Sencha Superior Uji

Tea type
Green Tea
Ingredients
Green Tea
Flavors
Grass, Kale, Orchids, Peas
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Caffeine
Medium
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Not available
Edit tea info Last updated by sherapop
Average preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec 4 g 11 oz / 312 ml

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  • “While I think my labeling is wrong on my sample - ingredients say it has puffed corn, brown rice, and matcha with sencha (sounds like genmaicha to me) the tea is clearly what the name says on the...” Read full tasting note
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    azzrian 807 tasting notes
  • “This was a free sample I received from *Zen Tea*! It's a small sample package, but it seems like I have enough for three cups worth. I've found with senchas that less is more. More leaf does...” Read full tasting note
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    feralanima 174 tasting notes
  • “This sencha is a such a lovely tea. It represents everything I love about green tea. It is sweet, a little grassy with a salty marine breeze at the end of the sip. It's very clean, and if prepared...” Read full tasting note
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    TheTeaFairy 402 tasting notes
  • “Haute sencha converges at some point with gyokuro--well, that's my impression, at any rate. This one, the Superior Uji Sencha from Zen Tea is a perfect illustration of that thesis. Yesterday's...” Read full tasting note
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    Shera Pop 1081 tasting notes

From Zen Tea

Sencha is the most commonly enjoyed variety of Japanese green tea. Sencha contains more of the beneficial nutrient Catechin than other green teas, because it is grown in full sunlight, thus it becomes yellow-green in color. Sencha tastes gently astringent and smells wonderfully fresh. Sencha is harvested three or four times a year. But with each harvest, the tea becomes slightly lower in quality. This is why the first flush, or Ichiban Cha, is the best. All of our Sencha products are made exclusively from Ichiban Cha. You will certainly be delighted with the fine and generously harmonized flavor of our Sencha.

Price: $22 / 100g

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8 Tasting Notes

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807 tasting notes

While I think my labeling is wrong on my sample – ingredients say it has puffed corn, brown rice, and matcha with sencha (sounds like genmaicha to me) the tea is clearly what the name says on the label which is this one.
This is an excellent sencha with a VERY fresh taste like a fresh mowed lawn.
Bright and cherry on a foggy dreary day.

Invader Zim

Mine said the same thing on the ingredients, but it was obviously not there. The name is correct; the ingredients…not so much.

Azzrian

LOL glad it was not just me – thought I was losing my mind :)

Invader Zim

No, you’re not losing your mind…well you might be, but not about this! :)

Azzrian

LOL yeah I lost my mind a long long time ago actually :)

Invader Zim

I used to tell my dad I was losing my mind, he would always respond with “You can’t lose what you never had” lol

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha, Invader Zim, my brother used to say the same to me, he still does, little bugger!

Azzrian

LOL I could not agree more Paul :)

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174 tasting notes

This was a free sample I received from Zen Tea!

It’s a small sample package, but it seems like I have enough for three cups worth. I’ve found with senchas that less is more. More leaf does not equal a better, stronger cup. It’s supposedly Ichiban Cha or first flush. Now, I like senchas, but I’ve never really been able to tell the difference between different pickings. Then again, I’ve never tried them side-by-side. So, I can’t say for certain that it is, only taking the word of the company, which I believe.

The dry leaf is a dark rich emerald color that smells sweet and grassy. The wet leaf is a gorgeous bright emerald that smells sweet, grassy, and buttery. The infusion is an amazing ghostly yellow-green color. It reminds me of Mellow Monk’s Top Leaf tea when infused.

The taste is amazing. It’s wonderfully sweet and grassy. There’s a smoothness to it with notes of butter and a hint of saltiness with a wonderful umami taste! I like this better than Mellow Monk’s Top Leaf.

My husband is sick and I let him have some and he more or less downed it. He said it was more for the warmth than the taste. But, since he is sick, I’m bound to get it and I can already feel my throat is scratchy after waking up this morning. This seems to help soothe it. I don’t know if it’s the warmth or the tea itself, I don’t care, it’s good either way!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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402 tasting notes

This sencha is a such a lovely tea.

It represents everything I love about green tea. It is sweet, a little grassy with a salty marine breeze at the end of the sip. It’s very clean, and if prepared right, brings zero astringency to the cup.

Once wet, the leaves turn into a vibrant emerald green, just stumning!

I’m having it in a tetsubin pot tonight. Beautiful tea, beautiful teaware.

Because I know some of you like to watch, here are my pics:

http://instagram.com/p/rQYu-awh8y/

http://instagram.com/p/rQZ3eUQh-n/

Sarsonator

Drinking grass again, my little croissant?

TheTeaFairy

Yes, sarsy, because green keeps you clean!! Are you shenging tonight?

Sarsonator

I’m not, sadly. Our friends came over for tv night before I could get my pot seasoned and dinner made. We had golden orchid instead. I’m planning to sheng in the AM, though!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, sheng before work, that will get you going!

Krystal

Nice! You take really good pics

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Krystal.

Cwyn

Ooo I love me a salty sencha! Am gonna put this one on my list!

TheTeaFairy

Really Cwyn, on top of being super delicious, this sencha is bargain for the quality that you get.

Cwyn

Definitely will be getting this, on my wish list. I comb the tea reviews looking for that salty flavor ever since I ran out of Leaf and Spoon’s salty sejak, they don’t carry it anymore and I crave marine green.

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1081 tasting notes

Haute sencha converges at some point with gyokuro—well, that’s my impression, at any rate. This one, the Superior Uji Sencha from Zen Tea is a perfect illustration of that thesis. Yesterday’s ichiban “house” sencha from Zen Tea was very good, and today’s superior version looks and smells and tastes very similar to some of the gyokuros I’ve tried.

The brew is shimmery yellow-green, and I would be hard pressed to distinguish this from gyokuro is a side-by-side blind test. Very smooth and silken on the tongue, and the flavor is slightly vegetal but not at all astringent or bitter. I don’t really know what else to say, except that this sencha is gyokuroesque!

(Blazing New Rating #24)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec 4 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

That’s the sencha I always keep a supply of…I find the quality to be exceptional for the price.

sherapop

It is good, TheTeaFairy! I’ll probably restock, too. ;-)

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729 tasting notes

And the last tea from my green exploration.

This was in your face, beating you over the head grassy. This is why I think I don’t like green tea. This was way too strong for me, way too grassy, way too green. I’m sure this is a good quality Sencha – I just can’t do it. Willing to explore, willing to try teas that are generously sent to me, but this just confirms that I green isn’t my favorite and that if I must drink green, I prefer Chinese to Japanese….

Thank you so much TheTeaFairy for allowing me to try a few greens together. Helps to confirm how I feel about them.

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1083 tasting notes

The leaves are dark green for the most part with a few light green pieces present and as a whole they are very shiny. They are dry and crisp leaves which are mostly short/broken and has a sweet, mineral scent. I liken it to sweet grass, orchid and fresh kale.

My steeping parameters:
Leaf – 5g
Water Temperature – 70C
Vessel – Glass Gongfu 140ml
3 Steeps – 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes

First Steep – 1 Minute
The tea is yellow and a little cloudy with a sweet floral scent. Flavour is sweet and mineral with a grassy after taste that is a little dry. It does lighten after a few seconds to leave a raw pea flavour.

Second Steep – 2 Minutes
Thicker in strength with a touch of astringency. Sweet tones but still more mineral wise than floral, strong raw pea flavour now. Also high grass notes but no increase in dryness. It’s thick enough to resemble kale or cabbage at this point.

Third Steep – 3 Minutes
Heavy mineral flavour with more astringency than before and a touch of umami. Tastes similar to an instant Sencha powder I’ve had before. More savoury than sweet now but there is some still present.

Overall
A nice Sencha that increases in strength and umami the more you steep it. Offers sweet, grass and floral notes as well as vegetal/mineral richness.

For pictures and more information please view my blog –
http://www.kittylovestea.co.uk/2014/05/14/review-three-teas-from-zen-tea/

Flavors: Grass, Kale, Orchids, Peas

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
TheTeaFairy

Nice review KittyLT, That’s my everyday go to sencha, I always keep a supply.

KittyLovesTea

Thanks TheTeaFairy It was a nice Sencha, wasn’t sure it would compare well to some of the speciality Sencha I import from Japan but it did. If ZenTea dispatched tea to Europe I would consider buying it. :)

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