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A Gently Energising Caffeine Kick – Without The Jitters Or The Dry Mouth

By aidan

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am

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What am I drinking?

A Japanese sencha makinohara. (If you can't say it, just point to it on the menu.)

Where am I drinking it?

Clement & Pekoe, an established favourite for both coffee and tea lovers. Quiet with faux-rustic wooden tables, this is a really pleasant spot in the city centre, with high-quality drinks and fantastic cakes.

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What does it taste like?

It's an absolutely perfect cup of sencha – warm and grassy without being astringent or bitter. The baristas at Clement & Pekoe have figured out the perfect dosage and temperature to serve at to ensure minimal astringency – that dry feel you get in your mouth, after drinking tannins for instance – and their work has really paid off.

What does it look like?

Not exactly elegant but it does the job: a black mesh filter in a white mug. It fits the informal surroundings but is a little disappointing considering the beautiful pots, bowls and equipment they have for sale.

The tea itself is the golden colour you can expect from a high-quality Japanese green, and while the big black tubs on the walls don’t give away their secrets, there’s a shelf in the back with jars of small samples so you can check out their scent, colour and leaves.

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Where does it come from?

Sencha is a Japanese tea, often called first-flush as it’s taken from the full spring leaves, differing from the Chinese equivalent through being steamed early in the processing which gives a different flavour and colour. This version is cultivated from tea plans in the Shizuoka Prefecture city Makinohara.

What effect does it have?

Very satisfying, especially when taking a relaxing tea break, and gently energising from the moderate hit of caffeine.

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Where can I get it?

Clemont & Pekoe is about halfway down South William Street, but there is an online shop coming soon. They also supply wholesale.

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Is it worth the try?

Absolutely, a gorgeous tea or just €2.30 with enough leaves for multiple infusions.

If you like this, also try…

You can’t go wrong with good sencha teas. Also try their Organic Sencha, a slightly different flavour but equally high quality.

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