Apple Sencha

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Apple, Sugar, Green Apple, Cream, Smooth
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185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 7 oz / 221 ml

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  • “Lena sent me a bit of this tea, and I was in the mood for something fruity tonight so…ta da! Now give me a cookie. [Just kidding. Maybe. Do you have cookies?] She had written down a 30 second steep...” Read full tasting note
  • “I can’t believe the brewing perameters on this! The info they sent me clearly states 1/2TB (1.5tsp) steeped in 4oz boiling water for 1min for senchas, but the bag says 1tsp/6oz in 190 degree water...” Read full tasting note
  • “I placed my first Den’s Tea order and it came really quickly! I ordered the $3 sampler for novices and am really looking forward to broadening my horizons and trying them! My ultimate is to one...” Read full tasting note
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The combination of dried apple bits and apple flavor make Apple Sencha is a great option to apple cider on a cold evening. It offers the pleasure of sweet-sour apple with Sencha flavor. Also great for iced tea.

Origin: Shizuoka
Harvest: A Blend of 2009 First & Second Harvests
Species: Yabukita

Tasting Profile:
Sweet apple flavor is well mixed with the green Sencha taste.

Den’s Preferred Brewing:
Water: 4oz boiled
Leaves: 2 grams or 1 heaping teaspoon
Steep: 30 sec
2nd Cup: Water boiled; Steep 15 sec

For a cup of Iced Tea: Put 50% more tea leaves into a teapot. Steep as directed for hot tea. Once you brew it, put ice into the cup to lock in the aroma.

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658 tasting notes

Refreshing, subtle, and tasty! A lovely sweet apple taste, but I think I’ll try this at a lower temperature than suggested next time to see if I can get the sencha to come out to play a little more. It is very warming and calming. More fitting for fall/winter, but it doesn’t quite live up to the pineapple sencha. I want to live in my bag of pineapple sencha.

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18 tasting notes

The tea smells like a particularly sweet (but not cloying) apple cider. The taste is also more apple cider than apple. I actually find the taste to be very cloying (unlike the smell).

When preparing the tea I found it very easy to make it over-steeped. It got bitter very fast. So I use a much shorter steep time. This creates a blander tea but that’s better than an over-steeped tea.

Over all I can’t say I can recommend this tea. Neither the smell nor taste were terribly compelling.

Flavors: Apple, Sugar

165 °F / 73 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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2815 tasting notes

Thanks to The Cookie Lady for this sample tea. I liked the pineapple sencha from Den’s Tea and figured this might be good also.

I followed the instructions on the packet: 30 seconds of steeping, 1 tsp. of tea in 4 oz. of water, luckily I do have a little Japanese teapot that is around 4 oz.

I found that this yielded a very light cup of tea, vegetal and creamy with just a bit of green apple flavor. I was hoping for more apple flavor in this one. My second steep was around 30 seconds and now I am getting lots more green tea flavor but almost no apple flavor. I think this is a fairly subtle brew but I think it would be amazing as a cold brew in the summer time! I’d like to try brewing the remainder of my sample at some slightly different parameters before giving this a number rating.

… thanks again, Cookie Lady!

175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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199 tasting notes

So…I think I brewed this too long (somewhere around 2 1/2 to 3 minutes) and was left with a slightly bitter tea…or maybe sencha just IS bitter? I don’t know because I think this is the first sencha I’ve tried. My fault. BUT!! The apple flavor still exceeded my expectations! While this smells very jolly rancher-ish in the bag, the aftertaste is that of having just swallowed a bite of a very juicy Granny Smith apple. Lovely! I was warned by Jennkay, who was kind enough to send this (and the grape sencha from Den’s, as well) off to me, that I may not end up being incredibly fond of this. As a result, my expectations were quite low…which maybe worked to my benefit here? I don’t know. What I do know is that this grew on me. I’ll definitely be drinking the rest and probably will try ordering some of their other flavored senchas, especially since I keep hearing about how good their pineapple sencha is.

Flavors: Green Apple


Sencha can be bitter if oversteeped – my personal preference for greens is a max of 2 minutes at about 82C/180F. As long as it’s a good quality tea (and Den’s is!), you should be able to have a bitterness-free cup at that time.

The Cookie Lady

I’m gonna try maybe 1.5 minutes tomorrow to see how that goes. Thanks for the tip! I’m kind of surprised it wasn’t more bitter than it was.


Sencha can be fussy. I think you could try this for even 1 minute at around 170f. And you can always try cold brewing it too!


I didn’t like this one- tasted fakey. Love the pineapple and sakura though!

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972 tasting notes

This is the last of the flavored senchas that KiwiDelight sent me in our swap. This has the same sencha leaves – large and flat and yellow/green in color. There are a couple of small pieces of dried apple mixed in as well. Dry scent is crisp, fresh apple. I steeped about a teaspoon for 1 minute at 175 degrees. I think I could’ve steeped it longer.

This one is a bit too mild for me. I don’t taste much vegetal here, just a touch of apple flavor and some sweetness. The texture is very creamy, almost like a milk oolong. It kind of tastes like a really weak apple milkshake? Not for me. :P

Flavors: Apple, Cream, Smooth

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

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Teeny Tiny TTB

This is a tasty green tea, not too vegetal, slightly buttery, even. I’m getting a faint bit of apple (which became more pronounced when I added a little bit of sweetener). This is good, but I definitely enjoyed the green tea I had yesterday more. I certainly wouldn’t turn down another cup, but I’m not sure it’s special enough to stock.

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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592 tasting notes

This tea comes to be courtesy of Stephanie. I actually had very high hopes for this tea because I really enjoyed the grape sencha. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. It started off hopeful with a very candy-like apple scented dry leaf. It actually really reminded me of the smell of apple Jolly Ranchers. After steeping, though, it also started smelling a bit waxy like crayons, which was confusing. The taste of the tea had that nice candy apple flavor, but followed up with a waxy flavor and a greasy feeling as well. I just couldn’t get over that last part. I will probably give this tea another shot as a cold brew, but it was just not what I was expecting and hoping for.


:/ I agree unfortunately

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1113 tasting notes

Well, although this is better than the Grape Sencha, I still would have preferred it if I had just ordered 2oz of Sakura sencha and 2oz of pineapple sencha, instead of the 4 flavored sencha tasting set.

It is interesting, this doesn’t taste like apple juice, or apple cider…it’s more like a natural apple candy of some kind. Even though I didn’t sweeten it, it reminds me of taffy or something! Not bad, I’ll enjoy all of these cold brewed this summer for sure. Glad I tried them but I know my order next spring will be different :)

190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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38 tasting notes

liked this a lot but not as much as the pineapple sencha.

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