Bancha tea is an everyday green consumed widely in Japan. Bancha comes from the same plant as Sencha tea, however it is picked in a later harvest. This later harvest makes for a lower-grade tea. Even within Bancha, there are a number of grades.
Bancha is made with both leaf and twig, which you can see in the picture above.
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this tea. I prefer smooth teas. Ones that are what I can only describe as "metallic" are not among my regulars. However, I liked this tea just fine. I drank several cups. Mine came from Harney & Sons. Not sure of the grade.
The wet leaf plumps up. I steeped for 2 min at 175 degrees.
As Harney described, the liquor is bright yellow.
All in all, this was a flavorful tea. To read another review, check out Angela's.