Japanese Sencha

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Green Tea
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180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 10 oz / 283 ml

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From Harney & Sons

Our Sencha is a very fine one, which can be found in many homes in Tokyo. It is a very approachable green tea. This is a fine choice for an everyday tea.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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1737 tasting notes

John Harney Appreciation Tea #5

It’s been a while since I brewed up a filter bag of Japanese Sencha, but today I did after lunch, and it was like meeting up with an old friend. For years, Stash Premium Green was my go-to filter bag green tea, but now I find that this Harney & Sons bag is just as dependable and easy to prepare—and it tastes even better!

The contents of the filter bag expand something like four-fold, and the liquor is cloudy greenish-yellow, so it’s clear that H&S did some serious research in figuring out how to offer a high-quality sencha in the filter bag format. This stuff is super tasty and warrants the epithet on the envelope, “Nourishing Tea”, because drinking it feels like eating food!

Cameron B.

You make sencha sound so yummy… I may have to start buying straight teas soon… :D


Cameron B: You don’t know what you’re missing! ;-)


I have very strained relationship with green tea but your reviews make want to give it another try! :)

Delicious Delights

Nice to see a fellow perfumista enjoying tea as much as I do :)

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358 tasting notes

A tea bag sample kindly sent in a Harney order. I was not crazy about the other sample but this one, which did not seem too promising ( I usually like Chinese tea better than Japanese) is delicious, maybe my favorite of the lot, even better than what I had aqctually ordered (apart maybe from Queen Catherine). A nice simple sencha in a convenient tea bag format. Very nice. Staple-ish tea potential and to buy if/when I order from them again (transatlantic shipping costs being responsible for there being an IF).

A small note – I brewed this with about twice as much water as recommended (hmm, about .7l, enough for two mugs worth) and it was perfectly to my taste just like that – I did use mineral water though! Brewed a second steep and it held up to that as well. If you are making this, or using the loose leaf, might be worth experimenting with being less generous with tea quantity than advised, might work for you as well.

3 min, 45 sec

What sort of shipping did you end up paying for this?


Just checked and I paid 13.17 for two tins (one with 125 grams, another with 20 or 30 sachets), a few samples (and it came in a cardboard box, so i guess a few samples or a few grams more of tea will not alter it much). The site estimate for the shipping was higher, around 18 dollars, but they corrected it before sending. My country was not on the list of countries, they told me to just pick closest one and put it on comment field while ordering. It was pretty fast as well, from order to it getting to my hands it was maybe 10 days?


Just to ass 13.17 USD, not euros! It sounds more reasonable as it should in euros. And if you are not a tin fetichist like I am, they sell loose tea in ziplocs bags which I am sure will lower shipping. Their 2USD samples are a nice size as well.

But still, much as I loved this sencha the shipping costs are an issue. But I will probably order again from them one of these days just because of it, let me be good and use some of my stash before!

BTW If you want to try Queen Catherine, Vanilla Comoro decaf or Paris, I can send you a sample by mail, no problem!

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417 tasting notes

I feel terrible for not being certain of who sent me this, but I’m pretty sure it’s ToiToi, so thank you ToiToi!

This is a nice bagged sencha. It was very drinkable. Nothing stood out as particularly bad or good, but all in all I enjoyed this very much.

160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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371 tasting notes

One of my favorite coffee shops in the area keeps this tea on hand. It’s quite tasty for a bagged tea. I think Harney & Sons have some of the best bagged teas I have tasted. A light aroma, pale liquor, a nice light grassy flavor. For an inexpensive high quality bagged sencha I would say this is a good option.


I haven’t read too many of your reviews, but you must be pretty hard on the teas you review (not a bad thing). “quite tasty”, “some of the best baged teas”, and “high quality” don’t seem worthy of a 57.

The DJBooth

ahhh you know you are right about that I must fix that :)

The DJBooth

and I’m still getting used to the rating system still being a newbie

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24 tasting notes

I experienced this tea at a corperate function today, and I was definitely glad of it! They had a small selection of teas from H&S, but I thought this Sencha would be the most refreshing. It’s the first time I’ve sampled a Sencha, and I was looking forward to trying it.

The tea in the bag looked quite dull to start with, but it smelt good. It was quite grassy as someone else has mentioned. When brewing a hint of nut was also released in the background. The taste was similar, although the nuttiness at the back came out more to balance the grass. The wet leaves were a fantastic emerald green colour. I did feel the bag hindered the flavour a bit though, whether it was the general tea in a bag production or the steeping.

I was impressed with this first try of Sencha. I have some loose leaf to sample soon, and I expect a more natural flavour. I’m excited to try multiple uses to see how the flavour changes.

One other thing about my experience, there was lots of bits on the outside of the tea bag before I put it in the mug!

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5 tasting notes

Burns at 185. Brewed at 175 for 3 minutes and found it to be tasty.
1 sachet makes 16 oz.
Warmed the metal thermos first with 210F water, then added in 175 over the sugar and tea.
Nutty taste is light. More like grass. It’s a very light tea, but has quite a bit of flavor to it. I like it.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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100 tasting notes

An unusual tea that starts out bitter but gets milder as it cools. Not my type of tea but not horrible.

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2215 tasting notes

I am once again trying to sip down old tea, and this one has a few years on it. I have purchased two of the Harney tea chests and plan to get the the third some day. This came from the adorable little one that is $15 and makes a gorgeous gift. I have been hoarding the tea that is in it but I must drink it.

I was having Asian food for lunch a few days ago and chose this to go with it. I got two good steeps out of the little bag, about seven ounces each. It is probably weakened with age but it was still good, with a fresh, grassy taste that wasn’t sour. I even horribly oversteeped the second go ’round but it was fine.

I don’t drink much Sencha as I usually prefer Chinese green teas but this was good and I would have no trouble buying more. It is more of a daily drinker than the rare euphoric green, but perhaps that was due to the age.


Have you tried using two tea bags at once?


No, it was from the wooden tea box sample collection so I only had one bag.

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484 tasting notes

Old Sample from Tea Sipper.

I don’t like many green teas, and this reminds me why. This is rather bitter even though I brewed it with a splash of cold water, and I don’t like that bitterness alongside the vegetal taste of this tea. It’s not undrinkable, and might be better if I steeped it at an even lower temperature or for a shorter time, but I don’t like it enough to bother tinkering.

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788 tasting notes

Friend lent me one and said it was too earthy. I got green, woody, and grassy, but it was actually kinda nice. Surprised this was a decent bag.

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