I haven’t compared many companies, Den’s Tea is my favorite thus far.
Are you looking for Fukamushi (deep steamed?) or regular Sencha?
I’ve not tried Fukamushi, to my knowledge.
Fukamushi is quite good, but you have to really drink it fast, as it looses its freshness very fast and the taste difference is noticeable (it’s not bad when it’s old, just has far less flavor).
What made you ask that question about Senchas…what were you looking for in particular?
Just a good Sencha recommendation, I’ve tried ito en, maeda-en, den’s tea, and yama moto yama. I’m looking to try some more, as I have not found one I really love yet.
I’ve tried only Maeda-en’s Shincha, which was pretty good, but I’ve yet to try their regular sencha offering. Honestly, I get the impression that Yamamotoyama (I’ve had 2 of their senchas) is more on the cheap end of things.
From personal experience, I recommend Den’s Fukamushi Sencha Yame or Sencha Zuiko.
It looks like people here on Steepster really like O-cha’s Kagoshima Sencha Yutaka Midori or Sae Midori, but I’ve never had either one.
On the expensive side I had a sample (only) of American Tea Room’s Honyama Sencha ($24 for 2oz!). It was really good, but again, everything ATR has is on the (in my opinion) overly expensive side.
Fukamushi refers to a deep-steamed sencha.
Chumushi refers to a medium steam.
Asamushi refers to a light steam.
Just in FYI! :)
Sencha Sakura is a magnificent fukamushi. I recommend Samovar. (Sakura is Japanese for cherry blossom.)
Rishi’s Organic Sencha is a favourite chumushi of mine. It’s complex and vegetal but not at all fishy which is of course key in finding a quality Sencha.
Might I add, I think Samovar’s Sencha Sakura is the same as Rishi’s, except Rishi’s is a lot cheaper (only $11 for 50g, as opposed to Samovar’s which is $30!!!)… (you can tell they are the same, because the list of ingredients is exactly the same)
In my opinion, it’s hard to beat O-cha. Right now I’m having their Yutaka Midori fukamushi sencha. It’s unbelievably wonderful!
Thank you for this thread; I’m going shopping for Sencha soon so perfect timing.
I love sencha so much, but I don’t have a favorite yet!
I too am a fan of O-Cha and their organic deep steamed Asatsuyu has so far been my favorite sencha. It had a great vegetal flavor and wasn’t too astringent or weak. That was the batch I received though. The flavor of Japanese green teas can vary from season to season depending on weather and growing conditions. My last couple of teas from O-Cha were good but not great so this time I decided to give Yukki-Cha a try. They carry all organic Japanese green teas and I’ve been quite pleased with the gyokuro I received.
I have bought a few from yuki-cha and they have been quite good.
I just impulse bought some loose Sencha at my local Whole Foods, it was in bulk, in a small glass cannister…unfortunately it does not taste that great, it is missing that Sencha magic. At least I only bought a little sample’s worth. ONward!