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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Matcha Infused Sencha from Aiya

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 12th, 2012

This is a totally different beast, in my opinion, from the matcha-infused Genmaicha from the same company, and was surprisingly different from their premium sencha as well.

Rich, nutty aroma, almost grainy or oatmeal-like. Somewhat dusty finish, but with a hint of floral tones like I have encountered in some pan-fi...

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Premium Sencha from Aiya

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 22nd, 2011

This sencha struck me as very typical for the style, and very good.

Flavor is slightly sweet with noticable umami presence, aroma is nutty and somewhat grassy. Less of the seaweedy qualities common in sencha. Pleasing and easy to drink.

Very enjoyable. This is a pricey tea, however. Is it worth it? There are...

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Sencha from Rishi Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 9th, 2011

Among the cloudiest / most opaque sencha's I've seen...bright green in color, even in the second infusion.

Aroma and flavor are actually very similar to kukicha...less of the seaweedy or ocean-like qualities, fairly grassy, and almost twiggy. Also somewhat matcha-like.

This was an interesting change of pace...qu...

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E. Alex Gerster

(66 reviews)
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Sencha of the Summer Sun from Obubu Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 21st, 2011

A very nice sencha that brews up well in 4 infusions, keeping a bright green color and lightly savory flavor. Bright, lightly buttery, and yes a small amount of bitterness in the first brew. But a good kind of bitterness like fresh mustard greens or spinach. Shipped direct from Japan, this tea is actually quite reasona...

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Fukamushi-Sencha Special from Den's Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 18th, 2011

At the moment, this is probably my favorite everyday loose tea. Fukamushi Senchas are deep steamed when they are processed, making them exceptionally quick to brew, and letting them release their rich vegetal flavor in two to four steepings. Many can be a bit finicky to brew, but not this one from Den's.

The first ...

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The Tea Show

(4 reviews)
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Sencha of the Spring Sun from Obubu Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 5th, 2011

One of the best green teas I've ever tasted. I highly recommend this tea for it's sweet, subtle flavor.

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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China Green Sencha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Sencha – Region: China

20 / 100 Aroma: 1/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 1/5
Apr. 24th, 2011

I never thought I'd say this, but I encountered the first truly bad tea from Upton. The dry leaf had a stale smell, none of the fresh grassy tones that sencha usually has. I would not recognize this as sencha from the aroma of the dry leaf, nor from the brewed cup. The leaf and the color of the cup looks more like b...

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Tomo Sencha from Wegmans

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 2nd, 2011

Even with a small quantity of leaf, this turned out nice and rich.

Aroma is typical for a sencha: grassy, and somewhat vegetal, with some mild toasty tones. The cup is a rich golden color. There's a fair amount of sweetness, and some pleasant bitterness and astringency. An above-average sencha with a classic char...

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synth

(31 reviews)
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Nishi First Flush Sencha from Rishi Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jan. 14th, 2011

2010 harvest

8g, 160degF, 8oz water, 1min
nice, predominantly grassy aroma. somewhat vegetal. i find it to be lacking in 'deep umami flavor.'

[2nd] 160degF, 6oz water, 30sec
a pleasant bitterness coming out

the 4th infusion was so-so, but i got tired of drinking. perhaps i used too much leaf heh

overall l...

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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Sencha Superior from Rishi Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Nov. 3rd, 2010

Brews a clear golden color, less opaque than most Sencha. Aroma seaweedy and vegetal, and only slightly grassy. Relatively smooth flavor, with a little astringency and bitterness. Overall this is a very typical sencha. Nothing about it stands out.

Rishi's brewing instructions result in a cup that on the weak sid...

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Organic Japanese Sencha from Two Leaves and a Bud

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

47 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 18th, 2010

This tea was interesting; I brewed it for 3 minutes at 180 degrees. I found it was only good for a single infusion, which is why I settled on 3 minutes. Longer steeping made it too bitter and strong for me, and many people may like a shorter infusion.

Two Leaves and a Bud describes this as "brisk", and I think thi...

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Jenna T. Drinker

(33 reviews)
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Sencha "Matsuri" from Lupicia

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

93 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 29th, 2010

This is my favorite green tea!!! A wonderfully mellow green tea that just always hits the spot and doesn't get bitter! Sencha Matsuri has a fantastic grassy/earthy smell (very "green"), it also brews to a wonderful green color, around the same shade as this website! As for the taste, it's a very classic green tea, but ...

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John Meyer

(1 review)
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Megami Sencha from ITO EN

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 18th, 2010

Excellent, concentrated, grassy but not Spinach-ey, altogether stimulating and simultaneously soothing drink. Like drinking green amber.
Not a wuss tea; highly recommended.
John Meyer, NYC

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Alex Zorach

(1438 reviews)
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SEN-CHA Green Tea from Maeda-en

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

57 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 17th, 2010

Aroma mostly of sweet corn. There's a hint of roast in there too...but it's not always pleasant...it almost resembles the stale coffee aroma you get if you run hot water through a coffee machine that hasn't been cleaned in a while. Slightly sweet and also with some pleasant bitterness, and very little astringency. T...

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Japanese Supersencha Kamakura from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Sencha – Region: Kanagawa, Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 26th, 2010

This one surprised me; Upton threw it in as a free sample. I probably would have not bought it on my own because of the price, but now that I've tried it I think it offers pretty good value, although it is still expensive.

When brewed, this tea is opaque, less so than matcha but more so than most other sencha that ...

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Vietnam Green Sencha from Upton Tea Imports

Style: Sencha – Region: Vietnam

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jan. 2nd, 2010

I would not recognize this tea as sencha from either the appearance of the leaves or the aroma of the dried leaf or brewed cup. There's only a faint suggestion of the characteristic sencha aroma, barely emerging and then vanishing.

The aroma is vegetal, but less seaweedy than sencha, and more savory. Tastes more s...

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Green Tea from Twinings

Style: Sencha – Region: ?????

23 / 100 Aroma: 2/10 Flavor: 1/5 Value: 1/5
Dec. 7th, 2009

I was disappointed by this one, and this is my least favorite tea from Twinings yet. If you brew it with boiling water, it's very astringent. With water at a lower temperature, it's not flavorful enough. The aroma is muddled...this tea, unfortunately, seems to have acquired the worst aspects of a Sencha without the ...

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Joseph

(10 reviews)
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675 Sencha Extra Fine from SpecialTeas

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 5th, 2009

Wonderfully full and rich grassy aromas. Medium-full body mouth feel and a long, pleasantly smooth finish

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