I did the same yesterday, and the weather was perfect, so we’ve got high hopes for today.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at some straight (that is, unflavoured) green tea.

Today’s tea: Japanese Sencha Saga Green from Simple Loose Leaf

How I brewed it: I followed the package’s steeping directions fairly closely – 1 tsp per 8 oz, steeped at 179F (81C) for 3 minutes. Unlike the last few weeks where I’ve been icing my teas, I’m drinking this one hot.

What it’s like: I’ve had a few other sencha teas lately so it’s quite interesting to drink this one in comparison. The ones I tried before were rather savoury and marine/mineral in flavour. Japanese sencha saga green is much lighter and sweeter – buttery, slightly nutty, but not very savoury. In fact, it reminds me more of a Chinese green tea than a Japanese one, which is really interesting. I tend to like teas on the sweeter end of the spectrum anyway, so this is pretty good. The dry leaf was a light emerald green, but it was a little dusty and broken-up; despite this, the tea isn’t bitter or astringent at all. The colour of the brewed tea is a light yellow-green, like tender young shoots.

But what character does it make me think of? Because of the name of the tea – “Saga” – and the fact that I just read Saga, Volume 3 in time for the comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples to resume publishing, I’m going to be incredibly unimaginative and try to think of characters from the comic series that would fit this tea. (Also, I’m wearing my Lying Cat t-shirt right now. I am nothing if not consistent.)

So, a character that’s young, sweet, and gentle. I’m going to have to go with Hazel, the series’ narrator, Marko and Alana’s daughter – and the reason that the whole story is happening in the first place. Although so far we’ve only seen her depicted in the comic as a baby or a young child, her introspective narration gives the story a sense of grounding and humanity. And I’d like to think that after a long, hard day of making the universe realize that war is pointless, she’d want to settle down by drinking a relaxing cup of tea like this.

Where you can get it: Japanese Sencha Saga Green is on sale from Simple Loose Leaf here.

Note: I received this tea from Simple Loose Leaf for free to review.