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Whiskey

(44 reviews)

Kokyu Sen-cha Green Tea (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 9th, 2020

Update:
I found a way to brew it better. 80ºC water, 110ml water per 2 tsp of tea, 20 seconds for the first cup, 20-25 seconds for the second cup... The tea is very, very grassy. It's more grassy than any other sencha I've ever had (or any green tea, for that matter). It's not buttery. It's more like brewing a nice, ...

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Shin-cha Super Premium (Tokujo-can) (2020) from Maeda-en

Style: Shincha – Region: Japan

88 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
May. 29th, 2020

I was surprised, but also not, about this super premium shincha. You see, I know my tastes and I know that I've loved some "cheap" teas because even though they were inexpensive, they were great teas. I've also had some disappointing experiences with really expensive teas. So, I purchased this with that knowledge somew...

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Sen-cha Fukamushi Green Tea Select from Maeda-en

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

95 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 13th, 2020

This is a great, fresh fukamushi-cha. I really enjoyed it. I actually got three cups out of 2tsp of leaves, rather than just two cups (the typical amount for this kind of tea). It's very full-bodied, has the typical cloudiness and rich flavor of fukamushi (which is extra steamed).

I went with a lower temperature bec...

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Mr Bamsen

(94 reviews)
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Sencha KKH5 (Nr. 207) from Carstensens Tehandel

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 3rd, 2020

Half-litre pot at home. Pours clear pale straw with no sediment. Mild aroma of green tea leaves, with hints of pine. Clean, bitterish flavour of green tea, leaving a slightly rough and astringent palate. Refreshing, well-balanced and evoking memories from my short trip to Japan eight years ago. Not in the cheap end (50...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Organic Sencha Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

74 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 14th, 2020

Despite having a wide spectrum of experiences with TJ's teas (from excellent to revolting...but mostly good), I somehow thought this would be a cheap knockoff and not very high quality. Somewhat surprisingly, while not the best bagged green I've had (that would be an unbranded tea my daughter brought back from Japan)...

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pocketroid

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Organic Decaf Sencha Green Tea Bag from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

50 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Feb. 12th, 2020

Standard decaf green tea. I would not distinguish this as a special "sencha" one might look for. I was hoping Yamamotoyama's decaf sencha would taste like sencha, but it just tastes like standard chinese decaf bulk cheap teabag tea. The taste of every decaf green tea I have tried is the same. The process of de-caffeina...

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spaflam

(177 reviews)
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Japanese Sencha (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

71 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 23rd, 2020

I had this tea at a local restaurant (in a bag) and got 2 cups out of 1 bag - even though the restaurant offered me a second bag. It had a slight grassy note but also a pleasant roasted flavor vaguely reminiscent of a barley or genmaicha. I really enjoyed this tea - hot - no lemon - no dairy - no sweetener.

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LA PROVANCE

(1 review)
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Top Leaf™ Green Tea from Mellow Monk

Style: Sencha – Region: Kumamoto, Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 17th, 2019

A remarkably long finish for a tea
without astringency. very nice color fishy note flavor.
perfect cup for green tea lovers.

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Brytta Sóþword

(321 reviews)
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Organic Sencha Tea from Trader Joe's

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Jun. 11th, 2019

This tea is not bad but it isn’t overwhelming. I generally prefer loose leaf anyway, as a cup of bagged tea often isn’t as strong as I like. It’s fairly easy to avoid bitterness in this tea, but it’s still good not to brew the tea too hot or too long — as is generally true for green teas. Not bad as a potenti...

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Japanese Sencha (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 28th, 2019

A colleague left this on the "freebie" table at work, so naturally I indulged some. One of the best green teas I've had so far, this offering competes well with a couple of bagged generic (unbranded) green-tea specimens containing a little matcha powder that my daughter brought back from her honeymoon in Japan.

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Alex

(45 reviews)
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Seikoen Tea Factory Aged Yukimuro Sencha from Yunomi

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 22nd, 2018

I don't have a lot of experience with brewing Japanese green tea, so I probably didn't brew this as well as it deserved. I brewed it in my gaiwan, figuring that shouldn't be too much different from brewing it in a shiboridashi. I ended up with a lot of small pieces of tea in my cup because I didn't have any kind of fil...

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Japanese Sencha (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

75 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 30th, 2018

Surprisingly good for a tea bag. I feel like I've been saying that a lot lately (which reminds me that I have a couple reviews to add), but with all the terrible tea bags out there, it's still a surprise when a bagged tea taste much like the loose leaf version.

I'm not going to describe this in detail for two reaso...

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Infra

(6 reviews)
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Sencha Scent of Mountains from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

75 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
May. 14th, 2018

Sencha Scent of Mountains is a very aptly named tea. It has the most wonderful aroma of any tea I've ever had (beyond Lapsang Souchong) and it truly is an amazing sencha.

The scent can be described as vaguely forest-y with the rich buttery background of a proper sencha. It's quite difficult to describe, but it is tr...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Sencha (g/bio) from De Theefabriek

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 16th, 2017

This is how I remember sencha! Very strong green vegetal aroma and a seaweed-y flavour. It has a thick mouthfeel and the colour is light greenish yellow. The way I made it now, it didn't taste bitter like other senchas have before, which is a shame because I quite liked that bitterness and I feel that would really comp...

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Sencha Kakegawa from Het Gouden Randje

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 25th, 2017

I drank a cup of this tea at Het Gouden Randje.
It has a vegetal aroma and a grassy flavour. The colour is a lovely yellow-green. It has a pleasant hint of bitterness (which reminds me of UNAMI's Kabuse Cha, which is my only previous run-in with sencha). There's no sweetness in the flavour, and even though I usually l...

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Jason Rowlands

(4 reviews)
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Organic Japanese Sencha from DAVIDsTEA

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

79 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 9th, 2017

Of all the pure teas I've gotten from David's, this is the first one to not stand out from the crowd. It is not a bad tea at all. Like mostly everything I've tried at David's, it is above average. It is just not as impressive as some of the other Greens and Oolongs I have purchased there. This is one of the lowest p...

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Teuvo

(63 reviews)
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Kabuse Cha from Unami

Style: Kabusecha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jul. 1st, 2017

I took the dégustation comparée (comparative tasting) of three green teas of a higher quality. This is one of the three I was served.
I got a zhong with dry leaves in it, a small cup, and a thermos of water.
I was recommended to finish with this tea, so I tasted this one last.

The leaves are very dark green and ...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Organic Sencha from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

58 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
May. 11th, 2017

Thank you mighty leaf for this sample! This tea had a very pleasant flavor but was nearly aromaless, although what aroma it did have was nice.

Dry leaf initially doesn't smell great, but when I breathe in more deeply, there's a very pleasant smell that suggests sweetness. The leaf looks fairly large and also rathe...

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Difflugia

(150 reviews)
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Organic Decaf Sencha Green Tea Bag from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 24th, 2017

This decaf certainly smells delicious. The dry teabag smells just like a sencha should. It's fresh, grassy, and a little seaweed. The tea is fine fannings, almost dust.

The tea steeps a bright green. The aroma, though a bit muted, is vegetal, like raw green beans.

The first taste is a strong, but pleasant bittern...

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Tracy

(4 reviews)
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Sencha Overture from Adagio Teas

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

65 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 18th, 2017

I'm not a fan of the "grassy" flavored green teas, and this one has that fresh scent without reminding me of newly mown grass. The flavor is medium bodied, when I steep for 3-4 minutes, not overpowering or bitter, A nice green tea for a mostly black and oolong drinker

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Tchuggin' Okie

(273 reviews)
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Natur Pur Bio-Grüner Sencha Tee from SPAR

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 16th, 2017

Not being experienced specifically with Sencha varieties of green tea, I didn't know what to expect when grabbing a box of this to bring home from Austria. [This tea is sold in SPAR supermarkets, fairly ubiquitous over a lot of Europe and available online.]

I just figured, "organic green tea, should be good". An...

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Alex Zorach

(1412 reviews)
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Kagoshima (Kagoshima Sencha) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 9th, 2017

I usually think of tea as being more about the aroma than the flavor, but this tea was intensely flavorful, and I thought its flavor was what made it most interesting and enjoyable.

This tea was very similar overall to the Organic Sencha also sold by Harney & Sons. The main difference I noticed initially was that t...

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Organic Sencha from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 29th, 2016

This was one of the best senchas I've had from a tea company that is not a Japanese company.

It smells amazing! The dry leaf is incredibly aromatic, and the aroma is rich, sweet, and very interesting. It has sweet vegetal notes which quickly develop into a warm, mellow, nutty, and slightly toasty aroma, hinting at ...

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Japanese Sencha (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 20th, 2015

An exceptional sencha from a tea bag; without a doubt the best sencha I've ever tried from a tea bag, and better than a lot of examples of loose-leaf tea.

The dry tea bag has a very fresh and pleasing aroma, like loose-leaf sencha of very good quality, suggesting sweetness.

Brews a very light-colored cup with a b...

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Total Amateur

(16 reviews)
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Sencha Overture from Adagio Teas

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 17th, 2015

This was the first green tea I ever tried, and I liked it quite a bit.

It tastes like spinach, but in a fresh, pleasant sort of way. Also some grassy and fishy tastes. It's rich and savory. Pretty sweet. Pretty astringent. Very slightly bitter. I found it very relaxing.

I've only ever tried Adagio's green teas so...

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