I was standing in Waitrose this week pondering whether to buy this tea or the Dragonfly Moroccan Mint … this one won out due to being a) Fairtrade and b) 40p cheaper. So here we are:
Source: “Jacksons Fairtrade green tea is sourced fro a group of farms in South East China …”. I bought this box from Waitrose, I suspect it’s available in other large supermarkets too. Jacksons’ website is being redone at the moment, so you can’t buy online direct from them (I’m not sure if you can normally, but I would guess you probably could).
Cost: The princely sum of £1.59 for 20 teabags. Which is great, especially as it comes in little individual sachets:
Ethics: Fairtrade 🙂
(ingredients: Fairtrade Sencha green tea, natural mint flavouring (10.5%), peppermint leaves (5%)). Also the box is made from at least 80% recycled materials, and is recyclable, and the teabags are 100% biodegradable (i.e. don’t have staples in them)
Brewing Instructions: Look at this!
Tea you buy in supermarkets almost never has reasonable brewing instructions!
I am disproportionately excited about this. Jacksons may end up being my new favourite brand.
Ahem. In case you can’t read it in the picture, the instructions given say:
“To preserve the delicate flavour of the leaves, use “just boiled” water and allow to stand for up to a minute and a half. If you prefer a stronger taste, leave to stand for longer, although no more than two minutes.”
This is excellent advice. I would suggest brewing it for a minute.
Appearance: a gorgeous golden yellow … they describe it as “a bright ginger-yellow liquor”, which is a remarkably good description. I hadn’t thought about ‘ginger-yellow’ as a colour before, but now that I have I see precisely what they mean.
Nose: Green and grassy, slightly sweet-smelling – this is from the mint, I think.
Taste: Grassy and bright, smooth. A really nice sencha, in my opinion (and I’m no expert) – ‘Sencha’ means that the tea has been steamed before drying (roughly speaking), which I think ferments it a tiny bit, and gives a distinctive depth of flavour.
Food match: I’ve no idea. I tried asking the internet what to eat when drinking Sencha Green Tea, and all that came up were lots of pages telling me how I could lose weight by drinking green tea … ah well. Any ideas? I’m sure there are people out there who can advise me … 🙂
What do you think? Leave me a comment 🙂 I like comments …