April 22, 2019
Inspired by our tea master’s trips to Japan over the cherry blossom season, our Hanami blend features Japanese sencha blended with sweet cherry blossoms. The bright green hues of this silky tea will delight and entrance, and the delicate fragrance of cherry blossoms will transport you to Japan for the cherry blossom season.
So, what is sencha?
Sencha in Japanese can be translated into steamed green tea. Sencha is one of the most popular types of green tea available in Japan. It’s iconic green-gold hues and distinct grassy aromas gives it its unique character. Sencha is made from green tea leaves that are grown in direct sunlight, and are harvested within the first or second flush.
Once picked, the tea leaves are steamed to prevent them from oxidising. The steaming process lasts no longer than a minute but is crucial in ensuring the leaves do not oxidise. Then, the leaves are dried and rolled into needle-like shapes.
When the leaves are steeped in hot water, they unfurl and release a more intense flavour and aroma. It is important for the leaves to be rolled into similar sizes to prevent some leaves from unfurling sooner and some later, resulting in the brew having an uneven taste.
Our Hanami blend features sencha mixed with dried cherry blossom flowers. The flowers give the tea its sweet and fragrant aroma, elevating the smooth richness of sencha. Since it’s cherry blossom season, why not indulge in an elegant brew of Hanami? You may not be able to visit Japan to admire the real blooms but you definitely can get a taste of spring in a cup with Hanami.
If you still want to get into the mood for spring, you could also head down to Isetan and grab some spring themed snacks to enjoy with your tea! They have a lovely selection of Japanese snacks with spring flavours like cherry blossom and peach that will satisfy your cravings. Alternatively, head to Gardens By The Bay to view the seasonal flowers on display and enjoy the cool temperate climate that is artificially adjusted for the flowers as well 😉
So, whether you sip on some delicious Hanami tea, or grab some spring snacks from Isetan, or take a trip to view the flowers at Gardens By The Bay, here’s wishing you a happy spring!