Japanese Sencha (organic)

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Sencha
Flavors
Spinach, Broth, Salty, Seaweed, Vegetal, Ocean Breeze, Sweet, Bitter, Grass, Salt, Smooth, Hay, Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Astringent, Roasted, Umami
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Loose Leaf
Caffeine
Medium
Certification
Organic
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Average preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec 10 oz / 297 ml

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Light and brisk

Japanese monks were writing about tea in the 9th century, but the world had to wait until 1740 for Sencha, when a tea merchant named Nagatani perfected a new process of steaming, rolling and heat-drying green tea. The result? An emerald-green tea that’s refreshing and smooth. No wonder it’s Japan’s most popular drink. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: Fine organic steamed Japanese green tea from Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

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92 Tasting Notes

77
8 tasting notes

I love properly brewed sencha, but this is an interesting one. It is really hard to brew wrong unless you use boiling water, which is a no-no for green teas anyway. Regular sencha’s should be brewed at around 30s seconds to 1:30. This timing makes this sencha too weak. It almost tastes like a second brew to start with. 2 minutes is a perfect brewing time. I would recommend this as a “sencha for beginners” or “someone on a budget”, myself being the latter. It’s a good price for a mediocre tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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141 tasting notes

Fish. No idea how I made it taste like fish but it does, and that’s not exactly what I was looking for. Maybe Sencha isn’t my thing. I haven’t had many green tea experiences other than flavoured greens, so I’ll try to muster up the courage to brew this one again and use a shorter steep time.

Update: Never tried this again because it made a nice gift to the boyfriend’s parents. And I always need an excuse to try something else ;)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75
23 tasting notes

Very good green, good price too. I drink this one often, it keeps the price down. I reuse the leaves for about 3 – 4 cups each and they still have lots of flavor.

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87
20 tasting notes

Quite liked this one, but nothing spectacular for a Sencha. I combined this with a little of the Peppermint to make a minty green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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50
12 tasting notes

Nuanced flavor. Very subtle. Wet and watery tasting. Very neutral, but not bad. This tea makes me think that I like teas that are richer in flavor. Very obviously steamed during processing.

Second brew is more mellow, but very similar.

Very hard to have more than 1 cups worth. It does not draw me in and bring me back for more.

Flavors: Spinach

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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77
83 tasting notes

Had this at work this afternoon. It was part of a gift set that I received from my co-worker for Christmas.

Smells nice and vegetal/grassy. Has quite a strong tangy aftertaste, but I probably overleafed/oversteeped slightly. Colour was interesting: almost neon lime green. Pretty good overall, a quality sencha. Aroma reminds me a bit of matcha.

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1 tasting notes

I bought this for the second time yesterday! I really enjoy the flavor as it feels light to me. It is easy to drink because it doesn’t give me that “oh god I drank more than I should have…” feeling. Smooth, comforting and delicious. Not a low grade tasting tea leaf at all. :)

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287 tasting notes

I haven’t actually had too many straight green teas so I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this.

I actually really enjoyed this. Vegetal, yes, but not overpowering. I got a real Japanese soup vibe from this, which is probably because of the seaweed notes. I could probably sip on this for a really long time before I got tired of it, but I’m not sure if I would go out of my way to pick some up.

Flavors: Broth, Salty, Seaweed, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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24 tasting notes

I’m not sure how I feel about this tea.
It’s got this weird flavor… I guess people are calling it briny or oceanic? I’ve never tasted that in a tea before, and I can’t decide whether or not I like it. (It’s interesting enough that I keep sipping, which is maybe promising.) Second steep has a sweet and salty aftertaste going on, almost scallopy. Huh.

Flavors: Ocean Breeze, Seaweed, Sweet

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