I wanted to try a really good sencha, so I ordered this from a place that specialises in Japanese green teas. I steeped it for two minutes in water at 77C. This produced a pale yellow brew with a light seaweed-like aroma. The taste was delicate and smooth. The second steeping produced the richer flavour that I’d been expecting, but I didn’t get it quite right and I ended up with a cloudy, darker yellow brew that was edging towards the bitter. I will keep experimenting with this one!
Sencha is the most popular variety of green tea in Japan. It is characterised by a natural sweetness and a distinct fragrance that some liken to the freshness of sea grasses. This premium blend of sencha is composed of a higher percentage of leaves taken from the higher positions on the mountain, which receive more sunlight and therefore achieve more sweetness. This results in the smoothest and richest brew of Sencha.
Optimum care is taken during the processing to minimise any damage to or oxidation of the leaf to ensure all of the important chemical compounds (antioxidants, etc) are retained.