2018 Vox Populi - Sencha Assam
Chota Tingrai Estate — Tinsukia, Assam, India
Senchas, typically from Japan, are known for their intensely grassy flavor profile. This is due to the steaming process they use, which draws out more of the chlorophyll like in a vegetable, rather than the typical green tea method of pan-frying or roasting. While this method is used almost exclusively in Japan, we have found the exception to the rule.
Our Vox Populi is a sublimely unique tea. Grown on the Chota Tingrai family estate south of Tinsukia in far northeastern Assam, India, the Vox Populi features all those subtle malty notes you know and love, but in a completely different way. Intense grassiness comes out like a typical sencha, but with undertones of malt like you'd expect from an Assam black! This one needs very little time, only a minute 15 in the cup, and easily goes a second, third, maybe even a fourth round. Remember to watch the water temperature on this one! Boiling water will make the tea bitter and scorch the leaves, ruining the flavor.
- Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
- Use 80°C/175°F water
- Steep for 1:15, strain leaves, and enjoy!
- Too strong? Drop to 30 seconds, or use 5g of leaf instead!
- Too light? Kick it up by 30 seconds, or use 10g of leaf instead!
Organic Indian Assam steamed green tea.