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About Sencha

Loose-leaf green tea showing intact long, flat, pointy leaves with dark green colorTypical loose-leaf sencha, showing mostly intact leaves, long and narrow.
Sencha(煎茶), also sometimes called honcha, is a Japanese style of green tea that is widespread and well-known not only in Japan, but worldwide. It is the variety of Japanese green tea that is most commonly available in the United States, in contrast to bancha, which is a common tea in Japan, but less known in the U.S. Sencha is widely produced not only in Japan but in China and other countries as well.

Brewed sencha often has a more intense green color than pan-fired (Chinese) green teas, but less green than gyokuro. Sencha is diverse in both flavor and aroma, but it often tends to have a bold, sharp flavor and an aroma which is often described as grassy and vegetal, sometimes even seaweed-like.

Sencha is produced by steaming the leaves before drying, and then firing them afterwards, in contrast to teas which are pan-fired before drying. The characters for sencha (煎茶) literally translate as "pan-fired tea", which can be confusing because the term "pan-fired" usually refers to green teas (including many Chinese varieties) which are pan-fired before drying, at the stage at which sencha is steamed.

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Sencha Scent of Mountains from Harney and Sons

Style: Sencha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan
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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42 / 100
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Green Tea from Twinings

Style: Sencha – Region: ?????
Jan. 29th, 2018

Had a teabag stashed in my work bag - and lo and behold it was Twinings Green tea - not even sure where I got it from - not from home - likely from an office or an event I had been to

So I was hankerin' for something OTHER that the Lipton "Wake dat a$$ up" black tea in the office so i brewed up the Twinings Green. ...

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70 / 100
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Green Tea from Twinings

Style: Sencha – Region: ?????
Oct. 6th, 2017

I should preface this by saying before discovering twinnings, the only teas I were used to were the walmart bargain brands. So, my expectations were exceptionally low. I had just seen that it was the most expensive Green Tea at walmart, and being one that enjoys Green Tea for it's health benefits, I figured i'd try the...

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65 / 100
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Sencha (g/bio) from De Theefabriek

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan
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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45 / 100
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Kosabei (g) from De Theefabriek

Style: Sencha – Region: Kenya
Sep. 13th, 2017

The leaves look interesting: the leaves are shredded into flat pieces of two or three square millimeters and relatively light green. (Isn't sencha usually needle-shaped?)

I don't have much experience with senchas, but this doesn't quite seem like the two better ones. I remember a strong bright, "green" vegetal aroma...

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Brand:Yamamotoyama
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Brand:Mellow Monk
Style:Sencha
Region:Kumamoto, Japan
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Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
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Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
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Brand:Adagio Teas
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
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Brand:Mellow Monk
Style:Sencha
Region:Kumamoto, Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Yamamotoyama
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Bare Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Sachet
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Brand:Two Leaves Tea
Style:Sencha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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