[Limited] Shincha Traditional (80g/2.82oz) Reviews

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Author Sarah Longo   (United States)
Review I received my order AMAZINGLY fast, even though I placed a pre-order! Along with Shincha Traditional, I ordered Farmers' Shincha, so maybe the lesser processing of both of these Teas helped them arrive sooner? I don't know, but I DO know that I'm SO EXCITED about THE HARVEST!! And everything about my recent order is The Best (although I wish I could have afforded more than just one of the 4 flavor pack bean jellies, which are SO great in multiple ways, not just their wonderful taste and texture. You can carry them around with you during your day as a snack, and they taste way better and are way better for you than the so-called "more natural, healthy, and alternative" granola bar snacks that are pushed on us here in the U.S. that still contain very unnecessary ingredients.)

I ONCE AGAIN WANT TO THANK THE BEAN JELLY MAKERS FOR USING A VEGETABLE/VEGETARIAN INGREDIENT AS THE THICKENER FOR THESE COMPLETELY DELICIOUS JELLY BARS (THAT I FEEL EVERYONE SHOULD GIVE A TRY!) AND NOT DISGUSTING GELATIN WHICH WOULD HAVE PROBABLY DEFINITELY BEEN USED HERE. THANK YOU FOR KEEPING THE JELLY BARS, AS FAR AS I KNOW, VEGAN :)

OK, sorry about that off-topic, long intro to my review about this year's 2015 Shincha Traditional, so here are my impressions.
Firstly, I've only been drinking the Shincha Traditional cold-brewed, for now, due to the heat which I am extremely sensitive to. I will post another review about the warmer Shincha Traditional enjoying experience next, hopefully soon, but I want it to be a Private, quiet, and calm experience when I'm home alone, and when the weather is not as hot as it's been recently so I can Truly enjoy it.

I find this 2015 Shincha Traditional EXTREMELY REFRESHING! And not just because I've brewed it cold, and it's been kept in the refrigerator, either! Although, a really VIBRANTLY COLORED, really GREAT, cold glass of HIBIKI-AN'S Shincha Traditional JUST CANNOT BE MATCHED!

Along with it being hot weather, which I'm SO sensitive too, I've still been sick for such a long Time and having fevers, especially at night when I'm trying to sleep. I get SO INCREDIBLY HOT, that it makes it basically impossible to sleep! This Tea to my rescue! I can drink it during the night while trying to drift off, or when I wake up usually at least 2 or more incidents per each night, due to the low caffeine extraction caused by the cold-brewing. It's SO refreshing, cooling, and makes me feel better, less SO hot, it refreshes and makes my throat feel better and soothed, when I have some during the night. This, of course, is obviously True during the day when I enjoy a large cold glass, but it is better, just the Perfect thing I need and want in the middle of the hot nights.

It also seems to help in my feelings of my electrolytes being low or imbalanced, which happens to me A LOT- WAY TOO OFTEN... and calmly drinking this Tea at my home is WAY BETTER than having to go to the horribly loud, totally uncomfortable, and terrible migraine inducing Emergency Room and get an IV Saline Solution or 2, a very painful IV Magnesium Solution, and whatever else they say I need, for no excuse for the such hideously long, and too many hours in that place!

The taste is actually quite sweet, too, which I LOVE, even though Gyokuro is "supposed" to be the sweeter between Sencha and Gyokuro, from my understanding. This sweetness makes your mouth water and stays in your mouth coating the inside and still letting your taste buds enjoy the surprisingly, extremely refreshing and cooling flavor experience, as well as the elegant, balanced sweetness of this Tea.
Although this Tea is not processed as much as the higher grades, I Truly experience it as something very elegant! More processing, etc. is not always the best way to make the best product outcome, I believe, and THIS Shincha Traditional 2015 is enough proof of that to back up my opinion.

Some may disagree, but each Time I chose to purchase and enjoy the Shincha Traditional Tea, THAT was always the impression and atmosphere I Personally felt.

This Tea is SO GREAT! It's been processed so closely to the same way, and is still as fresh as the newly Harvested Shincha Traditional that the Emperor and Elegant Royal Court were presented.

The Shincha Traditional is definitely my favorite of all of the Harvest Shincha Teas! Every year that I have ordered it I've VERY MUCH enjoyed it! And even if it there are slight differences from year to year, it still stays consistent due to HIBIKI-AN'S dedication. It is mellow and sweet yet so brisk and refreshing!

I'll post my 2015 Shincha Traditional impressions when enjoyed warmer next, as soon as I can.

I REALLY HOPE I'll be able to order more the next Time I place my Tea Orders!
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Date May 26, 2015

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