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Teuvo

(51 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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D. Gray

(24 reviews)
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

75 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Jul. 10th, 2017

This is one of my go-to green teas for daily drinking. It has a vegetal flavor with some greener, sweeter hints, but really isn't as sweet as fukamushi (green tea with a longer steaming period) or gyokuro (green tea that's shaded before harvesting). But, I like how unobtrusive it is. It's easy to drink this as a drink ...

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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

(51 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

(1317 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

(50 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

(107 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

(1317 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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levers

(13 reviews)
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Matcha Super Green Tea Bag, Organic from Rishi Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 30th, 2015

Very pleased with this tea. It comes with an oversized wrapper that makes for a good place to set the bag between steeps. Within you'll find a reasonable roomy satchet full of choppy bits of flavorful sencha along with a modest sprinkling of matcha.

I like it. It's not the most complex sencha I've had, but it has a...

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MimiG

(46 reviews)
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Feb. 1st, 2015

I usually dislike green teas because they taste smoky, but there's no smokiness here. Weak, vegetable-like aroma, with a rich, nutty, vegetable flavor that's strong and yes, a bit bitter. I put a touch of sugar in and it was very good.

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Amanda

(338 reviews)
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Sencha of the Autumn Moon from Obubu Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kyoto, Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jan. 12th, 2015

The aroma of the fairly massive leaves is very green, a mix of edamame, spinach, and a bit of hay and grass. It is not the most complex Sencha I have ever sniffed, but the aroma is strong and a good blend of sweet and green, I enjoy it and can certainly see this being an excellent tea to sniff while focusing on the moo...

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Odoriferous Rex

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

Style: Sencha – Region: Kumamoto, Japan

93 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Dec. 30th, 2014

This is my first review...ever..so cut me some slack:

I am new to pursuing specific qualities in tea - after being let down by my favorite big-name tea brand, I am trying out teas that are farmed more responsibly, and processed more simply. Mellow Monk meets those initial standards, as far as I can tell, sans trave...

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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Sencha Kagoshima from Octavia Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Kagoshima, Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 21st, 2014

This sencha has large pieces of intact leaf, and looks and smells like a very typical sencha.

Brews up a yellow-green cup, so vibrant in color that it looks almost like it is glowing.

The aroma is spinachy and seaweedy, and the flavor is strongly umami, slightly sweet, and slightly bitter. There's a hint of corn...

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Kelsey

(142 reviews)
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Top Leaf™ Green Tea from Mellow Monk

Style: Sencha – Region: Kumamoto, Japan

90 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 24th, 2014

This was a great tea! It has a hearty vegetable flavor satisfied my taste buds like no other, and the smell was fantastic. I also loved the cheery bright green color!

I made one brew of this tea, letting it steep for 3 minutes, as suggested. I didn't get a chance to try other steepings, hopefully in the future I...

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Mariko

(58 reviews)
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Sen-Cha from Takaokaya

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 11th, 2014

Not a bad sencha. Not a great one either. This is the sort of tea you drink on a daily basis without any sort of sentimental attachment, until the brand implements changes years on and you find yourself nostalgic for the old packaging of your youth.

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Alex Zorach

(1317 reviews)
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Nov. 2nd, 2014

Thanks to Brytta Sopword for the sample!

A low-grade sencha that is remarkably enjoyable for what it is.

Flavor is bold, a pleasant bitterness (easily becoming too much if oversteeped), and slight sweet, sour, and savory qualities. Aroma toasty, with a strong warming quality, but also with vegetal notes and fain...

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Brytta Sóþword

(293 reviews)
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Sencha (Sen-cha), Loose-leaf from Yamamotoyama

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 30th, 2014

I found this at $5.75 for a 7 ounce bag, making it some of the cheapest loose leaf tea I've ever found. Excellent value!

That said, unfortunately, the tea goes bitter far too easily. The leaves are cut very small, allowing it to diffuse quickly. At the bottom of my cup are dark green fannings that couldn't be strain...

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Top Leaf™ Green Tea from Mellow Monk

Style: Sencha – Region: Kumamoto, Japan

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 22nd, 2014

Very solid, smooth tea! The vegetal scent and flavor reminded me of tea in Japan, and I appreciated the bright green tint of the water. I've enjoyed a few cups of it already, but want to brew it again tomorrow, then give a fuller review once I've really had time to sit down and enjoy it.

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Japanese Sencha from Bare Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Aug. 9th, 2014

Excellent sencha! This tastes exactly like the tea I had while living in Japan. Pleasantly grassy, smoothly savory with a light sweetness. Goes great with food too. Simply great tea. Highly recommended!

Each bag has quite a lot of tea in it, so I definitely recommend both a relatively short steep time and repeated i...

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Amanda

(338 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
Jun. 20th, 2014

The aroma of the vibrantly green leaves is sweet, a blend of sweet hay, grass, and spinach. There is a touch of seaweed at the finish giving the tea a bit of that sea-side aroma that I so love in teas. It might be the name playing havoc with my sense, but the aroma really does remind me of summer.

The first steep i...

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